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post #1 of 5 Old 07-04-2009, 07:12 AM Thread Starter
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This is the first summer we have had our horses at home. There are a ton of houses close together here so its not like we are miles apart. Last night a neighbor about 3-4 houses away was shooting off fireworks. The horses freaked out. We were able to calm all of them down except Cocoa.

She was terrified.

She was sweating, running, shaking, I could feel her heart pounding. I tried to halter her and lead her into the turn out but she was even more scared, so I let her loose again. This went on for a few hours.

Tonight my neighbor right next door will more than likely be shooting off his fireworks. He is a few feet from our pasture. I dont know what to do. I can keep the others calm but Cocoa is the one I am worried about. She is 31 yrs old and has a history of colic. I am scared she will colic or have a heart attack at her age.

Please give me advice as to what I can do. I dont have a barn and so far have been unable to find a place to bring her for the night.

I have banamine and Quietex but not sure if I should give her either beforehand?

Help. Please.

Cocoa - 32 yr old QH, Cherokee - 8 yr old TWH & Toby - 16 yr old QH
R.I.P. Cocoa 4/13/78 - 2/9/11
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post #2 of 5 Old 07-04-2009, 08:24 AM
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I've never used Quietex, but my grandfather has to calm one of their horses before, and I remember he used it beforehand. Just follow the directions on the container . Something to calm her, definitely.

I used to take my horse to our county fair in the summer, and the grand finale of the week was a fireworks display. It was really poorly managed. The horses had to remain at the fairgrounds until midnight of the last night or lose any ribbons or prizes they had won over the week, and the fireworks went off around 11 on the last night. It was like, now that the horses are all upset, load them up and take them home, but they have to stay and endure this, "or else." My guys stayed pretty calm, but some were really upset. I don't do the fair anymore, between the fireworks stupidity and various other idiotic goings on. No problem with the fireworks themselves, but at something like a fair, give owners the option to remove their animals before something so stressful.

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post #3 of 5 Old 07-04-2009, 02:46 PM
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absolutely give her something to keep her calm! esp if she's prone to colic and you know she isn't going to be happy tonight! our barn is in the middle of a busy residential place full of people who (illegally) shoot fireworks all night long. We practically buy out the supermarket of carrots, keep all the horses in and spend the evening walking up and down the aisles checking on them and feeding carrots.

Quietex is great but doens't work on every horse. It also takes 2 hours to kick in. I'd give it a try though.
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post #4 of 5 Old 07-04-2009, 03:19 PM
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I hate this time of year. I understand people shooting off fireworks all day on the 4th, but here it's like two days before and after as well. All my pets are freaked out my it, except my 17 year old cat who's experienced enough Independence Days to not be phased by it.

You could try a light sedative. Calming supplements take days to kick in.

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post #5 of 5 Old 07-05-2009, 08:22 AM Thread Starter
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Well I gave Cocoa Quitex gel about 2 hours before the fireworks were due to start.

When the booming started, she was pacing but not running this time.

I stayed outside by them and we all huddled under their favorite tree. I fed carrots and made them move around a bit to get to the carrots, this kept them somewhat more focused on me and less on the booming. All in all, she did well last night. No sweating, no running. She did wince every time a big firework went off but she was far calmer.

Thank you for the suggestions and for being such awesome horse people.


Kim and Cocoa

Cocoa - 32 yr old QH, Cherokee - 8 yr old TWH & Toby - 16 yr old QH
R.I.P. Cocoa 4/13/78 - 2/9/11
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