A horse has died after fireworks terrified the animal so much it suffered a fatal injury.
Redwings,horse and donkey sanctuary in Harlow, was devastated when Cinders, a mother of one foal, was rendered unable to walk following a nearby firework display.A party the previous evening had spooked many of the horses, as could be seen by the churned up paddocks where they had galloped around in alarm.
A vet was immediately called to examine Cinders and treat her, but unfortunately X-rays showed that she had partially dislocated the joint inside her hoof – a rare and severe injury.
Distressingly, the damage was irreparable and Redwings’ veterinary team had no choice but to put Cinders to sleep.
Cinders and her foal had been rescued in partnership with the RSPCA in 2006. She was very emaciated when she was first discovered and was struggling to feed her young foal who had been born just a few days earlier.
Under the care of the Sanctuary, Cinders regained her health and strength. But after such a fantastic recovery and many happy years with her, the team at Redwings Ada Cole were devastated to lose her in such a tragic way.
The sanctuary is now issuing a warning to animal lovers as Bonfire Night aproaches.
Bonfire season can leave pets traumatised and in the worst cases so badly injured they have to be put down.
Redwings, which cares for 1,500 rescued horses and donkeys nationwide, is raising public awareness of the severe anxiety fireworks can cause horses following the tragic case of Cinders.
Redwings’ education and campaigns manager Andie Vilela said: “We would like to remind anyone planning a fireworks display, however small, to think about horses in their local area.
"Letting horse owners know well in advance where and when fireworks are going to be let off will enable them to plan and take action if needed. Keep fireworks as far from animals as possible and direct them away from fields and stables.
“A horse’s hearing is more sensitive than a human’s, and noises that are loud to us can be unbearable and terrifying to them.
"As prey animals, horses are also naturally alert and designed to take flight from threats. A frightened horse is a dangerous horse and there is little an owner can do to prevent an accident once the flight instinct has taken hold. Not only are horses at risk of injuring themselves, but they may break out of fields or stables and pose a risk to road users.
"Every year tragic incidents occur and the cost, both emotional and financial, can be immense.”
There are also steps that owners can take to protect their horses from fireworks. Firstly, checking their local area for publicised events and finding the best way to keep their animals as safe and relaxed as possible.
Redwings chief executive, Lynn Cutress explains: “It seems fireworks have become stronger and louder in recent years so even so-called ‘private displays’ can still be very visible and far reaching.
"It is extremely important that anyone planning a display, no matter the scale, who live near livery yards or land where horses are kept makes the effort to respect our animal friends and be aware of the devastating results of these types of celebrations."
Article Source: Essex Live
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