A grazing muzzle may not look like they most attractive piece of your horses kit but they serve a very useful purpose - to prevent your horse or pony from over eating when turned out in the field. Controlling grass intake is important if you wish to manage your horses weight or they are prone to laminitis. A horse grazing muzzle has a number of holes through which your horse can only bite smaller areas of grass and therefore limits the amount they can eat over a period of time.
Our range includes different styles of grazing muzzles as well as headcollars designed specifically to work with a grazing muzzle. Find brands including Greenguard, Shires, Roma and more in a variety of colours and sizes from Pony to X Full. We also have deluxe padded versions for enhanced comfort.
Introducing a Grazing Muzzle
If this is your first grazing muzzle for your horse, it is best to introduce it gradually, for short periods at a time and in a rewarding way. Ensure it fits correctly and isn't pinching or too tight / loose for them. Check that your horse can drink adequately through the muzzle and that they have got the hang of grazing before leaving them for longer periods of time.
Use with Consideration
Never leave your horse wearing a grazing muzzle 24/7 - it is generally advised not to leave it on longer than 10 hours but each horse has different requirements. You will need to continually monitor your horse's condition, weight and behaviour and adjust the use of the grazing muzzle accordingly.
Although you are trying to reduce the amount of grass that your horse is consuming it is still important to make sure they still have plenty of fibre and a healthy balanced diet. If you need any further advice please contact an equine nutritionist or your vet.
If your horse is overweight or prone to laminitis then you need to restrict its grazing. A horse muzzle is an effective way to do this. A Muzzle will restrict your horse’s ability to graze but it is important that you introduce the muzzle in the right way.
You should begin by introducing the muzzle for short periods of time at the stable. Every time you put the muzzle on or take it off, reward your horse with a treat. This will turn the wearing of the muzzle into a positive experience for your horse. After a few days you can progress to fitting the muzzle when your horse is outdoors. Each time you lead your horse out, feed it a little grass through the hole in the muzzle so it learns that it can still eat. Gradually build up the length of time that your horse wears the muzzle.
Take care to ensure that your horse is comfortable both eating and drinking whilst the muzzle is on. You must also make sure that the muzzle fits correctly otherwise your horse might learn to remove it all by themselves. Don’t leave the muzzle on all the time as it should only be worn for up to 12 hours. You might have to add supplementary fibre to your horse’s diet if their ability to eat forage is restricted.
Our Muzzles from Greenguard and Shires are available in different sizes and will help your horse to lose weight when they need to.