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Control Your Horse's Weight With a Grazing Muzzle
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Does My Horse Need a Grazing Muzzle?
 
We've all seen them, the horse in the field looking like Hannibal Lector in a grazing muzzle. That grazing muzzle is not keeping them from biting; it's to keep him from eating!
 
Grazing Muzzles have become an unfortunate necessity for many horses today. Much like people, horses are suffering from the effects of overeating and obesity. These horses seem to get fat on air and are often called "easy keepers." There is likely a genetic predisposition that makes these horses very efficient at utilizing calories and, in turn, makes them require a lower plane of nutrition than their naturally thinner pasture mates.
 
The term Equine Metabolic Syndrome has been used to describe this condition. The four features of the syndrome are:
  • Obesity
  • Regional adiposity (fat deposits)
  • Insulin resistance
  • Laminitis

If your horse shows any of these symptoms you may want to consider a grazing muzzle for your horse! Find out more information in our blog post: Ask the Equine Vet: Grazing Muzzles and Metabolic Syndrome.

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