Horses are unique individuals that handle situations differently. While one horse may be calm as a cucumber and show no care in the world, another might have a very high “flight” response and become nervous at the slightest thing. Although some horses can be more “high-strung” by nature, there are some things that horse owners can do to help ease the situation and help their horse become more rideable.
The Fourth of July is viewed by most Americans as a time of leisure – hanging out with family and friends by the pool, good barbeque and watching the fireworks. For horse owners, this impending holiday brings nervousness and concern about their horses’ reactions to the bright, flashing lights and the thunderous booming. Horses can easily be frightened by fireworks; however, there are some things you can do to help him cope.
A horse’s natural environment is outside in lush green pastures with room to explore, hanging out and interacting with other members of their herd. Due to geographic location, barn set-up, injury or severe weather, any sort of lengthy pasture time may not be an option. When horses are restricted in box stalls or smaller turnouts, they can become bored, grumpy and sometimes even destructive!