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post #1 of 21 Old 05-11-2020, 10:02 PM Thread Starter
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Pony keeps getting grazing muzzle off

So we have two ponies. One of them is a 12 year old mare named Bunny. When we put Bunny and her friend, Hershey, out in the pasture, we have to put grazing muzzles on them so they donít founder. Hershey is fine with wearing it, she does the occasional rub to try and get it off but she hasnít succeeded so far, which is good. Bunny on the other hand, has gotten it off 15 times (I counted) since they have been with us for at least two weeks The first time we saw her rub the grazing muzzle on a tree to get it over her ear, then she shook her head and it went flying off. After she did that a few more times, we tried putting the grazing muzzle on first and then her halter over it, for a while that worked, then most recently she somehow keeps getting it off from underneath her halter. Weíve had to keep going into the pasture to put it back on, and letís just say she doesnít always cooperate. Does anyone have some suggestions on what we could to do so she keeps it on? I really donít want her to keep getting it off, because I know she could founder if this continues.

Anything would help, thanks!
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post #2 of 21 Old 05-11-2020, 10:25 PM
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The horse in my avatar had to wear a grazing muzzle, seasonally, for three years. I know this is not funny, yet I canít help but chuckle over Bunnyís clever determination and the visual:)

My horse was good about keeping his muzzle on, long as I had it underneath his fly mask. Thatís not nearly as secure as a halter, so I hope someone comes in with a good suggestion:)

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I CAN'T ride 'em n slide 'em. I HAVE to lead 'em n feed 'em Thnx cowchick77.
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post #3 of 21 Old 05-12-2020, 09:10 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks for your help anyway walkinthewalk! I'm sure someone will come up with something 🙂
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post #4 of 21 Old 05-12-2020, 09:29 AM
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There are so many different grazing muzzles, some harder for devious ponies to lose and some to easy for the rascals...
Which muzzle are you using may allow some suggestions of a different brand, style or idea to keep it on the head of your infamous pony..

Worst case is you keep the pony out of the pasture for the majority of the day and allow only controlled grazing time to protect the pony.

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post #5 of 21 Old 05-12-2020, 10:17 AM Thread Starter
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The brand that we are using is called the Best friend grazing muzzle, pony size from Dover Saddlery
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post #6 of 21 Old 05-12-2020, 10:32 AM
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I've had good success with ..
This is the Tough-1 Easy Breathe V Grazing Muzzle found in most catalogs and online places, but do watch prices, they vary tremendously.
I find the "V" strap stopped the lose and rub off happening.
Also found the large nostril opening allowed the animal to have better air-exchange which is a plus in summer for cooling reasons.
My friend used same style but then placed a enclosed ear fly mask over the top and that stopped the lost mask once and for all.

I've read several reviews of many masks where duct tape was used to the mane/forelock and the wipe off stopped...not sure I would duct tape my horses mane/forelock myself but when desperation arrives so do desperate solutions I guess.

I offer you good luck...some ponies can be very sneaky and challenging pets!
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post #7 of 21 Old 05-12-2020, 10:38 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks so much! I'll definitely look online and read some reviews. As long as it stays on her I will be happy, since my sister loves her and wouldn't want her to founder.
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post #8 of 21 Old 05-12-2020, 12:03 PM
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Ditto HLG.

The Tough-1 Easy Breath is what I have always used on the horse in my avatar. That big ole Walking Horse head could not breath in a Best Friends, Weaver, or anything else on the market.

Where I live, he needed to stay muzzled nine months of the year. I went thru three muzzles in three years, only because the grazing hole wore thin and wore bigger.

The best price I found, at that time, was Chics Saddlery.

Still no help to keep the muzzle on, short of duct taping it underneath a halter and having to fuss cutting the tape off every day to remove the muzzle:(

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I CAN'T ride 'em n slide 'em. I HAVE to lead 'em n feed 'em Thnx cowchick77.
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post #9 of 21 Old 05-27-2020, 04:26 PM
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Thank you for posting this question!...as we are having trouble keeping the Best Friend grazing muzzle on also. I HATE to use one, but don't want to keep her up all the time. I've always had horses, i'm finding out how little i know about ponies!! Thank you for the recommendation of the Tough-1 Easy Breathe V Grazing Muzzle...will definitely check that one out. Guess it would be good to have one to change out too! Thank you again. If you find a magical solution to keep the Best Friend one let, be sure to update - and i'll do the same thing. Thank you!!
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post #10 of 21 Old 06-01-2020, 11:18 AM Thread Starter
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Update: The muzzle got here a few days ago and... She got it off. I watched her and she had no problem with getting it off. She was doing really good before we put it on her, because she kept it on for three days. Now we are having to tie her hair in knots around her halter and grazing muzzle and zip tie it. That worked for about two days then she learned how to get it off. 😕 We tried using two zip ties but she still got it off. Any time she comes in from the pasture she looks like she's pregnant. Sigh.
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