Re: Are grazing muzzles cruel?
I have had the same problem with my daughter's pony. He very nearly had full blown laminitis last year but managed to catch it in time and he ended up having to stay in his stable for several days/weeks to try and limit his feed intake. I bought a grazing muzzle for him so that he could still enjoy going out in the sun with his friends but another livery said it was cruel and took it off.
Tried strip grazing but he went straight through the fencing or even jumped it when the electric was on!
This year unfortunately he is being moved to all year turn out as I have another horse on loan so I will not have access to a stable to keep him in and he is starting to get fat already despite there being not much grass and he's worked every other day!
Therefore I am going to have to get the grazing muzzle out again.
I would suggest putting it on your horse and staying with them for a while. Also make sure that the grass is long enough for it to poke through the hole!
Grazing muzzles aren't cruel! Allowing a pony to suffer with laminitis is!