Steer Clear Of Holiday Décor Hazards

Be mindful of risks your seasonal decorations can pose to your horses.
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Be mindful of risks your seasonal decorations can pose to your horses.

Be mindful of risks your seasonal decorations can pose to your horses. As you deck the stalls this holiday season, keep your horse's safety in mind:

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• Assume that anything within reach will be eaten, and hang stockings, lights and all decorations well out of the way.

• Use only outdoor-approved lights, and before hanging them inspect the cords for frayed areas or cracks.

• String lights away from hay, bedding and other flammable materials.

• Ensure that no wreaths, garlands or other greenery includes toxic plants, such as yew.

• Remember that the tinkling of sleigh bells can spook horses not accustomed to the sound.

This article first appeared in EQUUS issue #411, December 2011.