Posts Tagged ‘spring

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:

Pros:

Cons:

How to Choose the Best Grazing Muzzle for Your Horse

Shires Pink Grazing Muzzle:

Pros:

Cons:

How to Choose the Best Grazing Muzzle for Your Horse

Harmany Grazing Muzzle:

Pros:

Cons:

How to Choose the Best Grazing Muzzle for Your Horse

Tough 1 Grazing Muzzle:

Pros:

Cons:

Greenguard USA Pony Muzzle Review with Painting Pony

Greenguard USA Grazing Muzzle:

Pros:

Cons:

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!

Tags : , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Cape Henlopen – Riding on the Beach

On Monday we decided to pack up the ponies and Ammo the Dachshund and head to Cape Henlopen in Delaware to ride on the beach. We had never been there before, but heard they allowed beach riding until late April.

cape henlopen beach ride - painting pony

cape henlopen beach ride - painting pony

Blitz and Boomerang have been to the beach before when we took our ride on Assateague Island in Virginia last fall.

cape henlopen beach ride - painting pony

In fact Boomerang was so excited about returning he couldn’t even make it all the way to the beach before taking a roll in the sand.

cape henlopen beach ride - painting pony

cape henlopen beach ride - painting pony

This time Minnow stayed at home (sorry Minnow) and we brought along my sister’s mare, Jet, and this was her first time on the beach. Jet was a bit nervous about the waves at first but eventually relaxed some, we even worked up to some fun galloping/racing along the beach.

After taking the ponies on our ride we picked up Ammo at the trailer and took them on a run/walk in the ocean.

cape henlopen beach ride - painting pony

cape henlopen beach ride - painting pony

cape henlopen beach ride - painting pony

cape henlopen beach ride - painting pony

cape henlopen beach ride - painting pony

As you can see it was extremely windy that day and had it been warmer I would have ventured further into the ocean with Boomerang.

cape henlopen beach ride - painting pony

Understandably Boomer was a bit nervous at first about going too far into the ocean – waves coming at you can be a scary thing when you aren’t sure what they are. But with a bit of clicker training I eventually had him encompassed in some waves.

cape henlopen beach ride - painting pony

cape henlopen beach ride - painting pony

cape henlopen beach ride - painting pony

cape henlopen beach ride - painting pony

cape henlopen beach ride - painting pony

cape henlopen beach ride - painting pony

Blitz was really fun to watch on the beach – he looked just like a wild stallion, so pretty!

cape henlopen beach ride - painting pony

cape henlopen beach ride - painting pony

cape henlopen beach ride - painting pony

cape henlopen beach ride - painting pony

cape henlopen beach ride - painting pony

cape henlopen beach ride - painting pony

cape henlopen beach ride - painting pony

cape henlopen beach ride - painting pony

cape henlopen beach ride - painting pony

cape henlopen beach ride - painting pony

cape henlopen beach ride - painting pony

Dramatic Boomer rolled about 6 times on the beach (aside from being cued to lay down & sit) – and he could of cared less who or what was next to him as long as he could feel the wet sand on his body.

cape henlopen beach ride - painting pony

The ponies weren’t the only ones to have a good time on the beach though. Ammo thoroughly enjoyed himself even if he did get a little wind/sand blown. It’s a drag being so short sometimes.

cape henlopen beach ride - painting pony

cape henlopen beach ride - painting pony

cape henlopen beach ride - painting pony

cape henlopen beach ride - painting pony

To check out more of our photos from our beach adventure visit our Facebook Page.

 

Tags : , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Warm Days Ahead

It’s starting to really feel like Spring on the farm! As the days start to warm up and it begins to stay lighter longer – I’ve been starting to get the boys back in shape. I clipped Boomerang the other day, and started practicing for some up coming competitions this Spring.

Boomer is feeling fresh, and loving all the attention again. And he couldn’t be happier that we’re running through some of the mounted games races. After all of our fun Blitz and Boomer seem to really enjoy rolling in the dusty dirt.

Blitz and boomer rolling

Blitz and boomer rolling

Blitz and boomer rolling

Blitz and boomer rolling

Blitz and boomer rolling

Blitz and boomer rolling

Minnow is also excited about the added daylight, because it means I can fit some riding in with Boomerang and some trick training in with him.

minnow in the sunset

Even though Minnow can’t be ridden because of his ringbone, he still needs to be exercised. So I’ve developed a “recall” game that I play with him in the arena to allow him to exercise himself at a speed that is comfortable to him.

Much in the same way you might work on recalls with your dog – I send him away from me, then recall him back. As you can see in the video below, Minnow really likes this game and often times goes bucking and running when I send him away.

It’s become a fun way for Minnow to keep in shape, while getting to choose how much he wants to run based on his pain tolerance for that day. I never ask him to canter or trot, but simply let him choose how quickly he wants to play the game.

So what are you doing this Spring to get your horses in shape? Any exciting events to look forward to? I’m still looking for a place to start Boomerang on cattle – can’t wait!

Tags : , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,