The British Horse Society are reminding owners to prepare for the firework season with their horses.
Providing information in a downloadable leaflet, the charity is urging owners to do as much as they can to limit the impact that fireworks will have on their horses.
Prior to firework season, they suggest desensitising horses to loud noises by playing CDs with loud bangs. Various CDs are available and can be played to your horse at a low level, before slowly increasing the volume as they become comfortable with the noise.
They also suggest making preparations to secure your yard, should your horse manage to break out of a stable or field in a panic.
What to do during firework season:
- Keep barn doors closed if your horse is stabled to limit the effect of fireworks
- Play music in the barn or stable area to dull the sound of the bangs
- Leave stable lights on to help lessen the effect of flashes in the sky
- Keep your horse’s routine as normal as possible
- Ensure an experienced and calm person stays with the horse until the fireworks have finished
If your horse really struggles with fireworks and you know they could put themselves or others in danger, it might be a good idea to speak with your vet about sedating.
The BHS say that fireworks cause ‘dramatic and dangerous’ reactions in horses, with accounts in the past of horses jumping over stable doors and out of fields in a panic. These horses can end up on roads and have a horrific accident.