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July 2011 newsletter

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

REQUESTS FOR CLASSES None

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

CLASSES

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

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. 10-11 TLAER open to all, Mackay, Queensland, AUSTRALIA. Contact Selina Neil sneill@rspcaqld.org.au

Sept. 15-16 TLAER TM Awareness Course RSPCA, Qld Inspectors, Brisbane, AUSTRALIA. Contact Selina Neil sneill@rspcaqld.org.au

Sept.17-18 TLAER open to all: Queensland Horse Council, Gatton, Queensland. Contact Debbie Dekker president@qldhorsecouncil.com

Sept. 21 RSPCA NSW Conference, Dr. Rebecca Gimenez and MaryAnne Leighton speakers. Sydney, AUSTRALIA Location TBA.

Sept. 24-25 TLAER Large Animal Emergency Rescue trainers' workshop Hawkesbury, 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 open to all: Horse SA, University of Adelaide, AUSTRALIA. Contact Julie Fieldler horsesa@horsesa.asn.au

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

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

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

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THIS MONTH’S

"Large Animals in the News"

STORIES AND NEWS

HERO FROM THE KOREAN WAR: The story of Reckless. For anyone who thinks horses are stupid critters who only react and never think, here’s a story about a horse hero from Korea who worked with soldiers. : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YIo3ZfA9da0&feature=related http://www.sgtreckless.com http://www.examiner.com/equestrian-in-orlando/a-fourth-of-july-tribute-to-an-equine-war-hero-sergeant-reckless

http://westborough.patch.com/articles/heroes-rescue-horse-impaled-during-tornado Horse that survived tornados.

http://www.timesunion.com/local/article/Police-horse-kicks-officers-during-scuffle-with-1408408.php Need a little more training with this horse.

LAR PEOPLE IN THE NEWS

Jennifer Woods spoke at a humane slaughter conference in the UK. She traveled there with her son, and spent an afternoon visiting with Jim Green.

LAR horse drowned in Florida:

http://www.gainesville.com/article/20110627/ARTICLES/110629602/-1/entertainment?Title=Investigation-Panic-equipment-flaw-led-to-horse-s-death-in-training-exercise and http://www.horsetalk.co.nz/news/2011/06/176.shtml

TRAINING

The TLAER Facebook site has pictures of the latest VA training. Good pics! Check them out!

RESCUES

A Clay Electric construction crew rescued a horse from a sinkhole in southern Columbia County, FL on Thursday, May 19. The incident occurred alongside County Road 778.

Clay lineman Steve Thomas was on a job assignment when he noticed some emergency vehicles alongside the highway and stopped to see if he could assist. He learned that a woman had been riding the horse alongside the road when the ground gave way and the animal fell into the sinkhole. Thomas then called line foreman Joe Tice to see if a line truck could be brought to the area. Tice and a crew were 25 minutes away. By the time they arrived on the scene there were additional fire trucks and law enforcement vehicles at the site.

“All you could see was the horse’s head,” Tice said. “We got permission from the owner to try to help the horse out of the hole.”

The co-op crew used 8-foot long insulated hot sticks to secure two 3-inch wide tree straps around the horse and lift it to safety using the line truck. Tice said the straps were just about the perfect size to make a sling to wrap around the horse’s body.

The truck, known as a digger derrick, has a crane (derrick) that can easily lift 2,000 to 3,000 pounds, so the weight of a horse wasn’t a problem.

Tice said it took about 15 to 20 minutes to get set up and lift the animal. He said the horse’s back was about a foot and a half below ground level. The horse was lifted about 3-4 feet so that it could get its front legs on the edge of the hole and finish climbing out.

Tice said the horse was calm through most of the ordeal but did get a bit upset once it felt itself being lifted. He said the owner was grateful for Clay Electric’s assistance.

Local emergency officials were also thankful for the help given by the co-op. Division Chief David Boozer of Columbia County Fire and Rescue said he wants to present each of the line crew members with certificates of appreciation.

“We appreciate the help,” he said. “I know the lady that owns the horse was very appreciative as well.” The Clay Electric crew, operating out of the Lake City District, consisted of Tice, linemen Steve Thomas and Dean O’Steen, and apprentice lineman Buddy May.

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http://www.yeovilexpress.co.uk/news/9071194.Horse_trapped_in_ditch/ Ditch rescue in UK

http://www.globalwinnipeg.com/Horse+rescued+after+falling+into+Vedder+River/5024386/story.html Horse rescued after two hours in water

http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2015219519_apwahorserescue.html Horse trapped - 200 feet down

http://www.yourdailyjournal.com/view/full_story/14455688/article-Horse-rescue-at-Camp-McCall?instance=home_news_lead Rescued horse is rescued again

http://thelincolnite.co.uk/2011/06/fire-service-has-90k-animal-rescue-bill/ Article on the cost of rescue to one fire dept. in UK

http://www.newsnet5.com/dpp/news/local_news/water_cooler/a-blind-horse-in-florida-had-to-be-rescued-after-it-accidently-walked-into-a-pool Blind horse rescued from a pool

UPDATE! Dev, the baby elephant who was rescued from a ravine in India is doing well, according to the IFAW.org. If you remember, his mom died trying to save him. He is just now starting to recover from the severe emotional trauma of the accident and losing his mom.

http://www.nbcmontana.com/news/28314829/detail.html Horse rescued after fall into water. Video.

http://video.blueridgenow.com/video/987562318001 Video of horse rescue

ON THE ROAD

http://www.newsok.com/tractor-trailer-hauling-cattle-overturned-in-harper-county-thursday/article/3567258?custom_click=headlines_widget Commercial livestock accident

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/newfoundland-labrador/story/2008/06/16/circus-crash.html Travelling elephant and camels crashed in NFLD

http://www.kitv.com/r/28213772/detail.html Horse loose on Hawaiian road

http://www.hawaiinewsnow.com/story/14890542/trailer-overturns-horse-injured Injured horse dies from HI accident

http://abclocal.go.com/kabc/story?section=news%2Fbizarre&id=8184729 Cattle loose on road for HOURS in GA

http://www.cbsatlanta.com/story/14884340/cows-stranded-i-85-cause-traffic-backup Raw feed video of overturned cattle trailer

PEOPLE NOT ANIMAL STORIES

http://www.independent.ie/national-news/ex-trainer-killed-by-kick-from-horse-in-freak-accident-2667536.html Training accident turns fatal

http://www.timesonline.com/news/police_fire_courts/motorcyclist-killed-sunday-identified-by-coroner/article_b49a9c99-b204-5d3a-8adf-1ce08405751c.html another motorcycle versus horse trailer

http://www.northernstar.com.au/story/2011/06/08/cottonvale-man-dies-in-farming-accident/ Farming accidents - some stats and reminders

http://www.enterprisenews.com/features/x800454371/Middleboro-Animal-inspector-gets-some-help MA inspector gets donated equipment

http://abclocal.go.com/wabc/video?id=8220384 Not people, not horses, but a nice news story about a service dog being used on the witness stand

http://billingsgazette.com/news/state-and-regional/montana/article_c2982f89-d1f3-53e4-9d0e-5342813859b5.html Man and his horse killed by lightning

Ed Childers sent this in: Kids are making incendiary devices in soda bottles and leaving them on lawns. When you go to pick up the trash, and the bottle is shaken just a little they explode with enough force to remove some of your extremities, and the liquid that comes out is boiling hot. So don't pick up any plastic bottles that may be lying in your yards or in the gutter, etc. They are also putting them in mail boxes. The video shows one being detonated.
http://www.snopes.com/crime/warnings/bottlebomb.asp

FIRE

http://sports.espn.go.com/sports/horse/news/story?id=6695031&campaign=rss&source=HORSEHeadlines 200 horses displaced by fire in Louisville

http://www.sleepyeyenews.com/photos/x795258965/Fire-claims-barns-at-Double-R-Arabian-farm They got these out

http://www.seattlepi.com/news/article/Crews-try-to-keep-flames-from-reaching-Ariz-towns-1414596.php Some effect on horse people?

http://www.bensonnews-sun.com/articles/2011/06/21/news/news07.txt Story of a tough little horse who survived an AZ fire

http://dailylocal.com/articles/2011/06/08/news/doc4df02484e7aeb395688007.txt Several horses died

http://www.burlingtonfreepress.com/article/20110616/NEWS02/110616018/100-cows-saved-from-Alburgh-barn-fire-?odyssey=tab%7Ctopnews%7Ctext%7CFRONTPAGE 100 cows saved from barn fire

EQUIPMENT AND SUPPLIES

THE NIBBLENET A new and healthy alternative to those dangerous hay nets we all travel with. The NibbleNet can be used for traveling or at home. It is a slow feeding system that helps prevent health related issues, helps reduce hay waste, reduces boredom, and is safe.
Check it out! It’s made in the USA. www.NibbleNet.com

http://www.seacatch.com The universal release that is used by TLAER in their training events to ensure that during a vertical lift they can RELEASE the horse safely at touchdown. Sea Catch by McMillan Design, Inc.

http://www.hast.net/rescue/index.html Horse rescue equipment

NEW LINKS

www.outbreak-alert.com Becky Peskin: Yesterday we launched our “Outbreak Alert” program – designed to be a tool for horse owners and veterinarians to stay updated about reports of equine disease throughout the country, as well as build a greater awareness of those diseases and the importance of prevention. Those signed up will receive their choice of text/email for a disease occurrence within 250 miles of their zip code. They can enter multiple zip codes if they travel with their horse. When outbreaks happen, a disease specific icon will appear on the map. www.outbreak-alert.com also features helpful information on various equine diseases and on Merial equine vaccines

INNOVATIONS, EDUCATION, AND LESSONS LEARNED

http://www.equisearch.com/uncategorized/15-horse-trailer-safety-tips/ Good trailer safety article

http://www.horsechannel.com/horse-news/2011/06/16/severe-weather-trailering.aspx Article on trailering in severe weather

http://myhorse.com/15-horse-trailer-safety-tips.html Trailer safety

http://www.equisearch.com/horses_care/prevent-horse-barn-fires/?utm_source=edt&utm_medium=PHnewsletter&utm_campaign=eqs Article on fire safety
and the followup: http://www.thehorse.com/ViewArticle.aspx?ID=18386
and more: http://www.dailylocal.com/articles/2011/06/15/news/doc4df8007832b65512163414.txt?viewmode=fullstory

http://www.thehorse.com/ViewArticle.aspx?ID=18420 Iris scanning as a means of identification

WELFARE and DISASTER

The assumption that animals are without rights and the illusion that our treatment of them has no moral significance is a positively outrageous example of Western crudity and barbarity. Universal compassion is the only guarantee of morality. ~Schopenhauer

Vancouver, BC recently had a riot after their hockey team failed to win the Stanley Cup. It was mostly a bunch of really stupid young people being childish and irresponsible. The police horses did their job, as usual.

. http://www.gao.gov/new.items/d11228.pdf Government report on horse slaughter issue

Lawsuit contends that horses are native not feral

http://www.care2.com/greenliving/horse-lawsuit-proves-they-are-native-species.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Evolution_of_the_horse

In 1848 a study on the fossil horses of America by Joseph Leidy systematically examined Pleistocene horse fossils from various collections, including that of the Academy of Natural Sciences and concluded at least two ancient horse species had existed in North America: Equus curvidens and another which he named Equus americanus. "I remember learning this in college -- the horses crossed the land bridge in the Bering Strait and the prehistoric hunters followed the horses. That's how we got both the horses and the humans in North America.”

http://sports.espn.go.com/sports/horse/news/story?id=6695031&campaign=rss&source=HORSEHeadlines Churchill Downs damaged by possible tornado

http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5gjt-PWAycXCaUcRehVhkESkcy1Mg?docId=1416f98358f74d82a1821317c9c4d2f9 Story on dangerous Italian race

http://www.thisissurreytoday.co.uk/Surrey-force-spent-pound-250-000-rescuing/story-12702461-detail/story.html Cost of rescue - UK

http://www.emergencymanagementontario.ca/english/home.html and http://www.publicsafety.gc.ca/prg/em/index-eng.aspx Disaster websites for Ontario, Canada

http://www.thehorse.com/ViewArticle.aspx?ID=18408 Great article on planning for disasters

http://redcrossdog.wordpress.com Disaster prep site

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OTHER NEWS OF THE WORLD

NEWS FROM DOWN UNDER

http://news.smh.com.au/breaking-news-national/vet-fears-for-life-after-hendra-exposure-20110703-1gwxh.html Vet may have been infected by deadly virus

http://www.horseyard.com.au/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=226897&Itemid=145 Article about rescue mannequin and Australian training

http://www.horsetalk.co.nz/news/2011/06/096.shtml Bruce arrives in Australia

http://www.hawkesbaytoday.co.nz/have-your-say/news/waipukurau-horse-stuck-in-fence/3955816/ New Zealand horse rescued from fence

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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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<<<< AND FINALLY >>>>

A woman brought a very limp duck into a veterinary surgeon. As she laid her pet on the table, the vet pulled out his stethoscope and listened to the bird's chest.

After a moment or two, the vet shook his head and sadly said, "I'm sorry, your duck, Cuddles, has passed away." The distressed woman wailed, "Are you sure?"

"Yes, I am sure. Your duck is dead," replied the vet.

"How can you be so sure?" she protested. "I mean you haven't done any testing on him or anything. He might just be in a coma or something." The vet rolled his eyes, turned around and left the room. He returned a few minutes later with a black Labrador Retriever. As the duck's owner looked on in amazement, the dog stood on his hind legs, put his front paws on the examination table and sniffed the duck from top to bottom. He then looked up at the vet with sad eyes and shook his head.

The vet patted the dog on the head and took it out of the room. A few minutes later he returned with a cat. The cat jumped on the table and also delicately sniffed the bird from head to foot. The cat sat back on its haunches, shook its head, meowed softly and strolled out of the room.

The vet looked at the woman and said, "I'm sorry, but as I said, this is most definitely, 100% certifiably, a dead duck."

The vet turned to his computer terminal, hit a few keys and produced a bill, which he handed to the woman.The duck's owner, still in shock, took the bill. "$150!" she cried, "$150 just to tell me my duck is dead!"

The vet shrugged, "I'm sorry. If you had just taken my word for it, the bill would have been $20, but with the Lab Report and the Cat Scan, it's now $150."

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