I, too, thought that Annie morphed into
Darth Vader when she wore the Best Friends muzzle. I put sheepskin around
the top but she still got rubs and she got a scab on the tip of her
Annie has worn the Green Guard muzzle
since March. I use the wide gorilla tape on the inside and bottom of the
muzzle. I replenish the tape when needed. She is in a diet paddock with
sparse grass so there is never a worry that the grass will grow long
enough so that she can grab grass from the sides of the muzzle. If
necessary I can also tape the sides of the muzzle. She looks like she is
wearing a basket but the holes are large enough that I can use plenty of
tape and she can still breath.
I thought about using the Harmony grazing muzzle but I
would have to soak it in warm water to make the plastic flexible
enough to fashion into the correct shape for my mare's muzzle. I
like things easy.
. The Green Guard muzzle is secured to her halter with
4 leather straps; she managed to lose 2 of the straps, which I
replaced with baling twine. She tries to get the muzzle off but
so far no luck. I think she has resigned herself to the muzzle but at
least she can breath without any fear of Luke Skywaker coming after
her with a light sword.
Good Luck with your boys. May the force be with you :-)
Ellen and Annie
Long Island, NY
> Hi Ellen,
> Thanks for this information. I am currently using the plastic
> grazing muzzles (with extra holes drilled)as inserts inside the
> Friend Deluxe for my two IR horses as it is the only option that
> worked so far. I don't like how much it restricts breathing and
> sound like Darth Vadar when we walk up the drive after turnout. Tape
> glue nor inserts have worked as they manage to remove, destroy or
> them... Can the horse really not eat grass with it? It seems like
> motivated horse could manage to get some through the sides unless
> grass is very short. I doubt taping the bottom would work for my
> but I would be very interested in better air flow, especially for
> horse who doesn't sweat.
> Has anyone else tried these successfully with severely IR horses?
> Paula with Cory (IR) and Onyx (IR) in Bucks County, PA, USA
> EC 2014 NCRplus2011