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post #1 of 14 Old 06-14-2020, 12:57 AM Thread Starter
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Horses and Fireworks

We have a 'lovely' neighbor who no one gets along with. First it was monster trucks with all the noise around that, his dog killing our chickens, his kids whipping down the road on atvs and now fireworks. I'm talking, light up the sky ones... at 11pm. I know our horse will jump at some thunder/ lightning. Other than going over and telling this 50 year old anti social guy to knock it off, what do you do? Luckily my youngest son is not here. He'd be curled up with me if he heard. It's not even July yet. I had a feeling it was going to be an issue. Tonight I called the local sheriff but of course they were done by the time he did a drive by. Do horses get used to it? My anxiety level is sky high right now. Thx.
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The horses I've had always got used to it. I hope yours do, too.
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The horses I've had always got used to it. I hope yours do, too.
Ok, that's good to know. I know I heard that our last horse was getting all worked up (we were out of town) over atvs and revving engines. My heart is currently racing.
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It helps to get them used to loud noises. Ours are used to hearing gun fire so think nothing of the fireworks my neighbor sets off every 4th of July and New Year's Eve.

My feeling on the matter is that as long as my neighbor isn't pointing the things to where it could cause a fire on my property he has have every right to enjoy fireworks and if it caused my horses to freak out then it would be my responsibility to desensitize them to fireworks.
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My feeling on the matter is that as long as my neighbor isn't pointing the things to where it could cause a fire on my property he has have every right to enjoy fireworks.
Ok. Fire was one of my concerns. I'm probably just over reacting.
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Just watch and see if they are landing on your property. If they are then you have every right to complain. Take pictures for proof.
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There had been a long weekend motorbike rally in a neighbouring field. One night they had a massive firework display. I was a bit worried about the horses and went out to check them.

They were all standing on the top of the hill intently watching the display seemingly enjoying it!
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post #8 of 14 Old 06-14-2020, 07:30 AM
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When I lived in SoCal, my horse neighbor 3/4 mile down the street got a new neighbor on his back fence. They moved on the block just in time to celebrate July 4th.

They were a bunch of no accounts to put it politely.

My neighbor asked them to please not shoot their off at their back fence which bordered his paddock fence.

They did anyway- enough fireworks to light up Los Angeles.

My neighbor’s mid-20’s old timey King bred QH that he had raised from six months old died of a heart attack. That horse had spent winters in Montana cabins with my neighbor, guarding cattle.

We all convinced this very distraught man to take those losers to court as a matter of principle, since nothing could bring that horse back. He won the court case and I THINK the amount was $2,500. That was around 2003.

The money was never going to stop the heartache of losing his horse to the actions of idiots, but he at least got him some satisfaction of justice.

My horses were never bothered much by fireworks UNTIL our neighbor’s horse died. Thankfully I moved back East that Fall to big property, on a one lane road, and built a barn with electric. I did and still do bring my horses in at night and I set the four big barrel fans on timers to run until one in the morning, so the sound of fireworks are muffled.

They have gotten used to rapid fire guns since newer city people bought the 12 acres half mile down the road, but there is something about the sizzle of fireworks that still bothers them. They are both mid-20’s which makes me remember my friend’s horse in SoCal, when the fireworks start. They don’t even like the Walmart twizzlers too much.

If you don’t have a barn with electric to where you can shut your horse up and run a big fan to muffle the noise, the best you can do is hold your breath & hope - and

Video the nitwit . Record the time as well. Find out if there is a noise cut off time in your neighborhood AND more important find out if there is a decibel law or restriction.. You may be able to shut his fireworks antics down that way.

I get your angst. I hope the worst that happens is a few gray hairs on your head —|
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I think many have a neighbor such as you describe...
Not everyone is sensitive to horses or that what they do for fun may effect those horses.
My horses also watch firework displays...they are not crazy about the screeching ones, but they are not freaking out either.
Loud noises, well...not far from us is a active mining operation where loud booms and crash sounds occur all day long, with dynamite blasting every few weeks and the horses don't care.
We have a freight line train track near my friends place, noisy is a understatement when the train comes through...her horses pasture is next to the track as the train whizzes by, the ground shakes and all kinds of noises happen, they don't care.

Are you over-reacting...could be.
My fear would be fire if it is so dry, like tinderbox dry but otherwise by the time the remnants drop from the sky they are no longer usually lit embers.
I personally when the fireworks happen go out and throw some hay to my horses in their paddock...if concerned with falling debris feed them under a shelter of whatever you have.
My horses are pretty chill and actually hang at the fence with the neighbors horses who use mine as their security blanket and if mine get excited then hers are nuts crazy..
Food and eating are great distractions for my horses...

Your neighbor has every right to his hobbies and enjoyments...just as you have a horse not everyone might be fond of smelling or hearing.
Most places do have "quiet-hours" normally starting around 10 - 11:00 PM till 6 - 7:00AM...if he's doing this stuff that annoys you during those quiet times you have reason to make a complaint, otherwise no.
Horses are very adaptive animals...use that to your advantage.

Personally, on a night he was illuminating the sky I would grab a chair and sit outside enjoying what he is shooting off...a night of free entertainment with social distancing yet in place.
I might actually be so bold as to go to him and ask if he is going to do more and when so you could be prepared to enjoy the pretty sky displays, yet quiet your fears of what if too...
If fireworks are illegal in your area...you have a right to make a call.
Just remember that you can start a tit-for-tat situation with disgruntled neighbors so how much you want to report for disturbing the peace is totally up to you....
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post #10 of 14 Old 06-14-2020, 10:17 AM
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Fire risk would be my biggest concern, there have even been reports of fireworks landing on horses.

None of mine worry about them, one actually loves watching displays, she also loves watching lightning storms - she is a bit weird though!

Dogs tend to get far more stressed about them than livestock.

Just winging it is not a plan
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