It is almost time for us to celebrate our nation's independence. I don't know about you, but the 4th of July is my favorite holiday of the year. I love cookouts and get-togethers, especially since I don't have to figure out what gifts to buy for people like on Christmas.
I enjoy watching fireworks over the water where I live. However, while we may enjoy the festivities of fireworks, we should consider our horse's safety.
I would never suggest shooting off fireworks on any property where horses live. Horses get scared of loud noises even from a distance, so having it coming from close to home could be disastrous.
What can you do to keep your horse safe on the 4th? If your horse is field boarded and lives outside full time, there isn't a ton you can do to keep them calm besides maybe giving them extra hay if there isn't enough grass.
If your horse has access to a stall, you may prefer to leave him in. There are pros and cons to both options. It really is a matter of preference and knowing your horse.
A horse that is turned out in a field runs the chance of getting hurt. He may get scared and run around. We all know how if one horse runs, they all run. In those types of situations, it is easy for a horse to get hurt.
If your horse is used to staying in a stall, you may think he is safer there. The stall is his comfort zone. Leaving him in with plenty of hay and water may be the safest place for him.
If your horse is not used to being in a stall, I would not suggest you put him in one on July 4. He is more likely to panic and look for his herd mates if he is not used to being in, leading to an increased chance that he'll get injured.
Hopefully, your horse doesn't live too close to anywhere that will be shooting off fireworks. Distant booms and bangs don't normally bother them.
If you live in a suburban area, it is more likely fireworks will be an issue for you. If possible, you could always talk to your neighbors beforehand. Find out when and if they are planning on the shooting of fireworks. If you know beforehand, you can plan to be around the barn with your horse, just in case.
If you can't be there or have no way to find out what to expect on the 4th of July, at least take some time to think about it. Will your horse be bothered by it? Is he better off staying in his stall or the field?
Talk to the other owners at the farm. I'm sure between everyone you can come up with a plan of how to keep your horses safe on the 4th. An injured horse would put a real damper on your patriotic festivities!