As Spring and Summer arrive around the country, along with that comes the lush Spring grass. Overindulgence or first-time exposure to Spring grass can sometimes lead to short-term and long-term health issues like colic and laminitis. Here are some items to consider when you have to limit your equine friend’s intake of fresh grass.
Use a horse grazing muzzle to manage your horse’s weight. It looks like a horse bridle that consists of a headpiece, nosepiece, and mouthpiece.
1. GreenGuard Grazing Muzzle (gg-equine.com)
The GreenGuard muzzle is the most comfortable, breathable, and durable grazing muzzle currently available. Made in Europe from a food-grade polymer, it stays cool even in the heat of summer, is water resistant, and easily outlasts traditional canvas muzzles. Available in Black, Lime, and Raspberry. Retail price: $109.95
2. Best Friend Padded Leather Crown Horse Grazing Muzzle (bestfriendequine.com)
The newest addition to the Best Friend line of grazing muzzles – now with more breathing space and a padded double buckle leather crown. The deluxe muzzle has a roomy fit to allow for chewing. Sizes: Cob, Horse, and Large Horse. Color: Charcoal. Retail price $46.79.
3. Easy Breathe Poly/Nylon Adjustable V Grazing Muzzle (jtidist.com)
Double “quick grip” closure allows top of muzzle to be adjusted to fit snuggly around horse’s face for custom fit. Adjustable added V from the center of the nose to the crown rings to help prevent the horse from rubbing the muzzle off. Poly/nylon web halter/muzzle all-in-one combination for controlling over eating by limiting intake through the small opening at the bottom of the muzzle. Large holes in front for easy breathing. Adjustable nylon halter with throat snap and ring for leading. Sizes: Mini, Yearling, Pony, Small Horse, Horse, Large Horse. Retail price starts at $29.95.
4. Tough1 Easy Breathe Grazing Muzzle Attachment (jtidist.com)
Retail price starts at $19.95.
5. Shire’s Equestrian Deluxe Grazing Muzzle (shiresequestrian.com)
Lined with a synthetic wool to help protect against chafing and improve airflow around the delicate nose area, the Shires Deluxe Grazing Muzzle is cut back under the chin to avoid unnecessary pressure and features a rubber base with a hole in the bottom to allow for some grazing. Fastened with adjustable touch-close straps and including a D-ring for easy leading these muzzles provide a safe, comfortable solution. Sizes available: Small Pony, Pony, Cob, Full and Extra Full. MSRP $39.99.
6. Thinline Flexible Filly Grazing Muzzle (ThinLineGlobal.com)
It’s time to feel good about protecting your horse! The ThinLine Flexible Filly Grazing Muzzle is lighter, softer, safer, and more durable. New adjustable grazing hole size lets you customize your horse’s grass intake. UV resistant, antimicrobial, medical-grade resin-based polymer. Clearly the right choice. The Plaid Horse readers can use coupon code PLAIDHORSE to get 10% off of their Flexible Filly Grazing Muzzle at ThinLineGlobal.com.
7. The Harmany Muzzle (harmanyequine.com/shop)
The Harmany Muzzle attaches to your horse’s breakaway halter. It’s easy to clean, does not retain water, and is comfortable, adjustable, and effective. Sized from Mini to Draft. Prices start at $57.99.
For a better fit check out the Harmany Halter (sold separately).