We want your horses, ponies, and donkeys to be as successful as possible in the GreenGuard muzzle. We've made a number of step-by-step tutorials to get you off to the right start before you even take the new gear out to the barn, stall, or pasture.
If you need the deluxe treatment - you bought anti-rubbing stickers, corner straps, and you have an escape artist of a horse who loves wriggling out of tack - here's the complete set-up guide:
If you have a very patient, calm, and willing horse and would like to set everything up with the animal present, here is a set-up video for that scenario.
- The leather muzzle straps are designed to break away for safety purposes. We also recommend using a breakaway halter with your muzzle for additional safety.
- CAUTION: Check to ensure muzzle fits in your horse's water source. Horse and pony size muzzles may not fit in automatic waterers smaller than 11 inches in diameter.
- Your horse will not be able to access a salt/mineral block through the muzzle. If wearing the muzzle for long periods of time, salt and mineral supplements may be necessary.
- ALL GRAZING MUZZLES POSE SOME RISK OF TEETH WEAR due to the fact that the horse's teeth may rub against the interior surface of the muzzle. To reduce this risk, wash the muzzle regularly to remove dirt and sand. You should check horse's front teeth weekly, and if there are any signs of abnormal wear, discontinue use.
GreenGuard Grazing Muzzle Angle
Many of the issues we see with the GreenGuard Grazing Muzzle can be corrected by adjusting the angle of the muzzle by lengthening and shortening the muzzle straps. The muzzle's grazing surface should be parallel to your horse's teeth.
Rule of thumb: the strap behind the chin is almost always going to be shorter than the strap from the noseband. Kara gives you an in-depth look at getting the best possible angle for your equine's comfort and ease of grazing.
How to Fit a GreenGuard Grazing Muzzle
1. Position muzzle. The correct orientation of the GreenGuard muzzle is 3 slots to the front and 5 slots to each side. The front of the muzzle has a "greenguard" logo. Note that the muzzle is not symmetrical; if the muzzle is fitted sideways, your horse may not be able to fully open their mouth.
2. Attach straps to muzzle. Attach front strap to the ring on your halter's noseband. Attach the back strap under the horse's chin. Attach straps on either side to the halter's noseband or eyelets so that they hang perpendicular to the noseband.
3. Adjust the straps so that there is about 1 inch of space between the bottom of the muzzle and your horse's mouth, or about a half an inch for a mini pony. Fitted correctly, the muzzle should move freely around a horse's mouth. If it is fitted too tightly, it can lead to rubbing problems.
4. Adjust the straps so that the bottom of the GreenGuard muzzle is parallel to the ground when your horse is grazing. For further fitting tips, we have a handy tutorial video to lead you through the fitting process, and one on getting the best possible angle.
Additional Tips for Fitting a GreenGuard Grazing Muzzle
Tip: Securing straps. Our newer straps have an additional back keeper bar. After you attach the strap to the muzzle, sliding it through the back keeper will prevent the strap from flopping about.
Tip: Resolving rubbing issues. The GreenGuard muzzle is designed to fit larger and more loosely than traditional grazing muzzles. The fit is based on bit size so that it has play around a horse's nose and mouth. For detailed solutions to rubbing problems, check here.
Tips for Houdini Horses and Other Escape Artists
We have heard and seen just about everything when it comes to Houdini horses, those horses who seem to be able to escape every muzzle.
Horses who sneak out of the corner of their muzzle or get their foot stuck in a corner may need some extra help. We offer corner straps that you can buy, or you can try baling twine. We have a do it yourself video tutorial for using twine to block corners of the horse and pony sized muzzle and a companion piece for the mini muzzle.
Have More Questions? Just Ask!
If you'd like another copy of the instructions that come with GreenGuard grazing muzzles, you can download the latest version in a single pdf.
GreenGuard Grazing Muzzle Instructions.
If you have any questions, problems, or comments, please don't hesitate to contact us! We take great pride in our product, and your satisfaction is very important to us.
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GreenGuard Grazing Muzzle Demo