GreenGuard Grazing Muzzle
- Regular price
$ 99.95 USD
- Regular price
$ 0.00 USD
- Sale price
$ 99.95 USD
NOTE: THIS IS THE MUZZLE ONLY - Halter and accessories sold separately.
The GreenGuard Grazing Muzzle is truly the most comfortable grazing muzzle on the market. It limits grass intake as much as a traditional basket muzzle, but is more comfortable, lighter, and cooler with a patented open design that allows for unrestricted breathing and drinking. Made of material that is non-toxic, semi-flexible, durable, and does not absorb moisture, GreenGuard Grazing Muzzles often last much longer than traditional muzzles because horses aren't constantly trying to remove and destroy them.
Muzzle comes with 4 breakaway safety straps that attach to a standard halter (we recommend a safety halter), or it can be attached to one of our GG halters which has a ring on the noseband for easy attachment, a center face strap for stabilization, and padded nose and crown. 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. Horse size typically fits horses with 5-6 inch bit. Pony: 4.25-4.75 inch bit. Mini: 3.5-4 inch bit. Below is an example chart of sizes.
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: Customers outside of US & Canada - please contact your country's GreenGuard distributor to purchase GreenGuard products outside of the US & Canada. Free standard shipping on all US orders.
Which is the right size?
GreenGuard muzzle sizing is based on your horse's bit size. See our complete muzzle sizing guide.
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.
All my horses have to wear a grazing muzzle anytime they're on grass, so I've tried out quite a few. The GG muzzle is by far the best we've tried. I've never had it rub raw spots on any of the horses. They do not balk at putting them on, and the side clip makes it quick and easy to put on/take off. I love the fact that their nostrils are free as I'd think any muzzle could get pretty hot during summers in the South. I'm also pleased that GG has started making inserts to help preserve the muzzles. My older horses are voracious eaters, and the only times I've had to replace a muzzle is when they've worn down the bottom of the basket with their teeth. The inserts should help keep me from having to replace the muzzle.
GreenGuard Grazing Muzzle
As many customers have said, I also tried a few different manufacturers with limited to no luck. Too hot, too restrictive, too easy to get off etc etc. So… in desperation I ordered the GG, and voila! It WORKED. Our halflinger , who believes he’s on his last supper every day, has plenty of breathing room, can easily drink, and you can hear him actively crunching on the grass, his weight has stayed level, he hasn’t gotten the GG off. And our secondary use, is to keep the bite marks to a minimum on our older mare.
My Houdini of a haflinger took off her green guard muzzle everyday for the 2 weeks! I put on all the extra straps, watched the videos, and did it just like they said it, but somehow my crazy mare was still taking it off! I then decided to try just 2 hours at a time and gradually worked her up to wearing it longer and longer periods of time. Now we are up to her wearing it over 12 hours at a time, and she hasn’t taken it off in over 6 weeks! As long as I give her about an 8 to 10 hour break about ever 36 hours she is good! She is out on pasture 24/7 and cannot be kept in a stall for very long without getting extremely fussy. I am finally starting to see some results, and she is no longer at risk of laminitis!! I have gone thru 5 different muzzles with her, and so far this one is lasting the longest!
I was happy this grazing muzzle did not frustrate my horse. He was still able to to satisfy his natural need to graze, and lost his un-wanted body fat