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CLASSES and CONFERENCES

Information on LAR and related classes, as well as speaking engagements/conferences, and requests for classes.

For a complete list of classes, visit www.saveyourhorse.com/wholearn.htm

REQUESTS

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CLASSES

Deb and John Fox of Felton, CA have these LAR classes available. Deb says, "Numerous other classes are in the planning stages, please contact us for more information." jdfox@got.net

April 18, 19 San Diego, CA Ramona International Equsterian Center
Contact; Doug Lake, Emergency Animal Rescue, 760-789-5775, ear@rescueteam.com

May 7, 8 Felton CA Felton Fire Department
Contact; Deb and John Fox tlar@got.net (831) 335-3473

May 15, 16 Woodside, CA Woodside Mounted Patrol Grounds
Contact: Stephanie MacDonald, 650 851-5285, whoanow@pacbell.net

May 31, 31 Ceder City, UT Cross Hollows Event Center
Contact: Anne Justice-Allen aegwinn@xmission.com

June 2, 3 Park City, UT Location TBD
Contact; Anne Justice-Allen aegwinn@xmission.com

June 6, 7 Pueblo CO Pueblo County Fairgrounds
Contact; Julie Justman jjustman@hsppr.org

June 19, 20 Nevada County, CA Location TBD
Contact: Randall Gross randallgross@nccfire.com

Wave Trek Rescue has the following Technical Animal Rescue water classes. Contact info@wavetrekrescue.com for more information or go to the website at www.wavetrekrescue.com

July 3-5 is a TAR1 in Index WA.
Oct 2-3 TAR1 Maryland
Oct5-7 TAR2 Maryland
Oct. 8-10 Boat operations for flood for animals rescue new class!

STORIES AND NEWS

Two stories sent by Jennifer Woods, from the UK.

RUGELEY police are appealing for information following a road traffic accident that resulted in the death of a mare who was twice placed at the Horse of the Year Show (HOYS). Puzzled Bride, who competed in coloured horse classes, was killed instantly on being hit by a lorry when the ramp of her trailer came down on the A5182 at Butterton, near Stoke-on-Trent, on Saturday, 4 October. The 12-year-old mare, who was owned by Sarah Bennett, was on loan to Samantha Wallbanks.

Samantha and her husband, Mark, were travelling to the Alsager Equestrian Centre for the Northern Counties Pony Association (Maelor branch), Coloured Horse and Pony Society (CHAPS), British Show Pony Society (BSPS) and Ponies UK ridden coloured horse qualifying show when the incident happened.

"Mark had checked the trailer was secure before they set out," said Ms Bennett. "But they encountered roadworks 10 minutes from home and we can only think the pins popped out going through the roadworks." The Wallbanks heard a slight noise, and pulled over to check the trailer as soon as it was safe to do so. But they discovered the ramp was down and the trailer empty. "Sam ran back up road,"said Ms Bennett. "But she was stopped from approaching the horse, which had suffered horrific injuries." The lorry driver was unhurt.

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An hour-long operation was carried out today to free a horse that had become trapped under a van at Station Bridge in Keighley. The horse was towing a cart along Bradford Road towards the town centre when it broke loose, cantered off and crashed into a white Mercedes van travelling in the opposite direction. The male driver of the cart suffered a complicated fracture to his lower leg and was taken to Airedale Hospital following the incident, which happened at around 11am. Dalton Lane and Bradford Street were closed while 16 firefighters, four police officers, four ambulance staff and two vets tried to rescue the horse, which had become trapped between the van and pedestrian barriers next to the Asda site. Keighley fire station manager Steve Nunn, who was in charge of the operation, said he was alerted to the incident when a workman from the Asda site rapped on his office door and described the situation. Mr Nunn said: "When we arrived at the scene the driver of the horse and cart was clearly in shock from his injuries but seemed more concerned about his horse. "Once I told him that the horse wasn't dead he calmed down a bit and we could see to him.' A vet was called to check over the horse and sedate her while we used a hand winch to slowly ease the van up so the horse could be freed. "We did this very slowly because at this point my concern was that as soon as the horse knew it could get free it was going to run and I didn't want it to trample on anyone. "The horse ended up being fine and escaped with just a few grazes and was eating the grass outside the station while it waited to be collected by its owners!"No one else was injured in the incident but the white van involved was damaged.

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Two stories sent by Prakash Gogoi in India. A reminder that large animal rescues are not always horses or cows!

KOLLAM. Gopalakrishnan, a 40-year-old elephant owned by the Asramam Sree Krishna Swamy Temple, was critically injured after being hit by a truck on the National Highway at Shakthikulangara on 25th March, 2009 morning.

In the impact of the accident the animal was thrown off the road and into a ditch. Along with two other tuskers, Gopalakrishnan was being taken to attend the Chamayavilakku festival of the Chavara Kottankulangara Sree Devi Temple. The animals were moving in a line with Gopalakrishnan bringing up the rear. The truck, loaded with sand, hit the tusker from behind. Police have taken the truck driver into custody.

B. Aravind, who heads the team of veterinary surgeons attending to the tusker said that the animal was in grave agony and its chances of survival were grim. Another team of veterinary experts from Thrissur will arrive here on Wednesday.

Using a crane the animal was lifted and transported in a truck from the accident site to the Asramam Temple precincts for treatment. Dr. Aravind said that the animal cannot bear weight on hind legs. It seems to have suffered serious internal injuries around the hindquarters. Dislocation too is suspected. There are multiple fractures in the tail. Padded by sandbags, the tusker has been put on "dog-sitting posture" for treatment. Putting an elephant in that posture for long can lead to its internal organs getting crushed. But that is the only way to treat the tusker, the doctor said.

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She (leopard) may be an intimidating predator in her natural environment but this leopard looked more like a lost kitten after falling into an open well – prompting a rescue operation with a difference. The fully grown female big cat was prowling for food near the Sonaigali village in Guwahati city, northeast India, when she tumbled into the well.

Residents of the village were shocked to find the trapped animal when they made their morning trek to draw water from the well. They notified the local police, who summoned forest rangers to tackle the angry cat. The rangers tranquilized the leopard before veterinarian Bijoy Gogoi gently carried the creature out of the well. The leopard was taken to the local zoo. It is the second time a leopard has had to be rescued from the populated area within the past month.

EQUIPMENT and SUPPLIES

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NEW LINKS

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LESSONS LEARNED

Bob Webb explains a dry pipe sprinkler system. As reported in February's newsletter, Irv Lichetenstein reminds us that in urban Philadelphia, "No building with a properly designed, installed and operating sprinkler system has ever been lost."

Dry pipe systems are effective for unheated stables in areas with frigid winters. Instead of a wet pipe system that has water within the sprinkler piping in summer-heated buildings, then the frigid temps freeze that water and split the pipes in the winter, a dry pipe system has no water standing in the pipes.

Sprinklers are installed in every stall, breeze way and storage room within the stable. When a fire starts, it melts the solder portion of the sprinkler head, which in turn releases the air in the pipe, opening a valve within the heated valve room. The sprinkler water runs to the sprinkler that is activated above the fire, and either extinguishes the fire or controls it until the fire department arrives. In accordance with the sprinkler and building codes, the water in a dry pipe system must reach the most remote head within 1 minute of activation; if the fire is closer to the sprinkler control room, the water will reach the activated head sooner.

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From www.myhorsematters.com
Identifying the signs of colic can be tricky. Visible symptoms vary greatly among individuals and might depend on the severity of the pain. Common signs may include the following:

turning head toward flank
kicking or biting at abdomem
repeatedly lying down and getting up
sitting in a doglike position or lying on back
lack of appetite
putting head down to water without drinking
lack of bowel movements
rapid respiration and/or flared nostrils
elevated pulse rate (greater than 52 beats per minute)
lip curling (Flehmen response)
pawing
stretching out to urinate without doing so
rolling, especially violent
sweating
absence of/or reduced digestive sounds
depression
cool extremities

INNOVATIONS

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OUR SOCIETY AT LARGE(and other miscellaneous stuff)

Here's a puzzle for all of you. I'll post the results next month. You can email me at info@saveyourhorse.com or just hit the reply button. How do you get this horse out of the trailer? Picture is from Rick the horse guy's website, www.thinklikeahorse.org

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