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DECEMBER 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

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 16-17, 2012 Dr. Rebecca Gimenez will speak at the Student SAVMA (Student Veterinary Medical Assoc) Symposium
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. Rebecca Gimenez will be describing trailer transport wrecks, their causes, and how trailer design and driver behavior can avoid damage to horses and JUNE 20-22, 2012 TLAER, Henrico, VA, For more information, contact 650-687-3521, ext.27, www.arec.vaes.vt.edu/middleburg
JUNE 25-27, 2012 TLAER, Middleburg, VA For more information, contact 650-687-3521, ext.27, www.arec.vaes.vt.edu/middleburg


"Large Animals in the News"


SOLVANG - The Santa Barbara County Humane Society and County Fire Department practiced horse trailer rescues Saturday.

Crews gathered at Station 30 in Solvang with Humane Society trainers to learn how to safely get a horse out of a trailer in the event of a roll-over accident.

They used an old trailer and special ropes and harnesses with a fiber-glass dummy horse for the drill. Battalion Chief Woody Enos says, "There are a couple of people here who've done horse rescues, and it's very challenging. You have about a one thousand pound horse inside that's kicking. How to stabilize a horse and how to stabilize the vehicle and then get him out."


The latest adventure of LAR moving into other parts of the world is TLAER’s latest training in Bogota, Columbia. We’ll have a complete write up in next month’s newsletter.

http://www.semana.com/nacion/organismos-socorro-capacitan-rescate-grandes-animales/168495-3.aspx?mid=54390 Story in Columbia newspaper
http://noticias.terra.com.co/bogota/organismos-de-socorro-buscan-proteger-animales-en-invierno,966d8fb742004310VgnVCM3000009af154d0RCRD.html?mid=545 Another story. If you can’t read Spanish, try google translator.


From Dr. Allen Landes: Our Technical Emergency Animal Recovery coordinator/founder Gina Gonzales wrote this AAR. Gina is the founder of the TEAR team here in northern Colorado, part time firefighter for Loveland CO, and retired veterinary technician from Colorado State University Veterinary Teaching Hospital.

This is the story of "Cat" the horse, and his predicament.

As a review of the large animal rescue on Saturday in Berthoud... at about 0800 I received a phone call from one of our TEAR veterinarians, Dr. Allen Landes, requesting my assistance with a horse trapped in a cattle guard south of Carter Lake. The owner (Braden Applegate) had already called 911. Berthoud was dispatched with one 4-person engine company by about 0815.

I arrived on scene at 0845, to find a 27yr old gelding sitting sternal with both hind legs and right foreleg trapped in the cattle guard. This cattle guard had round pipes about 3" in diameter, and were about 4" apart. The owner advised us that this horse was pretty explosive and had a scarf covering his eyes. The engine crew and myself stayed a good distance away until the veterinarian arrived. He arrived about 5 minutes later.

The veterinarian chose to use very heavy sedation/anesthesia for our safety and the animal's safety. He gave the horse a mild sedative while we staged all of our extrication equipment. NONE of the engine crew had any horse experience. I requested a couple of 50' lengths of 2" hose, pike poles, trash hook, and spreaders. They had Chief Davis and the Heavy Rescue on standby if we needed it. (We would not have been able to do a vertical lift without a post hole digger or something... there were no high anchors anywhere close)

We coordinated the heavy sedation/anesthesia (Diazepam and Ketamine) with our rescue effort. When the animal is anesthetized it is much safer to be next to legs. Once the horse was anesthetized, we fished the hose under the horse's right hind leg and held pressure while another firefighter used the spreaders to open the pipes. We thought that even if the spreaders could get a slight bend in the pipes, we could work the hooves out easily. The spreaders didn't move the pipes AT ALL. Cutting the pipes were a last-resort....too many sharp edges.

So we sat the horse more upright/sternal and worked the foot out with the hose and a crowbar. (making sure to place the crowbar ONLY against the hoof, not skin) We then went to the left hind leg, then the right front leg. By about 0930, We laid the horse on his left side once all of his legs were free...placed a salvage cover under his back, then rolled the horse over, onto the salvage cover. We were then able to slide him up the driveway several yards so he could be assessed and recover. The horse was anesthetized enough that the veterinarian could safely work around his legs and suture all of his lacerations....

*We still have someone holding the halter and have one knee on the horse's neck AT ALL TIMES, always sitting above/behind the animal's neck...never on the underside by the front legs. Your job is to keep a tight hand on the halter so you can keep the downside eye off the ground, AND if you keep the nose of the animal in the air and have knee in his neck...he CAN'T get up. (It's a good wrestling move). Watch the horse's CRT on his gum line and keep an eye on the veterinarian for his safety. Wake up signals are that the animal will start to breathe a little faster, maybe even sigh, and in Cat's case, he started whinnying.

Cat recovered slowly, had a hard time getting up... he had some paralysis in his left hind fetlock (he was sitting on this leg in the cattle guard for a long time...) and couldn't get his foot under him for a while. So we helped him get stable by having one firefighter at each hip and shoulder.

Unfortunately, I found out that Cat passed away sometime early this morning... probably heart failure? There were no signs of struggle in his stall. He was a good old boy... Dr. Landes thinks that with the stress of his situation, the anesthesia, and his old age... his heart just couldn't handle it.


http://www.delawareonline.com/article/20111108/NEWS/111108066/Injured-horse-rescued-after-getting-stuck-in-bridge?odyssey=tab%7Cmostpopular%7Ctext%7CFRONTPAGE&mid=523 Horse rescued from bridge
http://www.delawareonline.com/article/20111115/NEWS/111115047/Horse-injured-bridge-fall-euthanized?odyssey=tab%7Ctopnews%7Ctext%7CHome&mid=52 And dies later
http://edition.cnn.com/2011/11/10/world/africa/elephant-rescue/index.html?hpt=hp_bn4&mid=52 Elephant rescue Great pictures. Here’s one.
http://www.wyff4.com/entertainment/29672251/detail.html calf rescue in South Africa. Video from rescuer's viewpoint
http://www.care2.com/causes/gecko-saves-friend-from-snake.html Even geckos help other geckos (video)
http://www.shakopeenews.com/pages/full_story/push?x_page=2&page_title=article-An-unusual-rescue&class=next_page&id=16440336&widget_action=push&per_page=5&rel=next&instance=forums_new&mid=52 Horse falls through dock
http://www.onntv.com/content/stories/2011/11/19/story-horse-rescue.html?mid=532503 Good pic
http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/ohio-home-siding-workers-rescue-horse-from-icy-swimming-pool/2011/11/19/gIQAR94DcN_story.html?mid=5324 same story

http://www.care2.com/causes/3-toed-sloth-tries-to-cross-the-road-video.html 3-toed sloth rescue
http://www.chichester.co.uk/news/local/three_hour_horse_rescue_in_aldsworth_1_3246200?mid=52 Horse out of cesspool
Another horse in a pool
http://www.globaltvedmonton.com/mare%20and%20her%20foal%20saved%20thanks%20to%20beaumont%20teens/6442522628/story.html?mid=52 Great rescue story - horse in pond
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/guwahati/Elephant-calf-rescued-from-well/articleshow/10768128.cms?mid=52 Elephant from well

http://www.naroomanewsonline.com.au/news/local/news/general/narooma-agencies-join-forces-to-rescue-trapped-turtle/2344499.aspx?mid=52 Sea turtle caught in net in water
http://www.bayofplentytimes.co.nz/news/firefighters-help-rescue-trapped-horse/1173732/?mid=52 NZ horse out of ditch
http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/more-news/cfa-volunteers-rescue-a-horse-trapped-upside-down-in-a-ditch/story-fn7x8me2-1226201793498?sv=b36f8d00946f8300deb1924ff23a38b4&mid=535881 Australian horse rescue
http://www.flintshirechronicle.co.uk/flintshire-news/local-flintshire-news/2011/12/01/horse-stuck-in-mud-near-mold-put-down-by-vet-51352-29871115/?mid=545 Horse euthanized
http://www.knutsfordguardian.co.uk/news/9380112.Three_hour_operation_ends_with_cows_being_freed_from_marshland_mud/?mid=545 Cows ok
http://www.dissexpress.co.uk/community/community-news/crews_called_to_rescue_cow_stuck_in_septic_tank_1_3270569?mid=545 Give that cow a bath!
http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/more-news/cfa-volunteers-rescue-a-horse-trapped-upside-down-in-a-ditch/story-fn7x8me2-1226201793498?mid=546006 With video


http://fredericksburg.com/News/FLS/2010/092010/09152010/575413 Fredricksburg, VA crash.
http://www.pressdemocrat.com/article/20111101/ARTICLES/111109988?mid=52319 trailer vs. curvy road. Road won.
http://www.azcentral.com/community/gilbert/articles/2011/11/14/20111114chandler-police-shoot-kill-bull.html?mid=52 More cops shooting cows
http://www.jacksonsun.com/article/20111117/NEWS01/111170318?mid=52 Truck crash kills multitudes of cattle
http://www.windsorstar.com/Tractor%20trailer%20crash%20snarls%20Highway/5716907/story.html?mid=52 Horses unhurt
http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/breaking-news/horse-euthanised-at-the-scene-after-hit-by-car/story-e6frf7jx-1226195684446?mid=52 racehorse hit by car, died
http://www.mountforest.com/news/article/102245?mid=52 Horse killed in crash
http://www.floridatoday.com/article/20111111/NEWS01/311110034/Horse-killed-road-collision-west-Cocoa?odyssey=tab%7Ctopnews%7Ctext%7CLocal&mid=52759 Horse killed by car


http://sanjuancapistrano.patch.com/articles/equestrian-airlifted-from-near-trabuco-creek?mid=52 Horse spooked, rider injured
http://www.morningsun.net/lifestyles/patricks_people/x574916376/PATRICKS-PEOPLE-Crawford-County-Animal-Rescue-Team-will-provide-first-aid-for-animal-disaster-victims?mid=52689 HURRAY FOR THESE GUYS
http://www.murfreesboropost.com/mounted-patrol-horses-around-cms-29376?mid=545 Story on mounted police
http://www.statesmanjournal.com/article/20111130/UPDATE/111129034/Man-shoots-himself-effort-dislodge-squirrel-from-his-pants?odyssey=tab%7Ctopnews%7Ctext%7CNews Would love to see the news report on this!


http://www.expressandstar.com/news/2011/11/07/three-horses-killed-in-arson-attack/?mid=5275 3 killed, 2 seriously injured in arson
http://www.chron.com/news/houston-texas/article/Stable-fire-kills-11-horses-in-northwest-Harris-2341979.php?mid=545 11 horses killed
http://photogallery.thestar.com/1096928?mid=5463 Slide show of stable fire in Ontario, Canada. One horse died. This is one of the pictures.

Your best resource for barn fire safety is Laurie Loveman’s site, www.firesafetyinbarns.com


Large Animal Rescue equipment now available in Australia.

Rescue straps as seen on the front cover of Equine Emergency Rescue and throughout the book are now available. For every pair you buy, you will receive a free copy of Equine Emergency Rescue.

Please contact:
Richard Coghlan, Whipsock Australia
0408 156 760
Ph/Fax 07 5539 8658

Rescue Glides

We at Equine Emergency Rescue have identified a plastics fabricator who can make the same glide for a fraction of the price of the US models. If you buy 10 at a time, there's a bulk discount. If you are interested in saving money while purchasing rescue equipment, please contact Jack Jackson, who will arrange a bulk purchase on your behalf, at 07 5573 3974 / 0429 119 083 or jack.jackson@bigpond.com Jack has also found someone who will make the mud lances and Nikopoulos needles for us.

story by MaryAnne Leighton

Pics from MaryAnne, shown here with Bruce and Sonya Hatch

Bruce was a star. When he was not dazzling the public with rescue demos, he stood guard at my stand, wearing a rescue strap in a Wideman configuration, his Remembrance Day poppy and a $4 lacy Lifeline bra. It is amazing how few people know that most of us girls go riding carrying the perfect blindfold or eye protector. Thanks to Julie Fiedler of Horse SA for explaining to one amazed onlooker that this is not a new thing, we’ve been doing it for years.

What can I say about the demonstrations except we didn’t expect so many people to watch. The first on Thursday was in a tiny arena with barely enough room for Bruce and his ‘rescuers’, let alone for them to be able to manipulate him out of his entrapment in a fence. The stands on both sides of the arena were full and people stood where they were not supposed to stand and would not be moved.

We didn’t know what to expect on Friday as they’d scheduled us to appear in the woodchop arena which was not very well signposted and is very much out of the way. It was huge and the grandstand was even bigger. When you look at the photos at the bottom of this page it appears hardly anyone turned up, but one of the “firies” counted 250 spectators which was really gratifying. The demo went brilliantly. Thanks to Sonya Hatch who played the distressed owner, Anne Buchman for being the vet who (as all vets do) carried her loaded syringe in her mouth then tossed it aside once she’d ‘sedated’ Bruce, Fire and Rescue NSW Training Officers Peter Kirwin and Tony Northbrook-Pine, four rescue specialists from Castle Hill station and MC Anthony Hatch. Two kids from the audience also helped with the demonstration so a big thanks to Finnis and Kayle – we couldn’t have done it without you!

The most exciting thing to have come from our Large Animal Rescue presence at Equitana Sydney is that the RAS wants all staff and emergency responders involved in next year’s Sydney Royal Show to undergo LAR training so they are prepared when something goes wrong. This is tremendous news and huge validation for what we are doing.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=32YTWKf4TQI&mid=52 cool video about equestrians
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aWzID-JQxQ4&feature=related If it was easy they'd call it football
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IB3P7iowph8&feature=share&mid=5268 Do it in a carriage! The music is worth the watch. Sign me up!
http://campaign.r20.constantcontact.com/render?llr=u4kelrcab&v=0018lFCxjd71KP65QVToRCxlGi8vfYIta3AYX-2_k3v8dQGvbLjgdmVXbxOo7eCsd39bkXSmtFKsm-2civBJtAbVVq_IOebYvFIzFAPEU4mAx7iPb7RJnOGSIEQzISDHveFK0J6pcRzf0felgelQp74CEGJHvNmXpcs&mid=5463 Looking for more training? Check this out.


http://grandin.com/behaviour/principles/principles.html?mid=5207 Temple Grandin articles
http://test.farmershotline.com/node/428?mid=5208 Low stress cattle handling
http://therail.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/11/07/horse-racing-par-avion/?mid=5228 Shipping horses internationally
http://www.dairyherd.com/dairy-news/Take-livestock-transportation-safety-seriously-133954798.html?ref=798&mid=52 Trailering tips
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_UiqQax7-r0&feature=related&mid=5321810 Instructional video on barn fire (deliberate torching )


Our Folks

http://www.fdsoa.org/news/getpdf.htm?file=/www/docs/fdsoa/pdfs/membersonly/articles/past_articles/2011_07_newsletter.pdf Vicki Schmidt's got a great article in FDSOA newsletter
Laurie Loveman has a "Fire Safety in Barns" group on LinkedIn.com
http://cs.thehorse.com/blogs/horse-911-whats-your-emergency/ Rebecca's news blog. WORTH READING EVERY WEEK!
http://www.horseownertoday.com/personal-interest/post/Equine-Emergency-Rescue.aspx HorseOwnerToday published a short interview with MaryAnne, and the response was tremendous.


One day a farmer’s donkey fell down into a well.

The animal cried piteously for hours as the farmer tried to figure out what to do. finally he decided the animal was old and the well needed to be covered up anyway, it just wasn’t worth it to try to retrieve the donkey.

So he invited all his neighbors to come over and help him. They all grabbed a shovel and began to shovel dirt into the well. At first, the donkey realized what was happening and cried horribly. Then, to everyone’s amazement, he quieted down. A few shovel loads later, the farmer finally looked down the well and was astonished at what he saw.

With every shovel of dirt that hit his back, the donkey was doing something amazing. He would shake it off and take a step up. As the farmer’s neighbors continued to shovel dirt on top of the animal, he would shake it off and take a step up. Pretty soon, everyone was amazed as the donkey stepped up over the edge of the well and trotted off.

Life is going to shovel dirt on you, all kinds of dirt. The trick to getting out of the well is to shake it off and take a step up. Each of our troubles is a stepping stone. We can get out of the deepest wells just by not stopping, never giving up! Shake it off and take a step up!


http://www.pressherald.com/news/nationworld/case-sheds-light-on-horse-neglect-in-minnesota_2011-10-30.html?mid=51 First case of felony charges in MN for abuse
http://www.care2.com/causes/elephant-tarra-mourns-bella-the-dog.html For those of you who followed the stories of Bella the dog and Tarra the elephant at the Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee, you will be saddened to know that Bella has died.
http://cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/11/07/vet-who-spoke-about-carriage-horses-death-is-suspended/?scp=3&sq=horse&st=cse&mid=522852 ASPCA vet suspended over carriage horse death report
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/11/06/rhino-airlift-black-rhinoceros-photos_n_1076788.html?title=Black_Rhino_Given&mid=52290 Rhinos airlifted, with pictures
http://www.kfor.com/news/kfsm-graphic-images-man-arrested-for-horse-abuse-20111110,0,2207498.photogallery?mid=52 and http://www.tulsaworld.com/news/article.aspx?subjectid=11&articleid=20111114_11_0_Sequoy285715&mid=52 They should've posted his address along with his name.


http://www.care2.com/greenliving/police-rescue-puppy-on-highway-video.html Watch the capture -- the gentleness of the officer. AWW
http://www.digitaljournal.com/article/313890?mid=52 Rescued elephant gets prosthesis
http://silverandgoldandthee.net/V/Sk.html The amazing Skidboot the dog





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for horse owners and emergency responders alike,
“Save Your Horse” A Horse Owner’s Guide to Large Animal Rescue”
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