Fireworks can cause some horses to freak out, while others seem to barely notice them. How you care for your horse depends on your unique animal. Follow these dos and don'ts to keep your horse calm and well during the next fireworks celebration in your area:
Do Try to Learn About Your Horse's History with Fireworks
The best indicator for how horses will behave during an upcoming event with fireworks is how they have acted in the past. If they have a history of trauma that's associated with loud noises, they may be prone to freaking out during a fireworks display. However, your horse may remain calm during fireworks. It helps if you and any other horses and donkeys you have are also calm.
Don't Set Off Fireworks Around Your Horse
While fireworks that occur within your community are probably beyond your control, you should take charge of the celebrations on your own property. Never set off fireworks anywhere around your horse. Even a mild-mannered horse who seems fine around fireworks may behave in unexpected ways. If you feel the need to set off fireworks on your property, do it in the location that's furthest away from your horses as well as their living and feeding quarters.
Do Pay Attention to Warning Signs
If you know your horse is anxious and has a history of trauma, don't take any chances. If you have multiple horses that may get stressed, that's even worse. Ignoring the probability that horses may get upset and endanger themselves or others isn't wise. Don't put yourself or your animals at risk. If your horse gets stressed, ask your veterinarian about sedatives or other things that may calm down your horse.
Don't Ignore Simple Stuff
There are a variety of simple things you can do help soothe your horse and diffuse what could be a problematic situation. You may try to play soft, calming music to distract your horse from the loud noises in the background. Turning on lights in the barn may help, too, since that can make the lights from the fireworks not seem so sudden. You may also distract them with food and treats. Don't overdo it, but what horse wouldn't enjoy a treat?
Finally, keep in mind that you should talk to your veterinarian with any questions or concerns. Always know where your nearest equine hospital is and have an action plan for how you can get there in an emergency. It's important to expect the worst and hope for the best when it comes to caring for your horse and keeping your four-legged, majestic friend happy
Contact a company like Alabama Performance Horse Services for more information and assistance.