Safety During Fireworks

How do you keep your horses safe and settled while 4th of July fireworks are going off?

I lock my horses in a barn or stalls to keep them confined.
I turn my horses out, giving them room to run.
I don't make any changes--my horses do OK on their own.
Fireworks aren't a concern in my area.

Total votes cast: 264

Comments & Write-in Answers

I put earplugs and flymasks on them and turn them out so they can get as far away as they can.

7/9/2012 5:20:12 PM

In addition to stall confinement, I oral dose 2cc of ace at sunset.

7/9/2012 9:32:02 AM

Our horses are used to gunfire, so fireworks no problem. In fact, they watch them!

7/6/2012 11:14:56 AM

As long as the fireworks are not colored, you're fine. I recommend black fireworks.

7/6/2012 10:33:04 AM

depends on how close. sometimes put them in barn, sometimes just bring them closer to the barn

7/6/2012 7:17:13 AM

We train w/noise, including firecrackers. My mare thinks fireworks are a signal for her to showoff!

7/6/2012 12:01:29 AM

Keep barn interior lights on during fireworks to reduce visual contrast through windows.

7/5/2012 11:26:51 PM

I am with my five horses continuously during the time fireworks are being set off by my neighbor.

7/5/2012 6:44:09 PM

my horses are out 24/7 anyway.they can go into the barn if they want

7/5/2012 6:24:16 PM

turn a radio on louder than normal

7/5/2012 3:28:41 PM

2 ottb who panic less when they can move more even in paddock I stay there doing routine tasks

7/5/2012 2:49:09 PM

I use an OTC sedative and feed hay

7/5/2012 11:11:07 AM

I turn on ALL the barn lights so no one shoots fireworks towards the barn until the fireworks stop.

7/5/2012 8:52:41 AM

After last year I considered locking them up but this year was quieter.

7/5/2012 8:24:08 AM

We bring them in a little earlier so we can enjoy the festivities, and to deter pranksters

7/4/2012 6:57:25 PM

They're used to gunshots year round, so fireworks don't bother them

7/4/2012 4:48:11 PM

Fireworks are at a distance, heard softly. You don't really mean "lock", do you?? Unsafe if fire!

7/4/2012 11:06:22 AM

Horses are in their stalls with windows, and they actually watch the fireworks

7/4/2012 9:24:14 AM

Don't shelter horses from loud noises. Experiencing life good and bad is key to keeping them sane.

7/4/2012 12:00:58 AM

They're on 100 acres, what and who i need to protect them from are teen boys tossing sheets of blk c

7/3/2012 10:01:03 PM

close them in from dusk til midnight

7/3/2012 9:40:50 PM

confined in stalls w/hay & radio

7/3/2012 8:30:32 PM

I put them up in the lots in a controlled environment.

7/3/2012 7:31:18 PM

Fireworks are illegal in Phoenix area, however my horse doesn't mind loud noises

7/3/2012 7:06:33 PM

He lives in a very "celebratory" area--he's used to them, thank goodness.

7/3/2012 6:37:55 PM

We are in the foothills of CA, no fireworks allowed.

7/3/2012 6:34:58 PM

My horses have seen so many firework displays that they stand beside me, watch and say AAAHHHH

7/3/2012 6:05:02 PM

I found that despite my concerns, the horses will just stand there and enjoy it!

7/3/2012 5:25:23 PM

Put he in our arena fire works lit off less than a mile away

7/3/2012 4:24:22 PM

The loud bangs on the adjacent property does not bother my horses at all.

7/3/2012 11:31:17 AM

They are in stalls with attached paddocks and safe fencing during periods of major firework activity

7/3/2012 10:41:33 AM

My concern is the idiots launching assorted rockets towards the herd.

7/3/2012 10:32:40 AM

ear plugs

7/3/2012 10:10:28 AM

Fireworks don't bother my horse, but they were banned due to burn risk this year in my area.

7/3/2012 9:40:42 AM