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March 2011


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.

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 to your equine insurance carrier. Call 724-745-1010, ext. 333 or email ed.childers@nstfd.org


TAR incorporates water and flood rescue techniques with animal behavior
LAR training by D&J Fox: www.largeanimalrescue.com
TLAER training is provided by Dr. Tomas and Dr. Rebecca Gimenez, and is available at www.tlaer.org/TLAER_Schedule.html

Mar. 18-20 TAR 1 Index, WA www.wavetrekrescue.com
Mar. 21-23 TAR 2 Index, WA www.wavetrekrescue.com

Mar. 12-13 Disaster Sheltering, Shoreline, WA training@washingtonsart.org
Apr. 9 Trailering, Base Support, Cumberland, WA training@washingtonsart.org
May 14-15 Disaster Field Response, Wilkeson, WA training@washingtonsart.org

Apr. 2-3 TLAER Awareness Level (Location TBD), PA Contact Jennifer Holmquest jennifer.a.holmquest@boeing.com
Apr. 14-17 TLAER Operational Level with HazMat Eastern Kentucky University/USRider, Lexington, KY - Contact Beth McCoy beth.mccoy@eku.edu


Apr. 25 & 27 TLAER Awareness Level ...and...
Apr. 26 & 28 TLAER Awareness Level North Chatham VFD @ Pittsboro, NC
NOTE: The course dates are split for the convenience of shift rotations (primarily for fire and emergency services) - MUST ATTEND BOTH DAYS FOR CERTIFICATION.
April 29-May 2 TLAER Operations Level, Emergency Services Training Center, Central Carolina Community College, Sanford, NC
C.E. Credit Available through Central Carolina Comm. College for all of the above.
For General Course inquiries, information, and logistics ONLY: Contact Tori Miller NCTLAER@aol.com or Justin McLeod jmcleodncff@yahoo.com
For Registration inquiries, availibility, and information ONLY: Contact Landis Phillips ljphillips@cccc.edu Emergency Services Training Director, Central Carolina Community College. (919) 777-7779 Office // (800) 682-8353 Ext. 7779 Office // (919) 775-9409 Cell


May 5-7 TLAER Operations Level
May 11-13 TLAER Operations Level
May 16-18 TLAER Operations Level
The above classes will be held at Virginia Tech University MARE Center @ Middleburg, VA - Contact Dr. Shea Porr cporr@vt.edu



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

This month's
"Large Animals in the News"


http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/ED1102/S00075/animal-urban-search-and-rescue-team-ready-to-respond.htm NZ S&R Team

UK News: Recommended Associate of Intelligent Horsemanship, Sarah Weston, and IH Members, Heather Wilcox, Jenny Crouch, Celia Thompson, Kate Durham and Audrey Scott-Hopkins have been adding more than a little reality to the animal rescue exercises run by Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service Animal Rescue Team for their ART3 courses. Whilst Heather screams her head off, and Jenny plays dead under Randy the mannequin horse, the others set about getting in the way and disrupting progress as much as possible. Sarah says, "whilst being tremendous fun for us, the aim of the course is deadly serious and the officers learn a great deal about team work and dealing with the public at their most uncooperative. As we all own horses and ride too, we can give the officers additional feedback about how the exercise went. We are also endeavoring to set up a charity to support the wonderful work undertaken by the Animal Rescue Team both locally and nationally." Check out their Facebook page: Friends of the Hampshire Animal Rescue Team


http://www.standardbredcanada.ca/news/1-12-11/floods-rock-standardbred-world.html Australia flood story
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V8WdgKvSbg0 A video on the equine perspective of the Aust. floods. David Manchon, who talks about the Noah's ark of animals treated at UQ vet school, owns the little horse on the cover of Equine Emergency Rescue, MaryAnne Leighton's book.

http://home.myhughesnet.com/news/read.php?id=18350248&ps=1011&cat=&cps=0&lang=en&src=email Amish buggy flips in water, killing children


Swiss rescue

http://www.standardbredcanada.ca/news/1-10-11/s-bred-rescued-centre-wellington-hobby-farm.html Horse pulled from cistern by her feet! This rescue crew now has a copy of "Save Your Horse!" and I've posted a description of the Wideman Configuration written by Rebecca Gimenez under "Safety" on the LAR website.What is amazing is that a vet was on-site and approved lifting the horse by the legs! Surprise, surprise that the horse "wasn't able to walk".

Not a pretty rescue, but successful: http://www2.wsls.com/news/2011/jan/28/16/deer-stuck-ice-under-bridge-pulaski-co-ar-805632/ and http://www2.wsls.com/news/2011/jan/31/pulaski-co-rope-rescue-team-vital-saving-deer-ar-811373/

When WASART Duty Officer, Greta Cook, received the call at 6:45 p.m. from the Enumclaw Fire Department that Buddy, a four year old gelding, was trapped in a 15’ drainage ditch in two to three feet of water and mud, she was alarmed for the horse but pleased that the site was so close to her home. It was unknown how long he had been in the ditch but was eventually located by his owner at 4:30 p.m. After unsuccessfully trying to get him up the steep and slippery sides of the unfenced ditch, she contacted the Enumclaw Fire Department. You can go to the WASART site to read this story in their February 2011 newsletter. www.washingtonsart.org

http://www.edp24.co.uk/news/environment/woman_injured_as_horse_falls_through_bridge_in_great_witchingham_1_812744 Woman took horse across a pedestrian bridge. DUH!
http://www.thisiskent.co.uk/news/Hey-ho-rises/article-3225071-detail/article.html http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-kent-12434028 http://www.deesidepiper.co.uk/news/unforgettable_rescue_for_elephant_1_1449862 Elephant rescue. Faversham watch manager admitted: "We are more used to rescuing cattle and horses"

http://www.pasadenastarnews.com/ci_17314641 Pasadena, CA from mud
Another mud rescue
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-humber-12322076&ct=ga&cad=CAEQARgAIAAoATAAOABAxPiZ6gRIAVgBYgVlbi1VUw&cd=T-Z0o2SRg3E&usg=AFQjCNGmsJTdQX1A-G1H_8R_2SPwxDCxlg more mud

http://www.nbc15.com/home/headlines/26_Horses_Killed_in_Barn_Fire_110444319.html in Wisconsin
http://ozarksfirst.com/fulltext?nxd_id=408166 Therapy horses killed in barn fire... what happens if the KIDS were there when it starts? There was also a fire at the same location in March 2005 that killed 10 horses.
http://www.khou.com/news/6-horses-killed-2-injured-in-Harris-County-barn-fire-116111514.html Big fire in the Houston TX area.... 2 horses and a donkey were removed by firefighters - the rest were lost.

http://www.standardbredcanada.ca/news/1-27-11/barn-collapse-lindy-farms-two-mares-euthanized.html Connecticut
http://www.nbcconnecticut.com/station/as-seen-on/Bethany_Barn_Roof_Collapse_Horse_Rescue_Hartford-115158064.html THIS IS A SUCCESSFUL rescue effort and the FIRE DEPT really appears to KNOW what they were doing.... and pulled in alot of community for assistance.

http://www.unionleader.com/article.aspxheadline=Firefighters+work+to+rescue+cattle+caught+in+Bath+barn+collapse&articleId=a16b7185-f51a-497d-9ab4-b2862944bc75 Great pictures

From The Horse: In Feb, a 15yo Connecticut barn collapsed under the weight of snow and ice from a severe winter storm, trapping 14 horses inside. Thanks to rescue crews' hard work, all of the horses were rescued from the rubble and none sustained serious injuries.

http://www.foxcharlotte.com/news/nc-news/Two-People-Injured-and-a-Horse-Killed-in-Hit-and-Run-114973334.html Driver's picture posted in article
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2011/02/20/AR2011022001014.html Horses killed, man in intensive care

Willits, CA. A woman was riding her horse on the far side of the shoulder on a straight, flat country road near sunset when her horse was hit from behind by a kid drag racing. Horse had a broken leg and internal injuries. He was euthanized and she ended up in the hospital with misc. injuries including where the car's mirror crashed into her leg. Luckily she was wearing a helmet. Be careful out there!



"Randy the Horse Rescue Mannequin" has a new FACEBOOK page - http://www.facebook.com/pages/Randy-Horse-Rescue-Mannequin/110014909076784 as well as the home website http://www.tlaer.org/Rescue_Randy_Home.html for information. Please check out all the photos and information about RANDY - as well as photos of him being used in training events in the UK and the US. The RESQUIP LTD. manufacturer's website is http://www.resquip.com/about-resquip-2425.html and you will notice that they now feature a COW version of the mannequin (see pictures at http://www.resquip.com/media-1653.html ) These mannequins are extremely high quality and give students and departments that use them a great opportunity to practice their skills with a "victim" that more closely simulates the weight, balance and flexibility of a live animal than ever before.

UK: Safer Horse Rescues and BEVA in the UK have an excellent 35 minute DVD on rescuing a horse. Josh Slater, Professor of Equine Clinical Studies at the Royal Veterinary College said, "Please do distribute the DVD to all interested parties - we produced it to be distributed to a wide audience to raise awareness." So that's what I'm doing. Its an excellent overview of LAR and could be shown to emergency responders. Write to Claire Ascroft at www.beva.org.uk for more information.



The Great Animal Rescue Chase http://animalrescuechase.com/rescue_showcase/index.html
Welcome to the event that celebrates the heroic nature of the animal lover with an amazing mission to rescue one million. This free event is open to people everywhere, regardless of age or experience. Whether you're about to stage your very first rescue or celebrate your hundredth, this is the place for you. Simply go out and transform the life of a single animal in need, and if you love it as much as we think you will, then go ahead and do it all over again. Tell your story here or share a picture.

New to LAR website "Safety" section: http://www.saveyourhorse.com/safety.html
The Hypothermic Horse by Tomas Gimenez
The Wideman Configuration for lifting from an enclosed space
Dangers of rescuing pregnant and lactating mares (see below)
If there are topics you wish to see here, please let us know!

You can keep up with TLAER's latest news and rescue reports on Facebook. Search for "Technical Large Animal Emergency Rescue" group.



This from Ed Gadrix, Georgia Equine Education Project, Inc. www.GEEPforgeorgia.com GEEP’s mission is to promote Georgia’s equine industry from a commercial perspective.
Ed is President and Executive Director of GEEP. He is an equine attorney and founded the Equine Law Section of the State Bar of Georgia. He is involved in legislation that details how racing is set-up and operates under a Georgia Racing Commission. He is aware of LAR and has added this to the legislation.

Safety staff and employees: This is a compete department of trained individuals to address the safety of the animals, employees, visitors, patrons and assets of the track. This includes inspectors and maintenance staff to inspect and/or, prevent and handle fires, containment of loose horses, faulty track surfaces and conditions, visitor areas, and the like. Safety personnel to educate the owners, trainers, jockeys, and track staff on safety issues throughout the facility for the protection of the animals and the above; Safety personal to educate first responders.


Sent by Tomas Gimenez: Be aware when rescuing pregnant and lactating mares.
Effects of gestation, lactation, and maternal calcium intake on mechanical strength of equine bone. Glade MJ. Department of Pharmacology, Northwestern University, Chicago, IL. Abstract
Skeletal homeostasis during late gestation, lactation, and the post-lactational recovery period is poorly understood. In an experiment using an animal model (the horse), metacarpal breaking strengths (MBS) estimated via transmission ultrasonics were examined during the last 12 weeks of gestation and for 40 weeks after parturition. MBS increased during the last 6-10 weeks of gestation in mares fed amounts of calcium (Ca) recommended by the National Research Council; maximum MBS coincided with the week of parturition. In contrast, MBS in mares fed 20% less Ca remained relatively constant during the last 12 weeks of gestation. In contrast to increases during late gestation, MBS decreased steadily in all mares during the first 12 weeks of lactation. MBS increased after approximately 12 weeks of lactation, but more slowly than they had declined. MBS of the bones of mares fed recommended amounts of Ca were fully restored at 24 weeks post-parturition, but those of Ca-deficient mares had not fully recovered even 20 weeks after milk production had ceased (40 weeks after parturition). Mid-cannon mediolateral diameters of foals born to mares fed Ca-deficient diets were thinner and mechanically weaker at birth (both p < 0.01). These differences in limb bone size and strength persisted during the first 40 weeks of life.

Check the website's safety section for article from a Swiss rescue.
Swiss rescue team www.gtrd.ch go to the fahrzeuge (transports) link
J Am Coll Nutr. 1993 Aug;12(4):372-7.



From Prakash Gogoi: http://www.fao.org/ag/againfo/themes/animal-welfare/ "What is the Gateway to Farm Animal Welfare? The Gateway provides a single access point for international and national information related to farm animal welfare.

http://www.care2.com/causes/animal-welfare/blog/egypts-horses-are-starving-to-death/ Due to the unrest in Egypt, horses and camels are starving to death. You can help here. http://esmaegypt.org/blog/how-to-help/

http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/christchurch-earthquake/4706624/Owners-breach-cordons-for-pets Pet owners in new Zealand are going into restricted areas to retrieve their animals. This happens all the time in disasters. HAVE A PLAN THAT INCLUDES YOUR ANIMALS!



2011 Photo Contest --- National Association of Search and Rescue --- www.nasar.org You have to be a member of NASAR - or I can submit them for you and bring you the cash if you win. If you want to do this - get them to me and I will take them with me in June in my luggage. If you are a member - just send them on your own.

Submit black and white or color prints, any size up to 9”x12”, along with your name, address, phone number and a short bio.
Also, include a brief description of the event photographed and how it relates to SAR/emergency response. All entries will be displayed at the conference in Reno, June 2nd-4th. Conference attendees will vote on the prize winners, who will be announced on the NASAR website no later than July 1, 2011. Winners will receive cash prizes! (First Place: $100; Second Place: $50; Third Place: $25). Submitted photos are not returned. All entrants agree to grant NASAR non-exclusive license for credited use of all submissions in official publications. Photo credits will be given to the photographer when his/her image is used. Send your contest entries to NASAR, Attn: Photo Contest, PO Box 232020, Centreville, VA 20120-2020. All entries must be received by May 10, 2011 via mail or you can bring them onsite.


THE LAR FAMILY We're up to 355 subscribers

Rebecca Gimenez (www.tlaer.org) has the college term paper that was done by Sara Deen at Louisiana Tech. We reported on it a few months ago. If you want to see Sara's PPT please contact her at southerncowgirl135@hotmail.com


It's beginning to happen in Oz. EVA (Equine Veterinarians Australia) has raised sponsorship from two drug companies to purchase a training mannequin from the UK.

'Bruce' arrives in Australia in May. He will be stabled at Hawkesbury SES and will be available for LAR training around the country. His first appearance will be at the Australian Veterinary Association's National Conference at the University of Adelaide on 20 May. There, at a a one-day EVA workshop, he will assist Anthony Hatch of Hawkesbury SES and Professor John Madigan from the USA to demonstrate vertical lifts and extrication from mud and horse floats. The book, Equine Emergency Rescue, is the course resource material for this, and future, EVA and SES Large Animal Rescue training courses.

We hope to schedule at least one, one-day LAR training session following this workshop for SES volunteers, vets and horse owners. Dates and locations of all upcoming training courses will be posted on www.equineER.com as soon as they are finalised.

SES (State Emergency Service) is still looking for sponsorship for a second mannequin so that greater numbers of Fire and Rescue and SES volunteers can be trained at the one time. Attendees can then be split into three groups: one to practise catching, haltering and handling a live horse while two other groups practise different rescue techniques with the mannequins. If you are able to help, please contact David King David.King@rfs.nsw.gov.au or Anthony Hatch Anthony.Hatch@fire.nsw.gov.au

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.

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