Thursday, 3 November 2016
Fireworks and Horses
Animals are terrified of fireworks, they don't know that humans are celebrating, bangs, whooshs and the night sky lighting up can send them into sheer panic so extra care needs to be taken when there is a likelihood of fireworks near your horses.
Forewarned is forearmed so keep an eye out for firework displays in your area being advertised in the local press, on social media etc. Ask your neighbours if they are planning on having fireworks for GuyFawkes, New Year, July 4th etc. If you know in advance that there is going to be a firework display near your horses you can arrange to stay with them. It's always worth talking to the organisers of firework displays to make them aware that there are horses in the area and to ask them to make sure that the fireworks are set off in the opposite direction to the horses.
Generally it's best not to change your horse's routine as this can add to their stress. If your horse is stabled an extra thick bed banked around the edges can help to prevent injury and casting. Check carefully to make sure there is nothing they can injure themselves on.
If your horse is out at grass make sure that the fences and gates are in good repair, again check there is nothing in the field they could injure themselves on.
Plan a fire procedure. Make sure your mobile phone is fully charged and in case of emergency your vet's telephone number.
If you know that your horse is very frightened of fireworks speak to your vet, they may advise sedation.
Also remember that at least third party insurance is advisable because if your horse does escape and cause damage the law states that you are accountable.
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