Here are our top tips for taking care of your horse on Bonfire Night.
Bonfire night can be fun for all but for animal and horse owners it can be a stressful time. Bonfire night doesn’t only seem to be on November 5th anymore so you may need to take precautions over a few evenings!
Horses are flight animals and will prefer to flee from perceived danger. The horse has a very fast response time. A prey animal must react instantly to a perceived danger to be able to survive.
Find out when any large local displays are scheduled and speak to your neighbours to see if they have plans to set off fireworks so you can plan and take the necessary precautions to keep your horse safe.
Here are our top tips for you and your horse on bonfire night:
- Decide whether to stable your horse or leave it turned out in the field. It is always best to try keep your horse in its familiar environment and normal routine. If your horse is to stay turned out always check the field for any foreign objects and check your fencing for any broken panels or potential hazards.
- Give plenty of hay to keep your horse occupied.
- You could try a calmer if your horse is naturally flighty.
- If your horse is extremely nervous speak to your vet about the options of an oral sedation.
- Try an aide to keep them occupied such as a treat lick or stable toy.
- Leave a radio on to try mask the noises of the fireworks.
- Try and stay with your horse or ensure there is an experienced person available to regularly check they are OK. If you are leaving someone to keep an eye on your horse ensure they have your contact details and details for your vet.
- Keep calm yourself. Your horse will sense if you are nervous too.
- Ensure you have adequate 3rd Party Liability Insurance incase your horse escapes from your stable yard or field.
- Ensure you have an efficient and effective fire procedure in place. You could speak to your local fire service for help and advice to put this in place.
- Check your field the following day to ensure no fireworks landed there, these can still potentially cause danger to your horse.
- It goes without saying… keep yourself safe too!!