Fireworks and Your Horse: Top Tips

3rd November 2015

ONE.Find out when your local displays will be happening by looking at local press, notice boards and listening to the radio; most displays can be found online too.

TWO.Wherever possible, tell neighbours and local firework display organisers that there are horses nearby, so they can ensure fireworks are set off in the opposite direction.

THREE.It is sensible to maintain your horse’s normal routine to make it feel secure. If it is usually stabled, keep it stabled. If it is normally out in the field, keep it there as long as it is safe, secure and not close to the firework display area.

FOUR.If stabled, check thoroughly for anything that could cause potential injury if your horse becomes startled. This includes objects such as protruding nails and string.

FIVE.If your horse is to stay in the field, check that your fencing is totally secure and that there are no dangerous foreign objects lying around.

SIX.Playing music on a radio outside the stable is a nice way of distracting their attention and can be quite soothing.

SEVEN.Boredom and an empty belly can sometimes lead to stress so make sure your horse or pony has plenty of hay to keep them occupied.

EIGHT.Whatever you do, don’t risk riding when you think fireworks might be set off.

NINE.If you know that displays have happened in your area the night before, make sure you check your field before turnout for any fireworks remains.

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