One of Britain’s largest equestrian charities is calling for people to spare a thought for four-legged-friends as they arrange celebrations in coming weeks.
The British Horse Society (BHS) noted that as Olympic fever hits Britain, there will hopefully be many an occasion to celebrate. However, some forms of celebration can be hazardous for our pets and livestock.
Chinese Lanterns for example are a pretty sight flying across the sky at night, but the potential for harm when they descend is catastrophic. The BHS has received terrible reports of internal and external injuries to horses and other livestock caused by wires from these lanterns. Many who marvel at the sight would be horrified to learn of the injuries and deaths horses and other animals have experienced due to these lanterns that are intended to celebrate and bring good luck.
The charity is urging people to enjoy the excitement of the next few weeks, but offers this simple advice to ensure their celebrations don’t end in disaster for our equine friends.
If you are planning a fireworks display please consider contacting any nearby horse owners. Site the display as far away as possible from horses, barns or stables.
Car decorations can also cause harm to horses as they are likely to be startled by the loud flutter that car window flags generate. When passing horses with car-mounted flags on your car, slow down even more and give horses a wider berth when overtaking. Please consider flying flags only on the offside of your vehicle to allow more room between the horse and the flag.
Sheila Hardy, BHS Senior Executive (Safety), said: “The BHS is as excited as anyone about the forthcoming Olympic Games and wishes in no way to dampen spirits. However, abiding by these simple measures could make the world of difference for our four-legged-friends.”