Afraid of fireworks and firecrackers

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  • Reiner’s mom
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    My QH gelding is generally calm and sedate except when it comes to Fourth of July and New Year’s. The booms and bangs of fireworks and firecrackers set him pacing his stall, sweating, not eating. Does anyone else have a horse who reacts like this? What did you do?

    Joe-Joe Joe-Joe
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    Mine are not afraid of that sort of noise due to living near NASA. You could ask your vet for a mild tranquilizer to use at times when you know such noises are going to be all over the place.

    It is never the horse's fault

    G & S
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    There are some audio CD’s, with a variety of noises that typically upset horses. The idea is you start with the volume low, then increase it as the horse becomes acclimatized to that sound. If you start when the horse is eating, he has something he likes to distract him. There are CD’s typical show noises, such as loud speakers, CD’ with guns going off, which are used to desensitize police horses, and a variety of others. One of my long term friends rides her Arabians in parades, and one year she took the horses out west for some type of a circus parade, complete with lions & tigers (oh my!), and her Arabians were unfazed. Arabians are well known for being only to well aware of what is going on in their immediate area, so I suspect these might work for your horse.

    If you are interested, I can ask my friend where she got her CD’s.

    Joe-Joe Joe-Joe
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    G&S – I’m interested! Mine are more likely to be “afraid” of visual things, but the sound of guns does bother them some.

    It is never the horse's fault

    shazleton0711
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    I talked to my vet and he prescribed a sedative. I wasnt comfortable with intramuscular injections so he said i could top dress his food with the drug. You could try ear plugs, but your vet would know what is best for a tranquilizer or sedative.

    G & S
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    JoeJoe – I checked with my friend and she still sells them. There are at least 4 or 5 different CD’s of different types of noises that could be upsetting to horses. I will get a list from her and cost.

    Joe-Joe Joe-Joe
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    Thank you, G&S! You always come through.

    It is never the horse's fault

    G & S
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    I e-mailed my friend this morning, asking for a list of what she has & prices plus shipping, and whether she was okay with my publishing her personal e-mail on this forum for any one interested to be able to contact her directly, or if she preferred that I list my e-mail here, which I have already done once, so people can e-mail me & I forward the e-mails to her. I’m waiting to hear back from her.

    G & S
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    Here is the info on the Spook Less CD’s.

    There are 6 different CD’s available:
    -Trail Riding
    -Show & Driving
    -Parade
    -Show Riding
    -Cowboy Mounted Shooting
    -Nounted Horse Patrol.

    Each has sound and noises specific to that type of riding, except for the
    Mounted Horse Patrol, which is 2 CD’s and has all the noises/sounds of the other CD’s except for the sounds/noises on the Cowboy Mounted Shooting.

    All the CD’s are $19.95, except the Mounted Horse Patrol, which is a set of 2 CD’s for $24.95.

    Shipping for any single CD & for the Mounted Horse Patrol 2 CD set is $8.00 to anywhere in the USA. If you want more than one CD, you will have to get a quote from her on shipping charges. She will ship outside the USA, but you will have to consult her for a price. She normally ships with the US Postal System, with a tracking number on each package, which will be e-mailed to the purchaser within 24 hours of shipping, along with the expected delivery date. She can ship outside the USA, but you will need to get that shipping cost from her.

    Website: http://www.harmonyacresparadehorses.com/equine-training-cds.html
    E-mail: nharm@chartermi.net
    I have been given permission to post both addresses on this forum.

    The Cowboy Mounted Shooting CD is not listed on the website, but does exist, and she has all 6 in stock.

    Shipping normally occurs the day after the PayPal payment clears, with PayPal being the preferred method of payment.

    If you go to the website, there are photos of her doing parades, and she & her riders have done the Detroit Christmas Parade every Thanksgiving for many years, along with many other parades. Any of you who are familiar with Arabians know that while they have a reputation for being high strung, the issue is actually that they seem to be more aware of their surroundings and more reactive than many other breeds, so desensitizing training has been important to produced Arabians that can safely do parades with all the odd objects and sounds that can only be found at a large parade.

    If you have any questions, please contact Nancy Harm by e-mail or through her website.

    Reiner’s mom
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    Thank you everyone for your helpful suggestions. I tried a calming supplement with tryptophan, B12, and magnesium. My horse seemed to get through New Year fine. G&S I have never heard of the CD’s with the different sounds–I’m definitely going to look into those. Thanks for getting all the details and contact information.

    G & S
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    Always happy to pass useful info along.

    riding for Christ riding for Christ
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    I would NOT suggest to give it a tranquilizer or sedative. Because the horse will never get used to the noise and it will just be agitated every time. But I would suggest to do your ground work or lunge your horse while making that noise to let the horse know that its just another work out, so its a normal noise. It would be easier to just start off working the horse with the noise afar off then increase the noise closer to get the horse used to it. I hope this helps because it helped me.

    riding for Christ riding for Christ
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    And also before you increase the noise a step closer, make sure the horse is not scared of it. Once the horse is not scared of that noise from that distance then increase and do the same.

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