Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Muzzled Mouths...Not



This is a picture I took a couple weeks ago. I've been saving it for a busy(ier that usual) day when I am going to try to get a lot of work caught up so I can go snorgle some more lambies ;-).

Saint Tim was cleaning out the sheep barn - think several trips out back with the manure spreader through a couple of gates, and trust me, these punks are not. helpful. It's easiest to just throw them in prison. This also gave me a good opportunity to fit the three fatties (Hickory, T-Bone and Gato) with grazing muzzles.

The super lush green grass can be very dangerous in the early spring and sometimes again in the fall. Overeating, while not good for any of us (unless it involves chocolate ;-), can kill horses by causing colic, founder... In the past I've had great luck using grazing muzzles - like a plastic and web bucket with a hole in the bottom that slows down their eating. All the horses wore them and stayed safe.

Now that Handy's gotten up in years, he actually needs all that grass. Which means he doesn't wear a muzzle. Which means he takes it off his best friend T-Bone. Who then takes it off his best friend Gato and then rips it off his new friend Hickory. Rinse and repeat.

I've tried adding tape to all the key parts. Tim wired up something on Hickory's last night. It's off again this morning. We're using the popular Best Friend Grazing Muzzle. Any suggestions?

In the meantime, I'm headed out to see if my saddle still fits an "I can't believe I ate the whole thing" bloated, lazy, fat piggy. And then I'm going to get a lot of work caught up so we can return to our regularly scheduled programming of more lamb cuteness :-D.

11 comments:

Lori Skoog said...

I've been waiting for this beautiful photo to surface. What a great catch.

Ed said...

Ahhhhh gluttony, followed by sloth, my favorites..:-)

Dreaming said...

What a wonderful picture!
As for the muzzle... super glue?
I have the same muzzle. I've never tried letting Pippin out with it... since he can get his halter off in 10 seconds I'm thinking the muzzle would only take 5!
Good luck!

Tombstone Livestock said...

Love the barn, horses have that "when are you bringing food" look on their faces.

Grey Horse Matters said...

Love your barn and horses. We use the Best Friends muzzle for our piglets here too. Our Blue can absolutely destroy one in a day. Found out he loops it over a water spigot out back and pulls until its off and ripped to shreds. Nice. Good luck keeping yours on the two boys.

Shirley said...

I can't help with the muzzle problem, but I sure like that photo.

Nancy K. said...

Sometimes they're just too darned smart for their own good!

I love all the little, white stars on the foreheads.

...sigh... Horsey smells mmmmmmmmm!

Alice said...

I just caught the price of those Best Friend Grazing Muzzles. They look like an empty Easter basket! Can you remove the malted robins eggs from yours and see if Tim can use some Duck tape to stick it on the horse? It will not feel good if they try to yank it off.
Love the profile of the four bad boys :-)

Gayle said...

I'd have a hard time doing chores and not riding all day! :) Hope the saddle still fits.

Terry said...

What clever little piggies! Tell them it's for their own good, like that'll help, ha-ha.

Annette said...

Living in a dry climate we don't have much green grass. We have the problem of "I'll take yours off if you'll take off mine" with fly masks. No solution... Sorry. That's a great shot of them all lined up.

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