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JANUARY 2012 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
WASART training is provided by the Washington State Animal Rescue Team
EERU (Emergency Equine Response Unit) classes include Basic Equine Awareness and Response, Large Animal Rescue Operations, and Large Animal Ice Rescue. Schedule and information are available at http://www.code3associates.org/eeru.php

FEB 4-5 CORE Training, Enumclaw, WA. Contact WASART Training Director, training@washingtonsart.org
FEB 4-5 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 3 & 4 North American Mounted Unit Commanders' Association Annual Meeting & Seminar, Contact Sgt. Ellen Sam 859-258-3867 Subject: N.A.M.U.C.A. Registration, Email: esam@lexingtonky.gov (preferred)
MAR 16-17 Dr. Rebecca Gimenez will speak at the Student SAVMA (Student Veterinary Medical Assoc) Symposium
MAR 18-21 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
MAR 30-Apr 1 TLAER Operations, Eastern Kentucky U., contact Demita Kubala at EKU at 859/622-1051 or demita.kubala@eku.edu .

APR 28-29 FIELD RESPONSE Training, Wilkeson, WA. Contact WASART Training Director, training@washingtonsart.org .

JUN 20-22 TLAER, Henrico, VA, For more information, contact 650-687-3521, ext.27, www.arec.vaes.vt.edu/middleburg
JUN 25-27 TLAER, Middleburg, VA For more information, contact 650-687-3521, ext.27, www.arec.vaes.vt.edu/middleburg
JUL 28-29 EMERG. SHELTERING Training, Enumclaw, WA. Contact WASART Training Director, training@washingtonsart.org .


"Large Animals in the News"


Eric Thompson, Director of Emergency Operations, Code 3 Associates, has moved the EERU classes over to Code 3’s website. Here is the link. http://www.code3associates.org/eeru.php You can reach Eric at his email eerular1@yahoo.com
http://ligonierfire.com/news.html?view=1&id=47117 Ligonier Volunteer Hose Company No. 1 was presented with the wonderful USRider LAR print to thank the department for hosting the recent Save your Horse seminar that was attended by over 80 equestrian enthusiasts and first responders.
Rebecca Gimenez has been asked by Trail Rider Magazine to write a column on safe trailering. The LAR website, www.saveyourhorse.com has posted a list of priorities for "spring cleaning". Thanks all who contributed (especially Tomas!)
http://www.horseyard.com.au/horse-news/249019-large-animal-rescue-a-focus-for-kapunda-horse-owners Yay! Julie Fielding!


http://www.rochdaleonline.co.uk/news-features/2/news-headlines/64913/firefighters-tackle-annual-animal-rescue-training?mid=560519 Annual UK training
http://www.jcnews.com/view/full_story/16795352/article-Rescuers-learn-to-tackle-large-animals?instance=home_news_lead_story&mid=554 Jones County, GA training
http://www.thefoothillsfocus.com/121411-AnimalRescue.asp Daisy Mountain Fire Dept. in Arizona offered LART training
http://www.cityofmiltonga.us/index.asp?Type=B_BASIC&SEC=%7BE34E4421-A0C2-4B77-BA25-B9A97FBEDC3B%7D&mid=5682438 City of Milton, GA TLAER group



Rescue from WA State Animal Response Team, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, sent in by WASART’s president, Gretchen McCallum.

While out on a trail ride in late afternoon near Second Lake, Enumclaw, WA, two horses spooked and one got stuck in a lakeside bog after swimming across the lake several times.

911 was called by one of the riders, WASART responded and set up a staging area nearby.

The horse was down and cold, and would occasionally try to rise, but the footing was so poor she would fall back down again. Even if she did get out on her own there was no way to walk her around the lake to the closest parking area because of bog and fallen trees. It was decided that a trail would have to be cut in.

The trail was cut, the vet went in to assess the horse; lights were hung on trees to help light the trail. After getting out of the bog, the horse was led back to the staging area and was re-assessed by the vet, blanketed and taken home. No injuries reported.

This incident was responded to by WASART, King County Search and Rescue, and King County Sheriff's Office.

This reads like a fairly routine rescue, but I would like to point out a couple things you don't notice by reading this abbreviated version of the report. First, this is an active and well-trained team with 120 active members. Second, WASART is a state-recognized resource and currently provides its services to all counties in Western Washington. Third, there is a response system in place in their area once 911 is called. They are a LAR dream, and I'm happy to recognize them here in the newsletter.

http://www.kktv.com/news/headlines/Pregnant_Horse_Rescued_From_7-Foot_Hole_135548593.html?mid=5520 Pregnant mare. From the pictures, looks like they had a clue.
http://www.derbyshiretimes.co.uk/news/local/firefighters_rescue_trapped_cow_1_4085805?mid=565598 Cow in UK
http://www.thisissomerset.co.uk/Video-Somerset-farmers-rescue-trapped-cow-Mells/story-14021399-detail/story.html?mid=5655 Did you spot the yellow tea pot?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?NR=1&v=NJSh3H5MRsI&feature=endscreen How all the wrong moves can result in success.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PhNibmPJ6Kg&feature=related Septic tank
http://www.horsetalk.co.nz/news/2011/12/172.shtml?mid=567069 Herbie the horse
http://www.cass-news.com/articles/2011/12/07/news/local/doc4edfd388cc607764235068.txt?mid=56 Roaming cow captured


http://www.kptm.com/story/16232705/horse-near-death-trapped-in-ice http://fremonttribune.com/news/local/article_513f3476-21c0-11e1-95c8-001871e3ce6c.html?mid=54 ice rescue - with a winch?
http://cs.thehorse.com/blogs/horse-911-whats-your-emergency/default.aspx?mid=5503 Rebecca's blog has three more water stories and info on how to respond
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=guLkiyjUqMM&feature=g-vrec&context=G2db95a0RVAAAAAAAABA Video on how to rescue a buffalo from a swimming pool.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X4ALQM0z10s&feature=fvst&mid=566 This is older but a nice presentation of a draft horse rescue from ice
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pdOJhyfwrYM&feature=related Ice rescue
http://www.care2.com/greenliving/deer-rescue-video.html Deer rescue from ice in Ontario
http://www.care2.com/greenliving/deer-rescue-video.html and another


http://newsok.com/shetland-pony-killed-one-horse-severely-injured-and-two-more-rescued-in-southwest-oklahoma-city-tuesday/article/3629770?mid=54 Horses killed on road
http://lakeconews.com/content/view/22603/919/ California accident
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1cB1Kw4j6jc&feature=share&fb_source=message&mid=55 Video of a trailer accident. Don't just watch the video. Read the comments below. This may apply to you!
http://dailylocal.com/articles/2011/12/27/news/srv0000016330834.txt?mid=5646 Motorist injured; usually it’s the other way around!
http://www.gainesville.com/article/20111220/ARTICLES/111229981?mid=5646 Horse killed by motorist
http://www.thenorthernecho.co.uk/news/9439412.Identity_of_Stockton_driver_driver_killed_in_A66_smash_near_Greta_Bridge_released_today/?mid=5646 Two horses killed
http://www.dailybulletin.com/ci_19628349?mid=5656 Horse killed in California
http://www.oregonlive.com/news/index.ssf/2011/12/horse_dies_after_being_hit_by.html?mid=5658925 In Oregon
http://www.myfox8.com/news/wghp-story-horse-killed-in-davidson-co-car-wreck-111230,0,2472015.story?mid=56 Horse killed after fence knocked down
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CWQftacVjFM&feature=results_video&playnext=1&list=PL62C415E2D822B8B1&mid=566 You'll want to watch this UK police horse video
http://www.reporterherald.com/news/loveland-local-news/ci_19658602?mid=56 Duke the jousting horse
http://www.corning-observer.com/news/bull-11095-chp-one.html?mid=56 Loose bull on road in Calif.


http://www.owensoundsuntimes.com/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=3397206&mid=5502 Boy hurt in wagon crash
http://www.centralwesterndaily.com.au/news/local/news/general/three-injured-as-horse-ploughs-into-towac-park-crowd/2407352.aspx?mid=56 Horses are dangerous beasties!
http://gizmodo.com/5869145/this-crazy-near%20accident-is-a-chilling-reminder-of-how-life-can-end-at-any-time?mid=56 Great video to scare you silly


http://www.northumberlandnews.com/news/article/1256578--horse-dies-in-bowmanville-barn-fire?mid=5605446 Ontario barn fire with video interview of owner
http://www.firehouse.com/news/top-headlines/ny-barn-destroyed-cows-die-suspicious-fire?mid=5655690 Interesting report of barn fire. More than 100 cows lost their lives, "But besides the cattle, more than 11,500 bales of hay and assorted farm equipment were lost", and the owner "said he was able to pull a cattle trailer and a corn planter out of harm's way and was about to go back in for a wagon ..." No mention of trying to save the lives of his animals!
http://www.peterboroughtoday.co.uk/news/local/horses_saved_after_cruel_arson_attack_1_3381726?mid=56 Arson fire
http://www.wktv.com/news/local/Barn-destroys-fire-in-Rome-136548288.html One horse died


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http://info.theintentionalhorse.com If you sign up for the free newsletter you get a chart to help prevent/ease colic


http://www.usrider.org/images/emergency_responders.pdf This form should be filled out and in your trailer at all times. There's a Power of Attorney form on the site as well.
http://www.eveningnews24.co.uk/news/almost_400_animals_rescued_by_norfolk_firefighters_figures_reveal_1_1162555?mid=56095 Article on number of animals helped in UK
http://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/wales-news/2011/12/29/fire-crews-report-a-massive-rise-in-animal-rescues-in-2011-91466-30025887/?mid=5668 and rescues in Wales
Rebecca Gimenez says, "Those of you here in TLAER land - please go to this site and make a POSITIVE comment about why we do this kind of thing to protect PEOPLE! Thanks. The press is always trying to find holes in funding. - Local – http://www.lep.co.uk Animal rescue costs hundreds of thousands

http://www.equinerescuesc.org/aerial/aerial-stallions.html?mid=5549794 Palmetto Equine Awareness & Rescue League article on gelding written by our very own Aerial!


From Horse Courses Online "Equine Safety and Rescue". Thanks to Morgan Blend!
Make your passion your profession....make your horsemanship perfection! Earn your Bachelor's degree in Equine Studies or Professional Certification. www.horsecoursesonline.com

This is Morgan’s final essay for the class. Gives you pause, when you think of how many horse people out there have never even begun to think about safety for their horses, and, once introduced to the idea, how much good they can do in spreading the word! And the cool part is that you don’t have to do it all by yourself! You tell 2 people, who tell 2 people, who tell 2 people – and before you know it the whole world knows!

This course has taught me a lot of different things and I am not sure where to start so I will start at the beginning. I never realized that there was Large Animal Rescue. I knew that if your horse got into trouble, in a pool, you had to get it out but I didn’t know that there were classes and information on how to do it correctly and actual hands on training available. I never knew anything about Incident Command System and that all volunteers (firefighters, EMS) are supposed to take the course Introduction to Incident Command Systems.

The ICS structure at first seemed to be a whole other language but I feel that it is the most straight forward system for disasters there is. Most any one should be able to understand it.

I now know how to handle a scene if I am the first one there. I know what questions to ask myself to make sure I am safe at all times. I know the 9 steps to size the scene up and to be helpful when more help arrives.

I know the ways to help the emergency responders that have never dealt with horses, the safe ways to handle them, the safe places to stand, what might scare them and the ways to place straps for removal from different disaster scenes.

I now feel confident in educating people about making their barns fire safe, as well as how to make my own safe. There are things to make your barn safe that never crossed my mind such as the [vegetation] barrier between the road and barn.

I feel very confident in providing safe trailering to my own horses and any ones else’s horse that I may trailer. Also, how to help someone when buying a trailer to make sure that they are purchasing a safe trailer and how for them to keep it safe. I know what documents should be in my trailer every time I haul horses in case of an emergency so all responders know who to call and who can help.

I had fun tying up my dog as my training animal for my safety harness. He was an almost willing participant. I think that it made it a little more real on how it would be in a real emergency. I used my horse for the emergency halter test dummy.

I have already shared some of the information with the local fire department and the local veterinarian. I have shared some of the information with farrier customers on how to make their barn fire safe. My horse friends are very interested in how to safely get their horses out of trouble.

I have plans on having an informational gathering at the local fire department for any one interested in attending to share with them the information that I have obtained from the course. That way the fire department, veterinarian and local horse owners have a better understanding of what to do in an emergency and to be safer on the road when trailering horses. There are a lot of Amish where I live so we have a share of buggy accidents and there are a lot of horses in my community. Barn fires are also common due to the only light in their barns is a kerosene lamp, fuel and cobwebs bad idea. I can help the fire department with how to handle horses in a barn fire and educate the owners on how to train their horses to not be scared of the fire men.


http://www.australiananimalwelfare.com.au/content/horse-welfare-protocol?mid=55033 Australia's got horse welfare protocol!
http://www.examiner.com/animal-welfare-in-tampa-bay/ethical-issues-surround-domino-effect-rescue-blindfolded-horse-injury-tampa?mid=53 Florida horse people need to read this.


27-year-old elephant named Gangadharan was hit by a bus in India years ago, but the case was just finalized recently. The Supreme Court awarded the temple that owned the elephant 1.3 million rupees, because they said animals are eligible for compensation for damages sustained in road accidents just as humans are.

“The definition of property in the Motor Vehicles Act is very wide and is inclusive. Although it does not specifically mention animals, since it is inclusive, animals also should be included,” explained one of the Supreme Court Justices. (Source: TheHindu.com)

The amount of the financial compensation was determined by first considering the monthly income created by the elephant for the temple. According to Coinmill.com 1.3 million rupees is $24,616.58 U.S. dollars. Recognizing the right of animals to be compensated for damage or death from road accidents could have far-reaching consequences, as human/elephant conflict kills many elephants every year.

Also, when it is wild elephants that are killed or injured in road accidents, where would the compensation be paid? Hopefully it would go to an elephant conservation charity, or a government wildlife agency.

Seven wild elephants were killed in one train accident in India – an accident that never should have taken place. Critics have said the train conductor was traveling at a speed over the limit in an area where it is well known elephants roam and cross the tracks. It doesn’t seem to have been reported if there was a legal case against the train’s owner, or if any compensation was paid.

About 26,000 Asiatic elephants live in India. Their population might have declined 50% over the last three generations, and so they are considered endangered. A significant factor in their decline is habitat loss due to human activity. Approximately 5,000 Indian elephants are domesticated.

Read more: http://www.care2.com/greenliving/elephant-accident-gets-1-3-million-rupees.html#ixzz1gzwLu0pf

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2078171/Anne-elephant-enjoying-Christmas-sanctuary-thanks-Daily-Mail-campaign.html Abused elephant gets a new home. Follow up on Anne


http://www.care2.com/causes/8-years-later-the-dog-came-home.html Dog found 8 yrs later and a continent away.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zrx_1d81TDc&feature=youtu.be Working dog tribute.
http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=1udOAAAAIBAJ&sjid=Xk4DAAAAIBAJ&pg=2438%2C4986905&dq=cow&hl=en&mid=565595 1940's story of a "greased cow".
Carol Upton sent in this saying: 'Gypsy gold does not clink and glitter. It gleams in the sun and neighs in the dark.' - Gypsy saying, Ireland.
http://newsok.com/inmates-train-americas-wild-horses-to-help-enforce-u.s.-border-security/article/3636911?mid=56 Great story!

War Horse is now in theaters. Based on the book of the same name by Michael Morpurgo, War Horse follows the journey of a horse named Joey from birth to a World War I battlefield. Take a box of Kleenex with you!
“War Horse's strong and moving anti-cruelty message is also sure to resonate with moviegoers and help them empathize with horses' plight. Hopefully, many will think long and hard before they patronize the modern-day horse "battlegrounds" created by the racing, rodeo, and carriage industries. The movie may also prompt people to call their representatives to support the bill to ban American horses from being slaughtered in the U.S. and abroad.”

http://www.care2.com/greenliving/after-cat-caught-barking-resumes-meowing.html Barking cat. Oops! You didn’t hear that! I’m just a dumb cat and I’m really meowing!





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