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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


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CLASSES July 10 - 12 TLAER Operational Level - Pineland Farms, Gray Maine - Michelle Melaragno mmelaragno@pinelandfarms.org
July 14 - 16 TLAER Operational Level - Closed except to CT SART members - Connecticut - Officer Wenner
July 18 - 19 TLAER Awareness Level - Ivy Rock Farm, New Windsor NY - Jennifer Migdal juniperd_17@yahoo.com

Fall / Winter 2009

September 2009 Rebecca Gimenez is speaking on TLAER at IVECCS in Chicago, IL. If you are planning on attending, please send her an email so that you can coordinate!
Oct.16 - 17 TLAER AWARENESS COURSE - Brazos Valley Equine Hospital, Navosota, Texas Dr. Ben Buchanan,benrice@gmail.com
TBA - TLAER Awareness Level NEW COURSE! - Otterbein College, Ohio - Dr. Maria Calderone mcalderone@otterbein.edu Contact Dr Calderone to express interest - she is setting up the course soon.
TBA - TLAER Awareness Level NEW COURSE! - Jacksonville Florida - Chris Dunn ravenwoodfarm@bellsouth.net Contact Chris to express interest - she is setting up the course soon.
TBA - TLAER Awareness Level NEW COURSE! - Ontario Canada - Dr Carin Wittnich c.wittnich@utoronto.ca Contact Dr Wittnich to express interest and early sign up - she is setting up the course soon.

OCT TBA -- Introduction to LAR for Horse Owners -- U of Guelph, Ontario Canada -- Contact Susan Raymond for more info.slraymon@uoguelph.ca

Wave Trek Rescue info@wavetrekrescue.com July classes will be held in August.
TAR 1: August 7, 8, 9 TAR 2: August 10, 11, 12 =


Sent in by Jennifer Woods.
ReporterNews.com - Abilene,TX,USA. Workers spent at least two hours trying to free several cattle trapped inside the trailer, as a rancher stood ready with his horse and rope.See all stories on this topic . Great pictures available. Check out the story and count how many ways this is dangerous, foolhardy and just plain wrong! Jennifer's comment: This rescue was not done correctly at all - not even close. I have to say this is one of the worst ones I have seen. Those poor cattle. Not a pen in site, no containment. Dragging them out. Jumping them over sharp edges. Wrestling them, roping them, hog tying them. And they don't have a clue what they have done. To have someone sitting outside the trailer with his horse to rope and catch them as they fled! That is bad. I would rather see the animals left in the trailer for a little longer and get proper containment then ever turn them loose with no containment. The trailer also needed to be cut so the animals could safely exit the trailer, lessening the chances of further injury. This borders on liable if someone happened to hit one of the loose cattle. Rebecca's comments: Big issues that I have with their effort is structural integrity of the roof is compromised, too many people IN the trailer, no secondary containment around the trailer (thus the cowboys roping the cattle). *******
Montana's News Station - Missoula,MT,USA Speeding 19 y.o. crashes into truck/horse trailer. He is dead after his car collided head-on with a truck hauling a horse trailer *******
Patrick Parkinson, Of the Park Record in Utah. Posted: 05/26/2009 A horse was struck and killed by a garbage truck Monday on State Road 32 in Peoa. "Some individuals were trying to load up the horse in a trailer and the horse got spooked," Utah Highway Patrol Sgt. Ted Tingey said. "The horse pulled away from the trailer and ran down a long dirt road at a pretty good speed, into the path of a garbage truck." "We get quite of bit of these throughout the state," Tingey said. An 80yo Overland Park, KS woman died Thursday when her car collided with a pickup pulling a horse trailer in Johnson County. More than a dozen horses bolted from the trailer and had to be rounded up. Workers cut out one horse that was trapped in the trailer, but it had to be euthanized because of injuries. *******
Excerpted from article by Jamie Gumbrecht of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Atlanta, GA gets an ambulance. Andrew Zbeeb started the service for owners unable to drive their pets in times of need, for vets transferring patients into specialized care, and animals who might need more than a soft blanket and a chew toy. Things furry, feathered and scaly are what Zbeeb knows best. He's 28 and has been running Frogs to Dogs, a pet-sitting and training service in Kirkwood, for six years. His ambulance is retrofitted with a mastiff-sized steel cage, muzzles, first aid supplies, GPS, oxygen tank and animal-shaped masks. His team doesn't administer drugs but is trained in CPR and first aid, and veterinary technicians are available to ride along. He's on-call around the clock. A horse trailer pulled by a pickup truck rolled early Sunday on Interstate 19, killing one horse and injuring another. The driver was not injured. The driver lost control of the vehicle about 6:45 a.m. near Duval Mine Road, DPS officer Robert Bailey said. The horse was thrown from the trailer into the median and was killed, he said. The other horse was injured and picked up from the scene by friends of the driver. No report on how the horse was thrown from the trailer. *******
El Dorado County, CA http://cbs13.com/local/horse.trailer.overturned.2.1012417.html One man and a horse were injured after a Chevy Suburban towing a horse trailer with several horses overturned in El Dorado County. The accident happened on North Shingle Rd. at Black Oak Dr. in Placerville.. According to the CHP, the vehicle hit a pole and flipped, taking the trailer with it.The driver of the Suburban was reportedly trapped inside the vehicle. One of the horses suffered minor injuries. *******
Hunterdon County Democrat excerpt: Veterinarian Michael Fugaro, an associate professor of equine studies at Centenary College, recently provided his students the opportunity to learn about the complexities and challenges of dealing with horses in emergency situations.The class was taught by Nancy Elberty, who is a member of the Hunterdon County Animal Response Team, which was formed to aid animals during emergency situations. Nancy hosted the first offering of the Giminez TLAER training course in New Jersey at the U.S. Equestrian Team headquarters in Gladstone last June and she is developing and planning other large-animal emergency rescue training opportunities in her state. She is regularly called upon by veterinarians, first responders and horse owners in situations of an emergency or special-needs transport in new Jersey. *******
San Diego, CA A vehicle with a horse trailer accident.The trailer hit a cement barrier on the right shoulder on the Valley Parkway offramp of southbound Interstate 15 about 10:45am. The crash caused the trailer to turn on its side. The horses appeared to have suffered minor injuries.


Sent in by Rebecca Gimenez.
The AVMA Veterinary Medical Assistance Teams, after retooling, are ready again to deploy to the scene of a natural disaster or another emergency—and members are eager to return to service.http://www.avma.org/onlnews/javma/jun09/090615a.asp http://www.avma.org/onlnews/javma/jun09/090615b.asp (article on Rebecca's talk at Tri-State Veterinary Disaster Response Conference, April 28-29 in La Crosse, Wis)


From Laurie Loveman: RECALL: There has been a recall of Kidde Portable Fire Extinguishers “Due to Failure to Operate” so if you have this brand of extinguisher in your barn, please go to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission’s website, to determine if yours are in the recall categories. Laurie is a member of a Technical Committee for the National Fire Protection Association. Check out her website and newsletter at www.firesafetyinbarns.com **************
SAM Medical Products http://www.sammedical.com/vetsplint.html now has a SAM splint for animals. The Vet Splint is the same as their 36 inch SAM Splint except they use double thickness aluminum for more strength. The SAM Splint is based on an ancient construction principle: curves are strong. SAM stands for structural, aluminum, and malleable. The splint is exceptionally pliable and when bent into a simple curve, it becomes strong and supportive for any fractured or injured limb. The splint is extremely moldable, and soft enough to cut with ordinary household scissors. For those of you who have become addicted to the use of a SAM splint for human medical calls, you're gonna LOVE this! I recommend the human variety to all my CPR and CERT students. In talking with their marketing manager, he hasn't gotten any feedback from horse owners/vets about using a SAM with horses, but there may be useage not reported.


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OUR SOCIETY AT LARGE(and other miscellaneous stuff)

Written by Rebecca Gimenez
This month we are featuring the work of Dr. Tomas Gimenez.
Tomas’s innovations in the field of LAR have greatly increased the safety and efficiency of rescues.

In 1993, Dr. Tomas Gimenez was enjoying teaching endocrinology, theriogenology and doing equine research in horse reproduction and nutrition at Clemson University in Clemson, SC. But he had seen what happened to GA, SC and NC when hurricanes hit the state, and was concerned about the minimal level of disaster preparedness of most horse and cattle owners that he knew personally. Very few took the threat seriously, and even fewer had evacuation plans for their animals and family. That year, he attended the second International Conference on Large Animal Rescue in California – which was the brainchild of Dr. Richard (Dick) Mansmann. The few people around the world who were interested in this specialty area were there including disaster planners, responders and emergency field animal rescuers. He had found a group of people who took it seriously, and when he returned he began learning and asking questions around his home state to determine the level of communication, response infrastructure and disaster planning for large animals. He found there to be minimal resources and coordination – similar to many other areas of the nation.

By 1995, Dr. Gimenez was working with the visionary Dr. Venaye Reece at the State Veterinarian’s office in SC to offer small workshops and speaking about preparedness for veterinarians, plus offering some of the information that he had collected from around the world as to methods for technical emergency rescue. Much of that information was wives-tales, recklessly employed, or had rarely been tested in real incidents, and thus Dr. Gimenez enlisted the assistance of some of his students at Clemson to research workable, simple and reliable methods of manipulation of large animals. (A few years later, he would marry Dr. Rebecca Bott, who was interested primarily in the behavioral responses of horses and taught their famed demonstration animals to lie down, to allow themselves to be lifted, and to cooperate for many simulated rescue training events as well as research for better equipment and techniques.)

In 1997, they were asked to put on a 1 day training event in Monk’s Corner, SC with the Charleston Area Rescue Squad and Cpt. Shawn Jones; after a morning orientation via powerpoint lecture, the hands-on training events that day included overturning and cutting up a horse trailer, lifting a horse in an Anderson Sling, basic manipulation of a recumbent horse, and evaluation of various appliances that could be used on large animals. Training in Technical Large Animal Emergency Rescue was born! Of special note was a fundamental change in perspective: the fire service’s involvement and needs for this information began to drive the evolution of new ideas and procedures to intertwine with existing Incident Command System architecture and fit with FEMA’s animal rescue doctrine. By 1999, when the Gimenez’s traveled to California to meet Cpt John and Debra Fox of Felton Fire District and the West Coast experts in Large Animal Rescue, they were convinced that reaching the emergency responders who actually answered the 911 calls and saw these incidents on a regular basis was crucial.

In the early days, the course was 1, then quickly 2, days of awareness level information with minimal hands-on and a few demonstrations. By 2003, there was enough material for a 3 day course to be offered at the operational level for a limited number of hands-on participants, and of course there were always many auditors observing. Mud rescue of live horses, overturn and stabilization of a full size trailer, a night Search & Rescue operation capped with strapping a live (sedated) horse to a Rescue Glide, manipulation of live recumbent horses and use of a floatation device on a live animal became de rigueur for the course. USRider, Inc. became the philanthropic partner for the training events, sponsoring numerous courses, training events, educational material and supporting research into TLAER / LAR via their Leg Up Fund, and via curriculum offerings atEastern Kentucky University. Veterinary schools began to ask for training for their students and faculty members, people of numerous professional disciplines (fire, heavy rescue, EMS, veterinarians, animal control, etc.) were starting to recognize this specialty area of rescue for what it was: dangerous, difficult, and challenging.

Dr. Tomas Gimenez’s contributions to the field are innumerable, but in particular there are pieces of equipment (Nicopolous Needle, Becker Vertical Lift Web Sling, Equine Floatation Device, Carabiner Extender Poles, Schwartz Air / Water Mud Injectors, etc.) that he researched and designed with many collaborators (and is too humble to accept naming some of them after himself). He has kept the local welding shop very busy with various generations of improvements of the equipment.

Early on he saw the value of new methodologies and techniques (Widener Forward Assist configuration, Hampshire Slip, Becker Sling, etc.) and promoted their use after doing the research to prove that they worked better than previous generations of equipment. He customized the A-Frame proposed by Norco Fire Rescue to allow vertical lift of large animals; improved the design of several pieces of equipment used for these large patients (modified the early Rescue Glide, improved the Santa Barbara and Becker Slings, adopted and improved the fire hose floatation device proposed by Lexington Fire, supported the use of rope / webbing anchors and mechanical advantage for moving large animal victims, and promulgated the use of shoring and extrication techniques for confined space, trench, and motor vehicle accidents with large animals.

In 2006, Tomas designed a Mud Rescue Simulation Horse. "KEYLOR" was made to simulate the weight of a horse in the abdomen and body, about 660 pounds when filled with water. The neck and head simulate the balance point on a real horse (about 10% of the weight of the horse - so an additional 60 pounds or so when filled with water). Tomas used parts that were easily accessible at the local hardware stores - and added a mop for a tail!

Another of Tomas’s innovations is the Wideman configuration, seen here on Torque. In this variation of a forward assist - similar to a Swiss Seat on a human – the webbing runs from the thoracic inlet over the withers and back down to the front of the horse, where it is looped over itself. The Hampshire Slip sideways drag configuration is not pictured, but is also an improvement now in use.

Most importantly, he is responsible for bringing all these TLAER techniques, tactics and procedures under the umbrella of legitimate rescue organizations by aligning the training with that of normal fire/rescue maneuver (based on the ideas of CPT John Fox in Felton, CA) and encouraging the use of the Incident Command System to coordinate on-scene operations. No longer is large animal rescue seen by the fire service as a bunch of rickey-rescue do-gooders – but as a legitimate heavy rescue specialty.

In 2008, Wiley-Blackwell published a textbook written by the Gimenez’s and their collaboration team with editing from Dr. Kimberly May at AVMA. Now it is possible for those who cannot attend a course to get the detailed information and apply it immediately.

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