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spanning

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spanning says:

Are grazing muzzles cruel?

 I have tried lots of times to fence off our new paddock as it is very green, but until I can afford to buy a battery for the electric fencing i don't know what to do!! 

Cookie charges through the fencing and has always wrecked it by the morning :( 

I have bought him a grazing muzzle but a few people have scolded me telling me they are cruel!! 

Cookie is now very fat and i'm worried about laminitis so i'm definitely going to put the muzzle on, but is it cruel? I feel so bad but i don't see any other options? help please? lol!!! 

 

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Bananas

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Bananas says:

Re: Are grazing muzzles cruel?

i think they are cruell id never use one ever! u can try scaring him away from the fence - that may work - is there someone u can borrow a battery off till u can get one i dont know how much they cost ours runs off the mains

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Tommytank

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Tommytank says:

Re: Are grazing muzzles cruel?

 It's cruel to allow your horse to become obese, grazing muzzles are not cruel, the horse can still eat and drink.  I'd rather muzzle my horse than allow him to get fat and risk laminitus or worse

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melxvengeance

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Re: Are grazing muzzles cruel?

grazing muzzles are not cruel, as tommytank says it IS cruel to allow your horse to become obese and risk so many health problems.

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kevinhiatt

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kevinhiatt says:

Re: Are grazing muzzles cruel?

It is cruel but so is letting your horse get laminitis its the lesser of two evils, you do not want your horse to suffer.

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MoominTroll

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MoominTroll says:

Re: Are grazing muzzles cruel?

i've used a muzzle on my pony every summer for 2 years & it stops her getting laminitic & obese. Like TommyTank says they can still eat & drink it just lessens the amount they guzzle down in once ;] they are DEFINITELY a better option then scaring the horses away from the fencing otherwise horses wont want to go near any fencing. also, electric fencing doesnt keep bargy ponies in the field when they have rugs on because the ponies just run through & their rugs protect them :/

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CharParsley620

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Re: Are grazing muzzles cruel?

 Need I repeat what the others say? they are not cruel. they can be really useful when trying to control your horses weight.

It's lonely in the saddle since the horse died.

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spanning

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spanning says:

Re: Are grazing muzzles cruel?

Like I said I was going to put it on anyway...just wanted some reassurance that I wasn't hurting him :/ 

I feel so mean putting it on but would hate him to be unhappy/unhealthy.

Also there is a young girl taking him for regular walks round the lake and lunging him for me, so he shouldn't get too much fatter! 

Thanks guys x

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CharParsley620

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Re: Are grazing muzzles cruel?

 we know, we're just proving a point ;)

It's lonely in the saddle since the horse died.

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kevinhiatt

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kevinhiatt says:

Re: Are grazing muzzles cruel?

The problem we all have is that we get worried over our horses paranoid is sometimes closer to the truth, but it shows we care, me included want to be reassured that we are doing the right thing even if we have years of being with horses thats how we learn, this is where this forum is useful. 

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**Haflinger21**

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Re: Are grazing muzzles cruel?

As above - its definately the lesser of two evils!  Having had a horse with lammy it is not something we want a repeat of.  He is now muzzled during the day for the majority of the spring/summer and brought in at night on soaked hay.  He is capable of eating and drinking just stops him gorging!  I know some don't take to it well but Nobility is fine he happily puts his nose in every morning x

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