Have A Spooky Horse? Try Tchaikovsky!

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Ponies soothed by classical music

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Horses and ponies at a Derbyshire stables are being acclimatized to the noises of bonfire night – by listening to Tchaikovsky.

It is well known that fireworks can startle and frighten many pets.

But Kenstud Pony Rescue, near Belper, England, is employing Tchaikovsky’s famous 1812 Overture, complete with cannons and explosions.

The music is played to the animals in the stable block to steady their nerves in the run-up to bonfire night.

Lesley Manger, of Kenstud Pony Rescue, said: “If there’s music like that playing all the while, they don’t hear the fireworks, they’re not bothered about them.

“So it’s better to make sure there’s enough background noise before the fireworks are let off.

“I’ve used it for 30 odd years, so it does work!”

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  1. Geez, they could have used this tip for the Arabian Horse Assc Region 5 Championships this year. The show was held over the July 4 holiday and lots of horses didn’t appreciate the fireworks display shot off from the same facility.


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