Let’s chat about fireworks. The 4th of July is coming… Its my least favorite holiday since owning horses. Does anyone here give their horse a calming supplement to help? If so, what and when do you start giving it? Anything else that you do to help keep the horse calm during the chaos? Mine all react less when out in the field. Even boarded horses that get scared realize the others are fine and calm down. I have found penning them up tends to make things worse. Mine want room to move and look around. If confined I have had them get hurt, in the field all they can do is run until tired if they want to. But we also set fireworks off, shoot guns, ride motorcycles so our heard is very used to loud noises.
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My horses don’t care at all about fireworks even when big ones are lit off close. I’ve been in the barn with them while it happened just to see and they just stood and watched. Maybe it’s that for the most part they are fairly desensitized to things. Honestly, I have to agree with the above. Desensitizing your horse to it is best. Love George Sloshington Washington 4th of July shirt. It will help with both celebratory noises and other things the horses will encounter throughout their lives, that cannot be avoided. My mares and foals handled the fireworks just fine, without any help.
Make sure the horse is in a familiar field, where they feel safe. Using gunfire, orchard cannons, fireworks, vehicles, chainsaws, etc to desensitize a horse to loud, sudden noises is VERY useful. I don’t fear the 4th of July, because I know the horses are going to handle it fine, just like they did last year and the year before that and the year before that. Get George Sloshington Washington 4th of July shirt now. I personally keep mine inside with lights on and radio up loud. I live close to Lake Wilderness so we get the big stuff that lights up the sky. They’ve been fine every year for 20 years.