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January 2010


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) LAR Awareness for First Responders and Save Your Horse! A Safety Seminar for Horse Owners. Those that attend the seminar will receive a Certificate of Attendance for the purpose of reimbursements or to forward on to your equine insurance carrier. Call 724-745-1010, ext. 333, or email ed.childers@nstfd.org

Jan. 16, 17 LAR class in Midland, NC, through Charleston County Emergency Preparedness Division. Contact Kevin Lewis, Midland Fire and Rescue, 704-888-0657, for details www.lcimt.com

March 13-15 TAR Level 1, Index, WA TAR (Technical Animal Rescue) is NFPA Complaint, Rescue 3 Certified, water and flood rescue

March 16-18 TAR Level 2, Index, WA www.wavetrekrescue.com or call Chris @ 360-793-1508

June 11-13 TAR Level 1, Index, WA www.wavetrekrescue.com or call Chris @ 360-793-1508

June 14-16 TAR Level 2, Index, WA www.wavetrekrescue.com or call Chris @ 360-793-1508

March 26-28 TAR Albuquerque, NM Contact Kim Little rescuekim@juno.com 866-356-7994 www.rescuetechinternational.com

Apr. 9-11 TAR, Beaumont, TX Contact Kim Little rescuekim@juno.com 866-356-7994 www.rescuetechinternational.com

Apr 22-25, TAR and LAR, Billings, MT Contact Kim Little rescuekim@juno.com 866-356-7994 www.rescuetechinternational.com

Apr 30-May 2 TAR, Columbia, SC Contact Kim Little rescuekim@juno.com 866-356-7994 www.rescuetechinternational.com

Late May, TAR, Longmont, CO Dates TBA Contact Kim Little rescuekim@juno.com 866-356-7994 www.rescuetechinternational.com


Kim Little reports that he conducted a technical animal rescue and large animal rescue class in Bend/Madras, OR this fall and it went well with about 9 people in the TAR class and 20 in the LAR class. There was a good mix of people including 2 vets.He sends a big thanks to Blissful Acres horse rescue and the Bend/Madras central Oregon Pet Evacuation Team

Ed Childers sent along this story: Well it happened. We saved our first horse last night! Working Barn fire in Cecil Township and workers were able to get all the horses to a emergency pasture with the exception of one, despite the flames, smoke and chaos she wouldn’t exit the barn. The North Strabane LAERU call came in at roughly 21:30hrs. we arrived on scene and sure enough, there was “Pearl” in her stall, and with all the coaxing and pleas she would not exit her stall. It was like she waiting for someone to come and get her? Then Paul Williams, North Strabane LAR, Fire Fighter, entered the burning structure and led “Pearl” to safety. Vets were on scene shortly thereafter and Pearl was treated for smoke inhalation and minor cut and abrasions.Job Well Done Paul! http://www.thepittsburghchannel.com/washington/21970498/detail.html

http://www.wsbtv.com/news/22118676/detail.html horse shot with arrows - a story of unspeakable cruelty. Man's inhumanity to animals.

This month's "large animals in the news"


http://www.horsetalk.co.nz/news/2009/12/059.shtml http://www.horsetalk.co.nz/news/2009/06/046.shtml Horses abandoned in snow http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/story/CTVNews/20091205/horses_charge_091205/20091205?hub=Canada

http://www.pasadenastarnews.com/ci_13895361 Shrubbery saves falling horse

http://www.timescolonist.com/technology/Rescue+frees+Steller+lion+tethered+days+Race+Rocks+unable+feed/2368252/story.html Marine rescue

http://www3.whdh.com/news/articles/local/BO131220/ Hoof through trailer floor


http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/stories/2009/11/22/1245d43348b2 Horse dies on top of rider

http://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/s/1184357_firefighters_rescue_seven_stone_dog New definition of "large animal'

http://www.lohud.com/article/20091218/NEWS04/912180346/-1/newsfront/Kent-horse-rescued-from-hole-dies Update on successful rescue



http://www.thespectrum.com/article/20100101/NEWS01/1010318/Firefighters-wrangle-snakes-at-blaze snakes in Utah




http://www.whiotv.com/news/21887071/detail.html Huge barn fire, many deaths at Lebanon Raceway


Dioramas of planning and response to cattle overturn http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5pW-sysVFZw http://www.teex.com/teex.cfm?pageid=media&area=teex&templateid=23&storyid=971 Comment on the TLAER training in Texas held in late fall....


http://www.nj.com/news/local/index.ssf/2009/11/police_probing_fatal_fall_of_l.html man falls out of horse trailer with 8 horses – dies on interstate


http://www.clipsyndicate.com/video/playlist/2671/730018?cpt=8&title=broadcast_local_jp&wpid=1190 video newscast




http://www.dailysentinel.com/news/content/news/stories/2009/11/24/Woden_wreck_112509.html?imw=Y trailr hitched improperly

10,224 sheep and 17,932 cattle killed as boat capsizes and sinks.



http://www.morgancountycitizen.com/?q=node/12363 Teen texting collides with truck and horse trailer - no word on horses

http://www.morgancountycitizen.com/?q=node/12363 Teen texting collides with truck and horse trailer - no word on horses

http://abclocal.go.com/ktrk/story?section=news/local&id=7193878 Police officer hits and kills loose horse


These guys will help you build your own "Go Bag" for rescues
Lee& Associates Rescue Equipment (http://www.leerescue.com)
Boulder Creek, CA 95006


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Tips for getting horse with fractured leg to hospital, clinic

Most horses with fractured legs need to be referred to a facility that can deal with challenges of fracture repair. Transporting an injured horse to a veterinary hospital is tricky and should be carefully done to minimize additional trauma to the leg during movement.

An important goal is to minimize additional injury to the outside tissue and prevent the skin over the fracture wound from opening.

First, consult with a veterinarian, even if by phone, regarding proper bandaging and splinting of the leg for transport. If possible, splints and bandages should be applied in a specific manner dependent upon the location of the fracture. A splint or bandage should extend beyond the joint above and below the fracture point.

In general, horses with a fracture should be loaded and confined in a trailer for transport. A trailer provides them with the best chance to support themselves without putting additional weight on a fractured limb and further injuring their leg. It’s often best to load the horse with the fractured leg facing the back of the trailer. If the driver has to slow or stop quickly, the horse will be able to use its good legs for support. The horse also should be confined as much as possible to allow it to support itself against the trailer when it is turning. Do not turn a horse loose in a trailer to find it own comfortable position. http://www.news.colostate.edu/Release/4946 This information is provided as a service of Colorado State University veterinarians.


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OUR SOCIETY AT LARGE(and other miscellaneous stuff)

Cpl. Mike Morrow may have retired from Tampa, FLs Mounted unit, but he's still working! Here's a recent note from him: I have rewritten the basic mounted patrol manual and conducted a training at the Florida State Fair Grounds, a Basic Mounted Patrol Course of 22 students. I took the American Riding Instructors Association national certification test. That was a fun four hours!!! Now I want to rewrite and put together a comprehensive instructors manual and class for the spring


This month we are featuring the work of Tim Collins. Tim’s pioneering work and innovations have greatly contributed to the field of LAR.

Tim was born in the spring in a large farmhouse in Claremont NH a long time ago. As a boy, he rode Shetland ponies for a farm in Texas, where he learned to fall off at high speeds. In San Diego while riding sour horses, he learned that when you become airborne you will return to earth directly.

Eventually, Tim worked with professional trainers and breeders of Arabians.

A lot of time passed and Tim got his Bachelor of Science in Agricultural management, with an emphasis in horse management. He also attended Cornell University where he studied horse management. He rode with Dr. Robert Shaw DVM and managed horse operations. Tim then began TLC Arabians with his wife Lani, and became a horse management consultant.

In 1990 the Painted Cave Fire struck Santa Barbara, and Tim’s farm was threatened as well as clients’ properties. Two things happened that lead up to Tim becoming involved in Equine Emergency Rescue.

First as Tim prepared to evacuate his farm, he needed to take his 10 month old son Carlin to safety then return for the horses on his property. When leaving, he was stopped at a barricade and as he explained his plan of leaving and returning for horses he was told he could not come back for horses he said “I have over a $100,000.00 worth of horses up there, the officer said “they’re crispy critters”. Tim turned his vehicle around and did not leave but prepared to take a stand.

The other thing was that Dr. Dick Mansmann DVM asked Tim to attend a meeting of a volunteer evacuation team sponsored by the Santa Barbara Humane Society. From there, Tim started taking training in human technical rescue and adapted what he learned to large animals. He was invited to speak to groups looking to start an Emergency Response team or develop a community disaster plan addressing the needs of horse owners. He spoke at both International Conferences on Equine Rescue in 1993 and 1995. In 1997, Tim went to the Emergency Management Institute, in Emmitsburg, MD and participated in the development of the “Animals in Disaster” courses offered by FEMA.

Tim developed three full day workshops for horse enthusiasts and emergency first responders. He has traveled up and down the western states speaking and teaching Technical horse rescue. Tim has attended Animals in disasters conferences through out the US. He has written numerous articles on the subject of self preparedness for the horse owner and articles on Technical horse rescue.

Tim worked with Liftex Inc. to redesign their clinic sling for technical rescue and again with Shank Veterinarian Supply to adapt their padded hood for rescue, giving it removable blinders. He developed the Collins Large Animal Rescue Mat, Rescue Strap, Rescue Anklets, and the Backcountry Rescue Mat. Tim just finished developing the Collins Backcountry Rescue Harness with CMC Rescue Inc. in Santa Barbara, CA. He is now in the process of adapting the harness to water rescue with flotation possibilities.

While Tim has cut back on the number of long distance trips, he still does consulting worldwide and practices with the response team at the Santa Barbara Humane Society, and developing new techniques for large animal rescue.

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