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CLASSES and CONFERENCES

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

NO REQUESTS

Jan 4-5, 2008 Basic Equine Awareness and Rescue, Houston TX SPCA www.eeru.org

Feb 3-7,2008 Firehouse World Conference, San Diego, CA., Captain Larry Collins of the LA County FD is speaking on Rescue of Physically Trapped Animals: The Fire Department's Role. More info at www.FirehouseWorld.com

Feb 8,2008 BARN FIRE TACTICS & STRATEGIES FOR FIREFIGHTERS & EMERGENCY PERSONNEL

Feb 9, 2008 FIREFIGHTER AND EMERGENCY PERSONNEL HORSE HANDLING
Cost $65.00 per person/$120 per person who attends both days
Emergency Training Systems Inc., Clarkrange, TN
931-863-7233 or JeffstETS@aol.com

Jeff Galloway, JeffstETS@aol.com says he's talking to San Diego, CA about bringing his training here in 2008. Good luck, Jeff. We could use your training in the state!

Rebecca and Tomas Gimenez, tlaer@bellsouth.net have posted their schedule (so far) for the year. Get the details at www.saveyourhorse.com/wholearn.htm

Jan 28-31 University of Florida, St. Augustine, FL
Feb 4-8 University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
Feb 11-13 Broward County, FL
Feb15-17 Broward County, FL
Mar 20-23 American Veterinary Medical Association Student Convention
Apr 18-20 Eastern Kentucky University Dr. Larry Collins
Apr 22-25 Eastern Kentucky University Dr. Larry Collins
May 5-8 Brevard Zoo, Melbourne, FL
June 2-5 Large Animal Emergency Rescue Conference, Hampshire, UK
June 19-21 Baltimore County, MD Fire Department
June 27-29 New Jersey
July 25-28 University of Pennsylvania, Kennett Square, PA
July 11-13 Ivy Rock Farm, New Windsor, NY
Aug.1 Hagyard Medical Institute, Lexington, KY
Aug. 2 Hagyard Medical Institute, Lexington, KY
Sept. 4-6 North Texas
Sept. 11-13 Navasota, Texas
Sept. 22-25 North Carolina State University, Jacksonville, NC


STORIES

A new, and unsuccessful, rescue story has been added to www.saveyourhorse.com/pics.html. It is a reminder of why we train; why we teach; why we are so passionate about sharing this information with responders and horse owners.

Jim Green in Hampshire, UK, sent along this report:

We have had two large animal rescues in the last 24 hours. I went to a 33 year old New Forest cross which had been in a ditch, assisted out by owners and then laid in a muddy field as they attempted to get it back on its feet. We threw it over using a 9 metre strop and as it got up we walked it briskly back to the warmth of its stable. (To carry out the rollover safely I advocate lifting the legs slightly with the crook and sliding the strop under its legs so that it runs fore and aft between the knee and body and hock and body. The Firefighters then working together flick the horse over, head man turns the head in and up she gets. This has a 90% success rate even when the horse seems unlikely to survive).

Anton my colleague has spent the afternoon chasing a stroppy Highland cow up and down a river before it finally got tired and came out with a forward assist!

We have rescued around 80 horse alone in the past two years with this year's total large animal rescues amounting to about 90.


EQUIPMENT and SUPPLIES

What's new in the LAR market. Advertise your products here.


NEW LINKS

Vicki Schmidt and her crew at Frandford Fire in Maine have been added to the instructor's page, www.saveyourhorse.com/whoteach.htm Please check them out!! Vicki suggested the following two categories for the newsletter. Thanks, Vicki.


LESSONS LEARNED

Information on what worked, what didn't work, what could have been done better at an incident, etc. Plus success stories where training worked. . or helped, etc

From Temple Grandin's in "Animals in Translation"

Horses see the way they do because domestic animals – and fast animals who live on the open plains – have a "visual streak" instead of a fovea in the retinas in their eyes. The visual streak is a straight line across the back of the retina. Most experts think the streak helps animals scan the horizon. On the other hand, human retinas have a "fovea", a round spot in the back of the eye where they get their best vision.

Non-human animals see more intense contrasts of light and dark because their night vision is so much better than ours. Good night vision involves excellent vision for contrasts and relatively poor color vision. Shadows are so much clearer in black and white that, during World War II, the Allies recruited people who were completely color-blind to interpret reconnaissance and spy photos. They could spot things like netting draped over a tank that were invisible to people with normal color vision.

Animals' sharper contrast vision seems to make dark spots appear to be deeper than lighter spots; the reason cattle guards work.

In "An Anthoropologist on Mars", Oliver Sacks told about an artist who lost his color vision. It became very difficult for him to drive because tree shadows on the road looked like pits his car could fall into. Without color vision, he saw contrasts between light and dark as contrasts in depth.

(Back to Temple Grandin) Most animals, other than birds and primates, see just two colors (blue and green) The colors these animals see best are yellowish green and bluish purple. Therefore, yellow is a high-contrast color for almost all animals. This may be why animals react strongly to yellow raincoats (and turnouts) and machinery. All animals are naturally curious; they need to be in order to find the things they need and avoid danger. Therefore, it makes sense that an animal would voluntarily investigate something new but would balk if you force him to approach something he has not seen before. Any novel, especially intermittent, high-pitched sounds will cause animals to balk, because they activate the part of the animal's brain that responds to distress calls.


INNOVATIONS

Ideas on equipment, testing, training, etc.


OUR SOCIETY AT LARGE(and other miscellaneous stuff)

Any social information to share so we can get to know each other better, or anything that doesn't fall into any of the above categories – a "catch-all".

From FEMAs Recovery Newsletter:

San Diegans are crazy about horses, with nearly 300,000 of the animals registered in the county. So when this year's fires began, it didn't take long for horse lovers to turn to Del Mar racetrack – a designated county shelter for large animals. More than 2,700 large animals – mostly horses, but also a sprinkling of donkeys, zebras, llamas and goats – jammed the 400-acre grounds, filling the horse park and main stables (approximately 2,500 stalls) to more than capacity (more than 220 horses are boarded there regularly).

Other designated large-animal evacuation centers near the burn areas the San Diego Polo Club, Lakeside Rodeo, Westfield Park Plaza, the Oaks/Blenheim Exhibition Center, and the Orange County Fairgrounds at Irvine. Many animal owners (2,200) were able to stay in the racetrack's jockey quarters.

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