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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

Sept. 19-20. Orange County, CA Large Animal Rescue 2-day class taught by Deb and John Fox of Felton, Fire Dept. through www.HARTofCA.org. Contact Patti at appyonr@sbcglobal.net, 714-397-2912 for details.

Oct. 5. Large Animal Rescue Certification program in Caledon, ON, Canada. Taught by Jennifer Woods, sponsored by Caledon Equine Hospital. A one day class. The Sunday (Oct.4) class is sold out. Sorry. Register at: www.horsesinthehills.ca

STORIES AND NEWS

From Jennifer Woods: Hit and Run Driver Leaves Injured Horse,Trailer Behind. Investigators said a Toyota Corolla traveling southbound was rear ended by a black Dodge pickup, causing a horse trailer hooked to the pickup to detach.

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From Vicki Schmidt: one of my classes paid off! http://www.sunjournal.com/node/273764

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Gretchen McCallum, reports that the Washington State Animal Response Team (WASART) has ordered a Becker Sling to aid in their team's rescues.www.washingtonsart.org,

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From Jennifer: Emily Gaskin Daily News Ag 6, 09 http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/more_sports/2009/08/06/2009-08-06_explosive_matter_survives_scare.html#ixzz0NXp9xsMu

Explosive Matter survives scare to advance to Saturday's Hambletonian. The road to this Saturday's $1.5 million Hambletonian has been a bumpy one for Explosive Matter. Last Friday, the colt found himself on the floor of his trailer for an hour after he was involved in a shipping accident. "He spent an hour in a ditch in the trailer," his trainer Noel Daley said."The trailer went off the road and the horse went down. We couldn't get him out for an hour. He came out of it pretty good."

AH! Standardbreds! You gotta love em!

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From Rebecca Gimenez: Horse Dies in Decomposing Seaweed: Toxic Gas Blamed. by Christa Leste Lasserre August 06 2009, Article 14674

A horse died and its owner fell unconscious within seconds of falling into decomposing green seaweed along the northern coast of Brittany, France, last week, according to several sources. Vincent Petit, DVM, PhD, said he was hand leading his 15 year old English Thoroughbred gelding along a beachside road after riding a long stretch of gallop when both he and the horse slipped into an algae filled sludge nearly up to the horse's withers.

"I cried for a man on a tractor to throw a rope, and then I looked at my horse and saw that his nose was falling into the sludge," Petit said. "I held his head up for him, but a few seconds later he went into respiratory arrest, without even a fight. It was incredibly fast." Petit said that he became unconscious immediately after that and did not recover until he had been moved out of the sludge by a passersby who had prevented him from drowning after he lost consciousness.

"The rapid onset of death and loss of consciousness in this case strongly suggest that we are dealing with a poisonous gas emitted from the decomposing algae," said Pierre Philippe, MD, an emergency room physician at the hospital where Petit was transferred.

Although initial veterinary reports cited the cause of the horse's death as asphyxiation, the autopsy results show no signs of drowning. However, they tend to support the theory of gas poisoning, particularly the acute pulmonary edema, with the horse's lungs "filled with blood," Petit said.

Petit and his horse might have broken through a sort of white "crust" that can form over decomposing green algae, suddenly releasing dangerous levels of hydrogen sulfide, according to Claude Lesne, MD, CNRS, researcher and toxicologist specializing in airborne pollutants at the Department of Public Health of the University of Rennes Medical School.

The horse might have succumbed to the gases faster because he had been galloping, as physical effort significantly increases exposure to toxic gases, Lesne said. "He could have even been already breathing lower doses of the gas before the accident. But research also suggests that generally humans are more resistant to toxicity than animals," he said. He added that two dogs had died in a similar accident in the same location last year.

Green algae covered beaches are becoming more common worldwide, according to Lesne. "If the beach smells of rotten eggs, stay clear of it," he said, "especially if physical effort is involved."

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From Jennifer: Crash injures passenger, kills horse By: Debbie Griffin , River Falls Journal.

Two vehicles collided just after 9 a.m. Thursday at the intersection of Hwy. 65 and County Road N in the town of Kinnickinnic, injuring a passenger and killing a horse. The two male drivers did not appear injured. On scene officials said the female passenger had extricated herself from the wreckage and had been talking just before an ambulance transported her to River Falls Area Hospital.

The full size truck hauling a horse trailer overturned and rested on its roof in the ditch; its trailer landed upright in the ditch opposite it. The semi truck hauling a wide load tractor sustained heavy damage and required a tow truck to remove it. The tractor sitting on it seemed undamaged as the owner drove it off the semi bed and parked it nearby.

Several St. Croix County Sheriff's deputies, River Falls and Roberts/Warren ambulance and fire departments, as well as several Wisconsin Highway Patrol officers, responded to the scene.

Also from Jennifer: Walla Walla Union Bulletin By CARRIE CHICKEN http://www.union-bulletin.com/articles/2009/08/21/local_news/090821local04horsesdie.txt&ct=ga&cd=xaFJpl67JMw&usg=AFQjCNGxgyC3tNLLOB2TwJXMwE_3n5s7MA

DAYTON. Four horses died as the result of an 11:30 p.m. collision with a semi truck and two trailers Wednesday. Two of the horses were killed instantly, and two others were euthanized due to catastrophic leg injury, veterinarian Chuck Reeves said this morning.

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From Jim Green in the UK: We have just received news that HRH Princess Anne will be presiding at the launch of animal rescue training for cattle Vets this coming November. Currently we provide Europe's only trauma and rescue course for Vets and this has been attended by Equine Vets until now. I will be speaking at the Cattle Vets conference with Prof Josh Slater of BEVA and then we will begin their training. I anticipate getting to the point where we have strategically placed trauma Vets who will have additional expertise and can be called upon for difficult rescues such as rope/water or livestock transportation. All good stuff! Way to go, Jim!

Also from Jim: Y ou may be interested in a little job I've just been to. New Forest pony stumbled whilst ridden for a lesson in an indoor menage and fell onto its side. Young girl became pinned under the pony between the legs right in the kicking zone. On my arrival there were several staff members holding onto head, legs and casualty. Pony showed all the usual signs, rest a while, kick off, rest a bit longer etc! This for me is as serious as someone in a house fire due to the potential for injury. Air ambulance crew were in attendance along with regular ambulance.

Vet had been called but in the mean time I placed hard protection between legs and casualty (we use police riot shields) placed proper hobbles on and had firefighters restrain the legs quietly using hobbles and ropes. Stimulation kept to absolute minimum. When the Vet arrived I asked him to fully anaesthetise to make the scene totally safe. Once the horse had gone under we placed strops under the legs and over the rump and shoulders just as we would for a confined space rollover technique. we lifted the pony just enough to allow the casualty to be removed to safety. Pony allowed to recover slowly and soon back on its feet. This is another prime example of fire service and Vets working together to resolve an incident. Very good outcome.

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From Jennifer: Driver flees scene of his overturned horse trailer. 3 hrs to extricate horse http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K4F8MWk0lRY&feature=player_embedded

Also from Jennifer: SAINT ROBERT, Mo. Aug. 20, 2009. Pulaski County Daily News. Darrell Todd Maurina. A five vehicle pileup on Interstate 44 in front of the St. Robert McDonald's critically injured one person and sent at least five others to General Leonard Wood Community Hospital with undetermined injuries on Thursday afternoon, while also snarling traffic on Old Route 66 and Missouri Avenue for nearly five hours. St.Robert Fire Chief Chuck Fraley said the 3:20 p.m. crash involved three passenger vehicles, a tractor trailer and a second truck hauling three horses.The semi truck landed in the median snarled in cables; information wasn't immediately available on the disposition of the horse trailer and its horses.

From Jennifer: Two cars and a pickup hauling a horse trailer at 3:50 p.m. at Highway 99W and Finnell Avenue in Corning, CA

Lee Hofman, 17, of Corning, was driving a Ford pickup hauling a 20 foot horse trailer northbound on the highway when he came upon two northbound vehicles, a Dodge Commander and a GMC Envoy, stopped to turn left onto Finnell Avenue. Hofman said he was traveling at 55 mph and had plenty of time to stop when he came up on some vehicles in the road. "I braked, but the pickup just kept skidding," Hofman said. "I think the trailers brakes must not have been working or something." The driver of the Dodge, Karen Stinson, 55, of Red Bluff, saw the pickup coming and tried to take evasive action, but the pickup hit the SUV's left rear bumper causing it to roll off the side of the roadway coming to rest on its roof parallel to the railroad tracks, the California Highway Patrol reported. Still traveling northbound the pickup then slammed into the back of the Envoy driven by Elvida Newport, 26, of Red Bluff, and then veered off the east side of the highway. Neither Hofman or Newport were injured in the collision. Stinson received minor injuries and was transported by ambulance to St. Elizabeth Community Hospital where she was treated and released. Alcohol did not appear to be a factor in the collision, according to the CHP.

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From a blog: Looks like the pickup and horse trailer jackknifed, to me. Saw the front of the trailer raise up, then the bed of the truck came up, and they both flipped. Everybody is OK, and the horses. The photo (of the vehicle) can be viewed at: http://www.myfox8.com/news/wghp-photos-biz-85-accident-090828-002,0,2125801.photo

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Pierce, NB Teen Dies in Crash: Meagan Sexton msexton@siouxcityjournal.com | Posted: Saturday, August 29, 2009 A 16 year old boy was killed Friday after colliding with a pickup truck pulling a horse trailer south of Pierce.

According to a Pierce County Attorney's Office news release, the 16 year old boy was eastbound when he collided with a 31 year old Madison County man in the southbound truck. The driver and passenger in the truck were injured, and two passengers in the 16 year old's vehicle also were injured. Three horses sustained minor injuries and were removed from the trailer and transported from the scene, according to the release.

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An Eastern New Mexico University student was killed in a car crash south of Roswell Sunday afternoon. According to ENMU spokesman Wendel Sloan, Abigail Calderon, 18, died when a 1996 Honda Civic she was riding in crashed into a 2001 Dodge pickup pulling a horse trailer on U.S. 285 near Mile Marker 98. Calderon, an Artesia native, was in the back seat without a seatbelt, and when the Civic rear ended the horse trailer, she received fatal injuries, New Mexico State Police said in a news release. Two other occupants of the vehicle were injured and treated at Eastern New Mexico Medical Center, where they were listed in stable condition, according to the release. No word on the horses.

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A tractor trailer blocked southbound lanes on Interstate 81 at Carlisle, PA http://www.pennlive.com/midstate/index.ssf/2009/08/apparent_fatal_crash_blocks_i8.html. State police have secured a search warrant as they try to determine if criminal charges are warranted in connection with the crash.

Also from Jennifer: Jean C.

Happy ol' Aussie horse Driving down a dark highway on the way to a Pony of the America's show one night, I heard the sound no one hauling horses wants to hear.........CRASH!!! And the pulling and backward jerking of my motorhome and screeching of metal on blacktop made my hair stand on end. I stopped quickly and got out, expecting the worst, and finding that the rear bumper and hitch had broken off the motorhome, putting the tongue of the trailer right down on the road. The four startled POAs inside the trailer were all standing, butts in the air only a tad nervous. (They had ridden with me for thousands of miles, so were used to my driving I guess)

Now what would YOU do in a case like that? Well, I just stood with my mouth hanging open until the fellow following me came over and said something like "You have quite a problem don't you?" I thought "DUH! yeah", but just looked at him helplessly. He said I should roll the trailer up on the wheel and tie my bumper up to the roof rack and he'd take the trailer and horses up the road a ways and FIX IT! It was nearly midnight because I had to work the late shift, but also had to get to the show in time for the halter classes in the early morning.

Can you believe the guy had a welding shop!! He fixed the hitch properly and did some work on the roll down wheel and sent us on the way - - wouldn't even let me PAY for the work. I've always tried to Pass It Forward thanks to experiences like that.

All Trailer accidents do not have such happy endings. I recall that on the way to an Invitational Trail Ride one year, we came upon an overturned 2 horse trailer in a ditch, horses still inside. Many cars had stopped and were working on pulling the horses out, so we went on past to keep the traffic from congesting. One horse was just bruised up, the other was treated in a sling for a back injury for about a week, but had to be put down eventually. This accident happened when the trailer went from blacktop to a gravel road and slid around, whipping and then flipping. SLOW DOWN!

My friend Keith rounded a corner and a wheel on the stock trailer apparently hit soft shoulder and tipped the entire thing and it rolled down into a deep ditch. It was a nightmare in trying to rescue those horses, his favorite did not survive and others were injured.

What a fantastic program the BARRON Co. Humane Society area is promoting to help in times like this. They have a Large Animal Rescue Class to be held the 2nd week in April to show HOW to help at a time like this and what kinds of aids you can have to handle these animals. The cost is #125.00 and you can find out more about it from the Barron Co. H.S. Here in Wisconsin we have so MANY horses and horse shows that trailers are always on the move. This class to show rescuers the safest way to proceed can be a godsend.

Horse show season is almost here. DRIVE CAREFULLY! Keep the wheels down and the shiny side UP!

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EQUIPMENT and SUPPLIES

Junk Yard Struts. Thomas Hurd of Junk Yard Dog Industries in PA, is offering their free training DVD on the struts. Just give him a call at 800-574-8228. Thomas says, "We have had our struts independently tested to over 10,000 lbs and rate them with a 2 to 1 safety factor at 5,000 lbs. I would be very comfortable using our struts on a horse trailer."

Ed Childers of North Strabane, PA Fire Dept. says, "We use/train with the struts and they do work very well. All of our vehicles are equipped with them and can be used in conjunction with other systems - quickly I might add. They offer quick and easy stabilization of anything that is unsafe or unstable. The struts are more than reliable for use on or around horse trailers. So, one strut fully extended is rated at 5000lbs, keeping in mind that they have a 2 to 1 safety factor due to torsional loads and you do not want to extend the strut if possible - keeping the assembly as short as possible which enhances the load bearing capacity. Remember that we are not talking about supporting 12,000+ lbs. of 'dead weight', we are supporting/securing an object that weighs 12,000 of live weight from moving in any direction. In my experience, I have never been in a situation where we have used less than 4 struts (one at each corner) at one time during an extrication. Before the rescue can begin, the vehicle must be stabilized before anything else can happen." Always work within the SOPs of your department.

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Barrie Elliott of Elliott Ambulance has sent along these pictures. transportequine@yahoo.com Elliott Equine Transport and Emergency Ambulance. 502-415-5370

Elliott Equine Transport of KY, has completed its Emergency Equine Ambulance. The ambulance is specifically designed to respond to all types of animal rescues statewide and nationally. Features include a 250 gal. water tank with two pressurized air tanks for quick water flow delivery, an 8500 lb. winch with remote, padding featuring 5" Tempurpedic Foam and Marine Grade vinyl, specialty lighting for procedures during transport, specialty box stall gate for easy accessibility during transport, stall fans, video monitor, large side ramp ౎ and the 5x10' Res Q Glide, seen in the photo. Contact Barrie for info on the Glide – the largest available.

NEW LINKS

National Association of Search & Rescue (www.nasar.org) would like you to join them, They estimate they conduct more than 50,000 SAR missions each year in the United States. That's nearly 137 each day – or just about 6 missions per hour. NASAR is proud of its diverse 14,000+ strong membership of committed and brave citizens – teachers, police officers, plumbers, truckers, office workers, business owners and all the other professionals that are ready to risk their lives to help ensure another may live. Simply fill in our Referral Form and NASAR will do the rest.

LESSONS LEARNED

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INNOVATIONS

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OUR SOCIETY AT LARGE (and other miscellaneous stuff)

From Bill and Janet Liebsch of www.itsadisaster.net: September is National Preparedness month. According to the 2009 Citizen Corps National Survey, participants were asked to identify potential reasons for not preparing, and 30% said ... they thought emergency responders would help them in the event of a disaster!! (And this is Post-Katrina) Respondents also were asked, "What is the main reason you have not received any preparedness training?" ... and 33% said it's difficult to get information on what to do. Sure hope these people don't live in MY area!

From MaryAnne Leighton in Australia: Here's a lady with passion and the guts to "go bush" to help the animals. Follow the trip via the website and blog at www.angustoalice.com, it could well be the trip of a lifetime. People are invited to join this extraordinary journey through the ancient, timeless lands of Outback Australia as this group travel in Gypsy Caravans, bicycles, on foot and by vintage car as they speak for the animals of the Earth. www.hoofbeats.com.au/articles/as09_gypsy_travel.html

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I apologize for the lateness of the newsletter this month. My computer was in the Geek Squad hospital for a week after my hard drive tried to crash. Its better now!

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