GreenGuard Grazing Muzzle
- Regular price
$ 99.95 USD
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$ 0.00 USD
- Sale price
$ 99.95 USD
NOTE: THIS IS THE MUZZLE ONLY - Halter and accessories sold separately.
Our grazing muzzle reduces forage intake while remaining comfortable, light, and cool. Made from highly durable, food-grade material. Open design allows for unrestricted breathing and drinking. We offer a 1-year limited warranty on all muzzles.
Muzzles include 4 breakaway straps that can be attached to any halter (we recommend a safety halter). GG halter sold separately.
SIZING (U.S. and Canada only): These muzzles are designed to fit much larger than traditional muzzles. If your horse is between sizes we recommend going with the larger size.
Caution: Horse and Pony sizes may not fit in some types of automatic waterers if the diameter is less than 10 inches. Please check to ensure the muzzle will fit in your waterer before ordering.
SHIPPING: Free standard shipping on all US orders. Customers outside of US & Canada - please contact your country's GreenGuard distributor to purchase GreenGuard products outside of the US & Canada.
How to connect the straps?
As a rule, the muzzle is angled properly when the front strap is longer, and the rear strap (behind the chin) is very short. Here's our best practices video for our leather breakaway straps. It includes our recommendation to cinch them down with electrical tape. Loopy straps can get caught on things and breakaway prematurely!
Will it work with my horse's halter?
- The GreenGuard muzzle is compatible with just about any halter you've ever tried. It's just a matter of finding the right connection points, keeping the muzzle from sliding, and using a breakaway safety halter. Here's our tutorial on attaching a GreenGuard muzzle to a standard halter.
- You can also convert any halter into a GG-style halter - with a center face strap - by using our fleece converter set. The fleece helps prevent rubs while the center strap provides an anchor for the front muzzle strap.
Prevent and Manage Rubs
Here is our general tutorial covering all of the major causes and solutions for muzzle and halter rubs.
Nose and Chin Rubbing:
We recommend the use of electrical tape to manage and prevent nose and chin rubs that can develop from straps or halter parts coming into contact with your horse's face.
Have a draft or draft cross whose mouth is just a little too big for the horse-size muzzle? We have a DIY procedure for expanding the back panel. Note: it will void your warranty, so reach out with any questions.
If your horse is developing a rub underneath the chin or behind the jaw, we have a video about treating jaw rubbing.
Can i cover muzzle holes?
Our leather muzzle inserts are useful, not only in extending muzzle life and being gentler on horse teeth, but also for aiding in grass restriction. We've developed two approaches.
Muzzles and Tooth Wear
According to the National Equine Welfare Council's "Grazing Muzzle Guidance," all grazing muzzles carry a risk of tooth wear. The NEWC recommends your horse get at least an annual check by an equine vet or dental specialist.
This video addresses everything we know to date about preventive measures and solutions for tooth care while using a grazing muzzle.
We highly recommend cleaning your GreenGuard muzzle and checking your horse's teeth regularly when they are wearing a muzzle.
Finally, leather and rubber muzzle inserts have been designed to prolong the life of your muzzle and to wear faster and be gentler on horse teeth.
How much do muzzles restrict grass intake?
According to the National Equine Welfare Council's "Grazing Muzzle Guidance," "grazing muzzles can reduce grass intake by up to 80%." (seek to 4:24 in the video link for the exact quote)
In practice, real grass restriction depends on a number of factors: the grazing muzzle, the horse that is wearing it, how long the grass is, and how practiced the horse is at grazing in a muzzle, among others.
What is undeniable is that horses in grazing muzzles get more exercise than horses in stalls or in dry lots. A turned-out, muzzled horse gets less grass and more exercise, both of which contribute to weight management.
If your horse requires further grass restriction than the muzzle alone, there are solutions. Muzzle inserts cover off between 30% (leather) and 50% ("diet") of available grazing area.
We have also developed methods for further customizing the size of the GreenGuard muzzle holes. This project requires a vinyl placemat and one of our leather muzzle inserts.
Is there a "Diet" insert for the mini muzzle?
The tabless leather insert - for Mini, Pony, or Pre-2022 Horse- size muzzles with no slots - has holes about 30% smaller than the muzzle as is.
The part that is blocked with the leather insert is right down the center which is the main grazing area in the mini muzzle.
Because of the mini muzzle's unique curvature, they typically aren't able to graze through the outer edges very well, so their actual open grazing area is quite small with the leather insert. The leather insert also makes the muzzle grazing surface much thicker. Most owners find that the leather insert provides the right amount of restriction and is comparable to the diet inserts in the other two sizes even though it doesn't look as restrictive.
While you can customize the size of the mini muzzle's holes, we do not recommend doing this unless you have been advised by a vet or nutritionist that they need this level of grass restriction.
This is so amazing. Doesn't rub, doesn't get stuck in things, doesn't hurt her. Best muzzle we've ever tried.
Bought the mini size & it is perfect!
We're so glad the mini muzzle is a good fit for y'all! If you ever get a good photo, we'd love to see it in action!
The only muzzle that worked for us! HIGHLY recommend!!!
I bought the grazing muzzle and the breakaway halter to use with it. I was very happy with both. My horse tolerated it well. She is an easy keeper that lives outside on pasture with her buddies. I was concerned about her weight gain and used your halter during the day and removed it at night. This system worked really well and brought her weight under control. She had no trouble drinking or breathing while wearing it unlike other muzzles I had tried. I would highly recommend it.
Mary, that your horse tolerated the halter/muzzle combo and it helped manage her weight is just about the best thing we can hear. We know muzzling can be challenging under the best circumstances, so even 'tolerating it well' is a big deal. If you or she have any issues going forward or ever need any help with adjustments, please reach out!
Our new horse had no hips or shoulders showing. She measured 1432 pounds. With the help of the GreenGuard grazing muzzle, she is safely on all day turnout and we maintain her at 1120 pounds. She looks and feels so much better! She's black, the other muzzles were too confining and she would overheat. LOVE this muzzle.
Lynn, thank you so much for letting us know how your horse has done with the GreenGuard muzzle! We would LOVE to see before and after photos if you have any! What matters most is that she is comfortable and happy and getting healthier. That's what we're all working towards. If she or you ever have any issues or questions, please reach out to email@example.com. We're here to help.