We have been pretty lucky with the fireworks this year. Most of our big local displays were last night and although we could hear them there was nothing to see here.
We left the ponies out so they could run if they wanted but they didn’t seem overly bothered.
Once most of the fireworks had finished the heavens opened. It was windy as well so the rain made a dreadful noise on the windows. This morning however was beautiful and Cookster and I had a lovely ride.
It was still rather blustery though!
On Tuesday the next farm to us hosted a wedding reception at their restaurant and warned us that there would be fireworks in the evening – a £600 display.
Since the ponies panicked at a similar display last year we have kept an eye on them whenever there are fireworks about. This time we decided to stable them as it kept them almost as far from the fireworks as we could get them.
It had been pouring all evening so I was not sure they would go ahead but not long after nine there was a huge bang which made me jump and started the dog barking.
The fireworks were certainly impressive and the bangs echoed round the valley most dramatically. They can be heard in the video but the volume may need turning up!
The ponies were actually fine with the fireworks. They were perhaps a bit more tense than normal but certainly not panicking. In fact, they sometimes looked as though they were enjoying they show!
Fireworks have never been something that particularly seem to bother the ponies much. We live too far from any displays for them to cause trouble and we have always been careful to only use small, quiet fireworks ourselves. However, a couple of months ago one of the neighbouring farms unexpectedly set off a proper display and we looked out of the windows to find both ponies tearing up and down the field in a blind panic. They had just happened to be in the closest field to the display and as their favourite spot is right up at the far end the fireworks probably went off horribly close to them. Ever since then we have been extra careful to check on them whenever there are fireworks about.
I went out just after midnight on New Year’s Day and found that the ponies were absolutely fine despite the celebrations. They came straight up to me – hoping for food probably – and followed me back to the yard. Galahad even seems to have got over his dislike of torches which will make checking them in the dark a lot easier! I did give them a treat each – I like to reward them for coming in. Besides, we were celebrating the New Year so why shouldn’t they?
Happy New Year!