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August 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.



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

Sept 11 LAR Awareness for First Responders, Washington County, PA Group 1

Sept 11 LAR Awareness for First Responders, Washington County, PA Group 2

Sept 18 Save Your Horse, A Safety Seminar for Horse Owners - Harts Run Pony Club/Allegheny County Fire Academy

Oct 16 Save Your Horse, A Safety Seminar for Horse Owners - Centre County, PA, CART

Above classes by North Strabane Fire Dept. Call 724-745-1010, ext. 333, or email ed.childers@nstfd.org

Sept 17-19 Technical Large Animal Emergency Rescue Operations Level Course, in Hope Mills, NC, near Fayetteville. Contact Tori Miller at 910-494-8210 or NCTLAER@aol.com

Oct. 21-24 Technical Large Animal Emergency Rescue Operations Level Course with Hazmat, Brazos Valley Equine Hospital @ Navasota, TX. Contact bbuchanan@bveh.com

Oct. 27-29 Technical Large Animal Emergency Rescue Operations Level Course, Mississippi State U. @ Canton, MS. Contdact huston@cvm.msstate.edu

Oct. 30-31 Technical Large Animal Emergency Rescue Awareness Level Course, Mississippi State University @ Jackson, Mississippi - Contact huston@cvm.msstate.edu

Nov. 6-7 Technical Large Animal Emergency Rescue Awareness Level Course, Half Moon Bay, CA, sarahfilice@ix.netcom.com

May 11-13, 2011 Technical Large Animal Emergency Rescue Operations Level Course, VA Tech U. MARE CENTER, cporr@vt.edu

May 16-18, 2011 Technical Large Animal Emergency Rescue Operations Level Course, VA Tech U. MARE CENTER, cporr@vt.edu

Sept. 17 Equine Rescue Certification Program, Jennifer Woods, Caledon Equine Hospital, Caledon, ON, Canada Contact Stephany St.Louis, 905-838-0038 or you can go to www.caledonequine.com

Sept. 25-26 Disaster Prep for Horse Owners and Barn Fire Safety - Equine Industry Educational Fair and Trade Show, South River, ON Canada Speaker: Michelle Staples. Contact Amy Healey (705) 472-5346 OR e-mail info@horsenorth.ca for details

Classes by Deb and John Fox: www.largeanimalrescue.com


Rebecca Gimenez in Australia in November http://www.weeklytimesnow.com.au/article/2010/07/09/206061_horses.html

This month's "Large Animals in the News"



www.thehorse.com/ViewArticle.aspx?ID=16748 Tevis volunteer rescues horse


http://www.kbtx.com/tamu/headlines/98263654.html Texas Task Force saves horse

Washington's Animal Response Team newsletter has story of horse rescue www.washingtonsart.org

Carriage horse rescued from storm drain http://www.khou.com/video/featured-videos/Raw-Horse-rescued-from-downtown-Houston-storm-drain--99151779.html and http://www.click2houston.com/news/24379064/detail.html

http://ksax.com/article/stories/S1649575.shtml?cat=10268 Show horse transport rolls

http://www.smh.com.au/environment/conservation/rescue-of-platypus-stuck-in-a-pipe-draws-quite-a-crowd-20100719-10hzm.html Is a platypus a large animal?


http://www.berwickshire-news.co.uk/news/Duns-vet-assists-in-dramatic.6431395.jp helo lift of horse in mud....UK

http://www.wkyt.com/news/headlines/99181614.html?ref=614 horse saved from burning barn....


http://www.wsaz.com/home/headlines/98620859.html Officers shot bull because it was getting close to homes

http://newsminer.com/view/full_story/8900312/article-2-moose-get-stuck--die-in-pond-at-Fort-Knox-gold-mine?instance=home_news_window_left_top_2 Moose die in mud

http://www.enterprisenews.com/news/x104356544/Horse-dies-after-breaking-through-barn-floor-in-Hanson UNSUCCESSFUL rescue attempt - horse thru floor of barn.


http://www.cityofmiltonga.us/community/2010/062910_tlaer.html Milton, GA gets a "Randy"


http://www.rexburgstandardjournal.com/news/article_808b06a4-9e60-11df-961a-001cc4c03286.html Car versus four horses - car wins.... 3 die, 1 injured

http://www.wwmt.com/articles/police-1379286-cows-township.html cows in rollover go missing

http://www.willows-journal.com/news/lanes-5143-cow-southbound.html Cow ok, vehicle damage

Arlington, WA Bloody Horse Left On Arlington Road After Being Dragged 2 1/2 Miles. Neighbors contacted Q13 FOX News this morning after finding the animal along Grandview Road which is about three miles East of Highway 9 in Arlington. The horse appeared to have been dragged more than two miles, but it's unclear if someone did it on accident, on purpose, or if someone will be held responsible.

http://bigpondnews.com/articles/OddSpot/2010/07/21/Parasailing_donkey_prompts_cruelty_probe_487896.html The donkey was placed in a new home!

Authorities near Cincinnati say a car struck and killed a cow that had wandered onto an interstate, and a second cow had to be shot to avoid another accident.The cows had gotten loose from a farm. Police shutdown Interstate 275 on the city's west side for about an hour early Friday morning. The Hamilton County sheriff's office says the driver of the car that hit the animal wasn't injured. Authorities say deputies called an animal protection agency and requested tranquilizers to subdue the other cow but were told the agency didn't have any. After deputies shot the animal, it wandered into the woods and died.

http://www.wral.com/news/local/story/7987583/ horse dies in stall

http://lubbockonline.com/local-news/2010-07-09/muleshoe-man-dies-crash-horse horse vs car - both lose

http://www.thestar.com/news/gta/article/838273--bear-s-head-stuck-in-jar-for-two-weeks-tale-of-a-rescue-effort?bn=1\ good outcome on this one!


http://www.weeklytimesnow.com.au/article/2010/07/09/206061_horses.html Tech rescue turns into the neglect case investigation EQUIPMENT and SUPPLIES

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New class! www.horsecoursesonline.com and click on the course title: Equine Safety and Rescue. Teaches basic information needed to ensure your horse gets the best and safest help possible, including the protocol for interacting with emergency responders. Students who complete the course earn a Certificate of Achievement or college credit toward a Bachelor of Science degree from Breyer State University. Whether you are pursuing a career in horses, or just interested in good information, this is the class for you!

http://www.itsadisaster.net/enews201007.html July newsletter contains review of "Save Your Horse! A Horse Owner's Guide to Large Animal Rescue". COOL!


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Ban on Double Decker trailers




OUR SOCIETY AT LARGE(and other miscellaneous stuff)


We are now over 260 members. Congrats to the latest TLAER classes and welcome to the newsletter. Please contribute!


Next month: Spotlight on Charlie Anderson -- developer of Anderson Sling


Vicki SCHMIDT wrote the following after the passing of her dad. Entitled "Dad Can I Have a Pony?"

It was a routine visit to see my dad. The bright sun was streaming in his window and the vibrant pink blossoms of the rhododendrons were swaying in the brisk breeze. I chatted about what a perfect hay drying day it was.

How the crew would be happy with the 500 bales coming in that afternoon, and if the weather held we'd have another thousand in by the end of the week. Dad was known for his working-man's handshake, so it was no surprise when he squeezed my hand really hard. It was a surprise when he didn't let go for a few minutes. And when he did let go it was forever.

I thought about not going to work the next day, but there was one project depending on my being there. I remembered Dad always said "If you say you're going to do something, do it: and "there's no excuse for not getting a job done unless you're dead or in the hospital". So I went to work, promising myself after that one task, I would take a week off. My co-workers arrived as usual; all saying hi, how's the coffee this morning, and a variety of other chatter as they walked past. My friend Mark stopped to chat that morning,

"Vicki, I want you to know you were right. We bought our daughter a horse and it's the best thing we ever did". Someday, when I can compose myself properly, he will know how much those words meant to me.

As a kid I never remember not wanting a horse. We had cattle but to me they were just odd shaped horses. I'd sit on the backs of the tamer cows and steers when they were tied in their stalls and I remember trying to weave their short manes into braids like fancy show horses. One morning my dad was rototilling the garden and I was walking behind him picking worms into a can of dirt so we could go fishing later on. When he shut off the rototiller I asked if I could have a pony. He said "may someday". I ran into the house all excited and told Mom, "Dad's getting me a pony on Sunday". Needless to say, the next few minutes were mass confusion and by the end of the day I had learned my first lesson in disappointment: There is a big difference between "someday" and "Sunday".

That afternoon I lead a weanling calf into the barn, saddled it with a rug and a piece of rope, swearing I was going to ride. A neighbor, standing beside my dad and talking cattle commented. "You really need to buy her a pony". That week Dad traded some work towards an old saddle he'd found in a friends barn and brought it home to me. I cleaned it up and though I'd struck gold. The calves weren't impressed and the girth wasn't long enough to go around the cows. But it was a saddle and for some reason it didn't bother me that I didn't have a real horse to put it on. Sunday morning came and I woke to the cattle dealer's truck grinding gears as it came into the barnyard to pick up calves. A horse's whinny bolted me out of bed and crashing down the stairs. And there, standing in the pasture was not one, but two, of the most beautiful ponies in the world.

For next few days I brushed and braided. Cleaned water buckets and stalls, saddled ponies, and struggled to bridle as I was too short, but eventually got the job done. Within a couple of weeks I could actually climb up onto the smaller pony, named Dynamite, all by myself. Suffice to say, he lived up to his name. Not only did I learn to ride on that pony, I also learned how to fall off, land on my feet, and get back on. I learned that scrapes, bumps and bruises all hurt, but all eventually heel. Some leave scars but even those fade with time. I also learned that just because you are nice to something doesn't always mean its going to be nice back to you.

Between that pony, my mom and dad and the land I learned a few other valuable lessons as well:

Other beings will often help you find your way. The few times I explored trails and didn't know where I was my pony found the way back to a place I knew. He also taught me sometimes its better to listen and cross the brook further downstream. The waters may look calm, but sometimes others know what lies beneath is not safe.

Make sure every being that touches your life has a warm and safe place to rest. Whether a high spot of dry ground, the shade under a big tree, a softly bedded stall for your livestock, or sharing your home with a friend you haven't met yet. Humans and horses both do best with a good night's sleep and an occasional nap.

Share drinks with friends whenever you can. Morning coffee, afternoon iced tea, or a cold beer after a days work - all go better with friends. And never ask your horse to drink out of a bucket or trough you wouldn't drink out of as well.

It"s OK to not forget, but forgive, and pay attention next time. Sometimes its years before a lesson learned is realized. Life's bumpy rides, broken bones, bruises and bucks are often caused by things out of our control at the time. The way horses and people are raised sometimes makes them want to kick you. Don't take it personally. Learn to read the signs and dodge the kick, and above all else, never kick back.

A fifty dollar pony is the best therapy for a kid. If your kid wants a pony and it's not an option as this time, find one they can visit, brush, and help care for. There is nothing like the nuzzle of a pony to compliment the love of a parent.

Written in honor of my Mom and Dad, and all the great horses who have touched my life. Vicki Schmidt, July 2010

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