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How to Choose the Best Grazing Muzzle for Your Pony

Pony Penning 2013 // Chincoteague Pony Swim // Painting Pony

A common saying among those that own Chincoteague Ponies is that they can get fat on a cement slab. Which pretty much means they can get overweight just by looking at grass!

It’s true that they are easy keepers, but they also love to eat in excess. Too much grass is not a good thing, and can cause laminitis among other issues.

How to Choose the Best Grazing Muzzle for Your Horse

Over the years of owning Chincoteauge ponies we’ve tried many methods to manage their weight during the months when the grass is very lush (which in our area can even be early spring and late into the fall). I thought it would be helpful to compile a list of all the different types of muzzles, along with their pros and cons, that we have tried over the years to help limit their grass intake.

Disclaimer: this is not a sponsored post, but it does contain some affiliate links. We are not biased towards any particular muzzles, and only chose the ones that work best for our ponies.

How to Choose the Best Grazing Muzzle for Your Horse

Best Friends Grazing Muzzle:

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How to Choose the Best Grazing Muzzle for Your Horse

Shires Pink Grazing Muzzle:

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How to Choose the Best Grazing Muzzle for Your Horse

Harmany Grazing Muzzle:

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How to Choose the Best Grazing Muzzle for Your Horse

Tough 1 Grazing Muzzle:

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Greenguard USA Pony Muzzle Review with Painting Pony

Greenguard USA Grazing Muzzle:

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How to Choose the Best Grazing Muzzle for Your Horse

Tips and Tricks we’ve learned:

How to Choose the Best Grazing Muzzle for Your Horse

What do we recommend?

After testing pretty much every muzzle on the market, we have picked out ones that work best for each of our ponies. Here’s our recommendations:

Minnow – our pony that can (and has) slipped every single muzzle we’ve tried on him. It’s a constant battle, but switching them up on him seems to do the trick. He wears the Best Friends Muzzle & the Tough 1 Muzzle currently.

Blitz – less inclined to slip a muzzle, and a pony that gets worked enough that sometimes he doesn’t have to wear his as often. He wears: Greenguard USA Muzzle & Best Friends Muzzle currently.

Boomer – he’s pretty tolerant of the muzzles, but every once in a while decides to slip them. He wears: Greenguard USA Muzzle & Best Friends Muzzle currently.

How to Choose the Best Grazing Muzzle for Your Horse

Know of any muzzles we haven’t tried yet? Send your recommendations our way, we love to hear about new products on the market!

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Herding Cows on Horseback

Last month we took Blitz and Boomerang on a long trailride in one of the nearby nature preserves. Little did we know it would end up being one of our favorite adventures ever when we happened upon some loose cattle.

Herding Cows the Cowgirl Way with Painting Pony

Herding Cows the Cowgirl Way with Painting Pony

Herding Cows the Cowgirl Way with Painting Pony

Herding Cows the Cowgirl Way with Painting Pony

Herding Cows the Cowgirl Way with Painting Pony

The further down the trail we got, the more cattle we started to see. We figured they had gotten out of someone’s pasture, but we weren’t sure where they belonged. We were DYING to herd them somewhere (just like real cowgirls) but it just didn’t seem like it was meant to be.

Herding Cows the Cowgirl Way with Painting Pony

As we made our way towards home we couldn’t help ourselves with herding a few into a small cluster.

Herding Cows the Cowgirl Way with Painting Pony

Herding Cows the Cowgirl Way with Painting Pony

Herding Cows the Cowgirl Way with Painting Pony

While we were taking the obligatory “cow selfie” the farmer who owned said cattle popped up over the hill in his truck to see our little cluster of cattle. Seeing that we were DYING to take our littler herd somewhere the farmer asked us if we minded helping him drive them back to their pasture. Um yes please! He didn’t have to ask us twice!

Herding Cows the Cowgirl Way with Painting Pony

Check out the video: Herding Cows the Cowgirl Way with Painting Pony

Blitz and Boomerang chased stray cattle, moved them through a water crossing, and got them all safely back in their pasture.

Herding Cows the Cowgirl Way with Painting Pony

When you live on the east coast (at least near us) herding cattle like this is not something you get to do everyday, especially in a real “farm” setting! It was a dream come true for us.

The farmers were very thankful for our helpful ponies, and we had the best trailride ever! If anyone else wants to “accidentally” let their cattle escape, you can totally call on the Painting Ponies to help you round them up!

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Chincoteague Ponies Play in the Snow

We haven’t gotten near as much snow this year as we did last year, but that doesn’t mean we haven’t gotten any. On March 1st we got a little bit of snow, and I took the opportunity to take some photos of the dogs and the ponies playing in the snow.

Chincoteague Ponies in the Snow // Painting Pony

Chincoteague Ponies in the Snow // Painting Pony

Chincoteague Ponies in the Snow // Painting Pony

Chincoteague Ponies in the Snow // Painting Pony

Chincoteague Ponies in the Snow // Painting Pony

Chincoteague Ponies in the Snow // Painting Pony

Chincoteague Ponies in the Snow // Painting Pony

Chincoteague Ponies in the Snow // Painting Pony

Chincoteague Ponies in the Snow // Painting Pony

Chincoteague Ponies in the Snow // Painting Pony

Chincoteague Ponies in the Snow // Painting Pony

Chincoteague Ponies in the Snow // Painting Pony

Chincoteague Ponies in the Snow // Painting Pony

Chincoteague Ponies in the Snow // Painting Pony

Chincoteague Ponies in the Snow // Painting Pony

Chincoteague Ponies in the Snow // Painting Pony

Chincoteague Ponies in the Snow // Painting Pony

Chincoteague Ponies in the Snow // Painting Pony

Chincoteague Ponies in the Snow // Painting Pony

And this last shot is my very favorite shot of the day, Minnow’s super sweet eye. He’s just so special. The snow is beautiful, but hopefully spring is just around the corner, because we can’t wait to get out and ride more!

P.S. want to see more photos of the dogs in the snow, be sure to head on over to Ammo’s Blog!

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How to REALLY Keep a Muzzle on your Horse

So you might remember that a few weeks ago I wrote a post on how I updated the ponies’ muzzles with a simple DIY Method to keep them from slipping them in the pasture. Well since it’s been well over a month since we initiated “operation keep the pony muzzles on” I thought I’d write a little update on how it’s going.

How to Keep a Muzzle on Your Horse // Painting Pony

Well since the upgrade I’m happy to report that Mr. Boomerang hasn’t slipped his muzzle once! Now Mr. Minnow on the other hand is quite the crafty fellow! After a little over a week of wearing his new configuration he figured out a new method to get it off – by rubbing his face on the ground when he rolls he was able to pop his nose out of the top. That pony is super smart!

So I decided to do another simple upgrade to Minnow’s muzzle to make sure it stays put, especially since we are entering into the most dangerous time for the ponies on the grass.

The result:

How to REALLY Keep a Muzzle on your Horse // Painting Pony

It’s been a week now and Minnow hasn’t lost his muzzle yet…..only time will tell if I’ve finally outsmarted him!

Here’s How to DIY:

After following the steps on our first post, I added an additional leather strap to the front attaching the brow band and nose of the muzzle. I used an old leather drop nose band strap. On one end I buckled it through the muzzle and added a small fleece to keep it from rubbing. Then at the browband I attached it with a small piece of balers twine (through the holes in the leather – or you could punch your own hole) and padded it with some vet wrap and duct tape. I also duct taped the browband from sliding around any too.

How to REALLY Keep a Muzzle on your Horse // Painting Pony

Hoping this does the trick! It’s funny to note that Blitz also wears a muzzle in the pasture but he has NEVER gotten it off, I don’t think it even crosses his mind that he might be able to do so. So he’s the only one that doesn’t have to wear his snugged as tight as it will go, or any of the contraptions I’ve had to put on Minnow & Boomer’s muzzles. So funny!

If you have any DIY methods of your own for keeping your ponies’ muzzle on leave them in the comment section!

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How to keep a muzzle on your horse

With the summer grass as lush as it is the ponies are always at risk for lamanitis. I always try to monitor their grass intake, keeping them off of it during the day and muzzling them at night, as well as regular exercise for those who can be – because we all know that given the chance the ponies will eat and eat and then eat some more!

Well this year keeping them muzzled has been a challenge with both Minnow and Boomerang figuring out how to slip their muzzles when no one was looking. They gave us a few scares, which left me trying to search for a way to make sure they stayed put indefinitely!

How to Keep a Muzzle on Your Horse // Painting Pony

So after a little trial and error (we tried halters overtop, flymasks ontop, tightening them to name a few) I think we finally found something that works – and after 3 days, so far so good! So I figured I’d share our solution for anyone else out there having trouble keeping their pony’s muzzle on. Here’s what the boys looked like in their muzzles before:

How to Keep a Muzzle on Your Horse // Painting Pony

How to Keep a Muzzle on Your Horse // Painting Pony

Supplies needed for Painting Pony anti-muzzle slipping:

How to:

All you need to do is add a browband to your existing muzzle set-up and slip the thin belt through it so that it buckles at the throat. Make sure to buckle it tight enough so that your pony can’t get caught on anything and it prevents the muzzle from slipping. It’s always best to use a leather belt so that it’s breakable if need be. And to fully make sure you muzzle won’t slip off, try pulling it off your pony’s head yourself. If it seems too loose, perhaps tightening it up all over may help.

The Result:

How to Keep a Muzzle on Your Horse // Painting Pony

How to Keep a Muzzle on Your Horse // Painting Pony

I hate to have to muzzle them, and I know they hate it too, but making sure they never over eat so that they live a long and healthy life is very worth it!

Anyone else have any DIY solutions for keeping muzzles on your horses?

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