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  1. #1
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    Default Do you muzzle your mini all winter?

    First time mini owner!

    I have a 5yo mini donkey that I got from a rescue in MD. she was in a huge lush pasture with 20 other donkeys with no muzzle. When I brought her home to my 5 acres my farrier suggested I muzzle her because she was showing signs of founder.

    I got her a mini muzzle and she wore it all spring/summer/fall with no hoof or weight issues.

    Now that it's winter and there's barely any grass should I keep the muzzle on? There is a round bale in the shed she shares with my 3 horses but she obviously not first in line to get it!



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    Mine don't have access to grass in the winter unless the snow is at least a foot deep, at which point I figure they have to work so hard to get at it that it offsets the calories. So no, I don't muzzle my Shetland in the winter but I do use small-hole hay nets so she doesn't just stand and stuff herself. I also partially clip her to make her not QUITE so energy-efficient. Not to the point where she's uncomfortably cold, just removing a little bit of her natural R-value.
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    Lol, 'removing natural R-value'! That's a great way to put it!



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    Are you sure she can eat hay through the muzzle?

    Personally, no, I wouldn't muzzle her in the winter.

    Just curious -- why did she have to be rescued from a lush field?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cindyg View Post
    Are you sure she can eat hay through the muzzle?

    Personally, no, I wouldn't muzzle her in the winter.

    Just curious -- why did she have to be rescued from a lush field?
    The lush field was at the rescue, sorry that wasn't clear! It's a very nice rescue but they do want to place them.


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