Quantcast

Advice for the Firework Season

 

fireworksanimation-11During 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

Share with....Share on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterShare on Google+
See a calendar of all our forthcoming activities on the What's On page.  Below are the next events:
Upcoming Events
Nov
19
Sun
10:30 am William Blane master coach FBHS ... @ Lucton School
William Blane master coach FBHS ... @ Lucton School
Nov 19 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
William Blane master coach FBHS Clinics at Lucton School Whether you are just starting out on your journey with horses, want to develop your career, or need some help to progress to competing at a[...]
Nov
25
Sat
all-day Novice & Intermediate Winter SJ @ Kings EC
Novice & Intermediate Winter SJ @ Kings EC
Nov 25 all-day
Please see schedule here Area Novice & Intermediate Showjumping  
Nov
26
Sun
all-day BETH BARNETT FLATWORK / DRESSAGE... @ Farlands Indoor School
BETH BARNETT FLATWORK / DRESSAGE... @ Farlands Indoor School
Nov 26 all-day
BETH BARNETT FLATWORK / DRESSAGE TEST RIDING CLINIC 26th November @ Farlands Indoor School, Lingen, SY7 0DX £35 for an hr individual lesson incl. School hire. Beth is very happy to teach all levels from[...]
Nov
29
Wed
1:00 pm William Blane master coach FBHS ... @ Lucton School
William Blane master coach FBHS ... @ Lucton School
Nov 29 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
William Blane master coach FBHS Clinics at Lucton School Whether you are just starting out on your journey with horses, want to develop your career, or need some help to progress to competing at a[...]