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Gearing up for New Years Eve...
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Gearing up for New Years Eve...

I live fairly close to town & anytime there's a reason (or sometimes not) to celebrate, folks around here break out the fireworks & guns. Have you ever considered how your horse reacts to stuff like that? I recently read about a horse rescue in New York that experienced this & learned a few things about a couple of their rescued horses during a fireworks display. A few of the horses spooked & basically went bezzerk for a time. Other than shattered nerves, thankfully none of the horses were hurt or injured. I could feel the anger, frustration & disappointment in the owners voice as she was writing this for others to read. 

There never has been nor will ever be a horse that is 100% "bombproof". Keeping this in mind as I gear up for New Years Eve with Cookie, the best I can do for her is to pray, sack her out a few hours before the festivities take place, give her some late night hay nets filled to the brim & just be with her as a means of providing some "protection". Now I don't really forsee having too much of an issue with her because she hears gunshots from time to time & our neighbors obliged a fireworks display (unbeknownce to me until it happened) during Christmas. 

If you have a horse that is super sensitive to sudden loud repetitive noises, I would suggest sacking them out, asking your Vet for something to calm their nerves & if at all possible turn them out into a round pen or paddock with high fences. Keeping them in a stall can add to their nervousness because horses are claustrophobic. For the most part, they want to "see" what's coming at them so they can best figure out how to react. Preparing your horse & being prepared yourself can save you a lot of trouble later on. As it has been said a million times: An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Taking the time before the festivities to plan things out a bit will make the difference in having Cookie in her paddock... having her hurt herself while being spooked or having to chase her down the street in the middle of the night. I don't know about your horse, I know that food usually keeps Cookies attention for quite some time. Not treats, but hay & hay nets. She has made a game out of eating from them & it keeps her attention for a long time, even when she gets scared. The harder it is for her to get the hay out, the more work she has to do & the less she pays attention to whatever is going on in the world. We'll see how we fair this New Years Eve, & if we need to make some improvements somewhere. 

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