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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

None

CLASSES

Aug. 1, 22, 29 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

UPDATE – U of Guelph, Ontario Canada has been postponed their Introduction to LAR for Horse Owners until the spring semester – Contact Susan Raymond for more info. slraymon@uoguelph.ca

STORIES AND NEWS

From Jennifer Woods: Ohio Firefighters Rescue Horse Photos/Story by Michael D. Watiker
It is happy trails once again for a 7 year old horse named Laddy, thanks to Columbus and Westerville, Ohio firefighters.The horse tried to kick its way out of its trailer as it traveled along a busy Interstate 270 (I-270) in Columbus June 24.The animal kicked the trailer doors so hard, that he almost knocked them off the trailer, causing it to flip, and trapping the horse inside.

The Columbus Fire Department's (FAO) Fire Alarm Office received a 911 call reporting a horse trapped in a trailer and that the animal was in distress. A rescue assignment was dispatched consisting of Columbus Fire EMS 12, Lt. Rick Cozmar, (District EMS Officer) Columbus Medic 6 (S.Benjamin FF/IC) and mutual aid Rescue and Batt. 111 from the City of Westerville. Columbus Fire Safety Officer Capt Murphy also responded. Lt Cozmar acted as the runs incident commander. In addition Columbus Police Patrol, Freeway, and Mounted units were critical to the successful outcome. The accident caused Columbus Police to temporarily close down two westbound lanes of traffic on I-270 in north Columbus.

After arriving on the scene, a call was made for an emergency response for a veterinarian to respond to the incident and bring drugs to sedate the horse. After Laddy was sedated, Columbus and Westerville firefighters, with the help of a veterinarian, Dr. Beard, and students from The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine, freed the horse from the trailer.

When most of our runs involve traumas and injuries to people, it's a nice change to be able to help this a nimal and the people involved escape without harm, said Columbus Fire Lt. Rick Cosmar.The horse was transported in a Columbus Police Mounted unit horse trailer to the Equine Center at Ohio State University. The horse was given a clean bill of health and was treated and released later that day.

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From Jennifer: Not the fault of trailer or tow v. driver. Just an indication of how important it is to have a trailer built to withstand rear end collisions. VARNEY, Ont. Copyright 2009 The Canadian Press. All rights reserved.ΠA 56 year old woman from Georgian Bluffs, Ont., is in critical condition and facing possible charges after her car plowed into the back of a horse trailer.

Police say two race horses were in a trailer being pulled by a pickup truck which had been stopped by a road construction crew on Highway 6 near Varney, some 170 kilometres northwest of Toronto. Police say the car – which had allegedly failed to remain at the scene of a crash just moments earlier – hit the trailer and rolled several times into a ditch, pinning Yolanda Novak beneath. Police say several motorists were able to lift the car off Novak before paramedics arrived on the scene at about 6 p.m. Wednesday. The second driver was not injured, the two horses were shook up but not injured and two dogs in the woman's car were taken to a local vet in good condition.

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From Jennifer: From Edson, Alberta. The driver of a one tonne pickup truck hauling a horse trailer was not injured after she rolled her vehicle west of Edson last week, but one of her barrel horses died in the accident. The 43 year old female driver of the truck had lost control of her vehicle and entered the median, RCMP said. The force of the weight on the down slope unhitched the trailer and it rolled on its side. Two barrel horses were trapped inside. Bystanders were able to help free one of the horses from the trailer's back door, but the other remained trapped and ended up dying from its injuries, police said. The driver was unhurt.

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From Jennifer: Jamestown, CA – Margaret Whitelaw's family horse was accidentally killed Monday evening near the intersection of Stockton Rd. and Washington St. in Sonora. The back door of the horse trailer came open somewhere between Jamestown and Sonora and the horse either fell or jumped out while she was still tied up. Midnight Princess was dead by the time Whitelaw noticed that the gate was open. A second horse was also in the trailer, but was thankfully not injured. The Tuolumne County Sheriff's Office is not planning to file any charges because the incident was not intentional and the party in no way tried to maliciously harm the animal.

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From Jennifer: How should firefighters or police handle an emergency situation like a fire or car accident that involves horses?

In this city (Saratoga Springs, NY) that's an important question, and at Saratoga Equine Veterinary Hospital yesterday it was a question that veterinarian Bill Barnes, DVM, tried to help a group of first responders answer.The Horses 911 clinic held yesterday was the first put on by the Barneses, Diana said, and she hoped that first responders would leave with some "horse sense."

Their goal in putting on the workshop was "to prepare first responders for horse handling in emergency situations" because "this is horse country," she said. About 10 people attended the workshop from the Saratoga Springs police and fire departments and Wilton EMS. Most said they had never received any training in proper horse handling before. After a short presentation of horse facts and special considerations when dealing with horses, Dr. Barnes led the group into a barn where they were able to practice horse-handling first hand.

Saratoga Springs Fire Captain Robert Williams also attended the class. He said the fire department wants to be prepared in the event of a barn fire. Williams was able to develop a plan with Barnes that he will now pass on to the firefighters that work in Saratoga Springs. Diana Barnes said she and her husband hope to hold more training sessions like yesterday's and hope to help develop a strong relationship between emergency responders and horse owners."Its a two way street; we can learn a great deal from first responders and what their expectations are," Dr. Barnes said in a press release. URL: http://www.saratogian.com/articles/2009/03/29/news/doc49cee0c3cdfb5447433567.prt

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From Jennifer: A Cadiz (near Wheeling, WV) man with a long-standing history of refusing to heed court orders is once again behind bars. Chester Thompson, 82, of Barricklow Road, was arrested Wednesday evening on a probation violation. Thompson, because of past animal cruelty charges lodged against him, is not permitted to own any horses.

The probation violation stems from a case involving a 4 year old horse that Thompson apparently purchased and transported to his home in a makeshift wagon. The equine was so severely injured when it fell from the trailer, members of the Harrison County Humane Society took possession of the animal and transported it to a veterinarian. The animal was later euthanized due to the extent of its injuries.

In the past, Thompson has faced similar charges that have led to court orders specifying that the man can no longer own or possess any horses. The most recent previous case involved two horses he was transporting along U.S. 250 in a pickup truck. He apparently used refrigerator type racks and rope to confine the horses to the vehicle. He pleaded guilty to a second degree misdemeanor animal cruelty charge. A jail sentence was suspended and he was ordered to spend 12 months of probation in the case earlier this year. He was also charged with operating a vehicle without a license.

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Laurie Loveman has been asked to help the Canadians for the Ethical Treatment of Food Animals, www.cetfa.com, change the fire codes in Canada, particularly, to start, with Manitoba. According to FireSafetyInBarns.com, just one week after up to 7,500 piglets were burned alive in Zhoda, Manitoba another 25,000 chickens suffered the same fate. 52,000 birds and animals have died in fires in commercial businesses in Manitoba in the last 18 months alone. Sounds like they can use Laurie's help!

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Jeff Galloway of ETS has taken on a new position as the Emergency Management Director for Butler County, Ohio. Good luck, Jeff!

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From Laurie: Cargill Conducts Live animal Accident Response Training http://www.porkmag.com/directories.asp?pgID=675&ed_id=7877 The article mentions Jennifer Woods.

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From MaryAnne Leighton in Australia:p; You will be delighted to know that Hawkesbury State Emergency Services made good use of your book this week, see http://www.hawkesburygazette.com.au/news/local/news/general/muddy-horse-finds-freedom/1563578.aspx Thanks to you, someone knew what to do.

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From Ed Childers at North Strabane Fire Dept, PA:p; We had our Save Your Horse Safety Seminar on July 11th and seems like the consensus was time well spent and valuable information was shared by all. Ed has a great looking brochure you can download. ed.childers@nstfd.org

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From Rebecca: NickerNews.net has posted a wonderful video and articles on TLAER training. http://www.nickernews.net/tlaer-course.aspx The article and video are from a recent Maine training and are very good. 6 minutes of video on training! That's got to be a first! Here's a picture sent in by new subscriber and recent TLAER grad, Cynthia Mellon from Chaplin, CT.

EQUIPMENT and SUPPLIES

Spanish Phrases for Animal Care Organizations https://gateway.hsus.org/asopubs/?Audience=1 A pocket tool for anyone working or volunteering in the animal care, rescue, and control field. 1 to 10 copies, $3.99 ea. Its tiny – about 70 pages and pocked sized, and most of the phrases have to do with animal shelter situations and pets, but there are some good ones that might be appropriate for your work, such as, "Is this your animal?" and "To be euthanized" "You cannot have livestock in the city".

NEW LINKS

Nothing new here

LESSONS LEARNED

From Jennifer: Myhorse.com article. Railroad-Crossing Alert for Horse Trailers

To enhance the safety of horses and those who travel with horses, USRider (a nationwide roadside assistance plan) is working with the Doctors Tomas and Rebecca Gimenez, experts in large animal emergency rescue, on a research project to gather and analyze data about horse trailer accidents (Hot on the Trail, May/June 06). Conclusions and recommendations from this study will be released to the public soon.

However, while studying more than 200 horse trailer incidents, the researchers noticed an inordinate number of incidents involving gooseneck horse trailers becoming stuck on railroad crossings, and want to caution the public immediately. Almost all of these incidents resulted in the loss of human and equine life.

"Most railroad crossings are built up, making them slightly higher than the surrounding roadway," said Mark Cole, managing member of USRider. "When the truck tires pass over the railroad bed and start approaching the lower roadway grade, the rear tires can also be on the roadway grade on the other side of the tracks, causing the front of the gooseneck trailer to bottom out on the tracks."

To prevent a tragedy, "assume that any low clearance caution signs before the railroad track are meant for you," advised Tomas Gimenez, DVM, professor of Animal and Veterinary Sciences at Clemson University. "The placement of such warning signs will allow you to take an alternate safer route."

If you must cross railroad tracks, said Dr. Gimenez, proceed cautiously, especially when the tracks are higher than the road grade. If your trailer becomes lodged on a railroad crossing, call 911 immediately; emergency agencies can alert railroad companies of the situation. Evacuate all humans and animals from the tow vehicle and trailer. This will not only remove them from harm's way, but will also reduce trailer weight, which could raise the trailer enough to dislodge it from the tracks and enable it to complete the crossing safely.

While bumper pull trailers are not as susceptible to this problem, raise the jack stand to a level that will provide sufficient clearance and not bottom out in extreme situations. For more trailer safety information, visit www.usrider.org http://www.usrider.org/.

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From Jennifer: Horse related human injuries are a reality of working with powerful animals with an intrinsic fight or flight response to perceived danger. Most people immediately think of horseback riding as the primary cause of significant injuries, but experienced horsemen and women have been seriously injured and even killed by horses while working with them on the ground.The National Electronic Injury Surveillance System , or NEISS, is part of the United States Product Safety Commission's National Injury Information Clearinghouse. It provides anonymous patient data from a sample of hospital emergency rooms across the United States. From this information, the total number of injuries nationwide can be estimated by the commission.

Doris Bixby-Hammett, MD, of the Equestrian Medical Safety Association analyzed the NEISS data specifically for horse related injuries. Of the 78,279 injuries in 2007, the most common injuries included fractures (28.5%); contusions/abrasions (28.3%); strain/sprain (14.5%); internal injury (8.1%); lacerations (5.7%); concussions (4.6%); dislocations (1.9%); and hematomas (1.2%). Most frequent injury sites are the lower trunk (19.6%); head (15.0%); upper trunk (13.4%); shoulder (8.2%); and wrist (6.8%).

Within this study patients were treated and released (86.2%); were hospitalized (8.7%); were transferred (3.6%); left without being treated (0.8%); remained for observation (0.6%); and arrived at the hospital deceased (0.1%). Of the 51,768 injuries in which the location of the incident was known or recorded, 60% occurred at home or on the farm and 29.5% occurred at sports events. These percentages are consistent with horse related injury data from 2002 to 2006. Not all people with horse related injuries are accounted for in this data. Some are not seen at a hospital and not all those with fatal injuries are transported to emergency rooms.

Other studies have concluded that the use of approved riding helmets could mitigate riding related head injuries, and this recommendation is strongly supported by the EMSA. The entire equine community needs to make human safety a number one priority through education, required safety equipment at events, and research.

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From Rebecca: This month www.thehorse.com sent out an "In Depth Report" on the Science of Horsemanship. Rebecca says, "This is a really good one for everyone to use – understanding the behavior makes everything easier with TLAER." Topics include how horses see and learn. http://www.TheHorse.com/enews/07112009.html.

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From Michelle: The Horse.com has an article on hay combustion. http://www.thehorse.com/ViewArticle.aspx?ID=14589 Its a good idea to store your hay in a separate area from your stable. Here's why.

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INNOVATIONS

Nothing new here

OUR SOCIETY AT LARGE (and other miscellaneous stuff)

From Vicki Evans near Redding, CA: "I guess the deal now is if you trailer out to ride, lock your trailer. So many people I know have come back from rides to find their trailers full of horses they have never seen before!" When I told this to my vet he said: "Forget the lock! Horses are being TIED to trailers and abandoned!"

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Jenny Key in Colorado sent word that an article she wrote on animals and their energy will be published in Healing Path magazine in the fall.

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Boy! Have we grown this month! Please help me welcome our new subscribers!

I'd like to welcome the new subscribers. First, congratulations on becoming part of a vibrant, growing, and very important field. As you know, your instructor suggested you join this newsletter. Over the past month the list has more than doubled in size.

If you have a spam filter on your email, please do whatever is needed to allow the newsletter to be delivered to you. It is sent from Windows Mail on my home computer, not from a professional bulk mail program. If your mail is bounced back to me I will resend the newsletter out to you individually, and if it is bounced again you will be removed from the list. Since I'm not a high tech person, this is the limit of my knowledge and I apologize in advance. If you're not receiving your newsletter, check your email program and write to me. I'll send it out again. Whew! I will never pass your email address on to anyone else.

The first newsletter was sent out in November, 2007. Since then, it has grown to over 150 members worldwide. The newsletter originates with me but the content comes from ALL subscribers. It is an offshoot of the LAR website, www.saveyourhorse.com . On the site you will find similar information – stories, bios of instructors, a schedule of classes, safety articles, and the archive of newsletters. Most months, the newsletter is sent out in the first week. Sometimes, like this month, I'm away from home and will send it out early. If you don't receive it by the end of the first week of the month, let me know.

If you have information to share, please do not hesitate to send it in. You can reply to this newsletter – it all comes back to me – and I will get it into the next edition. The newsletter is not a place for OPINIONS, but facts. We (all of us) welcome your input. You are also welcome to ask questions and hopefully we can find you some answers.

Michelle

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