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October 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


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

Oct 22-23 TLAER Awareness, MSU Campus, MS Contact Carla L. Huston, Huston@cvm.msstate.edu
Oct. 24-26 TLAER Operations, Raymond, MS Contact Carla L. Huston, Huston@cvm.msstate.edu or Beth Adcock MART beth@mdac.state.ms.us or Elmo Collum MSU-ES, CMREC elmoc@ext.msstate.edu
Oct 28-30 TLAER Operations, WACO, TX Contact Jonna Johnson, horsebuddy3@yahoo.com or Ben Buchanan, bbuchanan@bveh.com or Jennifer Garrettson, jgarretson@mclennan.edu

NOV 7-11 TLAER - SPECIAL for WSPA - Bogata, COLOMBIA Contact Dr.Mariana Recalde Marianarecalde@wspa-suramerica.org
DEC 7-9 TLAER Operations and Awareness, Gray, GA (Near Macon) Contact Dr. Rebecca Gimenez directly delphiacres@hotmail.com
FEB 4-5, 2012 TLAER Awareness, Jacksonville, FL Contact Elizabeth Maitland, lizziescritters@yahoo.com
JAN / FEB (exact dates to be announced) TLAER Awareness, Southwest Ranches, FL contact Asst. Chief Leslie Kastner jdkpa@aol.com
MAR 18-21, 2012 The International Horse Transport Conference, Vancouver, B.C., Hosted by the International Animal Transportation Association, it is three days with twelve presentations on horse behavior, transport design, handler, horse, and transport safety. Dr. Gimenez will be describing trailer transport wrecks, their causes, and how trailer design and driver behavior can avoid damage to horses and wrecks.


THIS MONTH’S "Large Animals in the News"


Rebecca Gimenez said: On my way home from Australia today - what a fantastic tour of training venues and new personnel getting involved with TLAER training, equipment and response organizations. Congratulations and thank you to all those that came together to make this trip happen... the hospitality and genuine interest were thrilling!

MaryAnne Leighton from Australia sent this along: "I've managed to get Horse Talk TV www.horsetalktv.com.au interested in doing a segment on LAR in Australia". There will be footage from the Hawkesbury instructors' workshop. YAY!!!

HEART Equine Ambulance needs Ambulance Attendants for the following dates and locations. Must be TLAER Operations Level, able to drive a horse trailer, and PROFESSIONAL!
- One attendant for Oct 13-16 at Pennsylvania National Horse Show
- One attendant for Oct 15 at Pennsylvania National Horse Show
- One or two attendants for Oct 22 at Far Hills Steeplechase.
E-mail Michelle at HEARTequineambulance@roadrunner.com ASAP please!

Roger Vincent, President of Missouri Emergency Response Service (314-973-4921 www.mersteam.org) said: "We have a liability insurance policy with a value of $1 Million dollars. It costs right at $1,000/ year. We obtained it through an insurance broker that I've dealt with for years. Have never had to use it, but it's good to have. As you know, without it, if anything would happen, they will come after whoever has the deepest pockets in the group.Ours was initially with Lloyds of London. I believe it is a different company now. I am out of town until Oct. 15th, but I can get his phone number when I get back in town. He can certainly point you in the right direction. If you need an insurance policy, check with Roger!

http://www.goldcoasthorse.com.au/Gold_Coast_Horse/EMERGENCY_HORSE_RESCUE_ARTICLE.html MaryAnne Leighton has written a great article on rescuing horses. Check it out!

CORRECTION ON PICTURES LAST MONTH: Michelle Melaragno said: "I am THRILLED to see a photo I took (the green “livestock trailer-bus”) in the newsletter, as well as a photo taken by a good friend of mine at the TLAER training I hosted in 2009 (the one of Rebecca & Tomas & Aerial demonstrating how to turn a cast horse). The photo with Aerial belongs to Meris Bickford." Sorry Michelle!

Also from MM, "I just did a 4 hour “Large Animal Handling in Emergencies” class for Maine’s CERT Jamboree. This was the second time I’ve been asked to teach at the Jamboree, and it appears they will continue to have me as part of the weekend long CERT/CART course curriculum for these annual events! I’m very encouraged that Maine Emergency Management Association understands the importance of this kind of training & awareness, and I hope other states follow this example...or are already doing it! "

http://kuow.org/program.php?id=24594 SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL MOUNTED POLICE! DO IT NOW!

http://cs.thehorse.com/blogs/horse-911-whats-your-emergency/archive/2011/09/28/introductions-call-911-for-horse-emergencies-too.aspx#comments New Blog at The Horse with Rebecca Gimenez

http://www2.wjbf.com/news/2011/sep/29/aiken-now-has-ambulance-just-horses-ar-2484675/?referer=http%3A%2F%2F Aiken, SC has a horse ambulance! Watch the video


http://www.centralillinoisnewscenter.com/news/local/Emergency-Personnel-Hit-The-Stables--130535238.html Great article on DuPage training of ERs
www.chelmsfordweeklynews.co.uk A NEW £140,000 vehicle is helping Essex firefighters rescue animals in need.

http://www.facebook.com/groups/107753472632283/ NC SMART training session photos on the TLAER page
http://www.dailyherald.com/article/20110917/news/709179886/ Local firefighters receive training
http://www.facebook.com/groups/73737036701/?id=10150314744026702 TLAER's Michelle Melaragno posted training pictures from Large Animal Handling in Emergencies/Disasters - CERT Jamboree
http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10150315759746657.342091.73788801656 CERT pictures

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dAvtQgchVgo Video on Youtube of training session
http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10150321028678457.340111.600078456 Great set of pictures from AUS training


http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=223573847692196 If you haven't seen this, make sure you watch it. Horse caught in trailer window, and the cowboy rescue.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/09/28/lion-cub-rescued-by-mother_n_985324.html Lions rescue cub (check out the lions OTHER than the mother)
http://dandenong-leader.whereilive.com.au/news/story/photos-horse-rescued-from-bangholme-drain/#comment-form Horse successfully rescued from a drainage ditch
http://www.firehouse.com/topic/strategy-and-tactics/ore-firefighters-rescue-pony-stuck-window Heave Ho!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NkmCzzulD9Q Video of Hawkesbury rescue


http://news.yahoo.com/2-utah-men-charged-alleged-wild-horse-scheme-003354954.html Sheltland ponies in CO rollover, and
http://www.denverpost.com/commented/ci_18895636?source=commented-#ixzz1YLesEIQC Fatal trailer rollover with 30 ponies
http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/5689807/Horse-in-miracle-car-collision-survival Horse survives, others don't, driver ok
http://www.standard.net/stories/2011/09/24/five-cattle-killed-when-semi-crashes Cattle die from unsafe driving
http://www.bellinghamherald.com/2011/09/22/2195935/thurston-county-horse-on-roadway.html Owner shoots horse with broken leg after car crash
http://www.chron.com/news/article/Horse-falls-from-trailer-on-Neb-interstate-2173908.php Horse dies after fall from trailer in NE

http://www.nctimes.com/news/local/swcounty/article_2a33e4b2-770b-5a73-bee1-8d765642ed01.html#ixzz1Xmqe0a1r Driver falls asleep and crashes
http://www.wkyt.com/news/headlines/Motorcyclist_dies_in_Lexington_crash_130532998.html?ref=998 Motorcycle vs. horse trailer. Trailer wins
http://www.metro.co.uk/weird/873320-cow-takes-highway-leap-of-faith-and-gets-stuck-on-safety-barrier Cow self-rescues


http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/8800834/Girl-2-killed-in-stables-fire-tragedy-in-West-Yorkshire.html Little girl burned as by-product of stable fire
http://www.lulu.com/product/paperback/remembering-august/16664096 Author Rodney V. Earle has been raising awareness in equine-related causes and cancer prevention. He has donated generous portions of the net proceeds from his NEW NOVEL, “Remembering August” to hay drives in Texas, equine rescues in Kentucky, and cancer awareness campaigns nationwide.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-south-east-wales-14759924 Woman dies after walking her dog in a field with cows who are protecting their calves.
http://www.wlos.com/shared/newsroom/top_stories/videos/wlos_vid_5603.shtml Woman trampled in trailer. News video


http://www.wistv.com/story/15554892/lightning-strike-burns-eight-horses-to-death Lightning burns horses
http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-llama-20110912,0,5431159.story Llama is a hero! Saves sheep from fire, then dies
http://www.facebook.com/groups/73737036701/?id=10150324582406702 Mark Wieder has an excellent article on HAY BARN FIRES on the TLAER Facebook page


http://rescueglides.com/ Large Animal Rescue Glides. Can't do without them!


http://www.flsart.org/SART/ Florida State Agricultural Response Team newsletter -- read it. Sign up to receive it!


http://www.thehorse.com/ViewArticle.aspx?ID=18797 A basic article on biosecurity in barns and hospitals

The draft AVMA Guidelines on Euthanasia are available at http://www.facebook.com/l/JAQAK32qAAQAXN9EbW1LsqQgaGD2EGg4oW0_dp7bqx4nsNQ/www.avma.org/issues/animal_welfare/euthanasia_guidelines/default.asp

http://www.mywesttexas.com/top_stories/article_2a015b1b-5a0e-59fb-8ef1-d729278c20a1.html Cost of burying a horse is increasing. Unless you have a backhoe and land, and are going to bury your own horses (I have two buried), Rebecca's got a good idea. Donate your dead animal (not if it was killed with euthanasia solution) to the local zoo - their lions and tigers need fresh MEAT. I would donate MY body to the zoo, but it’s going to science. They have dibs! But I think we should consider this a solution to cemeteries and overpopulation as well! As an old commercial said, “Parts is parts!”

http://www.guardian.co.uk/sport/blog/2011/sep/23/claims-five-broken-leg-horse Why broken legs in horses are a death sentence

http://blogs.abc.net.au/queensland/2011/09/preparing-livestock-for-the-fire-and-storm-season.html World expert Rebecca Gimenez talks about disasters -- Listen to the audio!
http://www.abc.net.au/rural/news/content/201109/s3320710.htm More on TLAER in Australia
http://www.abc.net.au/rural/content/2011/s3319680.htm?site=ballarat same

Several people asked for the ACCIDENTAL HYPOTHERMIA paper that Tomas wrote. Here’s the link: http://swiftwaterrescue.com/technical-animal-rescue/large-animal-rescue-paper/ is the homepage for Sierra Rescue - a fantastic training company in the Western US for swiftwater and other rescue training events. Tell them Rebecca said so!

http://www.thehorse.com/Video.aspx?n=horse-wounds-part-1-types-and-assessment&vID=536 The Horse video on assessing wounds


Michelle Melaragno, TLAER instructor in Auburn, Maine spoke on barn fires. She sent this along:

Barn fires are the #1 local emergency affecting agricultural facilities, and they kill more horses than any other kind of disaster.
Super dry conditions in many regions this summer increase the risk
Barns go up FAST! 3-5 minutes to save horses from barn before lung tissue too damaged. 30 seconds if fire starts in that horse’s stall. Straw fires burn as fast as gasoline. Education, facility design, alert and suppression systems can reduce risk of human and animal loss of life
80-85% of barn fires accidental from human error or electrical malfunctions.
Lightning next most common cause.
Over $200 million in costs each year
Insurance changes if there are human sleeping quarters in barn
Fire-retardant building materials: concrete block, heavy timber, fire retardant-treated wood.
Fire protection strategy: separate ignition sources from fuel sources. Store hay away from horse barn, keep barn clean (including cobwebs)
Outer doors from stalls better for evacuate horses
Fire curtains
Roof vents
Doors within 30m of any point of building
Update electrical wiring, all wiring in conduit
Use only UL listed appliances/fixtures
Use minimal extension cords, and heavy duty ones if you must
Cage light fixtures so horses can’t reach them
Have a main power shutoff near barn exit
Sprinkler systems
33-m defensible space around barn
Fire suppression: Fire extinguishers and training to use them.
Have an evacuation plan for humans and horses
Early warning systems (CO, flame, or rate of rise detectors rather than household smoke detectors in horse areas): notify fire service, occupants.
Frost-free hydrants with long hoses, alternate water source such as pond
Halters/leads at each stall
Ensure that 20-ton fire engine can get to barn
Do not allow parking in fire lanes
Don’t allow parking too close to barn
Fire-safe halters and horse gear (nylon melts and releases toxic fumes)
Check for people first
Get horses out and keep them from getting back in (contained away from barn and roads)
Horses in burning stalls will likely die of smoke inhalation even if you can get them out... and this is very dangerous for the human.
Hose horses immediately from nose to tail and consult vet
Untrained people without respiratory protection and proper fire protective clothing and training should never enter smoking or burning barn structures, especially down the center aisle – but may be able to assist horses accessed from the outside wall. All personnel commonly around barns should be familiar with the evacuation plan and the location of barn fire response equipment such as emergency phones, hoses, and fire extinguishers.


From AUSTRALIA: Believe it or not - during the TLAER course in Brisbane the other day - there was a call for a cow stuck in the mud... so we went with the whole class! What is the chances? Too bad that when we got there... it was in awful body condition - and stuck about 20 feet from another that got stuck last week - and was rotting there. OMG what a nightmare.... one officer shot it and then we removed it out of the mud anyway as practical for the course. We all learned something - and the owner was pretty surprised to see so many people pull up for a response!

http://news.yahoo.com/2-utah-men-charged-alleged-wild-horse-scheme-003354954.html Utah men sell mustangs for meat
http://www.usfra.org/group/disasterpreparedness/forum/topic/show?id=916090%3ATopic%3A131842&xg_source=msg#axzz1YmYs0auk Preventing injury during cleanup after a hurricane
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english2010/world/2011-09/25/c_131158638.htm Over 87,000 livestock die in Pakistan floods.
http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-donkey-airlift-20110918,0,7544722.story Donkeys airlifted from HI to CA

http://article.wn.com/view/2011/09/15/Rhino_Calf_Rescued_from_Tree_After_Poaching_Attack/ Rhino baby was rescued but http://www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/News/Rhino-calf-rescued-from-tree-dies-20110918 later died from a broken skull

As another article on this story says: "Few people get so angry at the poachers like we do who work on the scene. It does not help that the poachers get caught, because they walk free. They must be shot and killed. People out there do not know what is happening. It is chaos and it will not end," said Greef." Right on! A fitting end for poachers!




The holiday season is coming and for those of you who are looking for the PERFECT GIFT
for horse owners and emergency responders alike,
“Save Your Horse” A Horse Owner’s Guide to Large Animal Rescue”
You’ll find a link on the LAR Website,
There are other greatbooks listed on the website as well.
Why give another unwanted scarf or a toy when you can
Do something GOOD for the world, one horse at a time!


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