Friday, July 1, 2011

Fireworks and Horses

The 4th of July is just days away. If you are like me, you dread nightfall, because that is the time when your crazy neighbor decides it is time to shoot off a truckload of fireworks in the field next to your horse pasture. The first time my horses heard fireworks, I thought they were going to run through the fence. Now I've learned to bring them in the barn and turn up volume on the barn radio to help keep them safe. I came across this article from The Horse with some good tips on how to prepare your horses for a fireworks display:

The Horse | Fireworks and Horses: Preparing for the Big Boom

I think the key is to know your horse so that you can predict where he will feel most comfortable and secure. For some, that may be in the barn with their buddies, while others may prefer to be out in their pasture. Making sure that your fences are in good repair and there is nothing that a scared horse may run into is a good idea. And if your horse truly can become a danger to himself, consider talking to your vet about whether or not it is safe to administer sedatives.

Enjoy your 3-day weekend everyone, and stay safe! Happy 4th of July!

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for the tips. At least one horse goes thru the fence every other 4th of July near us. If neighbors would kindly give a heads up earlier on in the day or week that there would be fireworks, that would be helpful!