Muzzles bad for paddocks?
Before I even ask, yes, i have horses that wear muzzles so one could argue why do I worry about grass growing. I am only going to try to prevent them from eating it. But, it's vanity, neighbor pride, good forage for the one that does not get muzzled, etc.
Does anyone else wonder if muzzling eventually deteriorates your paddocks? My muzzle guys "push" the muzzle to the ground then eat the grass. Resulting in very close cropped grass. I rotate, fertilize, seed, etc and horses are not out 24/7, have about 1.5 acres per horse. 2 muzzled, 1 not. This year our paddocks looked great, green and lush, but sadly a lot was a more crab grass like grass, and now they are looking kind of brownish. Thickly covered, just not what they should look like in NoVa at this time of year.