Some Quick Tips to Help You and Your Horse Survive the Fireworks

by Caitlyn Andrews July 01, 2016

Tips to Keep Your Horse Safe During the 4th of July Fireworks

The 4th of July weekend is here! That means cookouts, time with family and friends, and of course... fireworks. Whether you love them or hate them, they're a reality this weekend and horse owners need to be ready. Here are some tips to help you and your equine friends survive the holiday:

  1. Check for local firework displays: Make sure you know the dates and times of any public firework displays. If you have neighbors close by that you think will use fireworks for the holiday, talk to them first and find out when they plan to do their display. Knowing when and where fireworks will be taking place near your farm will help you prepare your horses.
  2. Look over your horses' enclosure: If your horses usually stay outside then keep them in their field. If they're used to being stalled at night then bring them in. It's best to stick to their routine. Look over their pastures and stalls and make sure everything is in working order. If your horse does spook from the fireworks this can lessen their chance of injury.
  3. Have someone stay with your horses during the display: If you are going to be gone during the fireworks have someone who is experienced stay with your horses until the fireworks are over. Be sure to leave contact information for you and your vet should an emergency occur. If you can be with them, make sure that you remain calm as it will help keep your horse calm. If your horse is anxious, be careful around them. Try not to get yourself in a position where you could be injured if your horse were to startle.
  4. Leave barn lights and stable lights on: It helps to keep the lights on for your horse during the fireworks display. If they're in a barn you can even play music to help drown out the noise a bit. Make sure your horses are used to the music before trying this.
  5. Don't ride your horse during the display: This one almost goes without saying, but it's still a good reminder. If you're used to riding your horses in the evening this weekend may be a good time to ride earlier in the day or take a break. Fireworks could start earlier than planned. Even if your horse has been fine around fireworks in the past, it's best not to risk being the saddle during a fireworks display.

We hope you have a happy and safe 4th of July weekend!

Caitlyn Andrews
Caitlyn Andrews


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