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Posted on Nov 4, 2015 in Articles, Grooming

Top Tips for Bonfire Night

Top Tips for Bonfire Night

Well it is that time of year again when bonfire night (I say bonfire night although it now appears to be for a week before and after the 5th of November!) is looming! We all like seeing the big displays however Horses, dogs and animals in general find this time of year very distressing so the question is how can we minimise the stress?!


Well apart from trying to enforce some legislation that fireworks should be only allowed  on 5th november  at organised venues where these big displays etc should pre-order and receive on the specified date of bonfire night (which I have considered by the way- my thinking this could reduce the amount of stress animals are put through and also reduce kids having accidents with fireworks!) we need to find a solution as to how we can help our beloved best friends in the equine world cope. So I have put together some ideas that may help make this time of year a bit more comfortable for them!

  • Find out where the displays are going to be in your area. If you keep your horse at home you could pop a note round to all your neighbours to ask if they are going to have a bonfire party and if so when and what time. This will help you be prepared.
  • Wherever possible, tell neighbours and local firework display organisers that there are horses nearby, so they can ensure fireworks are set off in the opposite direction and well away from them.
  • If possible and displays are going to be nearby then consider stabling your horse if normally turned out, or consider moving your horse to a quieter residence for the evening
  • If stabled make sure they have plenty of water and hay to keep them occupied
  • Play a Radio to lessen the effect of sudden bangs and loud popping noises
  • keep the stables well lit so reduces the effect of flashes from the fireworks and they can see there companions
  • Check your horse during the evening to make sure they are ok. If you can, it’s often a good idea to stay with them because your presence may have a calming effect. However ultimately keep yourself safe!! It may be an idea to block the top door of a stable to prevent horses coming over the door although i would leave it so that air can still circulate.
  • Be aware of horses that are rugged for sweating up which could cause other complications
  • Sometimes it’s a good idea to put cotton wool into their ears to muffle the sound. Not all horses will accept this, so consider your horse’s temperament, but it can make all the difference.
  • If your horse is known to stress you may want to consider calming supplements that are on the market  which may help your horse cope and /or speak to your vet in plenty of time
  • If horses are turned out check fencing
  • In the morning check your field for any stray fireworks which might have landed there.
  • If you are not able to be present at your stables leave contact details for yourself and your vet! Or make sure an experienced individual can be present
  • do not ride your horses
  • Make sure your horses have third party insurance in case of accidents
  • Make sure you have accident insurance to find out more contact Black Swan Financial Services

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If you’re unlucky enough to experience an issue with fireworks or bonfires at any time, don’t forget to add your voice and report it at If you know an organised bonfire is taking place near your horses, why not have a quiet word with the organisers and ask them to move it as far away as possible?


Keep you and your Horses safe this bonfire night!! remember to keep your cats and dogs in as well!!

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