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December 2009


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

NOTE TO INSTRUCTORS: Please submit your new classes at the end of each month to be included in the next month's newsletter. ALSO: You are welcome to send in your class lists and I will send out a notice to each student inviting them to subscribe to the newsletter. Thank you.


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Ongoing classes. North Strabane Fire Dept, Canonsburg, PA (Just south of Pittsburg) 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 Ed Childers has designed a new brochure. You can dowload it off the NSTFD website. The class is very reasonably priced -- just $29.95 -- every horse owner, veterinarian, horse industry worker, and emergency responder within driving distance of Pittsburg should take this class! Please help Ed spread the word by posting the brochure at feed stores, colleges, horse groups, and stables in your area.

FREE CLASS in PA! Nov. 12. Equine and Barn Emergency Seminar. Saint Vincent College, Latrobe, PA One hour seminar presented by Ed Childers, North Strabane Township FD Contact Dr. Veronica Ent veronica.ent@email.stvincent.edu 724-805-2096.


From Ed Childers
Monday, October 05, 2009 - by Ellen Harvey, Harness Racing Communications

Freehold, NJ --- The 7-year-old trotting gelding Self Content (1:56.2f, $196,961) lost his life in an accident on the New Jersey Turnpike on Thursday afternoon, October 1, en route to compete at Harrah’s Chester. Trainer Mike Hradek said the impact of the trailer losing a wheel was fatal to the horse he has trained since this summer. “The wheel came off the trailer, a two horse tagalong trailer,” said Hradek. “It was the scariest thing that ever happened to me in my lifetime. I was 40 seconds from the exit. It was horrible.” Hradek believes the horse, a son of Self Possessed-Pine For who was owned by Lawrence Roman of Mt. Vernon, New York, was killed instantly. Hradek was uninjured and no other vehicles were involved in the crash, which occurred at 1:50 p.m
Thursday, October 15, 2009 - by John Pawlak, the U.S. Trotting Association

Columbus, OH --- A barn fire on the Yale, Mich. farm of Tom and Jean Clark has claimed the lives of five Standardbreds. The cause of the fire and the identities of the horses are not immediately known. The Croswell, Mich. Fire Department was summoned to the farm by Jean Clark just after midnight last night. According to press reports she rushed to the two-story barn but was turned back by the intense heat. Croswell Fire Chief Tom Dickensheets said the barn was a 40 by 120 foot structure, which also contained 3,000 bales of hay at the time it caught fire.

From MaryAnne Leighton:
Nick Rutherford 6 October, 2009http://www.horseandhound.co.uk/news/397/290234.html
A horse is recovering after being hit "deliberately" by a car pulling a trailer while being ridden in a country lane. The right side of Nigel's body was slashed from "hind leg to head" when the horse was hit near Mattishall in Norfolk. The eight-year-old Westfalen, who has appeared in advertising for Allen & Page horse feed, was hospitalised for a week and faces eight weeks of box rest following the incident on 19 September. His owner, Lisa McQuiston, of Mattishall, said: "We were out walking. Then we heard a 4x4 with a trailer on the back coming really fast.

"My friend Natasha who was on Nigel — I was on another horse — she put her arm out to slow the driver down. "But he put his hand on the horn repeatedly and drove faster. "He knocked Nigel literally to his knees. I couldn't say how fast he was going. Natasha stayed on."

Nigel was tended by a vet, who stapled and bandaged the horse at the scene. He was then transferred to Rossdale and partners equine hospital in Newmarket. Miss McQuiston said: "He is extremely traumatised; I didn't expect him to be this bad. He has to stay in the stable, resting for eight weeks. He's extremely sore and very cut up. "The trailer hit Nigel all the way along the right side of his body from his hind legs, to his shoulder, to his head, his knee and even cut through his double bridle.

"We are dealing with the obvious problems. But we don't know if there's any internal or psychological damage. A Norfolk police spokesman confirmed a man was helping them with their inquiries.

http://www.horseandhound.co.uk/news/397/290183.html Charlotte White, H&H deputy news editor. Eddie the Arab swims through underground system to safety after falling into the Shoshone River.

An Arab horse survived a 5.3km swim through an irrigation tunnel after being sucked into its intake. Nine-year-old Eddie was being ridden along the banks of the Shoshone River in Wyoming on Thursday when the bank caved in and rider and horse went in to the water. Eddie, with his full tack, was sucked into the intake of the 5.3km (3.3 mile) Corbett tunnel, which services the Shoshone irrigation district.

Scheme manager Bryant Startin, told a local news organisation the concrete-lined tunnel, which has a curved top and is shaped much like a horseshoe, was carrying 740 cubic feet of water a second on the day of the accident.

It would have taken the horse 45 to 50 minutes to get through the tunnel and he would have been fully submerged for the first 30.5m (100 feet) of the journey, he said. "It's absolutely amazing he survived," Mr Startin added. Eddie remained in the open canal, partially submerged, until Saturday when an irrigation scheme worker found him standing in water up to his belly. A rescue operation was mounted and Eddie, with grazes and cuts, was led from the canal.

Eddie's owner confessed that everyone thought he had drowned and but although one of his legs needed bandaging and he had a high fever and was dehydrated the horse is recovering well. Incredibly, it is not Eddie's first tale of survival. In 2007 he went missing during forest fires in Montana but found his way to firecrews and was rescued.

From Rebecca Gimenez: Seems its been a busy month for LAR!

Perry County Rescuers test their skills…Great article about SART teams practicing TLAER techniques…http://www.cumberlink.com/articles/2009/10/13/news/local/doc4ad3175d86135607041067.txt Riders must wear helmets in Florida. Horse riders younger than 16 must don helmets on public roads and trails under a state law that took effect Thursday. The requirement is dubbed "Nicole's Law" after Nicole Hornstein, a 12-year-old Acreage resident who was killed in 2006 after her horse stumbled and she fell on pavement.

Horse box overturns…http://www.cambridge-news.co.uk/cn_news_cambridge/displayarticle.asp?id=453667

Louisiana Animal Rescue Team gets rescue truck. LSART did their homework and got a NICE truck!http://www.theadvertiser.com/article/20090918/NEWS01/90918005/La+Animal+Rescue+Team+gets+rescue+truck

Story about firefighters with TLAER training in Milton GA http://www.ajc.com/metro/content/metro/northfulton/stories/2009/02/22/milton_firefighters_horses.html

Horse stuck in the Mud…(why did it take 3 hours?)http://www.bexleytimes.co.uk/content/bexley/times/news/story.aspxbrand=BXYOnline&category=news&tBrand=northlondon24&tCategory=newsbxy&itemid=WeED17%20Sep%202009%2011%3A03%3A25%3A327

SPCA working to perform animal rescues including TLAER…. http://www.bournemouthecho.co.uk/news/4673899.A_fawn_in_a_septic_tank__cows_stuck_in_slurry____all_in_a_day___s_work_for_Dorset_firefighters/

Horse rescued after ordeal in Hole…It took THREE fire departments to get the horse out? http://www.dailytribune.net/articles/2009/09/28/news/01.txt

ANOTHER horse stuck in the mud… http://www.richmond-dailynews.com/news.php?id=3658

Trailer Wreck….woman killed. Good video is available on the site…. Of the wreck.http://www.kctv5.com/traffic/19395576/detail.html#

Another trailer wreck… http://www.myfox8.com/wghp-photos-biz-85-accident-090828,0,4995511.photogallery Good photos and video

Cow loose in the road causes havoc: http://www.nhregister.com/articles/2009/10/13/news/metro/b1-haanimal.txt

This loose cow got someone killed… http://www.oregonlive.com/news/index.ssf/2009/09/car_hits_cow_one_dead.html

Bad Rider causes his horse to get killed. http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/theblotter/2009907122_a_horse_is_dead_and.html

Another horse dies – this one hit by a school bus: http://www.carolinalive.com/news/story.aspx?id=352626

Swimming a cow to save it… not stupid if it works. http://www.teletext.co.uk/regionalnews/souththamesvalley/676ac4de7520ab103d7f1913ac86ce5f/Trapped+cow+rescued.aspx

This horse was unlucky – a fire spread to its barn and it died. http://www.mydesert.com/article/20090922/NEWS0803/909220309/1026/news12/Vegetation-fire-spreads-to-barn-and-kills-horse

In case you didn’t believe that a trailer can turn over onto the BACK DOORS – this is the 6th case that I know of this… http://www.yorkpress.co.uk/news/4672974.Horse_killed_and_motorist_injured_in_rush_hour_crash_at_A19__A64_junction_south_of_York/

Cattle lorry overturns in UK http://www.carricktoday.co.uk/news/Freak-accident-causes-cattle-chaos.5727911.jp

Another crash with cattle truck – in Australia – woman dies http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/queensland/woman-dies-in-highway-crash-with-cattle-truck-20091011-gsbr.html


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Jennifer Woods will tell you, LAR is about more than just horses! picture included


We're all about safety here, and one really obvious way to keep your horse safe is to make sure your trailer is safe. Here is a list of comments sent in by Jennifer Woods that should curl your hair. There are more stories like these in my book. The lesson learned here is -- No matter how tired you are; no matter how rushed you are; no matter how convinced you are that your trailer is safe -- take the time to go over your trailer and hitch AGAIN before you head out on the road, then stop down the road and check it again!

Loaded Horse Trailer Doors Open at 70 mph! You're driving down the road doing 70, and as a stock trailer looms in front of you there's something not quite right about how it looks. As you get closer you notice that the back door is open ... and there are horses inside looking out at you.What would you do!?!

My oldest daughter lives in Wyoming. She called me last night to relate the story I told you above. She's working on a guest ranch this summer. The snows high up in the Wyoming mountains hadn't yet cleared enough for Barbara to move her Quarter Horse mare Graycie and mule Molly into the main ranch, so she was driving home to get the pair to take them to a lower ranch. The speed limit was 70.

She said there was a moment of "What do I do?", but realized that doing nothing was not an option, and neither was honking to get the driver's attention as that might spook the horses. So as traffic allowed she would pull out on the driver's side and flash her lights and wave her arm out the window, then fall back behind the trailer. All the while she said the horse she could see stood there looking out the back of the open trailer.Pretty soon the driver got the message, slowed, and pulled over to correct the problem. The horse stayed in, and all was well.

Have you ever had any near-misses with your horses while traveling?

Comments I have had a similar incident. My friend owns an aluminum stock trailer with the slidiing cattle door on the back that is inset into the swinging door. As were leaving a local state park after a long day of trailriding we were flagged down by another motorist who said our gate was open. Sure enough, we walked back there and there was my mare...the last horse on trailer shaking like a leaf with her business blowing in the wind. The pin on sliding cattle door had been removed at some point while we were out riding. Luckily, nobody was hurt, we secured the gate and continued on our way. Big Thanks to that unknown motorist who took the time to make us aware of a problem.

Dori 18 Jun 2009 3:13 PM. About 20 years ago I was going to haul my cutting stallion to my trainer who was only about 8 miles away. Had my son (18 years old and familiar with horses, the truck and the trailer) hook up the trailer. I got the horse, loaded him up and off we went. Trainers driveway was "corded"....ie built of small logs laid side by side and across the drive....bouncy to drive on if you got any speed at all. Arrived at the barn, parked, unloaded the horse and put him in his stall there. Visited with the trainer for about 1/2 hour and went out to head home....walked toward the truck and trailer from an angle from behind the truck and saw, to my horror, that the trailer hitch was sitting up on the bumper of the truck rather than on the ball!! Turned out that the locking latch had been put down as it was supposed to be but hadn't been pinned....apparently coming down the driveway jiggled it loose and then the hitch bounced off the ball and onto the bumper (at least I've hoped for years that that is when it happened and that we didn't go the entire way with it like that!).

Dorothy 18 Jun 2009 5:16 PM. Several years back on our stock trailer, we had the tires replaced, and the shop put the old tires/rims in the back of the trailer through the back escape door.......we were hauling a cow to the sale, and didn't realize that the back slide door was NOT locked....I am driving up the road, and see something in my rear view mirrow (at 55 MPH), and see my cow flipping over and over down the road, and then get up and run off........I was in TOTAL shock, couldn't figure out how it could happen.....pulled over, and realization dawned on me....I was negligent in not checking every thing....when you haul horses and cows so much, you take it for granted and sometimes are not as "safe" as you could be. We caught the cow after HOURS of chasing her, she had BAD road rash, but was okay other than that. It taught me a lesson I will never forget......

Bennie Lynn 18 Jun 2009 5:21 PM. Years ago a friend of mine went riding at Griffith Park in L.A. He was sitting in bumper to bumper traffic on the freeway on the way home, leaning on the steering wheel, and saw his horse go trotting by him on the freeway! He and his riding buddy looked at each other, and both asked each other at the same time, "Did you close the back door?" Luckily, traffic wasn't moving much, and they called to his horse who for some unknown reason, came trotting back, and calmly loaded back into the trailer! Very funny, but could have had a lot worse ending. Since then, even with my husband telling me I'm paranoid, I always double-check to make sure the door is latched!

Jackie 18 Jun 2009 5:33 PM Oh my, you are talking about my worst nitemare! i have lived this!!! several yrs ago, i had to rush a very sick mare to Cornell University and i didn't have a trailer. i called a friend who trailered and she came down to pick up my mare and me and another friend followed in my pick-up. getting to the medical collage is very hilly. we were about 1/2 hour away from there and suddenly on a hill, the back swing door open on her stock trailer. there stood my poor mare, not tied, barely able to stand....shaking like a leaf....about 10 feet from the back open door looking at us! she was slowly coming towards the door...there was traffic in the other lane...we couldn't pull up to her drivers door altho i tried. i was so scared....i was crying! finally i got PO'ed and butted out in the other lane...flashed my lites, tapped my horn and had my passanger friend wave and yell to her to pull over. she finally saw us and did.

i was never so shook up in all my life. i ran to the trailer back just as my mare got to the edge and stopped her from getting out...in traffic.

know what the hauler said? she said..."oh, well that door always comes undone and opens up like that".....she had a rope there to tie it shut and never did!

thank God my poor mare didn't jump! i never used her to haul again!

sherriey 18 Jun 2009 9:01 PM. We have a Hunter Pace each Fall which brings the horse community together for a lovely day of riding, games, and awards, for many young people and older folks too. We all look forward to this event each year, as it is a day filled with fun, and beautiful horses and their riders. At the end of the day, many of the kids load their own horses, as they have done so many times before, going to fairs and shows, pony club events etc.

I was chatting with some friends, at the exit gate, when one of the horse trailers began to pull out of the parking area. One of the horses still had their lead line on, left on by their young owner. As they stuck their head out the window, the lead line fell out and the tire of the trailer ran over it. But as this happened, the lead line actually got caught around the wheel and pulled tight. I screamed and so did my friends, which caught the attention of the driver, the young girl's mom.

If I had not been there at the very moment the trailer pulled away, the horse would have been strangled, possibly breaking its neck. It makes me feel sick when I think of how close we were to a tragedy closing that day. Thankfully, the horse was ok. And I hope everyone knows not to leave a lead line on their horse while trailering.

bonnie 21 Jun 2009 11:01 PM. In 2007 I brought my trailer in to a dealership in VT to have the weatherstripping redone before I hauled to FL. They put the wrong weatherstripping in! I found this out on the trip to FL, as no less than 5 times I was flagged down by good-hearted motorists. Locking the doors largely prevented the problem except locking horse-compartment doors is a safety issue. What a nightmare!



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OUR SOCIETY AT LARGE(and other miscellaneous stuff)

I'm leaving for Canada on the 20th Oct. so this newsletter is early. Should be back on schedule for December!

I have added a t-shirt store at www.cafepress.com/redjeansink.
There are only varieties of white t-shirts at present.
From every sale, $5.00 comes back to the Large Animal Rescue website and newsletter.
Please help support it!



Times are tough, so use your holiday shopping money for items that will help, not just entertain. For the horse owner on your list, give the gift that keeps on saving -- lives, that is. A LAR book for trailer or stable could help a horse in trouble. And it's fun reading too! Your local rescue group could probably use some gear; anything from webbing to rescue glides would be appreciated. If funds are short, why not show your appreciation to your local emergency responders by teaching them about horses so they will be comfortable being around them in an emergency. Your local horse group might appreciate your thoughtfulness when you teach them about LAR, barn and trailer safety. Visit www.redjeansink.com and www.saveyourhorse.com There you will find links to trainers and suppliers of equipment, as well as books and classes.

If you are ready for emergencies, how about disasters? A thoughtful and inexpensive gift for the horse owner is a disaster kit for their horse. Fill a Rubbermaid tub with some or all of the following: cotton rope halter and lead, mare collar or other method of identification, small towel, small first aid kit, hoof pick and folding knife, headband flashlight, an emergency blanket (Mylar) or trash bags. Download ID and Release from Liability forms (www.redjeansink.com) and tuck into a Ziplock baggie along with a handful of change, a local map, some paper and pen or Sharpie -- and a copy of It's a Disaster! from www.fedhealth.net. Get a big enough container that there will be room to add other, personal items.

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