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Keeping Horses Safe During 4th of July Celebrations

 

Keeping Horses Safe During 4th of July Celebrations

 

                        Fireworks may frighten horses

 

During the 4th of July holiday, most everyone can be found celebrating the birth of our nation in various ways, such as: picnics, parades, fireworks, and many other festivities that may stress your horses, possibly spooking them.  What can be done to help keep the horses safe during this holiday?

 

Accustom Horses to Loud Noises

My horse is boarded at a farm in a rural area where some of the area property owners target shoot on their property.  This has accustomed the horses to loud noises and bangs.  Therefore, fireworks are not as big of a problem for them.

 

Avoid Spooking By Sheltering Horses

What may help the horses during the fireworks and loud noises is to keep them in a shelter or stall away from the noise with plenty of hay in front of them.  Trees will help muffle the sound as well as hide the fireworks display from them.  Chewing hay helps the horses relax.

 

Make sure the fencing is safe and secure.  If it is an electric fence, check to be sure it is working.  

 

Use Static Noise to Drown Out the Sound of Fireworks

If the horses are stalled, or sheltered, turn on the radio and the fans to help drown out the loud noises of the fireworks and neighboring parties.  Music has a calming effect.

 

Sedatives

Sedatives or herbal remedies can also be used to help keep horses calm.  Consult your veterinarian about using sedatives and herbal remedies to quiet your horses.

 

Know Your Horses

Some horses are not bothered by the loud noises, while others may be very sensitive to the fireworks displays.  Know your horses and what ways would work to keep them calm and safe during the 4th of July celebrations.

 

Go ahead and enjoy your 4th of July celebration!  Keep it a safe and enjoyable one for you and your equine friends.

 

 

Brigita McKelvie is a REALTOR®  (Pennsylvania License #RS297130) with Cindy Stys Equestrian & Country Properties, specializing in rural and horse properties and farms in Eastern Pennsylvania.  She has an e-Pro® (Certified Internet Expert) certification and a GRI (Graduate, REALTOR® Institute) designation.  

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Comment balloon 6 commentsBrigita McKelvie, Associate Broker • June 27 2017 03:32PM

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It s good to have plans for all of our animal friends

Posted by William Feela, Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No. (WHISPERING PINES REALTY) 3 months ago

I know that many cats my family has had would get startled by fireworks. I can't imagine how hard it is to keep a horse calm without taking at least some of these precautions. 

Posted by Michelle Carr-Crowe-Top 1% Diamond Certified Real Estate Team Sells Cupertino San Jose Homes-Just Call 408-252-8900, Family Helping Families Buy & Sell Homes 40+ Years (Get Results Team...Just Call (408) 252-8900!) 3 months ago

Good afternoon Brigita - those are good suggested.  Horses and other pets can really get unnerved by fireworks.

Posted by Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes (Performance Development Strategies) 3 months ago

Good morning, Will!

It is always a good idea to plan ahead to keep our animals safe.

Brigita

Posted by Brigita McKelvie, Associate Broker, The Broker with horse sense and no horsing around (Cindy Stys Equestrian and Country Properties, Ltd.) 3 months ago

Good morning, Michelle!

As big as horses are, it takes a lot more to keep them safe and calm during stressful times.  It is up to us to take every possible precaution to keep them calm during these times.

Brigita

Posted by Brigita McKelvie, Associate Broker, The Broker with horse sense and no horsing around (Cindy Stys Equestrian and Country Properties, Ltd.) 3 months ago

Good morning, Grant!

All we can do for our beloved animals is keep them as calm as we possibly can during these stressful times.

Brigita

Posted by Brigita McKelvie, Associate Broker, The Broker with horse sense and no horsing around (Cindy Stys Equestrian and Country Properties, Ltd.) 3 months ago

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