Advice for the Firework Season
During firework season most horse owners naturally worry about the effects fireworks will have on their horse. There is not a lot we can do to prevent displays taking place but we can do certain things to help our horses through this distressing time.
Horses are flight animals therefore their natural instinct is to run away from something that frightens them. If you have no choice but to keep you horse out during the firework season then simple checks to your field should be undertaken to ensure their safety.
- Check fencing is secure so that if your horse runs around the field they will safely stay contained!
- Remove objects from the field i.e. jumps, vehicles, buckets etc the less there is in the field for the horse to bump in to the better!
- Feed hay in the field/give extra hay to keep the horses occupied.
- Check regularly and more often if possible – Fortunatly the fireworks season is short but remember the weekend before November 5th and after are popular times for major events so the firework period could last 10 days or more.
- The BHS have the following advice for keeping a horse in the barn:
- If your horse is kept in a barn or enclosed stable area it might be possible to limit the effect of fireworks by keeping barn doors closed
- Playing music within the barn or stable area may dull the sound of the bangs depending on the distance – NB: This should be introduced before the event so the music is itself not something for the horse to worry about
- Leave stable or barn lights on as this may help lessen the effect of the bright lights and flashes in the night sky
- Unfortunately we can do nothing about the burning smell that accompanies fireworks except hope the prevailing wind direction takes it away from the horses
- Try as far as possible to keep your horse in its normal routine so it feels secure
- Take care when the horse is startled, an injured owner is no good to anyone!
If you are unfortunate enough to have a problem caused by fireworks, please report it to The British Horse Society on its dedicated fireworks accident online form at www.horseaccidents.org.uk