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October 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. I will send out a monthly notice a week or so before the newsletter is due. I would appreciate it if you would send in your class schedules, along with contact information, at that time. Thank you. 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.




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

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
Nov. 13 Save Your Horse, A Safety Seminar for Horse Owners - Canonsburg, PA, Contact North Strabane Fire Dept. 724-745-1010, ext. 333, or email ed.childers@nstfd.org Updated class Lunch included
Oct. 15-16 Basic Large Animal Rescue Techniques hosted byThe University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine Office of Continuing Education and the Wisconsin State Horse Council Equine Foundation at the Jackson County Fair Park.contact Karl Olson at (608) 265-5206 or visit www.vetmed.wisc.edu/ce/horse_owner. (see article below)

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
I'm going to this class! Are you? Michelle

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


Welcome to all the new TLAER graduates! Please participate by sending in your news and stories or questions. We now have 293 subscribers!

http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/10245/1084309-58.stm Nice article on the North Strabane, PA team

CERT training in Maine. Michelle Melaragno says, "I was asked to teach a half day awareness course on TLAER for the CERT/CART Jamboree in Mt. Vernon, Maine. The news piece doesn't specifically name me or TLAER, but there is some video footage, and great comments by others who were interviewed." http://www.wcsh6.com/news/local/story.aspx?storyid=128579

Large animal rescue techniques offered at Wisconsin fairgrounds

Expert Eric Thompson, chief animal control officer for the Overland Park Police Department in Kansas, will cover what to do if a horse is stuck in the mud, stranded on ice, trapped in a burning building or in a rolled trailer or involved in other emergency situations.

Thompson is a national responder and instructor for Code 3 Associates and is operations manager for the Emergency Equine Response Unit. He is certified in water, mud, rock, ice, fire and trailer rescue of animals, and he has received 25 certificates of achievement from FEMA in disaster planning.

Thompson will guide participants on how to respond to on road and off road large animal rescue incidents by offering scenario training with both live horses and life size, weighted, articulated mannequins. A clear communication system, team cooperation and different types of hauling procedures will be part of this rescue training.

Advance registration for this seminar is $159 per person. This fee includes hands on training, lectures, continental breakfast, lunch and beverages. Participants will be awarded 9.6 continuing education hours if they attend the program in its entirety.

For more information, contact Karl Olson at (608) 265-5206 or visit www.vetmed.wisc.edu/ce/horse_owner.

This month's "Large Animals in the News"


Weigh in on this rescue Rebecca posted on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/video/video.php?v=1488540577125&comments= Cowboys rescuing horse from the mud.

YORK, Maine – York Village firefighters used the Jaws of Life tool Tuesday to rescue a horse whose leg was stuck in an old piece of patio furniture. The 20 year old horse, Ashley, walked out of a barn at 55 Birch Hill Road and stepped into the metal frame of a patio sofa that's been there for years, according to York Village Fire Department Shift Commander Scott Apgar. Firefighters responded, calling veterinarian Michael Schafer along the way. The fire department has called Schafer in the past, Apgar said. Schafer works at Sagamore Animal Hospital in Portsmouth, N.H., and also at Piscataqua Animal Hospital in Kittery, Maine. "He got there five minutes after we did," Apgar said. "He sedated the horse. We took the Jaws of Life, spread (the frame) just enough so the horse could get its leg out." Horse rescue may not be among the firefighters usual area of expertise, but "a life is a life, human life, animal life," Apgar said. "It took us 10 seconds. The doctor hosed her down and she was back in the stable." Right on!

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

HELENA, Mont. (AP) – Two young goats wandered onto the thin ledge of a railroad bridge and spent nearly two days high above the ground until rescuers in a towering cherry picker plucked them from their perch, hungry but safe. The rescue occurred Wednesday 60 feet above a little-trafficked rural roadway in southern Montana between Billings and Roundup, after a caller told the Rimrock Humane Society the goats were stranded on the 6-inch ledge. The rescue went smoothly, and the goats appeared to be in good condition .

http://cbs13.com/local/horse.calaveras.county.2.1948148.html Successful rescue from well in California.
http://www.examiner.com/pet-rescue-in-national/firefighters-rescue-horse-trapped-by-fallen-tree Horse rescued from under fallen tree; help needed to pay for emergency surgery
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-11433256 Horse rescued from mine in Chile. Video.
http://www.volunteertv.com/news/headlines/103592244.html?ref=244 Rescue was a success; No word on injuries to horse.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kLMskPKfFnE Camel Rescue with video
http://www.mymotherlode.com/news/local/1135642/Horse-Rescued-In-Jamestown.html Horse rescued and seized by Animal Control
http://www.heraldnet.com/article/20100918/NEWS01/709189890 WA horse stuck between trees

http://www.broomfieldenterprise.com/ci_16044669 Good video of rescue
http://www.wauchopegazette.com.au/news/local/news/general/combined-effort-to-save-encore-from-pool-swim/1929570.aspx Horse in pool
http://www.wiltshiretimes.co.uk/news/8343587.Fire_crew_frees_cow_in_ditch_in_Westbury/ Upside down cow in ditch
http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/2010/08/23/pregnant-mare-rescued-in-north-wales-is-recovering-55578-27115814/ Horse in ditch
http://www.kingswoodpeople.co.uk/news/Trapped-horse-pulled-ditch-rescue-crews/story-6977315-detail/story.html Horse in ditch http://www.kpho.com/news/25046312/detail.html?source=pho&taf=pho Horse in window well Video




Firefighters to receive training in rescuing horses.


Jeff Galloway is teaching a class in Nov. and one in March. Nov. 6 all day event will be at the Natural Science Center, Butler Tech, Monroe, OH

http://www.broomfieldenterprise.com/ci_16044669 Training with "Lucky" in CO


The severe flooding in Pakistan has killed more than 1,600 people, with an almost inconceivable 20 million people affected. But there are also thousands of animal victims of the disaster that urgently need your help. Donate at www.wspca.org.uk
http://www.telegraphindia.com/1100914/jsp/calcutta/story_12934214.jsp Stable worker killed by kick
http://www.horsetalk.co.nz/news/2010/10/067.shtml Stable worker killed by kick
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-hampshire-11339816 Horse stabbing in UK
http://www.daytondailynews.com/news/dayton-news/man-dies-trying-to-help-injured-horse-965301.html Ohio man dies when equipment falls http://news.smh.com.au/breaking-news-national/horse-falls-on-man-during-cattle-muster-20100909-152xy.html Horse falls on rider

Vehicle accidents.
http://www.examiner.com/firehouse-community-in-lake-charles/carlyss-fire-department-responds-to-accident-that-left-three-injured-horse-dead Louisiana accident kills one horse
http://www.stcatharinesstandard.ca/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=2790091 Article on respecting the rules of the road.
http://www.kktv.com/news/headlines/Vehicle_Towing_Horses_Rolls_Hwy_94_Reopened_104459524.html Colorado rollover turns out ok.
http://www.wmfd.com/newsboard/single.asp?Story=43249 Amish girl killed after truck hit buggy.
http://www.thetowntalk.com/article/20100924/NEWS01/9240344 Vehicle vs. horse
http://www.krtv.com/news/horn-identified-as-great-falls-man-killed-in-accident/ Vehicle vs. horse
http://www.wtov9.com/news/25240171/detail.html Vehicle vs horse
http://www.owensoundsuntimes.com/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=2787785 Vehicle vs horse
http://www.bigspringherald.com/content/view/289642/ Vehicle vs. horse in Cowboys Against Cancer Cross Texas Trailride
http://www.deseretnews.com/article/700069372/Horse-killed-in-Ogden-wreck.html One horse killed; 2 injured
http://www.harnesslink.com/www/Article.cgi?ID=83723 Standardbreds killed in vehicle accident
http://www.lahontanvalleynews.com/article/20100930/NEWS/100939989/1055&ParentProfile=1045 Ag director reports about 100 wild horses killed on hiway, says, "Having the population reduced by periodic strikes by vehicles is probably not a politically correct solution."
http://www2.timesdispatch.com/news/2010/sep/14/8/traffic-alert-spotsylvania-tractor-trailer-wreck-s-ar-504721/ Vehicle collision kills horse
http://www.cbc.ca/canada/manitoba/story/2010/09/02/mb-horse-trailer-truck-ditch-winnipeg.html Horses ok
http://www.thenewsstar.com/article/20100908/NEWS01/9080326 Horse survived
http://www.frontiersman.com/articles/2010/09/01/local_news/doc4c7c946cd0c18337387605.txt All ok
http://missoulian.com/news/state-and-regional/article_6647c7aa-bde6-11df-a9ca-001cc4c03286.html Horse trailer vs cattle truck
http://www.kfbb.com/news/local/Cow-Tipping---Semi-Full-of-Cattle-Overturns-on-I-15-102670274.html?video=pop&t=a video about cows

Barn Fires.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-lancashire-11035659 Perp caught; where's the hangman's noose?
http://www.4029tv.com/r/24715769/detail.html Burning hay in trailer causes fire


Nothing new here


Eric Thompson's email at asarcode3@yahoo.com was invaded by an adware virus. His new email is eerular@yahoo.com

Fedhealth, producers of the disaster book, It's a Disaster!, is now listed with FEMA http://www.fema.gov/ privatesector/ppp_tools.shtm


The LAR website, www.saveyourhorse.com has added a 7MB video clip of Jennifer Woods explaining euthanasia by gunshot. The clip can be found under Safety Articles.

The website also has the UK Large Animal SOPs from Jim Green. Thanks for sending them, Jim.


Nothing new here



Eric Thompson, was married in Durango on Sept. 18th. His bride is Amy and his new daughters are Darby (9 yo) and Bailey (5 yo). That's just SO COOL! Send your congratulations to Eric at his NEW email address: eerular@yahoo.com What a handsome family.

OUR SOCIETY AT LARGE (and other miscellaneous stuff)


Roger Lauze and MSPCA

The Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals has a history of horse ambulances since the late 1800s. As horses were replaced with motor vehicles our equine ambulances went out of vogue, but in 1994 we thought there was a need to reinvent our equine ambulances. In that year the MSPCA along with Chip Fischer designed the prototype for the original Rescue Glide and since that time we have made design changes to make it more flexible and more durable but still sized to fit in the horse compartment of a two horse trailer, a design feature that is unique to our Rescue Glide. This feature allowed us to reinvent our equine ambulance program by making only slight modification to our two horse trailers, so that they serve double duty as equine ambulances without losing their function as horse trailers. Since 1994 our program has grown into four components, including an on-call emergency ambulance service, sport horse ambulance service, a nationally recognized training program, and distribution of the original Rescue Glide.

Our emergency ambulance service is available for Veterinarians and Fire and Police services throughout New England. There is always an equine ambulance available thru a pager service to help move injured animals anywhere in New England. In the course of the past 16 years we have helped injured horse in all of the New England states. We have done many rescues using the Rescue Glide to get horses out of dangerous situations and to a veterinary hospital. But our most memorable rescue was a helicopter rescue of a horse that had fallen and was on a plateau 200 hundred feet off the ground. We provided our Anderson Sling and climbed the mountain to place the sling on the horse so it could be flown to safety.

Our sport horse ambulance service was developed to help equine athletes who might be injured in a competition. Over the years we have provided this service to many horse sporting events in the United States and Canada. In 1999 we were the exclusive equine ambulance for the Pan Am games in Winnipeg Canada and have been the equine ambulance at Rolex Kentucky, which is the only four star eventing competition in the United States. As a result of our many years of experience at high profile horse sporting events we have been chosen to be the exclusive equine ambulance for the World Equestrian Games in Lexington Kentucky in September of this year. There will be 600 to 800 international equine athletes competing at the Lexington Horse Park. It is a great honor to have been chosen to provide this service.

The training programs we offer are slightly different than other offered around the country. We train first responders how to remove horses from dangerous situations and get them ready for transport, using hands-on experience. Classes typically have a mix of horse people and rescue professionals, with a wide range of experience, so class numbers are intentionally kept small, allowing everyone a chance to fully participate in the training scenarios. Every training includes a trailer and a stall extraction. After those situations have been completed we ask the team that has completed the last scenario to place our training horse Lucky (designed by rescue critter) in the next scenario. This allows the students to pick rescue scenarios they would like to see or have already been involved in and are looking for alternate methods of rescue. By using a training horse it allows us to the ability to do many scenarios during the day and also to stop and discuss different methods during each rescue.

Distribution of the original Rescue Glide is a key component of our program. We have been using this Glide for the past sixteen years and made modifications to our design as we saw a need during its use. Our Rescue Glides are designed to be flexible enough to be used in stall extractions and bend to fit the doorway of the stall. No matter how much they have been bent they will always return to their original shape with no bent edges. They are durable and have been used in temperature extremes; our Rescue Glides are being used as far south as Florida and as far north as Guelph Ontario Canada.

For more information about the MSPCA Equine Safety and Ambulance Program you can visit our web-site www.mspca.org/EquineAmbulance. You can also contact Roger Lauzé Coordinator of Equine Training and Rescue at rlauze@mspca.org

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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:

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