Just a little bit can’t hurt right? 


So today was the day to try out the new mouthguard on Grumpy, so that he can go on the land with the other horses. 

The reason why he has to use the mouthguard is because he has almost had laminitis(hoefbevangen) in the past and to avoid this coming back he can’t eat grass. 

A lot of people find this type of mouthguards really sad looking and not nessescary. I can’t tell how many times someone has told me “oh, but just a little bit of grass can’t hurt”. So to ensure I wasn’t being a overprotective nelly I had yet another talk with my farrier about it. 

He straight up told me that the best thing I could do for Grumpy, was to not let him out without the mask, cause the chance of him getting laminitis was way to big. He told that he faced huge issues with people standing at big stables being overhauled by people saying their opinion without really knowing and him ending up with yet another horse with laminitis. He said he would advice people not to let the horse grass and then they wouldn’t listen and afterwards come crying back to him. 

I often feel I overreact and become overprotective of Grumpy because other people say “pfft, it’s not that bad”(something I got to learn not to listen to). So today, getting the validation that I am not, that I am just looking out for the well-being of my horse feels good. Laminitis can be extremely painful and even deadly for horses. Advising someone that has almost had it to go out and grass isnt good. Unless you know the horse inside out or am a farrier, you shouldn’t give any advice. 

Luckily Grumpy didn’t react badly to the mask. He just had a bit of a walk around the field and quickly settled down to watch whatever was happening. Which again means that I next week can let him out for more hours. So overall win- win today!


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  1. Thank you for sharing. My horse got laminitis too last year. It is a serious and very painful disease. My vet advised me: put your horse on a diet, buy a grazing mask and…. stay out of chatrooms about laminitis on the internet. ;-))

    My horse is OK with the mask too: I give her a treat every time she gets it on and she doesn’t try to loose it which I am grateful for.

    I wish you and your horse all the best. I prefer a mask over solitary confinement in a paddock every day.

    1. Aaw thank you for this lovely reply. And glad to hear that your horse is doing well with the mask.

      I totally agree, I would rather want him outside then being confined. So far it seems like he is accepting the mask, so I’m glad to see that!

  2. So great of you to speak out loud. My horse has also a mouth guard. Sometimes it breaks my heart that he really needs one, even though he seems to hande the guard fine. I don’t listen to other people because I know the risk and the importance of the guard. Thereby you need to feel the condition of the horse not only watch with your eyes. Still it hurts when people act like you’re overprotective and mistreat your horse. So, I think it is great that you wrote about this subject!

    1. Awe thank you for this nice comment! Glad to see I’ve got several “guard” friends, luckily our horses can still be outside and enjoy life even tough it looks a bit sad. Xx

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