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Large Animal Rescue

Large Animal Rescue
"I am only one, but still I am one.
I cannot do everything, but still I can do something;
and because I cannot do everything,
I will not refuse to do something I can do."
Edweard Everett Hale, (1794-1865 )

What is Large Animal Rescue?

Large Animal Rescue (LAR) or Technical Large Animal Emergency Rescue (TLAER) is a method of interacting with large animals in a rescue situation.

LAR training teaches you how to keep yourself safe while working with large, possibly injured animals; and how to keep the animals safe, as well.LAR has been designed to work within the Incident Command System (ICS).

When a response involves multiple agencies, you will know the roles of each agency and how the agencies will interact.

LAR covers scene safety and management, how to use the equipment already available on most fire engines, and how to improvise.

Why should First Responders take this training?

According to experts, the most critical safety issue at the scene of a large animal incident is the responders' lack of knowledge of, and experience around, large animals.

Most First Responders in North America live and work in urban areas and have little contact with large animals such as horses, but thousands of these critters pass through their jurisdiction every year.

Even if you work in the downtown area of a large city, sooner or later you could get that dreaded call. A trailer rollover! If you are first to arrive on the scene and assume command, would you know what to do? Most rescue personnel don't. How do you approach what could be a lethal situation for you, your crew, and the animals involved?

Should Horse Owners Care?

While First Responders are trained to care for your life and your property, they are typically not trained to care for your animals. As the guardian of your animals it is up to you to be aware of the dangers.

Most horse owners live in rural areas where emergency responders may be few and far between. Knowing what to do to help your horse out of entrapment may be the difference between life and death for him. Many of us trailer our horses. Just as you carry a spare tire in case of a blowout, you should be prepared to help get your horse safely out of an overturned trailer.

What Will You Learn?

  • How to keep yourself and the scene safe while working around large animals
  • When to call the Large Animal veterinarian
  • How to remove a large animal from a trailer
  • Vertical lifts
  • Diagonal extrications from a steep slope or out of a ravine
  • Extrications from mud and quicksand
  • Other specialized rescues such as swiftwater, ice and helicopter
  • Horizontal extrications -- Techniques for dragging a horse
  • Righting an overturned trailer
  • How to handle large animal species other than horses
  • Barn fire safety for you and the animals involved
  • How to be safe around horses
    • Your behavior
    • Horse behavior and how to read it
    • How to approach and catch a horse
    • How to restrain and contain a horse
    • How to move and lead a horse
    • Horse equipment and how to use it
  • Specialized equipment and how to make your own from materials on hand
  • Information on trailers - different types and what they're made from
  • Building your own equine ambulance
  • Emergency first aid for horses
  • How rescuing animals fits into the Incident Command System
  • Some classes include Hazmat contamination and response

Teach It Yourself Classes

Horse Awareness and Safety
Introduction to LAR for Horse Owners

Available at Red Jeans Ink , another Teach It Yourself Class - Emergency First Aid for Pets



Check the Safety Articles page for the following important information.

*Fencing Safety

* The Wideman Configuration
* How to Roll a Cast Horse
* Spring Cleaning your Trailer
* Intro to TLAER mini-class
* A checklist to use at your own stable to see how fire-safe you really are
*An acupuncture chart
*A horse to human comparison chart

***Two new graphics to use in your classes!

Is your barn safe from FIRE? Learn all the facts at fire expert, Laurie Loveman's
Fire Safety in Barns website.

A safety-oriented publishing company. Visit us for all your animal safety educational product needs and free downloads.


"Save Your Horse! A Horse Owner's Guide to Large Animal Rescue" by Michelle Staples.
A user-friendly LAR book for both horse owners and emergency responders. Includes specialty rescues, barn fire safety, and livestock responses.

"Equine Emergency Rescue" by MaryAnne Leighton and Michelle Staples.
If you live "down under" and have anything to do with horses, you should have a copy of this book!

"Large Animal Emergency Rescue" by Drs. Rebecca and Tomas Gimenez.
The textbook for TLAER training

"Its a Disaster! And What Are YOU Gonna Do About It?" by Janet and Bill Leibsch.
THE best disaster preparedness book you will find ANYWHERE! If its not in your kit, it should be!

"What Do I Do With My Horse in Fire Flood and/or Earthquake
A free download. This treasure has been around for years. Print up as many copies as you wish.

"Animal Rescue in Flood and Swiftwater Incidents" by Slim Ray
Learn about Swiftwater Rescue BEFORE you attempt it! 

Breyer State University

Equine Safety and Rescue. Learn about horse safety AND get college credits!



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