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March 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.


This is a repeat of a request from last year. No one has contacted Lorraine yet.

"If anybody is going to be in my area, Salisbury, Maryland, I would be interested in hearing from them about a class."

Lorraine@Horse Lovers United Inc boxwood3684@comcast.net


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

May 1-2 TLAER Awareness Level , Hope Mills / Parkton, NC. This class was formerly listed as taking place in Northumberland, NC. Contact Tori Miller, (910) 494-8210 NCTLAER@aol.com

Tim Collins will be giving a ninety minute talk near Tehachapi, CA in April. The subject will be self preparedness. Contact Tim for details. timcollins@sbhumanesociety.org

Apr. 27 Michelle Staples will be speaking on barn fire safety and disaster preparedness in Clinton, ON Canada, through the U. of Guelph http://reachhuron.ca/shortcourses.cfm http://www.equineguelph.ca/education/workshops.php

The following classes are TLAER and can be accessed from their website. There are also flyers to download www.tlaer.org

Mar 25 Hazmat Course, Eastern Kentucky University, Kentucky - Contact Beth McCoy (beth.mccoy@eku.edu) ***Open to EKU Students and the General Public***

Mar 26-28 Operations Level, Eastern Kentucky University, Kentucky - Contact Beth McCoy (beth.mccoy@eku.edu) ***Open to EKU Students and the General Public***

Apr 9-10 Awareness Level Otterbein College, Ohio - Contact Dr. Maria Calderone (mcalderone@otterbein.edu) Ohio TLAER Awareness Course Information

Apr 13-15 Technician Level Ft. Meyers, Florida - Contact Cindy Flerx STFD554@embarqmail.com ***Closed Registration - Private Course for Florida USAR Team***

Apr 24-25 Awareness Level Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI - Contact Karen Waite kwaite@msu.edu

May 1-2 Awareness Level Hope Mills / Parkton (Near Fayetteville), NC - Contact Tori Miller nctlaer@aol.com

May 8-9 Awareness Level Ravenwood Farm Jacksonville, FL - Contact Chris Dunn ravenwoodfarm@bellsouth.net

May 12-14 Operations Level Middleburg Agricultural Research and Extension Center.Virginia Tech, Middleburg, VA - Contact Shea Porr cporr@vt.edu

May 17 19 Operations Level Middleburg Agricultural Research and Extension Center.Virginia Tech, Middleburg, VA - Contact Shea Porr cporr@vt.edu

May 21-23 Operations Level, Ivy Rock Farm, NY - Contact Jennifer Migdal jennifer@ivyrockfarms.com

May25-27 Operations Level Fort Wadsworth, Staten Island, NY- Contact Dr. Pam Corey, DVM pchorsedoc@gmail.com

Oct 21-24 Operations Level w/ HazMat Brazos Valley Equine Hospital, Navasota, TX - Contact Dr. Ben Buchanan bveh@bveh.com

Deb and John Fox want you to know that their classes are listed on their website www.largeanimalrescue.com


http://www.thehorse.com/ViewArticle.aspx?ID=15896 and http://www.care2.com/news/member/229691724/1406974
John Haven of Florida was able to get a nice grant from USRIDER to be able to help purchase a "the horse Randy the Rescue Manniken" from the UK. His is the first to arrive - there is another two departments in Georgia http://www.ajc.com/news/north-fulton/milton-buys-horse-mannequin-272614.html that are recieving one soon and in California.

http://www.horselinkmagazine.com/home.html Nice article featuring the Gimenezes and Foxes.


This month's "Large Animals in the News"


Prince George's County (Md.) Fire/EMS was contacted to seek assistance for a dog that had fallen into a storm drain. Apparently, a snowplow had inadvertently shifted the manhole cover off of the storm drain and left a 20-25 foot storm drain exposed. The resident that called 911 had almost fallen into the opening himself and was in the process of finding something to cover it up when he heard the dog crying.

Crews made to move forward with a rescue attempt using members of the Technical Rescue Team trained in confined space rescues. The decision was based on the safety of the members of the community that were poised to enter the storm drain to rescue the dog themselves. There are inherent dangers with such a rescue attempt including poor to little air quality at the bottom of the well. In order to prevent injuries to the community the firefighters had to save the dog the right and safe way.

http://www.thepittsburghchannel.com/washington/22593941/detail.html Horse that fell into ice saved by FF - great pics!
http://www.reviewonline.com/page/content.detail/id/523897.html Firefighters save horses...
http://fredericksburg.com/News/FLS/2010/022010/02112010/527314 horse rescued from mud....video too....
http://www.thecalifornian.com/article/20100216/NEWS01/2160312/1002/Rescue-workers-scramble-to-save-horse-in-north-Monterey-County successful rescue, but the colt died
http://www.mnn.com/lifestyle/pets-animals/stories/zebra-escapes-in-downtown-atlanta Zebra in Atlanta
http://www.3news.co.nz/Default.aspx?TabId=423&articleID=143617&ce2637=1#comment http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/3376275/Horses-rescued-from-mud-traps Horses stuck in mud in NZ
http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/national/3376145/Like-a-pup-in-a-teapot not a LARGE animal, but really cute
Cow falls into ice - http://www.firehouse.com/topics/top-headlines/ohio-ffs-rescue-cow-frozen-pond
http://www.wtov9.com/video/22662189/index.html raw video -- How a poorly executed rescue turns out ok
MORE Cows fall into ice -
http://www.metacafe.com/watch/2187809/lucky_farmer_cow_rescue/ A Holy Mackeral rescue

The year of the collapsing barn:
http://www.thepittsburghchannel.com/news/22579782/detail.html barn collapse
http://www.wpxi.com/news/22579705/detail.html another barn collapse
http://www.wpxi.com/news/22579705/detail.htmlhttp://www.wpxi.com/news/22575037/detail.html sheep barn this time.
http://www.whptv.com/news/local/story/Barn-Collapse-Traps-Cows/zNdtIRp1a0aKe2b2gBcDZA.cspx more cows
http://www.dailyitem.com/0100_news/local_story_049231940.html more cows
http://www.wcax.com/Global/story.asp?S=12059215 just some of the cows died
http://wjz.com/local/barn.collapse.cattle.2.1491120.html 80 cows died when barn collapsed

http://www.whiotv.com/news/22664376/detail.html Another horse in the ice
http://www.kidderminstershuttle.co.uk/news/5035967.Passengers_and_horse_rescued_from_overturned_lorry/ Horse trapped in an overturned transport - successfully extricated in UK. Another version: http://www.droitwichadvertiser.co.uk/news/5035971.Specialist_team_helps_with_three_hour_horse_rescue/
http://www.greatyarmouthmercury.co.uk/content/yarmouthmercury/news/story.aspxbrand=GYMOnline&category=news&tBrand=GYMonline&tCategory=news&itemid=NOED02%20Mar%202010%2012%3A47%3A36%3A170 What the heck is a JCB?
http://www.rockymounttelegram.com/news/emu-leads-police-chase-through-city-16993 An EMU??? Well,they ARE large animals!
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/devon/8501511.stm pregnant mare in a ditch
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/essex/8509940.stm good low-tech rescue
http://www.dailyitem.com/0100_news/local_story_049231940.html Most animals saved in barn fire
http://abclocal.go.com/kabc/story?section=news/local/inland_empire&id=7280132 horse in mud


http://www.getwokingham.co.uk/news/s/2066059_horse_dies_despite_firefighter_rescue horse dies despite rescue attempt... uk


http://www.wcsh6.com/news/local/story.aspx?storyid=114517&catid=2 Article and video on Vicki Schmidt's training in Maine...
http://videos.kansascity.com/vmix_hosted_apps/p/media?id=10616053 Eric Thompson's ice class. An EXCELLENT report. Please take the time to watch it.


http://www.sofiaecho.com/2010/02/18/860473_how-to-slaughter-a-horse-stuck-in-a-river I wasn't sure just where to put this bizzare story. Ugh is right!
http://www.ajc.com/news/atlanta/bison-injured-by-car-332923.html Bison killed after falling from truck
http://www.timesuniononline.com/main.asp?SectionID=2&SubSectionID=224&ArticleID=45869 The triple-deck livestock trailer was carrying about 500 pigs at the time of the crash. Fifty of the pigs were injured and about 50 pigs were killed.


Rebecca Gimenez is now the US Distributor for "The Horse Rescue Randy" - information at http://www.tlaer.org/Rescue_Randy_Home.html or email her at delphiacres@hotmail.com for a quote.

This mannequin is fully articulated and stands on his own! The company is located in Wales and here are their websites www.resquip.co.uk and www.resquip.com telephone: +44 (0) 1938 558888 and non-US customers can contact them directly. Owner, Paul, says, "The preferred colour is now white for a number of reasons, in particular, because this colour minimises heat build-up if the horse is left out in the sun, the precise position of slings etc. can clearly be seen against a white background (important when training) and it looks most impressive when it has just been hauled out of a mud hole!"


www.dangeroustrailers.com RECALL OF WILSON LIVESTOCK TRAILERS http://www.usrecallnews.com/2010/03/nhtsa-8646.html


I'd like to hear from everyone about adding a section on discussions such as these. Do you want to read them? Would you like a space to comment?

What happens when a 12,000 pound animal gets ahold of you and is not happy... or thinks you are a toy. What a tragedy.
Killer whale discussion of animal rights...
Animal Politics - blog Rick Berman attacks the HSUS...
The HSUS in more trouble .... http://www.evesun.com/news/stories/2010-03-04/9098/Lawsuit-may-expose-nations-richest-animal-rights-outfits-true-nature/
http://www.thehorse.com/ViewArticle.aspx?ID=15795 article on unwanted horses with stats. Isn't it time to limit breeding at factory farms instead of seeing the reopening of slaughterhouses as the answer? Accountability is a tough one, but ethics over expediency needs to be an option.


Nothing new here

OUR SOCIETY AT LARGE(and other miscellaneous stuff)

I'm working on the 4th edition of "Save Your Horse! A Horse Owner's Guide to Large Animal Rescue" . Anyone who has suggestions, comments, or advertising, please contact me at info@redjeansink.com Thanks. This will be an EXTREME MAKEOVER, BOOK EDITION. Michelle


HERO AWARD: http://www.southernmaine.redcross.org/Real_Heroes.php Animal Rescue Award: Bobby Silcott

Tomas Gimenez and Teresa were married on Friday, February 26. You can send notes of congratulations to his home at : 2472 Six and Twenty Road, Pendleton, SC 29670

From Rebecca: I am very happy for him and I know you will be also. It is rare and special to be able to be friends and partners with an ex-spouse - we are both very fortunate to be able to continue to pursue our TLAER mission together, even though our personal lives have taken very different directions.



This month we are featuring Jennifer Woods. Jennifer is our livestock specialist.

Jennifer Woods, (B. Sc. Animal Science) has been delivering Livestock Emergency Response Courses (LERC) since 1998. The original LERC was developed by Woods after she was approached by a training officer for her local MD Fire Department - they were looking for a presentation on what to do with horses in an accident. After a brief discussion on the presentation, they agreed that other livestock should be included in the training (the area has over 100 loaded commercial cattle trailers on local roads daily) and the pursuit of existing information began.

Woods found very little information out there and what was available was neither relevant nor applicable to the area. While researching the project she met up with Alberta Farm Animal Care, an industry welfare group, and partnered up with them to develop the pilot course for LERC. It was launched in 1998 and has been presented to over 5,000 people across North America. Woods has taken the program to Australia and Europe and worked with various organizations on developing specialized emergency response programs.

In 2005 she began working with large livestock production companies and processing plants on emergency response policy and procedures. In 2007, Woods released a paper documenting 415 commercial livestock trailer accidents that occurred between 1994 and 2007 in North America. She collected data to assist in determining the most common cause of the accidents and accident prevention. Woods is a contributing author to "Save Your Horse!", "Technical Large Animal Emergency Rescue", and authored the euthanasia chapter for Dr. Temple Grandin's 'Improving Animal Welfare - A practical appoach"

The traditional LERC program focuses on responding to motor vehicle accidents involving the commercial transport of livestock. The program includes behavior and handling of cattle, horses, pigs, sheep, goats, poultry, elk and bison; responding to motor vehicle accidents; trailer design;extrication techniques; rescue and recovery; scene security; public relations; barn fires; natural disasters; laws, ethics and liabilities and euthanasia. The course ranges from straight classroom lecture to hands on mock accident training. It can be one or two days in length and can be customized to species (ie. equine rescue, emergency euthanasia, Accident response for swine production). Woods emergency response services also include conference presentations, expert witness, research projects, policy development and rescue trailer projects.

Along with the equine rescue classes, Woods delivers a full day workshop "Horse Hauling Course" intended for the recreational horse hauler and commercial haulers. This program includes, towing vehicles, trailer selection, horse behavior & handling during transport, fitness to transport, loading and unloading, biosecurity, laws / regulations, insuring for transport, road trip and transportation emergencies.

For more information go to www.livestockhandling.com or email livestockhandling@mac.com.

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