This time of the year can be very stressful for horse owners! Here are some top tips on how you can reduce the impact fireworks may have on your horses…
1) Give your horse plenty of hay to keep them occupied.
2)Leave a radio on playing music to help mask the noise and keep your horse calm.
3) Double-check you have adequate third-party liability insurance if the worst happens and your horse escapes and is scared they may cause an accident.
4) Always stay calm yourself, your horse will respond to your behaviour.
5)Consider using a calmer syringe a few hours before dark.
6) Stable your horse if possible and leave the stable/barn lights on to mask the flashes. However, familiarity is key, so if your horse isn’t used to being stabled, now is not the time to try!
7) Research where fireworks displays are happening in your area so you’re clued up and prepared!
8) Check the area in which your horse is being kept for potential dangers. Protruding nails, string, anything that when worked up your horse could injure themselves on.
9) Be sure to have all your vet’s details on hand, if the worst happens you want to be prepared, no extra stress needed.
10) Whatever you do, do not risk riding your horse when fireworks may be going off.