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June 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



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

June 20 Large Animal Cruelty Investigations Course, Charleston, SC Nicole Walukewicz at nwalukewicz@yahoo.com for more information or 864-940-0954

July 12 TLAER Pre-awareness Prevention and Mitigation Presentation Savannah, TN. FREE! 6:30 pm Contact Deborah Oakley - District Fire Chief, oakree@wildblue.net Cell - 731-438-7203

July 24 LAR for Rescue Professionals by Roger Lauze, Spencer, MA Contact: Andrew Cassavant, accattlecompany@yahoo.com 508-864-6102 Registration at www.spencerdart.org/uploads/training_2.pdf

Sept. 26-28 TAR Rescue 3 Overland Park, KS Class is expected to fill quickly, so contact Code 3 with your name to hold a spot in the class ASAP. http://code3associates.org/TAR.php

Sept. 15-16 TLAER TM Awareness Course RSPCA, Brisbane, AUSTRALIA. Contact MaryAnne Leighton www.equineER.com

Sept. 19 RSPCA NSW Conference, Dr. Rebecca Gimenez and MaryAnne Leighton speakers. Sydney, AUSTRALIA Location TBA.

Sept. 24-25 TLAER Operations, Sydney, NSW, AUSTRALIA Contact: Anthony Hatch NSW FIRE RESCUE anthony.hatch@fire.nsw.gov.au or Sonya Hatch SES at sonlee@tpg.com.au

Sept 30 - Oct 1 TLAER Awareness, University of Adelaide, AUSTRALIA. Contact Julie Fieldler horsesa@horsesa.asn.au

Oct. 24-26 TLAER OPERATIONS level Course, Raymond, MS Contact Carla L. Huston, Huston@cvm.msstate.edu

EARLY NOV (tentative) TLAER Awareness level Course, Navasota, TX Contact Jonna Johnson, horsebuddy3@yahoo.com or Ben Buchanan, bbuchanan@bveh.com

EARLY NOV (tentative) TLAER Awareness level Course, Waco, TX Contact Jennifer Garrettson, jgarretson@mclennan.edu



NOTICE: Equine ambulance attendant needed for the HEART ambulance in PA at the Devon Horse Show for 4 and 5 June. Contact Michelle Melaragno director of operations. Must be TLAER trained heartequineambulance@roadrunner.com

Eric Thompson sent word that he’s in Joplin, MO doing small animal search and rescue with Code 3.

From Rebecca Gimenez: “Whew! Completed a set of SIX consecutive training events for TLAER across NC and VA in the last 5 weeks... finally we are home! Thanks so much to Tori and Justin, Shea and all their staff for putting on some great training courses and venues - and keeping the rain away from all but the very last one.”

Donna Newmeyer: “Prince George County already had a loose multiple-horse round up just yesterday so the team that got trained 2 years ago got practice. Thanks again to you all for the co-operation between the fire folks and the animal folks as we all learned from each other. Good fun and good food was had by all.”

Chris Jonason of Wave Trek Rescue wrote: “I leave to go and teach in Central America June1st for 3 weeks.”

From Eric Thompson: “I just rolled out our new Mounted Search and Rescue Team yesterday. Below is the link to the news article and pictures. I'm on the dark bay in the first pic in the article facing the camera.” http://www.kansascity.com/2011/05/11/2868896/overland-park-readies-volunteer.html

From Ed Childers of North Strabane Fire in PA: “Paul and I presented to the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Association’s Central Region quarterly training at State Collage PA at the end of April and we felt it went really well. The theme was the primary incident that involves animals can very easily turn into a secondary incident that involves humans, so LAR is a good thing!

“Mid May we supported the PA Equine Council with a safety seminar. May 21, we went to Warren County PA to support the local 4H chapter with a full Save Your Horse safety seminar. We have our formal Operational level training for the County’s First Responders this October and working on a couple of additional (new) efforts as well.”

This month's
"Large Animals in the News"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0rwWQGuY3uw&NR=1 Video of helicopter rescue

http://www.meltontimes.co.uk/news/horse_put_down_after_lake_ordeal_1_2709664 Horse dies after being stuck in mud in UK

http://www.crawleyobserver.co.uk/news/local/firefighters_rescue_horse_stuck_in_mud_1_2691880 Successful mud rescue

http://blog.chron.com/newswatch/2011/05/khou-2-horses-freed-from-overturned-trailer-on-gulf-freeway/ Can someone please train these people?

http://blog.ifaw.org/2011/05/02/daring-mother-and-calf-elephant-rescue-in-india/?tr=y&auid=8377810 Elephant newborn in intensive care in India after falling into rockpile. His mother died trying to save him

http://www.care2.com/greenliving/elephants-save-baby-elephant-from-drowning-video.html Elephants save baby elephant from drowning

http://www.redditchadvertiser.co.uk/news/9036469.Cow_stuck_in_canal/ Cow self-extricates in UK


http://www.freepressseries.co.uk/news/9034674.19_firefighters_turn_up_from_five_fire_stations_to_save_lamb_stuck_up_a_Pontypool_cliff_face/ UK rescue of lamb

http://www.eadt.co.uk/news/newmarket_horse_rescued_by_firefighters_1_895623 Horse rescued after straddling divider in trailer

Picture of horse rescue in Australia


From Deke Carls: “Andalusia Horse Rescue: On the evening of May 12, 2011 Dr. Carls, equine technician Leslie and small animal technician Amy were called to assist with a horse that had fallen approximately 20ft into a ravine. Having recently completed Large Animal Tactical Rescue training in Richmond, KY, they were excited to help.

With the aid of both the Andalusia Fire Department and the Rock Island Co. Sheriff’s Department, they were able to use their newly learned techniques and select equipment to pull the horse to safety. The animal was carefully examined and released into the care of her grateful owners.

We are extremely grateful for the assistance of the other involved agencies. Without their help we might not have been able to save the 30 year old, Clydesdale-Cross, “Yeti”. We are excited about this success and look forward to helping other large animals in the area should the need arise!”

http://www.recordonline.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=%2F20110528%2FNEWS%2F105280328 Horse rescued after extreme storm

http://www.limerickfirerescue.org/apps/public/news/newsView.cfm?News_ID=35 Photos of rescue from pool. GREAT!

http://centreville.patch.com/articles/firefighters-pull-exhausted-horse-from-muddy-stream Successful rescue





http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/chibrknews-cattle-truck-accident-leads-to-clos-001,0,5258880.photo Picture of cattle truck and video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tA4u-7IZVWM The story: http://abclocal.go.com/wls/story?section=news%2Flocal&id=8147642

http://www.pnwlocalnews.com/whidbey/wnt/news/22803169.html Horse hit by vehicle but survives

http://montgomeryvillage.patch.com/articles/goat-roams-in-gaithersburg#video-6145985 Wild goat chase in VA

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZtjwFt-ika4 Hitch fails, horse dies

http://www.newschannel9.com/news/deputy-1001410-crash-boucher.html Deputy lives; cow and calf die in crash

http://www.sunjournal.com/river-valley/story/1038760 Horse dies on trail ride from unsafe driver



http://www.independent.ie/national-news/farmer-crushed-to-death-in-bid-to-save-trapped-cow-2649987.html Irish farmer dies trying to save his cow

http://www.kcrg.com/news/local/97767114.html Runaway horses in parade kill/injure people

http://www.seattlepi.com/default/article/Woman-killed-in-horse-accident-on-North-Whidbey-1389294.php Woman kicked by horse; dies.

http://www.frontiersman.com/articles/2011/05/25/local_news/doc4dddad8b2fa26661983884.txt Woman attacked by mother moose; moose killed leaving 2 orphan babies

http://www.nbcchicago.com/news/local/Chicagos-Mounted-Patrol-Honors-Fallen-Officers-122621804.html Chicago names their police horses after fallen officers

http://www.fairfaxtimes.com/article/20110520/NEWS/705209846/1117/1117/herndon-business-stepping-things-up-on-the-animal-rescue-front&template=fairfaxtimes Business helps out animal rescue

http://www.independentmail.com/news/2011/may/28/girl-dies-after-being-injured-rodeo-pendleton/ 12yo dies in rodeo accident

http://www.upi.com/Odd_News/2010/12/21/Men-fined-90-for-unsafe-deer-rescue/UPI-13851292908308/ A couple of guys rescue a deer trapped on ice, then are slapped with a fine for not having safety equipment in their inflatable boat


http://middletown-ct.patch.com/articles/fire-rips-through-horse-barn-on-crystal-lake-road Several animals died

http://www.unionleader.com/article/20110525/NEWS07/110529944/1001 Several chickens died in this fire

http://www.mchnews.com/articles/2011/05/11/news/top_stories_and_breaking_news/doc4dcaf5908fc90610463150.txt Ohio arson fire, several horses died Reward offered

http://www.wcsh6.com/news/article/160364/2/Lightning-strikes-barn-causes-fire-in-York Lightning fire, horses saved

http://www.kolotv.com/home/headlines/Reno_Firefighters_Rescue_Horse_from_Flaming_Barn_122430999.html Horse rescued in Reno fire

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1385489/Horses-amazing-recovery-killed-her.html Burned horse helps human burn victims

http://www.philly.com/philly/news/pennsylvania/122924513.html PA fire; 6 horses die

http://lancasteronline.com/article/local/398118_Blaze-destroys-Paradise-Township-barn.html Animals safe; barn destroyed in PA

http://www.drf.com/news/louisiana-downs-keep-smokin-gets-back-track-after-surviving-barn-fire 25 of 32 horses die in fire; one survivor ready to race again


Nothing here right now.


TRAILER ACCIDENT PREVENTION from Purdue: http://www.ppp.purdue.edu/Pubs/PPP-92.pdf

Also at http://www.dangeroustrailers.org/uploads/PPP92_Keeping_The_Trailer_Connected_To_The_Truck.pdf

Don't forget to sign up for the Technical Large Animal Emergency Rescue group on Facebook.

http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/5f338b6d#/5f338b6d/1 US Rider magazine is online

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/05/110513080845.htm Article on Spanish commercial livestock vehicle accidents

http://www.rescueglides.com/ The Large Animal Rescue Glide Equipment site

http://www.resquip.com/about-resquip-2425.html The Large Animal Rescue training mannequins


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6EYYX-MACIo&feature=feedlik Horse Lovers Equine Disaster Prep info

http://www.aresalaska.org/docs/Disaster_Response_Principals.pdf A classic disaster response book by Dr. Erik Auf der Heide

LITTLE KNOWN FACTS: Factory farms produce 100 times more waste than sewage plants, and hog manure has 10 to 100 times the number of pathogens (disease-causing organisms) than human waste, and yet is not treated to kill them. Animal waste doesn’t only contain pathogens, it also can have heavy metals, antiobiotics, ammonia, nitrates and other chemicals. (What ARE they feeding these animals!) Read more: http://www.care2.com/greenliving/factory-farms-create-100x-more-waste-than-sewage-plants.html#ixzz1Na4ZL58U


From Rebecca Gimenez: “The cost of large animal rescue is a legitimate concern in the USA as well - especially in the poor economic conditions we have currently. The cost is easier to estimate in modern times due to accounting improvements - but that accounting DOES NOT address the price of a life. As the spokesperson Taylor said - the wanna-be rescuers that get themselves trapped, hurt and injured trying to attempt an extrication on their own of an animal that doesn't understand english, wears steel shoes on it's feet, and operates on fight/flight alone are also way too common. Worse - once a wanna-be gets themselves out on the ice or into the mud, then the professionals have to show up anyway and have only a more complicated scene to deal with.

We are trying to get people in the US to do better (following the lead of the UK!) and call the emergency services to allow them to more professionally, efficiently and safely perform these types of rescues. Ongoing training to professionals in the fire service, rescue, and veterinarians is improving their response in these types of incidents - assisting owners, limiting loss of life and injury to people as well as animals. These are considered HUMAN incidents, not just ANIMAL ones.

Thank you for publishing these figures, and the well researched article.”

http://www.vetmedteam.com/home.aspx The new Vet assistant designation is now open. Check it out!


http://www.horsechannel.com/horse-news/2011/05/14/animal-disaster-preparedness-day.aspx May 14 was National Animal Disaster Preparedness Day. How did you celebrate?

http://www.veterinarypracticenews.com/vet-breaking-news/2011/06/01/aaep-foundation-gives-funds-for-horses-affected-by-severe-weather.aspx AAEP helps out agencies

http://www.kentuckyhorse.org/en/art/2136/ How to help your county develop a livestock emergency plan

http://www.care2.com/causes/animal-welfare/blog/dog-injured-in-tornado-crawls-home-to/ A wonderful video about abounding courage in the form of a little dog

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702303654804576345742612630136.html#project%3DJOPLINTORNADO_PICS1105%26articleTabs%3Darticle Article on the Joplin, MO tornado

http://blog.ifaw.org/2011/05/09/disaster-response-tennessee-floods-an-update-from-the-field/?tr=y&auid=8371055 Tennessee flood rescue report

http://edition.cnn.com/2011/US/05/17/flooding.animals/ What happens to wildlife when the “flood gates” are opened?

http://www.katc.com/news/animal-safety-during-the-flood/ Flood safety

Code 3 Associates was deployed to Caruthersville, MO on May 1st in support of the ASPCA, who was brought in my Emergency Management to assist in the evacuation of animals out of the flood threat area. Over 4 days, evacuation teams transported 539 animals over to Kennett, MO fairgrounds. Included in those 539 animals were horses, chickens, a goat, and of course dogs and cats.

One of the County properties we evacuated had a palamino horse on it that was down, and had extreme swelling in her rear right leg. She was thin and dehydrated. We were able to get her up and loaded on the trailer. A farrier was brought in and found a 4 inch nail embedded in her foot. Once he got the nail out and the infection drained, the horse started a quick recovery. Talking with the owner, he noticed the horse laying down approximately two weeks prior to our arrival. It's estimated the nail embedded around that time. I don't know if local authorities will be charging the owner or not.

Good news for mustangs. A Nevada bill that would have stripped Bureau of Land Management wild horses and burros of their wildlife status, possibly threatening the animals' access to water resources in that state, has died in committee

http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2011/may/20/mass-whale-stranding Conservationists try to save pilot whales

http://www.nytimes.com/roomfordebate/2011/05/10/preventing-cruelty-to-farm-animals/open-the-doors-to-factory-farms Temple Grandin on keeping the heat on factory farms

http://www.guardian-series.co.uk/news/efnews/9040022.HIGH_BEECH__Sad_end_for_rescue_donkey/ Rescued donkeys die in UK




Ashlyn Kersten of Granby, CT has earned her Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest award in Girl Scouts. Her project includes making a brochure and DVD that Conn. State Animal Response Team (CTSART), a not -for-profit volunteer organization, can use as handout materials for community Emergency Responders and related volunteers who need to learn how to handle and rescue horses in emergency situations. These items will become part of their training program, which is a community service effort. Limited copies are available through Dr. Peter Conserva, the head of large animal rescue for SART in north central Connecticut.


http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/21134540/vp/42932077#42932077 Riderless horse jumps into crowd at Aussie race. This video was pulled from the site.

To find out more about Technical Large Animal Rescue (removing animals from entrapment) go to www.saveyourhorse.com for North America; http://saferhorserescues.com for the UK; and www.equineER.com for AUS. The saveyourhorse.com site has lists of classes, products, safety articles, links. Sign up for the free monthly newsletter.



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