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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

Lorraine at Horse Lovers United Inc, an excellent rescue in Salisbury MD, would like someone to visit her rescue to speak on LAR. Please contact Lorraine at boxwood3684@comcast.net

CLASSES

July 11, and Saturday mornings throughout the summer North Strabane Fire Dept, Canonsburg, PA
Save Your Horse! A Safety Seminar for Horse Owners. Call 724-745-1010, ext. 333, or email ed.childers@nstfd.org with any questions www.nstfd.org

August 23 Woolwich ME - Large Animal Emergency Rescue Awareness (LEAR) for First Responders
September 19 Fort Fairfield ME - owners workshop "Is Your Horse Rescue Ready"
September 20 Fort Fairfield ME -- Large Animal Emergency Rescue Awareness (LEAR) for First Responders
Contact Vicki Schmidt, Frandford Mutual Aid Fire Training Assoc, 207-890-4590, info@frandford.org

October 4, 5th -- Large Animal Rescue Certification Training Caledon Equine Hospital, ON Canada. This eight-hour certification course is designed for first level emergency personnel responders and horse owners and is taught by Jennifer Woods. Deadline for registration is July 15th, 2009. Sign up at www.horsesinthehills.ca

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

STORIES AND NEWS

Vicki Schmidt sent the following:
A lecture on Large Animal Rescue Awareness (LAER) was presented in Omaha NB by Vicki Schmidt at the 2009 Conference for the International Association of Women in Emergency Services (iWomen). LAER was a first for the iWomen program, and requests from attendees for more information on training was high. The lecture is designed to introduce the main points of LAER and to encourage additional training. The program has a focus on what actions help positively mitigate a LAER using "on-board" equipment, how to put together a basic LAER kit for your apparatus, as well as resources for more information and additional training. For more information contact Vicki Schmidt at troika@megalink.net

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Jennifer Woods sent the following:
NW Evening Mail -Barrow-in-Furness,England,UK 19 June 2009 Barrow firefighters rescue stricken horse

The rescuers ran the risk of flying hooves as the five-year-old mare panicked. But after an ordeal lasting over an hour the horse, Penny, was released from the large trailer none the worse for its ordeal.

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DeKALB - A Sycamore resident, driving an SUV on Route 64, rolled her horse trailer. She was transporting four horses. When the trailer tipped, it pulled the SUV along with it. The driver was uninjured in the accident, there were three others in the SUV. One horse died, the others were ok.

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Jennifer: Original story incomplete, but as nearly as I can discern from the scanty reporting, the horse was not being transported. Nevertheless, the damage a (loose?) large animal can do to vehicles is starkly illustrated here. Horse Rips Through Van, Flips Another Vehicle in North Escambia - near Pensacola,FL. A third vehicle, a small Ford car, also struck the remains of the horse. The driver of the van was not injured. See all stories on this topic

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Rebecca Gimenez sent the following:

The issue of euthanasia is one we don't like to think about. Here's a story - with a good ending -that points out why it is vital we learn about this subject. http://www.crystalpeaksyouthranch.org/LatestNews/303354.aspx
Rebecca: THIS is why we do emergency euthanasia training in the TLAER course. Any time we wonder if our expertise and training is needed - just KNOW that you are doing something AWESOME to prevent these kinds of stories. Because of this - we are putting up a bunch of resources about proper & humane euthanasia on the www.tlaer.org website.
Another link on the subject8 http://www.vetmed.ufl.edu/extension/Dairy/HumaneEuthanasia/

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http://www.newschannel5.com/global/story.asp?s=6938530 ADAMS, Tenn. - A horse in Robertson County was treated for injuries it received after someone hit the animal in the head with an ax.

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A load of articles from Rebecca. Nice to see the coverage!
farm medics..http://www.nwanews.com/adg/News/262801/
In the International news....
Various entrapments....
http://www.gazetteandherald.co.uk/news/4433039.No_horseing_around_at_Lackham_College
http://www.peterboroughtoday.co.uk/news/Crowland-Horse-rescued-from-ditch.5400807.jp
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/wales/8125287.stm
http://www.getreading.co.uk/news/s/2052068_horses_cut_free_from_overturned_horsebox
UK - Training purchases mannekin...http://www.swindonadvertiser.co.uk/news/4427218.RSPCA_holds_AGM_tonight/
Canada - Heroism award for rescuing animals trapped in snow....http://www.horsetalk.co.nz/news/2009/06/046.shtml
John Haven (one of TLAER's Asst Instructors puts on course)
http://www.gainesville.com/article/20090606/ARTICLES/90606101
4/1002?Title=Participants-train-for-emergency-large-animal-rescue
LSU (one of TLAER's annual training sites...) http://www.thehorse.com/ViewArticle.aspx?ID=14323
Horse rescued from Ditch.... http://www.peterboroughtoday.co.uk/news/Crowland-Horse-rescued-from-ditch.5400807.jp
Local Horse Owners learning about disaster preparedness... or not... http://www.contracostatimes.com/california/ci_12717945

http://www.thespectrum.com/article/20090601/NEWS01/906010318 Training in Utah by Large Animal Rescue from Felton, CA
http://www.avma.org/onlnews/javma/jun09/090615b.asp Tri-state conference promotes local disaster planning
Event draws emergency responders who handle animal issues in Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin, and beyond
http://www.huntingtonnews.net/state/090602-staff-statelargeanimal.html
WVA to offer Large Animal Emergency Response Training by Days End Farm (some of TLAER trainees)

http://www.avma.org/onlnews/javma/jun09/090615a.asp Ready for Disaster - AVMA'' VMAT Teams
http://blogs.wsj.com/photojournal/2009/05/29/pictures-of-the-day-187/ KLAER in KY
http://theanimalsupportproject.org/upcomingevents.html Grafton Trail Riders to offer Large Animal Rescue Class by Days End Farm
http://www.gainesville.com/article/20090606/ARTICLES/906061014/1002?Title=Participants-train-for-emergency-large-animal-rescue
http://www.gainesville.com/article/20090605/ARTICLES/906059990/1002?Title=UF-to-host-unique-large-animal-rescue-training-at-football-stadium ASPCA's Disaster Response Team holds training in Gainesville, FL (with TLAER Asst. Instructor)

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Vicki Schmidt sent the following: On June 6th I received a call from the Maine State Police, asking to patch me through via cell phone to a Fire Chief who was on the scene of a horse trapped in mud. The mare was stuck to her knees and hocks and could move some but not enough to release herself. The incident was over two hours away and no "real" mud rescue kit was available. I advised them to get a good halter, lead, and guidance rope on her, which they did. After initial discussions it appeared adding air would not be an option so I suggetsed they run 1 3/4 lines into where the mare was (about 200' off the road) and with a straight stream from a bore nozzle as close to the horses legs as they could get, force water into the mud. I had them flow a little water as they bored the nozzle into the mud, then increased the pressure slowly but forcefully to as high as they could to keep water going into the mud. The added water released the mare enough so she could swim/flounder to more solid ground. Outside of being a bit exhausted the mare was fine. I mentioned they might want to have a vet check her over (just to protect my butt!). A few days later I called the Chief to follow up and her said the mare was doing great. Hopefully they will be planning a LAER class very soon!

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I got a series of emails on June 13th.
.....12.11 pm Grant Nebraska
We have a deer trapped in a well
No vet just the fire department
.....12.29pm
They have hoses under the deer now and will be adding water!
.....12.33pm
It worked
I spoke with the Grant Nebraska Fire Department after the fact. Unfortunately, I did not receive the emails in time to help. Fortunately, they didn't need me! The only vet was out of the state; the Fire Department had not had any animal training; the wife of the chief got on the internet to see if there was any information to help them. She found the LAR website.

The well was about 6 feet around and 15 feet deep. The hoses they tried to wrap around the deer only panicked him, so they left the hose lying in the bottom of the well under the deer and added a high volume flow of water. The deer treaded water until he could see that he could get out, then scrambled onto land and took off running! Took about four minutes to get the well filled and the Fire Dept. watched very carefully to make sure the deer was not in distress or injured. The hose in the well was left there during the incident "just in case" they needed to pull up on the deer to keep him from drowning. Congratulations to Grant Nebraska Fire Department! Good thinking! BTW: I sent them a copy of my book and classes the next day! Michelle

EQUIPMENT and SUPPLIES

Nothing new.

NEW LINKS

TLAER has recently updated their website... please visit and share photos, reviews and stories of rescue related items and incidents... Tori is the webmaster and her email address is nctlaer@aol.com

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It's a sign of the times: a few of us are on Facebook. Rebecca has a LAR group; Laurie has a barn fire safety group.

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Laurie Loveman sent the following: For all livestock and horse owners, you may be interested in joining www.CattleGrower.com, a network community for livestock (and horse and alpaca) owners to connect, collaborate and promote their operations. Very low keyed and enjoyable. I've set up a Fire Safety in Barns group.

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New website for women in the horse industry. Any area. www.womenshorseindustry.com

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From Prakash Gogoi: If you are interested in the work done in other parts of the world, you can sign up for The Brooke Institute's newsletter at : www.thebrooke.org The Brooke is the UK's leading overseas equine welfare charity and their aim is to improve the lives of horses, donkeys and mules working in the poorest parts of the world. LAR is a growing interest in India (thanks to Prakash) as well as elsewhere in the world.

LESSONS LEARNED

from the Fire Safety in Barns newsletter: FAN REMINDER: I hope everyone using fans in their barns has checked to make sure their fan is rated for agricultural use. That means it has a sealed motor, thermal regulator, and other features that will keep it from causing a fire. You, too, can sign up for the newsletter at www.firesafetyinbarns.com

In the 6 reported barn fires in June, 227,354 animals died. Three fires in factory farms took the lives of 202,000 chickens and 25,000 turkeys. Sadly, these are only the reported fires: many barn fires are not reported in the media. We need to insist on better fire codes for livestock facilities, especially for large facilities.

INNOVATIONS

Nothing here

OUR SOCIETY AT LARGE(and other miscellaneous stuff)

Our subscription list grew significantly this month. Thanks, Rebecca! If you are new, please do not hesitate to introduce yourself or ask questions. This newsletter is for everyone involved in the LAR field. There are now over 100 members from around the world. If you have a spam filter on your email, be sure to note that the newsletter goes out to multiple addresses at the same time. We don't have a bulk email program; The newsletter is generated off Windows Mail on my computer.

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Ed Childers from North Strabane,PA Fire Dept. reports: We just held our first Intro to LAR for Horse Owners class (renamed Save Your Horse! A Safety Seminar for Horse Owners). Participants were happy, and the feedback was positive. The local vet, who got the opportunity to attend last weekend, said that the presentation was "fantastic" and how important the timing is for this to happen. We demonstrated a hay fire and let one of the class participants try to extinguish with a class A fire extinguisher to show how difficult hay fires are to put out - pretty cool.

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Bob Webb, from Toronto, ON Canada, has retired from his SECOND fire career as head of fire safety for Woodbine Entertainment Group. His last day was The Queen's Plate Sunday, June 21. He hung up his fire hat and code book and will be enjoying his leisure time at his cottage. Congratulations, Bob! See you in October at UGuelph's Intro to LAR for Horse Owner's class.

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Cpl. Mike Morrow, Special Operations/ Mounted Patrol, in Tampa, FL has now expanded his mounted duties to include traffic control! Check out the news story about Mike and Chad, his horse. http://www.myfoxtampabay.com/dpp/news/local/hillsborough/tampa_police_mounted_patrol_catches_speeders_061809 BTW: One of Mike's pictures is slated to be the cover of my new book, "Where Do I Start? A Horse Owner's Guide to Disaster Preparedness". Thanks, Mike!

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