With bonfire night fast approaching, a warning has gone out to organisers of firework displays in the New Forest to be aware of ponies and other animals to avoid causing them injuries and distress. Once panicked by loud bangs and bright lights, they can run into the road or into fencing and injure themselves.
Suzanne Kempe, Chairman of the New Forest Equine Forum, said: “We want everyone to enjoy the Bonfire Night celebrations. However, we would ask that anyone thinking about organising a local firework display to speak to their neighbouring landowners first so that those responsible for grazing animals can take necessary precautions to safeguard their stock. Horses are easily spooked by a sudden burst of fireworks, which can cause them a great deal of distress.”