Wednesday, June 28, 2017

How to Keep Your Horse Safe During the 4th of July - Full Article

By Wendy Krebs, DVM
Jun 29, 2016

Q. My new horse and fireworks don’t seem to mix. A local display spooked him on New Year’s Eve, and now I’m worried about how he’ll react to fireworks on the 4th of July. Do you have any tips on how I can manage him?

Anonymous, via email

A. Fourth of July firework shows are an exciting highlight for many of us humans but can definitely be more of a lowlight for some of our equine friends. If you know your horse has a history of fearful behavior in relation to fireworks, prepare in advance by talking to your veterinarian about whether acepromazine (often referred to as “ace”) might be a reasonable sedative/anxiety reliever for your horse...

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