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Gidget 07-17-2010 12:29 PM

rubbed off facial hair
 
my horse has to wear a grazing muzzle 24/7 the vet said unless I am doing something with her. Anyways one side of her face is bald and I was wondering if I wrap cotton or gauze and then the it to hold it in place if it would help grow her hair back because right now she is pink :shock:

hrsrdr 07-17-2010 04:37 PM

You can buy strips of velcro-able fleece, like for a shipping halter, and put them on the muzzle; that will probably help you. I know they sell some at Dover (www.doversaddlery.com). You can also try rubbing vaseline into the rubbed areas...that can help hair grow back. We did it with my horse Canyon when he was getting rub marks just from laying down...it was because the skin was so dry. But we have been putting Vaseline on and it is looking much better now. :)

Gidget 07-17-2010 04:48 PM

I will try the vasaline and see about getting covers because gidget isn't looking too pretty :(

hrsrdr 07-17-2010 05:22 PM

Yeah...I can imagine. :( I think you'll probably end up having to put something on the muzzle, too, because the hair is just going to keep getting rubbed however fast it grows back from the vaseline. Maybe you can try wrapping it in something soft like maybe a cloth or vetrap or even duct tape or something if you don't want to buy the fleeces. Is the muzzle strap nylon? And is your horse turned out 24/7? Otherwise I don't see why she has to wear it when she's not grazing.

Gidget 07-17-2010 07:21 PM

my horse is not on pasture 24/7 now...she gets pasture for maybe 30 min. and two flakes of first cutting hay but they said she has to have it on while eat :( she eats fast

hrsrdr 07-18-2010 10:01 PM

Oh, yeah, that would be a good idea. But why does she have to wear it when she's not eating? That would be why it's rubbing her...:(

mom2pride 07-18-2010 10:58 PM

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Originally Posted by Gidget (Post 694198)
my horse is not on pasture 24/7 now...she gets pasture for maybe 30 min. and two flakes of first cutting hay but they said she has to have it on while eat :( she eats fast

Could you try spreading her flakes of hay out into several small piles? I would think if she has to walk around for it, that should slow her down quite a bit...

Is she penned seperately? Or is she in with other horses, possibly 'forcing' her to feel she has to scarf? I don't know that I would be all too comfortable with a muzzle on my horse 24/7/365...there's got to be some other solutions, that would help you to not have to muzzle her. :-(

Gidget 07-19-2010 01:51 AM

Nope,she is stalled by her self and she eats really fast still...I soak her hay..some of it is dry but she fishes around for eat so it keeps her busy and she does quite well! I took the muzzle off...I just need to get butter lids or coffee lids to put in the muzzle..she ate the rubber insert for grazing so now she just has a cribbing muzzle..it was a duo..she doesn't crib though.

She has lost some muscle so I have been lunge-ing her in the round pen and riding her and also giving her more food.
My vet confuses me. I like my vet a lot but sometimes I lose track of what they are saying..one day it's leave the muzzle on only when she is in the pasture and when you stall give her face a break and then it's leave it on 24/7 even with hay......

my horse might just be a pig gut or maybe she was starved in the past...def. wasn't starved when I got her though.

hrsrdr 07-19-2010 02:57 PM

Yeah...you could try a hay net...they sell some with really small openings so the horse can only get a few strands at a time. That should make her slow down.

Gidget 07-19-2010 03:25 PM

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Originally Posted by hrsrdr (Post 695783)
Yeah...you could try a hay net...they sell some with really small openings so the horse can only get a few strands at a time. That should make her slow down.


ohhh, I didn't know they had hay nets with small openings because the ones i see have good size ones...I will look into thagt.


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