We’re helping foals Diangelo and Mason cope with Bonfire Night

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We’re helping foals Diangelo and Mason cope with Bonfire Night

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We’ve been playing firework effects CDs to our new foals Mason and Diangelo to get them ready for Bonfire Night.

Every year we try to desensitise our horses and ponies to the loud bangs happening at parties and events around our five county farms.

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The idea is to prevent any of our hundreds of animals getting scared and injuring themselves, either out in their fields or in their stables.

And it’s vital for youngsters like Mason and Diangelo, (Pictured with groom Leah Brock) who were born in May and are facing their first ever fireworks night.

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Head of Equine, Sally Burton, said: “At this time of year we are always thinking about how we can minimise the distress to our horses and ponies during firework season.

“We’ve been using the firework effects CDs every Autumn for the last few years. It helps our new residents learn that the noises won’t hurt them and means the herd can stay calm and relaxed on Bonfire Night.

“And it’s particularly important for foals like Mason and Diangelo who will never have seen – or heard – anything like it before.”

The Sanctuary is also asking people holding a fireworks display to let their neighbours – particularly those with animals – know in advance.

Loud noises and flashes of light can be incredibly frightening to horses, who have much more sensitive hearing than humans.