• There’s an interesting discussion forum at Chronicle of the Horse with some practical suggestions about dealing with neighbors who set off firecrackers etc near your horses »
WE SAY NO
The Horse magazine online recommends setting off a few firecrackers around your horses until they get used to it. We say NO.
Depending on a horse’s sensibilities this is not a good idea. If your horse is rough and ready perhaps you could do this and get away with it. A barnful of horses? There may have been occasions when people have done this and it worked out okay. However, be as prepared as you can, you are taking a big chance.
Horses are not cookie cutter animals. They do not all react in the same way. They are also unpredictable. You never really know how a horse is going to behave until they are exposed to something. Even then, just when you think you have it all figured out, it can still be different next time!
If you are unsure about anything, consult someone you feel confident will know, that has good experience and an excellent history with horses.
Before taking anyone’s advice, no one knows your horses like you.
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