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Looking after your horse around Bonfire Night

Posted by Wormers-direct on 8th Oct 2020

Looking after your horse around Bonfire Night

The early autumn period can be a stressful time for your horse due to Halloween and Bonfire Night being synonymous with a constant barrage of fireworks and some larger firework displays too.

Here at Wormers-Direct your horse’s mental and physical health is of the utmost importance, which is why we have produced this blog post to give you a few tips on how to get your horse through what can be a tough period.

  • 1.Optimize your stables

If you are planning on turning your horse in to the stables on most evenings to protect them from the brunt of the noise and firework debris, make sure you regularly inspect the stables. It is important to deal with any potential threats such as trip hazards, damaged walls, sharp fence posts and many others. If your horse is panicking in the stables, these hazards will become more of a threat and your horse could end up injuring themselves, we recommend doing a quick inspection daily to make sure that your stables are panic proof!

  • 2.Stock up on horse feed

A proven method to helping your horse through a stressful time has been distracting them with food! If you ensure you’re stocked up on horse feed, treats and licks then you will be better equipped to deal with the fireworks.

  • 3.Consider using supplements

Potentially the most effective way to care for your horse during the early autumn months is the use of calming supplements. There are many options you can consider, with each boasting varying levels of calmness and the time it takes for them to kick in differing from product to product too. For example, Maxavita Maxacalm takes 7-10 days to take effect and has a gradual calming effect on your horse, whereas ConfidenceEQ Gel has an impact within 30 minutes but the effects last for around 3 hours. Both products would be effective for this time of year, it is all down to personal preference in terms of whether you want a gradual change in behavior or a few bursts of calmness on particularly bad days. We stock a wide variety of calming supplements on our website, no matter what your needs are we will have something for you!

  • 4.Your presence is a present

Sometimes something as simple as spending an extra few hours with your horse can help settle their nerves, especially on a night where there are more fireworks. A familiar faces presence is likely to distract them from the noise outside the stables, so it is definitely something to consider!

Combining all the above mentioned tips will set you and your horse up perfectly to get through autumn, and if you need any more assistance our experienced team are always on hand to help! You can call us on 01423 332134, email us at info@wormers-direct.co.uk, or contact us on any of our social media accounts!