The 4thof July is right around the corner. The day brings plenty of entertainment from parades to yummy food to fireworks. While most of the day sounds like a big fun party for everyone (Who can resist all the delicious treats?!), the evening can be not so much fun for your horsey friends. The fireworks are beautiful to look at, if you’re prepared. My friends and I, though, can find them terrifying and we may panic and try to run away from them.
What can you do to help your horse stay calm and safe? Firstly, you’ll want to check the local schedule of events to know what you need to plan for. You can also talk to your neighbors, so they’re aware of your safety concerns and can plan accordingly. You’ll want to stick to your horse’s routine as much as possible. Wherever you decide to leave your horse for the evening, you’ll want to do a safety check and make sure the space doesn’t have any potential hazards such as broken boards.
If your horse is accustomed to it, playing music can help distract it and cover up the noise of the fireworks. As we all know, horses seem to pick up on your emotions, so you’ll want to stay calm and relaxed. Lastly, your safety is most important. Never put yourself in a situation where you are likely to get hurt.
Enjoy all of the fabulous foods that go along with the picnics, but be prepared to keep yourself and your horse safe during the fireworks!
Until next time!