Thursday, June 23, 2011

Research confirms effectiveness of grazing muzzles

Using a grazing muzzle appears to be more effective than restricting access to pasture, for reducing the amount of grass eaten by ponies, according to a recent study.

Pasture intake by the ponies grazing for three hours without muzzles averaged 0.8% (with some eating close to 1%) of their bodyweight, which is the equivalent of up to two thirds of the recommended daily dry matter intake  for many ponies on restricted diets.

In contrast, the pasture intake of the ponies when wearing muzzles was around 0.14% of bodyweight over three hours, representing an average reduction of 83% compared to when they were not wearing muzzles.


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