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  • How to prevent rubs from grazing muzzle?

    My air fern DraftX needs to wear a grazing muzzle until all of the grass finally dies back in his pasture (he has put on too much weight for winter). I put a grazing muzzle on him, but now he has rubs under his chin where the nylon hits him. There's also a connection point to the halter right where the rub is. I'm not sure if covering the area with fleece will be sufficient and cover all of the areas where he's being rubbed. Because he's a drafty he needs at least an oversize or draft size muzzle.. I can't find any in that size near me with fleece already attached. Any suggestions for how to keep him rub free and not grazing too much? Thanks.

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    I do put fleece on my muzzles, as needed, where needed. Also, sometimes stick moleskin to areas that the fleece just doesn't work in. The muzzle must be clean and dry for the moleskin to stick well.

    Another thing you can try is an anti-chafe gel. Find it in the pharmacy "women's personals" section. That helps the muzzles slide more easily and reduces some rubs. You do have to reapply regularly though.

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    • #3
      Skin Glide. It's found in sport stores, It comes in a rub on stick similar to underarm deodorant. Not greasy.

      It also works on other rubs and us.
      Some riders change their horse, they change their saddle, they change their teacher; they never change themselves.

      Remember the horse does all the work, we just sit there and look pretty.

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      • #4
        I put duct tape on the muzzle where it's rubbing and replace when it falls off.

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        • #5
          Fleece, fleece and more fleece....

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          • #6
            One of the boarders at the barn wraps her horse's grazing muzzle in an old polo. she just weaves it around
            Oh, well, clearly you're not thoroughly indoctrinated to COTH yet, because finger pointing and drawing conclusions are the cornerstones of this great online community. (Tidy Rabbit)

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            • #7
              I buy polar fleece from the Walmart sewing section. A yard (36' x 60") is about $4. I cut it in 2" wide strips by about 12" lengths and wrap where needed, and then just knot on the outside of the muzzle. Cheap and works well. When it gets dirty and gross, I just cut the strips off and replace them. One yard of fabric lasts a long time. If you're not picky about color, only function, you can usually find remnants in the closeout bin for pennies on the dollar.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by SonnysMom View Post
                One of the boarders at the barn wraps her horse's grazing muzzle in an old polo. she just weaves it around

                I do a combination of this and fleece (also I've glue gunned strips of an old polo to the underside but then I got lazy and just wrapped it up and secured with some electrical tape, which I always have on hand to secure the greenguard muzzle straps.

                What helped the most was to cut superthin strips and wrap them around the hardware.
                Your crazy is showing. You might want to tuck that back in.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by amymoyer View Post
                  My air fern DraftX needs to wear a grazing muzzle until all of the grass finally dies back in his pasture (he has put on too much weight for winter). I put a grazing muzzle on him, but now he has rubs under his chin where the nylon hits him. There's also a connection point to the halter right where the rub is. I'm not sure if covering the area with fleece will be sufficient and cover all of the areas where he's being rubbed. Because he's a drafty he needs at least an oversize or draft size muzzle.. I can't find any in that size near me with fleece already attached. Any suggestions for how to keep him rub free and not grazing too much? Thanks.
                  I have a very sensitive skinned horse and the only thing that does not rub him is the green guard muzzle. His old muzzle was so wrapped up in cotton people would ask me if he had surgery.
                  "When a true genius appears in the world, you may know him by this sign, that the dunces are all in a confederacy against him."

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by amymoyer View Post
                    My air fern DraftX needs to wear a grazing muzzle until all of the grass finally dies back in his pasture (he has put on too much weight for winter). I put a grazing muzzle on him, but now he has rubs under his chin where the nylon hits him. There's also a connection point to the halter right where the rub is. I'm not sure if covering the area with fleece will be sufficient and cover all of the areas where he's being rubbed. Because he's a drafty he needs at least an oversize or draft size muzzle.. I can't find any in that size near me with fleece already attached. Any suggestions for how to keep him rub free and not grazing too much? Thanks.
                    Have you checked out/gotten the measurements for the Shire's Deluxe grazing muzzle? Prewrapped in synthetic fleece and comes in oversize; you'd need to get the measurements, but they are available through a lot of websites. I have them for my hinny and one of my mini donks, and they've held up great.

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                    • #11
                      Get a Greenguard grazing muzzle. They are designed to fit loosely and do not rub. Both of my horses wear Greenguards and they never have rubs. But if you want to keep the traditional basket style muzzle, duct tape should do the trick.

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