Are You Aware of the Value of Grazing Muzzles?

Are You Aware of the Value of Grazing Muzzles?

by Amy Pierce

By: Ariane Schirmer


Grazing muzzles are known to be a popular solution for equine weight management due to their versatility and budget friendly options. But, do you realize that they also offer horse owners valuable additions to treatment for chronic conditions like Equine Metabolic Syndrome (EMS) and Grass Founder? Incorporating a grazing muzzle into your horse’s lifestyle can be a perfect solution to keep them happy and healthy, allowing for maximum turnout with minimal grass intake. Horse Tack Co. is proud to carry Best Friend Grazing Muzzles, you can use promo code "LoveTheRide" upon checkout to receive 15% off your order of grazing muzzles and more, all-the-time and anytime! Let's learn more about these metabolic equine conditions and how grazing muzzles can be a positive addition to most treatment plans.

Equine Metabolic Syndrome (EMS) / Peripheral Cushing’s Disease

Equine Metabolic Syndrome (EMS) or Peripheral Cushing’s Disease is seen in horses typically referred to as “easy keepers,” built with thick, cresty necks and excess fat over their toplines. For these equine, the excess fat leads to health problems including insulin resistance, ultimately leading to high blood sugar and laminitis. Oftentimes the cases of laminitis are low-grade and can become chronic. Treatment for horses diagnosed with EMS is mostly about making feed and lifestyle changes. Grain and grazing should be limited, regular exercise can also help. Grazing muzzles are perfect for limiting grass intake for horses with EMS, helping to avoid hassles like turn-out or field changes.


Grass Founder

Horses at risk for Founder may also benefit from the use of a grazing muzzle. When a horse Founders, the inflammation in their hooves decreases blood flow to the hoof laminae, causing it to die and creating hoof wall separation. In extreme cases this can result in coffin bone rotation. With Grass Founder, this painful condition occurs because of the sugar fructans produced by the rapidly growing grass we see in lush Spring pastures. Too much grazing on the rich grass stimulates the overgrowth of bacteria in the horse’s large intestine. The excess bacteria releases toxins called endotoxins, which are carried through the bloodstream down to the hooves, causing the damaging effects to the laminae and small blood vessels. For horses and ponies that are prone to or have Foundered, grazing muzzles can offer an alternative to dry lot turn out. Dirt paddocks aren’t always a convenient option due to availability and size restrictions, but grazing muzzles can be an affordable alternative that won’t sacrifice turn out space.

Horse Muzzles from Horse Tack Co. 

The Perfect Grazing MuzzleFinding the perfect grazing muzzle for your equine partner includes securing the best fit and style based on your horse’s needs. Muzzle use should always be done with safety in mind and they’ll need to be checked regularly for fit or damage. Horse Tack Co. offers a variety of options in The Best Friend Grazing Muzzles including the Deluxe Grazing Muzzle and Breakaway Halter, with safety features like a replaceable, plastic side-release buckle. If your pony is an escape artist, the Have A Heart Grazing Muzzle is ideal with the added adjustable V straps on the breakaway halter to keep it extra secure. The durable Best Friend Grazing Muzzle is also available to easily be added to a breakaway halter of your choice. With a variety of style options and sizes, from large horse to mini mini, you’ll be able to find the perfect grazing muzzle for your 4-legged best friend. Shop Horse Tack Co’s selection of grazing muzzles to support your horse’s optimum health and happiness, plus take 15% off at check out with the promo code: “LoveTheRide”.

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