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    10-29-2012, 02:32 AM
expectations about fireworks

Should your neighbour let you know if they are going to have fireworks that could potentially scare your horse or other animals? What about if they are training for mounted shooting competitions? Isn't it your responsibility to desensitize your horse, and not for the public to not do stuff that might 'freak the horse out' ?
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    10-29-2012, 02:43 AM
I do wonder....So subbing.
    10-29-2012, 10:33 AM
Green Broke
Honestly we can't protect our horses from everything. I think its the responsibility of the horse owner to provide their horse with an area that is safe for them should they spook at something such as thunder, gun shots or fireworks. Horses spook. Its a fact of life. It is our reponsibility as owners to provide them with a safe pasture and safe barn, so should they spook, they can't hurt themselves as easily(because really we could put them in a padded stall and they will still find a way to hurt themselves).

That said if you are planning to set off a large amount of fireworks at an odd time of year(as in not a holiday) then I think it would be considerate to inform your neighours, regardless if they have horses or not. Fireworks are scary for animals and children. So this way people can be prepared.
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    10-29-2012, 12:26 PM
I think it would be polite to inform the neighbors but not mandatory. I'd be nervous about the mounted shooting though because I have an inherent distrust of people with guns near my horse.
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    10-29-2012, 12:38 PM
If you're going to be shooting off fireworks, letting the neighbors know beforehand would be the polite thing to do but not really necessary.

As far as mounted shooting, as long as it's done safely with no danger to neighboring horses I don't see a problem.
    10-29-2012, 01:19 PM
Green Broke
Originally Posted by Speed Racer    
If you're going to be shooting off fireworks, letting the neighbors know beforehand would be the polite thing to do but not really necessary.

As far as mounted shooting, as long as it's done safely with no danger to neighboring horses I don't see a problem.
I am so used to having miles of land for shooting, I keep forgetting some farms are not so spread apart. I haven't tried mounted shooting yet but I keep thinking where I am I have no worries about other people and horses.

I would hope something like that would be practised in a safe area where there is no risk of stray bullets ending up in dangerous places.
    10-29-2012, 04:00 PM
Green Broke
When I lived in crowded So Cal, various neighbors would set off fireworks as did the nearby highschool w/no warning. Dogs took off, horses were scared, cats were hiding, but that was just how it was. Here- there are still some gunshots, but the dog ( not the same one) sticks closer despite being anxious. Population density is SO much less!
    10-29-2012, 04:11 PM
Green Broke
I'm not about to drive around to all my neighbors and let them know if I am going to do something that makes noise. Now my one neighbor is quite close, so if they are outside giving kid lessons on their horses, I'm not going to go fire off guns, light fireworks or anything of the sort but on a regular day? My property, my guns, my right to do whatever I want that's legal.

My horse was pretty darn spooky about gun shots.... couple months next to some neighbors who love target shooting AND coincidentally are training for mounted shooting, he doesn't give a hoot about gun shots. They didn't warn me, I only knew about the mounted shooting training because they invited me to join them.

The BO where I have my horse is always offering to turn off his generator, not be using his tractor, hooking up clangy trailers or whatever while I ride. I always tell him "Oh no, you go right ahead! He might be scared today but TOMORROW, I won't have to worry about him being scared of that again because I will ride him through his fear".

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