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November 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

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

NOV. 4, 5, 6 FREE CLASS: ICS-300 AT SOUDERTON FIRE COMPANY, Perseverance Vol. Fire Co. north of Philadelphia. Contact Benjamin Shearer, Battalion Chief / Training Officer bshearer@cavtel.net 267-718-6086 Cell 267-803-1440 Work
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.

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THIS MONTH’S

"Large Animals in the News"

The big story -- and it’s a tragic one indeed -- is out of Ohio, where a man turned all his animals loose then killed himself. Problem was the animals were exotics - lions and tigers and bears.

http://www.10tv.com/content/sections/video/index.html?video=/videos/2011/10/ many video reports
http://www2.nbc4i.com/news/2011/oct/18/86/lions-tiger-and-bear-loose-muskingum-county-ar-792445/
http://edition.cnn.com/video/?mid=508
http://www.ajc.com/news/nation-world/lions-and-tigers-shot-1205286.html?cxtype=rss_news_81963&mid=509780
This is disgusting, heart-wrenching, sickening, tragic, and unnecessary. Why do we allow people to keep exotic animals? What kind of life do these poor creatures have, locked up in cages?
http://www.bucyrustelegraphforum.com/article/20111029/NEWS01/110290309/Report-faults-exotic-animal-keepers?mid=515 TWENTY NINE people with exotics in Ohio have been killed

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TRAINING

http://www.bclocalnews.com/news/132062643.html Jennifer Woods in BC
http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2011/10/new_vernon_animal_rescue_clini.html?mid=504 Tail pulls are very dangerous.
http://www.humanesociety.org/issues/animal_rescue/ndart/ndart.html?mid=4 NDART training is "da bomb"!
http://ramona.patch.com/articles/first-responders-learn-to-assist-horses-in-emergencies?mid=519 Training in California
http://s252.photobucket.com/albums/hh22/chuston/TLAER%20Awareness%20MSU%20CVM%202011/?mid=5151963 A whole album of training pictures

RESCUES

This month is all about mud wrasslin'

http://menmedia.co.uk/manchestereveningnews/news/s/1462389_race-against-time-drama-as-horse-is-rescued-after-getting-trapped-in-urmston-quagmire That's the ickiest mud I've ever seen!
http://www.coffscoastadvocate.com.au/story/2011/10/19/trapped-horse-pulled-safety/ Harriet the horse in AUS
http://www.deseretnews.com/article/705392322/Mud-mired-horse-rescued-from-Plain-City-canal.html?mid=4 Horse in Utah

RESCUE STORY IN AUSTRALIA

The world sure works in mysterious ways. Only this morning I sent out an email to all TLAER training participants and made mention of groups getting together to fund a rescue glide, when what happens? Yep, we had a horse go into a sinkhole on a Mackay beach today.

Luckily, the horse rider was friends with one of our Mackay training participants Anne-Juanita, and the rescue ball started rolling...Anne-Juanita rang me, I started ringing SES, the Campeao's, Qld Fire & Rescue, everyone that was logged into my phone that I thought could help.

The horse was being ridden down the beach when it hit a patch of sand that was rather boggy. The rider tried to turn him but the horse must have gotten frightened and kept going forward. He then sunk even more so he started to panic, and of course went in even further. He struggled and struggled and eventually wore himself out.

Ok, I can hear you say. Nothing to it. We can get this fellow out easy as pie. Well, I will add in a little complicating factor. For those of you not familiar with Mackay, we experience HUGE tides. So when I say the horse was on the beach at low tide, I don't just mean the horse was on the beach about 10-20 meters out. I mean the horse was about 500 meters out. And that tide was going to start coming in soon.

First fun part - driving out to the rescue site is off the cards. A 4WD will just sink out there. So I had to jog out there - and avoid getting stuck myself. Mental note to oneself - an ATV (4 wheel bike) would have been brilliant (Boss????).

By the time I got out to the horse he was sternally recumbent in the water, shivering violently, with a heart rate of around 66 bpm. He had managed to free his legs (thankfully no obvious injuries) but he was exhausted. We had food and blankets on the way (courtesy of Chrystle, John and JJ Campeao), but I was worried about the tide coming in and our ability to get enough pulling power out there in time.

Second fun part - another wet and boggy jog back to my car while on the phone to QFRS to arrange something we could use as a rescue glide and some hunky fire officers to help pull it. Can do, they told me. We're on our way.

The Campeao's arrived with food and I was doing a final accounting before I took my car out as far as I dared on the beach (C'mon Boss you know you can trust me...). Rescue straps, check. Rope, check. Sedative, check. Head covering, check. Helmet, check. Photos for Rebecca, check.

Then the horse got up. After about 5 minutes the owner managed to get the horse walking. Twenty minutes later after some stopping and starting we were finally able to get the horse off the beach. No obvious injuries although he was dehydrated.

It was FANTASTIC to see that little rescue network spring into action. I can't thank the Campeao's enough for simply dropping everything and responding straight away. Thanks to the Mackay QFRS who probably had no idea what they were getting themselves into but cheerfully agreed to go along with it anyway. Thanks to the horse owner for putting her trust in us (and pledging a contribution to our community rescue glide!). Thanks also to the Mackay police officers who happily held the other horse and carried equipment for us.

And thanks to Rebecca for showing us how to do it right.

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http://www.flintshirechronicle.co.uk/flintshire-news/local-flintshire-news/2011/10/13/flintshire-firefighters-called-to-trapped-cows-stuck-sheep-and-stranded-cats-51352-29583553/?mid=500
http://www.parkwatchreport.org/article.html?pub=alert&query=&art=2564 Rescue of horse stuck off trail in Calif. by the U.C. Davis Emergency Veterinarian Response Team (VERT). Lots of pictures.

http://www.bclocalnews.com/news/132738418.html Jennifer Woods' training paid off!
http://www.hertsandessexobserver.co.uk/Dunmow-Stansted/Horse-rescued-from-cesspit-at-Wendens-Ambo-19102011.htm?mid=515 EEEUUUU!
http://www.wkyt.com/news/headlines/131866758.html?ref=758&mid=515 Horse falls through bridge
http://www.wjla.com/articles/2011/10/deer-rescued-from-tidal-basin-68477.html?mid=5156 Washington, DC rescue
http://www.wickedlocal.com/westport/news/x888175489/Horse-rescued-from-pool-led-itself-to-water?mid=51407#axzz1cVZPyZWJ Horse falls in pool

ON THE ROAD

http://www.myfoxny.com/dpp/news/car-and-amish-buggy-collide-killing-horse-in-new-york-20111031-akd?mid=519 If we can have bike lanes, why not horse and buggy lanes?
http://articles.wsbt.com/2011-10-25/posse-member_30326467?mid=519 Truck tips, 10 calves die, sheriffs turned cowboys
http://www.ktvb.com/news/local/Two-injured-after-truck-and-horse-trailer-rolls-off-road-132885378.html?mid=5189 video and pics. WOW! Horses ok.
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa/story/2011/10/27/ott-gatineau-police-shoot-cows.html?mid=514085 Cops in Quebec shoot a cow multiple times, seriously wounding him before they finally kill him. What's WRONG with these people?

PEOPLE NOT ANIMAL STORIES

None this month

FIRE

http://www.app.com/article/BZ/20111101/NEWS01/311010025/Burlco-zoo-fire-kills-2-giraffes?mid=519 Pet store and zoo burned

EQUIPMENT AND SUPPLIES

No new inventions this month!

NEW LINKS

http://www.sepasar.net Check out the Southeast Pennsylvania Search and Rescue group. Their instructors are certified and include certified Red Cross instructors for wilderness first aid, CPR/AED, and emergency response. There's a monthly newsletter you can subscribe to.
http://broadcaster.aimmedia.com/dm?id=BFEC747304A13877D4208A8B5E0D1060&mid=506 The new HitchUp magazine from US Rider is here!
http://rescue.hastpsc.com HAST has new a site dedicated exclusively to rescue stuff. Check it out! Kathleen Becker was instrumental in the writing of Save Your Horse! A Horse Owner's Guide to Large Animal Rescue.
http://www.examiner.com/animal-welfare-in-st-louis/mers-missouri-emergency-response-large-animal-rescue?mid=518 Article on Missouri Emergency Response
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GE4YU2QY_Yw&feature=player_embedded Mounted police quadrille You've gotta see this!!!

INNOVATIONS, EDUCATION, AND LESSONS LEARNED

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/10/111012112914.htm?mid=5050 Science Daily looks at deer/car collisions
http://cs.thehorse.com/blogs/horse-911-whats-your-emergency/archive/2011/10/10/best-practices-in-trailer-overturn-emergencies.aspx?CommentPosted=true#commentMessage&mid=4 Haven't signed up for Rebecca's amazing blog? Why not?
http://www.usfa.fema.gov/pdf/efop/efo39315.pdf An excellent article about LAR and setting up a team
http://cs.thehorse.com/blogs/horse-911-whats-your-emergency/archive/2011/10/25/ever-hear-quot-caught-between-a-rock-and-a-hard-place-quot.aspx?CommentPosted=true#commentMessage&mid=513 Dont forget to read Rebecca's blog!
http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/10/18/us-exhibitions-britain-warhorse-idUSTRE79H4WM20111018?mid=507 The first exhibition to focus on war horses in British military history at the National Army Museum in London

WELFARE and DISASTER and JUST PLAIN STRANGE

http://www.fema.gov/recoveryframework/?mid=502601 FEMA introduces additional Recovery Support Functions for The National Disaster Recovery Framework
http://www.colorado.edu/hazards/o/?mid=4 U of Colorado Hazards newsletter. The Natural Hazards Observer covers disaster issues, recent disaster management and education programs, hazards research, political and policy developments, resources and Web sites, upcoming conferences, and recent publications.

http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=2e3_1289587558 Video of pony in car
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S2oymHHyV1M Biker taken out by buck

http://www.care2.com/causes/mideast-nations-agree-to-halt-slaughter-of-australian-sheep.html#ixzz1cAm3M2LZ Mid east taking a step for animal welfare
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2054707/Police-rotting-carcasses-25-horses-burial-pits-graveyard-stables.html?mid=5156 Horrid, tragic rescue in California. Owner not charged ..... Who's got a gun when you really need one!
http://hamptonroads.com/2011/10/peta-worker-cited-crossing-police-line-hogtruck-crash PETA worker clashes with police after trailer rollover

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