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September 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. 18 Save Your Horse, A Safety Seminar for Horse Owners - Presented by Harts Run Hunt Pony Club. Alleghany County Fire Academy, Allison Park, PA Patty Quatchak , 412-364-8553 pattyquatchak@msn.com

Oct 16 Save Your Horse, A Safety Seminar for Horse Owners - Centre County, PA, CART Contact North Strabane Fire Dept. 724-745-1010, ext. 333, or email ed.childers@nstfd.org

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 EXPO CANCELLED

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

January 13-15, 2011 Wildlife Handling and Chemical Immobilization Course in California. Registration opens September 1st. Please see our website for more information: http://californiawolfcenter.org/special-events/wildlife-handling-course/

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


WOO HOO! http://www.sunjournal.com/bplus/story/882457 Michelle Malaragno of Maine Equine Welfare Alliance


On August 9th, my horse Majestic, was at Shambley’s Equine Clinic with an unknown illness. He was unable to stand and we wanted to give him “one last chance.” The clinic does not have a Sling, so LART was called to help. I want to thank all those who helped my horse, though my beloved guy didn’t make it, he had so many hands giving him every chance. It meant so much for you all to come help, you all are amazing people. Tonya Landfried, Charleston, SC

This month's "Large Animals in the News"


http://www.cambridge-news.co.uk/Cambridge/Horse-trapped-upside-down-in-ditch-rescued.htm another horse trapped in a ditch UK

http://www.thisisbristol.co.uk/crime/Horse-freed-ditch-crash/article-2572362-detail/article.html horse freed after crash

http://www.thehorse.com/ViewArticle.aspx?ID=16814 Horse on back in ditch

www.washingtonsart.org Good rescue stories in this month's WASART newsletter

http://www.clactonandfrintongazette.co.uk/news/8325890.Rescuers_give_oxygen_to_horse_trapped_in_ditch/ Horse given oxygen while trapped in mud in UK

http://news.yahoo.com/video/odd-15749658/runaway-zebras-turn-town-into-zoo-21428709 Outside Sacramento, CA where cowboys rule?

http://www.thepittsburghchannel.com/news/24774450/detail.html#COMMENTT Senior horse rescued from mud in PA.

http://www.seattlepi.com/local/6420ap_wa_horse_trailer_rescue.html successful rescue no pics

http://www.enterprisenewspapers.com/article/20100817/NEWS01/708179881/0/ETPZoneLT horse dug out of ditch in WA

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-north-east-wales-11051670 Horse trapped in barbed wire in UK Who USES barbed wire any more?????

http://www.thisisbristol.co.uk/crime/Horse-freed-ditch-crash/article-2572362-detail/article.html horse freed after crash

http://www.thenorthernecho.co.uk/news/local/sedgefield/8329653.Trapped_horse_rescued_by_fire_service/ horse trapped in overturned trailer

http://www.theargus.co.uk/news/8345468.Horse_pulled_out_of_ditch/ apparently ditch rescues are common this month.... uk

http://www.thewestonmercury.co.uk/content/twm/news/story.aspxbrand=Westonmercury&category=news&tBrand=westonmercury&tCategory=znews&itemid=WeED02%20Aug%202010%2010%3A00%3A20%3A507 horse stuck in ditch - kudos from owner to department

http://www.horseandhound.co.uk/news/397/301115.html overturned trailer

From Ed Childers: The machinery was thoughtfully positioned by Paul Williams (North Strabane FF and instructor), and was used as a point of attachment for our 4:1 mechanical rope system which works very well in this type of scenario. The rope system allows us to move the animal at a controlled, consistent, and predictable speed and we can feel if there are any obstructions during the pull and immediately stop the operation. If machinery is used to complete the pull, the animal could easily receive secondary injuries, or worse, from the machinery overpowering, not enough power, or too small for the situation.

From owner, Patty Quatchak: At my barn yesterday morning we had an emergency! One of the horses had fallen in the creek overnight and was trapped in the mud for hours. When I got there to feed the horses yesterday morning the poor guy was really stuck. After calling the vet and the owner I contacted this rescue team and am I glad I did! They are located about an hour from our barn but they actually made it out in about 40 minutes. Neighbors had come by with chains, straps, bobcat tractors . . . all I feared would hurt the animal while trying to get him out of the situation. I was glad that I could convince everyone to just let these guys handle this - the 35 year old gelding came out with only a few scratches. These guys are great and so valuable, we need more resue workers closer to this area.


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http://www.nj.com/news/local/index.ssf/2010/08/1_horse_dead_another_injured_i.html trailer accident horses die

http://www.northantset.co.uk/news/Horse-is-killed-in-rural.6493427.jp horse killed on roadside

http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/rider-airlifted-to-hospital-after-horse-falls-on-her-near-mackay/story-e6freon6-1225910910768 horse related injured including kicked in the head

http://www.theargus.co.uk/news/8335267.Five_injured_after_car_hits_horse_on_A26/ horse hit on road UK

http://www.horseandhound.co.uk/news/397/301469.html Stampede of loose horses

http://www.worcesternews.co.uk/news/8360670.Woman_injured_by_horse/ Woman injured by horse


http://www.thestarphoenix.com/news/Cattle+killed+semi+trailer+rollover/3383942/story.html another cattle truck overturn

http://www.cattlenetwork.com/Bull-Killed-By-Car-In-Western-Pennsylvania-Was-Show-Animal/2010-08-18/Article.aspx?oid=1211721&fid= bull hit by car, killed

http://www.pressandjournal.co.uk/Article.aspx/1892253?UserKey= cattle neglect case - very unusual and difficult to prosecute

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/08/29/AR2010082903088.html livestock disaster losses in Pakistan

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10665356 cattle truck overturn

http://www.ksla.com/Global/story.asp?S=13063846 horse and rider hit by car

http://www.indianasnewscenter.com/news/local/13-Year-Old-Accidentally-Killed-on-the-Family-Farm-101730248.html kid killed by draft horse blunt force trauma

http://www.gosanangelo.com/news/2010/aug/06/bull-injures-safety-personnel-after-cattle-truck/ bull shot after injuring three people responding

http://www.examiner.com/pets-in-hartford/horse-rescuer-accused-of-illegally-euthanizing-dogs Horse rescuer kills dogs?

http://saratogian.com/articles/2010/08/24/news/doc4c74288d2a002471707688.txt drunk, maybe? definitely stupid!

http://www.nwitimes.com/news/local/lake/gary/article_f384e70f-b2cb-5754-9e89-d5f9acf05041.html 9 horses die in fire

http://newsok.com/venus-cupid-and-other-horses-that-survived-an-oklahoma-turnpike-tractor-trailer-accident-wont-be-going-to-slaughter/article/3487749 Horses going to killers are rescued after accident

http://www.ajc.com/news/man-killed-in-crash-593893.html man killed after hitting a horse

http://www.theleader.info/article/24588/two-killed-after-hitting-horse-in-coin/ TWO killed in accident where they hit a horse

http://www.martinsvillebulletin.com/article.cfm?ID=24989 Another fire....horses died.


http://www.gainesville.com/article/20100823/ARTICLES/8231007/1118 Student's hand is severed in horse accident.

Equestrian Aid Foundation (EAF) is a national nonprofit that helps those in the horse community suffering from catastrophic illnesses or injuries by providing financial assistance for health care, rehabilitation, and other essential costs such as housing and food, throughout their time of need. The EAF relies on the equestrian community to "take care of its own" through donations, memberships and fundraising events. Visit the website to see an upcoming calendar of events and to learn how you can play a part in the ride for hope. www.equestrianaidfoundation.org or contact skursar@gmail.com.


Barbara Boxer, CA Senator: I am proud to be an original co-sponsor of the Prevention of Equine Cruelty Act (S.727) to prohibit the transport, export, or sale of any horse to be slaughtered for human consumption.


Horsenorth.ca It is with a heavy heart and great regret I am forced to announce that due to unforeseen circumstances the Horsenorth Equine Industry Educational Fair and Trade Show (South River, ON Canada) is canceled.


John Marsh in VA needs your help. His group is forming a Technical Large Animal Rescue Group in Northern VA. "We are in the initial discussion stages of what we want to be and I have volunteered to help draft the initial “standards of operation.” I am one of the members of the Mounted SAR group so it is familiar to me. I’m writing to see if you can put me in touch with other groups that might already have done this and would be willing to share their standards. It would certainly put us ahead of the game to build on previous work. Our group is going to meet monthly to see if we can come to a consensus regarding a good starting point and to see if we can develop the necessary resources (toys and qualified people). Thanks for any info that you might be able to share. jjmarshiii@earthlink.net


A lighting solution to help relieve stress on trapped animals.

In the simplest terms, remote source lighting (RSL) technology involves generating light in one location and then transporting that light for use in one or more other remote locations. The light can be transmitted over a distance of more than 900 feet. The RSL technology consists of transmitting light generated by a high intensity light engine (illuminator) through a length of fiber optic cable and emitting it at a distance from a light diffusing device (luminaire). The RSL technology provides several benefits when compared to conventional lighting, the most obvious being the ability to light a remote LAR scene without hauling hot or potentially shock-generating light sources which may be also be noisy and bulky. The luminaires themselves can be mounted in hard to reach or maintain spots – as they never burn out! http://rslfibersystems.com/index.html Peter Gladis, Director of Marketing for RSL Fiber Systems sent me a brochure on this product. Email me and I'll mail it to you or contact Peter and his company for more details.


PLEASE PARTICIPATE! A SURVEY of horse-related injuries and horsemen's safety practices in Virginia and Maryland is being conducted by VirginiaEquestrian.com and the University of Maryland School of Public Health. The goals are to characterize certain injuries to handlers; to identify ways in which safety practices can be improved; to reduce injuries; and to improve outcomes after injury. Any horseperson (amateur, professional, part time or full time) may participate at SurveyMonkey.com/s/6J5SVXB. The survey takes about five minutes. http://fredericksburg.com/News/FLS/2010/082010/08202010/569809

If you are a First Responder, please consider joining the United States First Responders Association. "Public Safety Serving Our Community Through Training, Tactics & Education" There's a lot going on there, and they are very welcoming. Website: www.usfra.org

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!


Did you know that the natural life span of a cow is about the same as a horse --22 yrs -- other than a cow named Big Bertha who lived to be 48! The average lifespan of a dairy cow in the US is 5 to 5 and a half yrs. (www.realcaliforniamilk.com)

http://www.horsetalk.co.nz/news/2010/08/094.shtml Prepare for hurricanes!


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Next month: MSPCA at Nevins Farm by Roger Lauze, Equine Rescue and Training Coordinator

This month we are featuring Charlie Anderson

Jerry Floyd sent this in about his dad. Thanks, Jerry!

Charlie's father worked with both horses and cows and encouraged Charlie to develop something for cows that would replace the devices that attach to their hip bones when they had to get the cow up. Charlie was talking with local a farmer about his ideas and found out his daughter was married to Dr. John Madigan from UC Davis (California). Charlie contacted John and set up an appointment to meet with him and talk about a possible sling for cows.

Horses quickly became the main focus of their ideas and the sling took off from there. After many prototypes and a lot of hard work, 4 years later the Anderson Sling was born. Charlie applied for a patent in late 80’s and in ‘91 received news that his patent had been approved.

The Anderson Sling is marketed for the rehabilitation of horses, especially non ambulatory animals. It has become famous for Air Rescue yet it goes way beyond that. Today the Anderson Sling is in use at many VMTHs (Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospitals), Rescue groups, Fire Departments, both public and private riding arenas around the world, as well as private medical practices and individual parties. The Anderson Sling is still being produced by Jerry in Northern California. You can it, and other Anderson products, at www.andersonsling.com Care For Disabled Animals.


My apologies to both Vicki Evans and Vicki Schmidt.

The beautiful sentiments expressed in "Dad Can I Have a Pony?" last month were written by Vicki Schmidt, not Vicki Evans.


Save Your Horse! A Horse Owner's Guide to Large Animal Rescue Fourth Edition, is now available. It offers additional information (written by the experts in their fields) on ice rescues, swift water rescues, how to build your own equine ambulance, and what to carry in your "Go Bags". Go to www.redjeansink.com and click on the page link for more info. Feedback for this edition:

"The [] Fire Department has just received a copy of your "Save Your Horse" Large Animal Rescue book and DVD and we plan on making it part of our training program. The book and dvd will help us to educate our firefighters in the proper technics of large animal rescue and ultimately assisting our citizens with their animals. Thank you for the great reference material."

"I am truly impressed with the wealth of knowledge and guidance in your book."

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"Your book is perfect for us to use at the Volunteer Fire and Rescue in conjunction with the Teach It Yourself LAR."

"Just a quick note to thank you for your program. You did an awesome job with it, I'm very impressed! We're received such a positive response from the County Fire Coordinator that they're chomping at the bit to get started! "

Just a note to let you know that I love my book! It is all I hoped for and more. I think all of the fire companies in small communities should have a copy!"

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