Thursday, May 19, 2011

Equine Jenny Craig

Due to the unrelenting rains, the grass is lush
and riding is difficult or non-existent in the muddy conditions.
Thus, I have two portly horses.

 My choices are increased stall time (with no exercise)
or grazing muzzles.
I chose the latter, although it killed me to do it the first time.
I know it is best for them.  
Heavy weight on those slender legs is dangerous 
and overweight horses on lush pasture are more prone to laminits,
a very painful condition.

Rocky with his grazing muzzle.
Mom!  You've got to be kidding!

Jaz in his grazing muzzle.
What is this?!?

Before you think I am totally heartless & cruel,
you should know that the muzzle has a small hole in the end.
 Once the horse figures it out, he can get small bites of grass.
Meanwhile he's outside getting some exercise and fresh air.
Believe me, it hurts me more than them! 


GGrandma Phyllis said...


Anonymous said...

Grazing muzzles beat laminitis every time, hands down. I have a horse recovering from a mild laminitis attack, and a grazing muzzle would be an option except for the fact that the others in his old pasture aren't muzzled and would probably pull it off him - haven't decided what to do yet.