- Start with the muzzle and put some food into the bottom
- Allow your horse to put her head into the muzzle themselves, don't force it on. Give her time to figure out that if she puts her head into the muzzle she will get some food.
- When your horse has sussed this bit put the muzzle on and put some food through the hole at the bottom.
- Then at the next session you can take your horse to the grass area and place the muzzle on the horse. Pick some grass and put it up into the hole at the bottom a few times.
- Then begin to ask your horse to follow this down to the grass but still put some grass into the hole for her. Do this a couple of days.
- Your horse should start to to put her head down to get the grass you are putting through the bottom.
- If the above has gone well she should then start to try to get her own grass as you let her search for what you have been putting up into the muzzle.
Saturday, 22 October 2011
This protocol is not entirely mine, I've adapted it from one I found on a nutrition site, but it seems quite sensible. So if any of you are contemplating using a muzzle to restrict your horse's grazing you might want to try this and let me know how you get on.
Allow yourself and your horse plenty of time for this - several days or a week or more