CLASSES and CONFERENCES
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.
Classes by D&J Fox: www.largeanimalrescue.com TLAER classes are taught by Drs. R&T Gimenez TAR incorporates water and flood rescue techniques with animal behavior.
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 to your equine insurance carrier. Call 724-745-1010, ext. 333 or email email@example.com
Mar. 18-20 TAR1 TAR classes held in Index, Washington.
Mar. 21-23 TAR2 To get further information for the classes go to http://www.wavetrekrescue.com/animal-rescue.
The following are trainings for Washington State Animal Rescue Team:
Feb. 12 Core training, Snoqualmie, WA firstname.lastname@example.org
Feb. 13 Transport training, Enumclaw, WA email@example.com
Mar 12-13 Sheltering, Shoreline, WA firstname.lastname@example.org
May 14-15 Field Response, Wilkeson, WA email@example.com
STORIES AND NEWS
The BIG story is of the flood in Australia. MaryAnne Leighton reports, "A massive storm cell hit a town at the top of a range of hills, flash flood ripped through the town then down the steep hill - on the highway rather than the creek beds - and wiped out small hamlets at the bottom. The water then made its way into the river system and took about 3 days to reach the cities."
This flood covered an area the size of California, Nevada, and Maine (OR: France and Germany) COMBINED. Here is a link to a story with some videos. http://horseandman.com/ Jan. 13th entry on this blog. The link has a good fact sheet on floods. PLEASE print it out and distribute it if you could possibly be threatened by flooding. The RSPCA is asking for donations. http://www.qldhorsecouncil.com/QHC%20Documents/Biosec%20Horse%20Property/Flood%20and%20your%20Horse.pdf
RSPCA donations can be made at https://donate.rspcaqld.org.au/flood And a story about recovery: http://www.horsetalk.co.nz/news/2011/01/104.shtml
MaryAnne Leighton (who is safe, BTW) says you can "friend" this Facebook page.
And another story. http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/special-reports/trainer-fights-off-snakes-while-racehorses-tread-water-for-hours-to-survive-queensland-flood/story-fn7kabp3-1225987391058 BTW: The brown snake is approximately 1.5 metres long, and is one of Australia's more deadly creatures. They have venom which can cause death to humans relatively quickly if left untreated.
MaryAnne says, "Well over 75% of the State of Queensland has now been declared a Disaster Area. To put this in perspective - for those who haven't grasped the enormity of it or are unfamiliar with this part of the world; Queensland is Australia's second largest state measuring more than 1.72 million square kilometers; 25% of Australia's land mass; it is four times the size of Japan, nearly six times the size of the UK and more than twice the size of Texas in the US."
This month's "Large Animals in the News"
http://www.horsetalk.co.nz/news/2011/01/039.shtml Rescue in South Africa
http://www.metro.co.uk/weird/852235-pony-in-a-pit-of-bother-rescued-by-30-firefighters Pony rescued from a pit in UK. Chest strap is a bit high.
http://www.therecord.com/news/local/article/319496--former-racehorse-pulled-from-underground-water-cistern Former racehorse rescued from cistern in Canada.
http://www.basingstokegazette.co.uk/news/local/8784984.Big_Saracen_given_a_lift/ Draft horse rescued by Hampshire Fire in UK
http://www.bclocalnews.com/news/113302959.html# Rescue in BC. They have a rescue kit!
http://www.kentnews.co.uk/p_12/Article/a_10689/Horse_rescued_from_River_Darenth_by_firefighters_as_heavy_rain_caused_a_surge_in_water_levels Rescue in the UK
http://www.nbc15.com/home/headlines/26_Horses_Killed_in_Barn_Fire_110444319.html Madison WI horse rescue fire
Ventura County, CA trains in LAR http://www.vcstar.com/news/2011/jan/04/heavy-lifting-in-training-for-equine-rescue/
ACCIDENTS and MISCELLANEOUS STORIES
http://www.nctimes.com/news/opinion/editorial/article_0cb754f3-181a-56f0-acc2-d30369d323c9.html Calif. newspaper's award to rescue
http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE70C5Q620110113 and http://www.care2.com/greenliving/fox-shoots-hunter.html and http://www.care2.com/greenliving/fox-shoots-hunter.html#ixzz1B8Z24t2u From the “oh-yeah?-take-that!” department, a wounded fox shot the hunter who was trying to kill it when the pair got into a scuffle. How do a fox and hunter end up in man-to-paw combat? The hunter approached the fox after shooting it from afar, only to have the fox resist when the man tried to extinguish its life with the butt of his rifle. The fox somehow pulled the trigger, shooting the hunter in the leg before making a hasty escape. Go, fox! The unnamed hunter was in a hospital in Belarus, with a leg wound and presumably (hopefully) a lifetime of ridicule. The fate of the fox remains unknown.
Washington State Animal Rescue Team (WASART) now has 54 members trained in Technical Large Animal Rescue. They also have a special new member, Stan, a 7 ft. horse model. Stan got his name because all he does is "stan' around". He'll be used to teach members to rig a large animal for rescue.
EQUIPMENT AND SUPPLIES
INNOVATIONS AND LESSONS LEARNED
DISASTER AND WELFARE
http://missoulian.com/news/local/article_4493f2c8-22c2-11e0-bbbf-001cc4c002e0.html More on the Montana sanctuary
OTHER NEWS OF THE WORLD
THE LAR FAMILY
Everyone that has a funny story about horse people doing silly, dangerous, or outright STOOPID things with their animals - please send them to Rebecca Gimenez at firstname.lastname@example.org
"Damian and I are collecting them for a book idea he has - of course NO NAMES in them and include your authorship, contact info, etc. so that we can get back to you for the ones we really like to be edited and included. We are particularly looking for the following format: Title, Short overview introduction and background, the meat of the story and why it was so funny / stoopid / or silly, and then any followup. Anyone that gets their story(s) selected will get a free copy of the book."
Also from Rebecca: She says about her Facebook group, Technical Large Animal Emergency Rescue: We are at 900 members today - that is amazing! Remember this is YOUR group - we need your photos, stories and contributions about what you are doing in your local communities. We have expanded our international focus in the last year as well. Also check out the following: http://www.facebook.com/l/2985fXtJ0WhAcsApBfFtXMtC56A; TLAER.org site
To find out more about Technical Large Animal Rescue go to www.saveyourhorse.com for North America; http://saferhorserescues.com for the UK; and www.equineER.com for AUS.