Our buckle nose halters are great to ensure a perfect fit on your horse (or donkey) for maximum comfort during turnout. We also learned, through the Pony Express blog, that they can easily take on a grazing muzzle, should spring or summer pastures become too rich.
“When Jacke contacted me I had just decided to try something for donkey weight loss, which is his very own greenguard grazing muzzle. I needed a second halter for him but wasn’t sure where to go since he’s a weird size. Two Horse Tack was the perfect solution as I was able to give them his custom measurements.”
Get your own buckle nose halter here.
We came across this interesting press release item from Dr. Juliet Getty of http://www.GettyEquineNutrition.com. Definitely worth considering if you have choices about how long to leave your horse out on pasture during the spring and summer. Enjoy!
If you let your horse out to graze on pasture for only a few hours each day, and provide hay the rest of the time, you’ve likely noticed how he approaches the grass like a vacuum cleaner, barely lifting his head the entire time he is outside. On the other hand, horses who graze on pasture 24/7 are more relaxed, eating less grass at a slower pace, taking time to rest and interact with buddies.
Researchers at North Carolina State University were interested in just how much pasture horses consume at varying combinations of pasture and hay availability. What they found confirms what we have all witnessed. At varying levels of pasture turnout, an 1100 lb (500 kg) horse will consume the following amounts of grass dry matter (all horses were given free choice hay when removed from pasture):
- 24 hours/day: 0.77 lb per hour (0.35 kg/hr)
- 9 hours/day: 1.32 lb/hr (0.6 kg/hr)
- 6 hours/day: 1.65 lb/hr (0.75 kg/hr)
- 3 hours/day: 2.2 lb/hr (1.0 kg/hr)
The less time you allow for pasture grazing, the more excited your horse will be at the opportunity to have fresh grass and he will eat nearly three times faster than if he had access to pasture 24/7.