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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.




Its the end of the year and there are no new classes being posted so I'm including last month's classes.

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 13-15 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/

March 9 Dr. Tomas Gimenez will be at the Michigan Equine Practitioners Association Conference on at Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan. For more information contact Dr. Cynthia Trombley. cynthiatrombley@gmail.com

Apr. 14-17 TLAER Operations Level Class with Hazmat. Eastern Kentucky University / USRider @ Lexington, Kentucky - Contact Beth McCoy beth.mccoy@eku.edu
May 5 -7 TLAER Operations Level Class. VIRGINIA BEACH, VA
May 11-13 TLAER Operations Level Class. Catham VA - Contact Dr. Shea Porr cporr@vt.edu
May 16-18 TLAER Operations Level Class. Middleburg, Virginia - Contact Dr. Shea Porr cporr@vt.edu

Classes by Deb and John Fox: www.largeanimalrescue.com TLAER classes taught by Drs. Gimenez.


This month's "Large Animals in the News"

A beautiful story from Ed Childers. It was one of his rescues. http://rtfitch.wordpress.com/2010/12/08/the-death-of-a-friend/


Moose in the news: SPOKESMAN REVIEW
Let moose be, official advises

Moose are starting to wander into Coeur d’Alene in search of ornamental shrubs and other food sources. People should keep their distance and give the moose a day or two to wander off, according to the Idaho Department of Fish and Game. “Many people expect IDFG to immediately show up and move the moose,” said Mark Rhodes, a district conservation officer. “That sounds far easier than it actually is.”

Drugs administered by a dart to subdue the moose can be fatal if the moose is agitated or its weight is misjudged, he said. Moose can run a long distance through a neighborhood before the drug takes effect. Rhodes said it takes eight people to lift a moose, and the animal has to be transported in a modified horse trailer.“Having a moose in town can be novel and interesting, but only for a short time,” said Rhodes, noting that moose can be dangerous if approached.

When moose persist in hanging around, people should call Fish and Game at (208) 769-1414, he said.



Cowboy lassos reindeer
http://www.wbtv.com/Global/story.asp?S=13612545 Horse in swimming pool. TLAER students to the rescue!


http://www.thehorse.com/ViewArticle.aspx?ID=17361 Horse dies after being forced into drain by car



http://www.upi.com/sports_News/2010/12/15/Race-horse-deaths-down-slightly-in-US/UPI-25091292464537/ Racehorses that died from injuries was about 1,510 --is that "acceptable"?
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1334900/Woman-novelty-Christmas-hat-attacked-horse-tried-EAT-it.html Its a strange world!
http://www.examiner.com/equestrian-in-national/uk-tuition-protestors-attack-london-police-horses-december-9th-riot SNOW

http://www.simcoe.com/news/article/915608--barn-roof-collapses-near-new-lowell They're just cattle, right?


http://www.kdvr.com/news/kdvr-alpaca-fire-121409,0,4868933.story Alpacas die in barn fire
http://www.wcax.com/Global/story.asp?S=6036488&nav=4QcS got them out
http://www.winonadailynews.com/news/state-and-regional/wi/article_22131cde-e6e5-11de-9583-001cc4c002e0.html one died
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-11751065 zoo fire kills a bunch of petting zoo animals
http://www.9wsyr.com/news/local/story/Update-Sheep-llamas-killed-in-barn-fire/cXAO61-iDESgZt0wkNu3uw.cspx llamas and sheep killed in barn fire
http://www.mercurynews.com/centralcoast/ci_9664528?nclick_check=1 llamas die in wildfires too
http://www.chicagodefender.com/article-4732-animals-killed-in-ch.html Firefighter kicked by llama trying to rescue animals from building
http://www.shelbystar.com/news/horse-52004-waco-barn.html No animals harmed
http://www.brentwoodweeklynews.co.uk/news/8739901.Antique_movie_props_arson_horror/ No animals harmed


http://www.stalbertgazette.com/article/20101208/SAG0801/312089958/county-crash-claims-one horse ok


http://www.salisburyjournal.co.uk/news/newforest/news/8707002.New_rescue_vehicle_to_help_animals/ Hampshire Fire and Rescue's new toy!



Manufacturer of high quality Custom Rescue Glides. From the smallest to the largest animals, we will custom fit your GLIDE to your specific needs. Ben McCracken says, "After 10 yrs of manufacturing the Glides, we've never had a single one to break."


MFC Survival Ltd. manufactures safety, survival and rescue products that include a range of animal rescue equipment; enabling the Fire and Rescue Service to handle situations safely and quickly with minimal distress to the animal(s).

The MFC Animal Rescue Path was developed to provide a compact and lightweight solution for rescuing animals which are trapped in mud. The path is fully inflatable and has a smooth upper surface providing a flexible, obstruction free platform making it easier and safer to manoeuvre the animal. . The MFC Mud Lance is used to loosen the mud around the animal enabling it to be rescued. . Using either water or air, the Mud Lance will overcome the suction from the mud, allowing the animal to be rescued safely and quickly and is a vital part of any animal rescue kit. Located in the UK. www.mfcsurvival.com


http://saferhorserescues.com the UK large animal rescue site

Assessing sheep after a fire --from Australia

http://www.horsetalk.co.nz/reviews/saveyourhorse.shtml Nicely done, Horsetalk! These folks are VERY LAR-friendly

http://www.equineer.com Mary Anne Leighton's new LAR book for "down under" on sale here



Here are some interesting facts about a horse's body. http://ultimatehorsesite.com/info/anatomyfacts.html

Horse's hooves grow at a rate of about 1cm per month.
Horse's knee caps are not done fusing until they are about 3 1/2 years old. That's why many young racehorses are injured.
A horse's heart weighs about 8.5pounds.
A horse's back cannot bend, it remains stiff when the horse moves. That's why it's hard for horses to get up after rolling or resting.
Horses can see color.
Horses can see in two directions at once.
Human hair and fingernails are made from the same protein as horse hooves.
A full grown horse that weighs about 1,000 pounds contains approximately 13.2 gallons of blood.
Horses have about 175 bones in their body.
Horses make 8 basic sounds- snort, squeal, greeting nicker, courtship nicker, maternal nicker, neigh, roar, blow.
It is almost impossible for a horse to vomit-- if they do, their stomachs usually rupture soon after.
A horse focuses its eye by changing the angle of its head, not by changing the shape of the lens of the eye, as humans do.
A racehorse averages a weight loss of between 15 and 25 pounds during a race.
A horse weighing around 1000 lbs. voids from 1 1/2 to 8 1/2 quarts of urine daily.
9 U.S. gallons of blood (34 Litres of blood in a 450 kg) in a 1,000 lb.horse
If a horse loses 41 fl. ounces of blood (1.2 liters, 1200 ml), it dies


The Nicopoulos Needle is named after Dr. "Dino" Nicopoulos (Twin Lakes Veterinary, Shelby, NC), a former student of Tomas Gimenez at Clemson University. Rebecca reports, "One day probably 10 years ago we were discussing mud rescues and the frustrations of trying to get something like a pilot line under the animal in the mud and we were using the Hampshire strop Guide with much success - but Dino mentioned "if you could just get a little more curve to it - like a suture needle - in a C shape - wouldn't that work so much better?" And of course you know it works like a charm and we have modified it alot from our first version which was literally a piece of electrical conduit bent carefully around a tree. Now it is stainless steel with rings and hose attachments to allow water to flow thru it and minimize the friction of the mud.

"The Wideman configuration is named after LT Larry Wideman of the Broward County Sherriff's Office, Florida. He was attending a TLAER training in FL 5-6 years ago and when we demonstrated the Simple and Choke/Larksfoot configurations of the Forward Assist, he suggested "why couldn't we put a SWISS SEAT on the chest of the horse?" So we tried it - and immediately realized the beauty of such a configuration especially for vertical sling lifts where the animal is in POSTERIOR RECUMBENCY and all you have is access to the head, chest and front legs of the animal. This doubles the surface area and locks the animal into the sling for the lift. It is also useful for other assists however it is more difficult to put on in the mud."


http://tamunews.tamu.edu/2010/11/29/texas-am-to-unveil-new-veterinary-emergency-team-wednesday/ Texas A&M has a new Veterinary Emergency Team — a high-tech mobile unit capable of going into disaster areas and operating independently for up to two weeks to help care for animals

Australia's floods http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/national/towns-forced-to-flee-rising-flood/story-e6freooo-1225966025903


Did you see the RFD-TV show with Chris Cox about TLAER ideas? It was on in November.

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