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August 2011 newsletter


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

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



"Large Animals in the News"


Vicki Schmidt was featured in the following story: http://www.advertiserdemocrat.com/featured/story/025-30-news-llama-30-8

TLAER STUDENTS: HEART Equine Ambulance is looking for Ambulance Attendant for Hampton Classic Horse Show Aug 27 - Sept 4. Email Michelle at heartequineambulance@roadrunner.com

Prince William TLAERs are at it again! http://www2.insidenova.com/news/2011/aug/01/prince-william-officials-were-ready-care-horses-du-ar-1211139/

PA's Region 13 CART got to try out their new Becker's sling equipment this month. They were called out to assist where an elderly horse lost it's footing on some loose ground and landed on it's side about ten feet down a hill side where it could not get back up on it's own.

Rebecca Gimenez did a Trailering Safety webinar http://www.thehorse.com/ViewArticle.aspx?ID=18531




http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2017372/Muddy-hell-Horse-stuck-nose-muddy-swamp-rescued-firefighters.html?ito=feeds-newsxml UK horse rescued from mud. Great pictures

http://www.wesh.com/news/28610836/detail.html and http://www.floridatoday.com/article/20110720/NEWS01/107200325/Brevard-County-firefighters-rescue-former-racehorse-from-swimming-pool Horse in a FL pool. With video

http://www.upi.com/Odd_News/2011/07/20/Horse-falls-into-owners-basement/UPI-76201311150600/ Horse out of window well at home

http://www.dissexpress.co.uk/news/firefighters_battle_to_release_horse_stuck_in_ditch_1_2876076 UK horse rescued from ditch with wicked vehicle

http://www.kfdm.com/articles/horse-43799-firefighters-lexington.html Horse in pool in KY

http://www.yeovilexpress.co.uk/news/9150250.Horse_rescued_from_ditch/ Horse rescued from ditch in UK

http://articles.ocregister.com/2011-06-26/news/29710212_1_steep-ravine-horse-fire-crews Low tech rescue in CA

http://dover.patch.com/articles/sherborn-fire-department-use-jaws-of-life-to-free-horse-from-fence Horse freed from stall bars -- please make sure your bars are close enough together to prevent this!

http://sports.espn.go.com/sports/horse/columns/story?columnist=duckworth_amanda&id=6727164 horses removed from tornado destroyed barns ALIVE

http://www.masslive.com/news/index.ssf/2011/07/cajun_brimfield_horse_injured.html aftermath of tornado in Mass - horses affected

http://www.horsemart.co.uk/news/horse_dies_after_falling_into_a_ditch/2623 Horse died in ditch


http://www.nydailynews.com/ny_local/2011/07/26/2011-07-26_central_park_horsedrawn_carriage_smacked_by_taxi_cab_four_people_hurt.html?r=ny_local&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+nydnrss%2Fny_local+%28NY+Local%29 NYC carriage horse and 4 people hurt in accident.

http://www.syracuse.com/news/index.ssf/2011/08/lysander_familys_harrowing_rid.html Carriage ride in NYC

http://www.wyff4.com/r/28452939/detail.html Horse killed; driver ok when truck hits horse

http://www.thestar.co.uk/news/local/horse_dies_in_road_smash_1_3563597 Horse killed by car

http://abclocal.go.com/ktrk/story?section=news/local&id=8254089 Horses survive trailer flip

http://www.timesunion.com/local/article/Runaway-horse-dies-after-crash-1465835.php Horse euthanized after being hit


http://www.onlinesentinel.com/news/threefamiliesgrieve_2011-07-02.html Farmer dies after bull tramples him; bull is killed

http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/ireland/2011/0721/1224301061707.html Article on UK farm deaths


http://www.thehorse.com/ViewArticle.aspx?ID=18589 and http://www.thedenverchannel.com/news/28667148/detail.html Colorado State U. fire. Horses ok.

http://www.thehorse.com/ViewArticle.aspx?ID=18578 Kentucky fire from lighning. Horses ok.

http://www.thehorse.com/ViewArticle.aspx?ID=18586 Scranton, PA fire -- 21 of 29 horses killed http://posttrib.suntimes.com/6408624-537/all-horses-rescued-from-schererville-fire-that-destroyed-barns.html Two barns burned; horses safe

http://www.newhampshire.com/article/20110801/NEWS01/708019969/0/newhampshire03 Woman saves her horse from trailer fire


Acticoat was invented by Dr. Robert Burrel and is sold by Smith and Nephew. It was originally developed for people with severe burns and over the years has been used for many other applications.

Peanuts' wound was more than 12 in, square and her neck was wide open. She had stopped bleeding due to the cold freezing the wound, which is probably what saved her life. Her jugular and carotid artery were pushed out of the way and most of the skin was gone except for a small hanging strip and there was no debris but could she eat? The vet could do nothing except cut away a bit of the dead flesh and put some Flurazine cream on her because there was just no way to stitch the wound closed. Too much of the flesh and muscle was missing. Her jugular groove was basically gone and so was part of the muscle and it had peeled back.

Peanuts was started the Acticoat treatment. Acticoat comes in 12in x 12in sheets so the challenge was how to apply the dressing since a huge chunk of her throat was just not there. The dressing was finally tucked in between the esophagus and trachea, under and over neck muscles that were left. In order to activate the product it must be moist and stay moist so saran wrap was placed over the wound and pieces of sheet wrapped around her neck to hold it all in place. Because the neck is larger at the bottom this became a problem. After 4 days the dressings were removed. The inflammation had been halted which is the most critical part of any injury.

Necrotic tissue was cut back every second day for 10 days until Punctuate bleeding (spots of blood ) started, indicating they had reached live tissue and the dressings were replaced. After 28 days the wound was 80% healed. It took longer than normal for the wound to close because Peanuts kept scratching it off. A cribbing collar would have made things much simpler. Treatment took 60 days. To this day she still has a big lump where the muscle was severed and her skin has a bit of a wrinkle in the area to heal last.


Being prepared “before emergencies happen” is the entire premise of EquestriSafe. You need visible identification on your horses in an emergency/disaster. Store in a visible location so that anyone who comes to evacuate animals can locate them; place them on each horse and get them out of the situation quickly. When an emergency happens is not when you need to be looking for something to identify your horse. Be ahead of the game and be prepared!

Horse ID Collars with the plastic sleeve fits a 31”-35”neck, draft size fits 36” – 39” neck. EquestriSafe will custom downsize at no charge; if you need to fit a smaller pony/mini or donkey. The Fetlock ID Band with the plastic sleeve fits a 8 ½” – 10 ½” fetlock, draft size fits 13 ½” – 15” fetlock. Will custom downsize no charge.

The Horse ID Collars and Fetlock ID bands can also be used for your broodmare herd and foals and can be used by equine rescues or shelters. This is an easy way to identify horses with special needs such as feed or supplement requirements, diabetes, founder or other issues that someone might not be aware of that might harm the animal. Shelters can use them to identify the location/property where the animal was removed, and to alert veterinarians of an animal that needs special care or attention. Evacuation teams can use and re-use the collars when an emergency happens in the area to identify the property in which the animal was transported from during an emergency.

NEW HAST WEBSITE ADDRESS Horse rescue equipment


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



- Call 911 immediately. Call the vet, your family and friends AFTER 911.

- If your area has a 911 rural system in place, ensure that your 911 number can be seen from the road.

In an emergency situation your location and phone info is provided to Emergency Services via the operator. This traditional 9-1-1 system is based on the use of landlines.. This is not guaranteed with wireless and Internet-based technology. If you call from your cell phone, provide your cell phone number and location to the operator in case you get disconnected. Cell phones may ring into a different municipality or county.

When travelling, know the name of the road you are traveling on, which direction you are headed and how many miles/kilometers you are from the nearest town or nearest cross street. Be aware of landmarks.

Post a sign by the telephone indicating your 911 number or the physical address in large letters.


From Rebecca Gimenez: We have seen many animals make it – even in large and powerful storms, that were LEFT OUTSIDE to fend for themselves in a pasture (prefer natural cover such as a copse of trees and a terrain feature, but that is not always possible. They might have injuries to their rear musculature (pointing their butt into the wind) but they evolved on the open plains of Asia – where there WAS no protection. If you have a topographical feature that will allow the horses to shelter, you might want to reinforce it (but not cover it).

TLAER has some pictures from a property obliterated by a direct hit. The horses inside, outside, and under shelter were all killed.


http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=38868&Cr=rinderpest&Cr1 Deadly cattle disease eradicated worldwide

http://www.thisissussex.co.uk/horses-killed-swarm-bees-Nutley/story-12854364-detail/story.html 4 horses attacked by swarm of bees in UK; all die

http://www.horseandhound.co.uk/news/397/308744.html Horse found dead on cargo plane



http://news.ninemsn.com.au/national/8271627/operation-to-free-horse-stuck-in-nsw-dam Never got a report on the outcome of horse stuck in dam in AUS


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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