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March 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 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
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


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. Rebeccca Gimenez will be presenting. Registration is https://www.animaltransportationassociation.org/commerce/registration/
MAY 5 Dr. Rebecca Gimenez will be one of the presenters at the SC Horseman’s Expo in Camden, SC http://www.schorsecouncil.org/
MAY 21-25 Integrated Training Summit, Nashville, TN Disaster response training includes 3 hr. BART (basic animal rescue training) sponsored by MN Homeland Security. http://www.integratedtrainingsummit.org/program/monday.php#workshop_g


MAR 17-18 Reality Based Emergency Training, Lucia Farm, Lovettsville, VA Contact dru@luciafarm.com 703-969-5917, Kelly Sigler Patterson at (803) 522-4395 or Tori Miller at (910) 494-8210.
MAR 23-25 TAR Basic. Index, WA For more details on the class, go to www.wavetrekrescue.com Contact: Chris Jonason
MAR 26-28 TAR Advanced. Index, WA For more details on the class, go to www.wavetrekrescue.com Contact: Chris Jonason
MAR 29-APR 1 TLAER Operations, Eastern Kentucky U., contact Demita Kubala at EKU at 859/622-1051 or demita.kubala@eku.edu . Info: http://ssem.eku.edu/events/large-animal-rescue-training

APR 14-18 TLAER Awareness, (2) Southwest Ranches, Florida, Check the www.TLAER.org website for information
APR 20-22 TLAER Awareness/Operations NC State University,College of Vet Medicine Raleigh, NC Contact ashleybanes@gmail.com
APR 21-22 Reality Based Emergency Training, Wagener, SC Contact Kelly Sigler Patterson at (803) 522-4395 or Tori Miller at (910) 494-8210
APR 26-29 PA Search and Rescue Council Search & Rescue training. For info, contact Irv Lichtenstein ilichten1@verizon.net www.psarc.org Can register onsite starting Apr.25 @ 6pm
APR 28-29 WASART Field Response Training, Wilkeson, WA. Contact WASART Training Director, training@washingtonsart.org .
JUN 20-22 TLAER Operations, Henrico, VA, For more information, contact 650-687-3521, ext.27, www.arec.vaes.vt.edu/middleburg
JUN 25-27 TLAER Operations, Middleburg, VA For more information, contact 650-687-3521, ext.27, www.arec.vaes.vt.edu/middleburg
Registration info for both: http://www.arec.vaes.vt.edu/middleburg/documentation/Events/TLAER_Registration_2012.pdf

JUN 30-JUL 2 TLAER Operations, Windham, ME - contact Michelle M. at michelle@msspa.org
JUL 7-9 TLAER Operations Prince Edward Island, Canada Check the www.TLAER.org website for information
JUL 28-29 WASART Emergency Sheltering Training, Enumclaw, WA. Contact WASART Training Director, training@washingtonsart.org .

SEPT 8-9 TLAER Awareness, TLAER International Training Facility - Gray (Macon), GA Contact Dr. Rebecca Gimenez delphiacres@hotmail.com
SEPT / OCT TLAER Operations, TEEX Training Facility, TX Check www.TLAER.org website
SEPT 24-26 TLAER Operations, Wiggins (Gulfport), MSU, MS Contact Dr. Carla Huston at Huston@cvm.msstate.edu
SEPT 28-30 TLAER Operations, Verona (Tupelo), MSU, MS Dr. Carla Huston, Huston@cvm.msstate.edu
OCTOBER Reality Based Emergency Training, Ladd Farm, Bridgewater, NH Contact Kelly Sigler Patterson at (803) 522-4395 or Tori Miller at (910) 494-8210.
OCTOBER TLAER Awareness, 4 - various states in Australia, Contact MaryAnne Leighton maryanne-leighton@bigpond.com
OCT 20-21 TLAER Awareness, Launceston, Tasmania Contact MaryAnne Leighton maryanne-leighton@bigpond.com
OCT 27-28 TLAER Awareness, The Gordon TAFE - Geelong-Victoria, Australia Contact MaryAnne Leighton maryanne-leighton@bigpond.com
DEC 7-9 TLAER Operations, TLAER International Training Facility - Gray (Macon), GA Contact Dr. Rebecca Gimenez delphiacres@hotmail.com

"Large Animals in the News"


From HEART: WANTED: TLAER Operations Level trained person from the Atlanta area. Intern/volunteer to work as Ambulance Attendant for the HEART Equine Ambulance at the Atlanta Steeplechase on April 14, 2012. Event location is Rome, GA. Hotel is provided on the evening of April 13th. Event time is approximately 8am until 5pm on Saturday. Please contact HEART equineambulance@hotmail.com for more information.
www.npr.org On Tuesday 3/6 at 6:35 and 8:35am on NPR Radio’s Morning Edition there will be a radio interview about TLAER. Congratulations to Aerial making it to radio! Should be posted for later listening.
http://www.horseyard.com.au/horse-news/257252-sa-horse-groups-take-delivery-of-large-animal-rescue-glide Congrats!
Technical Large Animal Emergency Rescue™ is coming back to Maine...with your help! We are working on details to host a 3 day Operations Level TLAER™ course on June 30, July 1 & 2, probably in the Portland or Westbrook area. For this first step, we need to get a general idea of how many students wish to attend. Please comment by email whistleridge@roadrunner.com.


http://www.bostonstandard.co.uk/news/local/specialist_training_for_animal_rescues_1_3565162 UK rescue units


It’s the time of year for …. ICE STORIES

http://www.cambridge-news.co.uk/Home/Dramatic-rescue-as-horse-is-trapped-in-freezing-river-10022012.htm ice rescue
http://www.newsshopper.co.uk/news/9532386.Building_contractor_helps_in_horse_rescue/ What the HECK is "all tickety-boo"


http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2107521/Nicole-Graham-Astro-Mother-stayed-horses-3-hours-getting-trapped.html The story that went viral! Great pics and video
http://www.foxnews.com/scitech/2012/02/16/unexplained-dolphin-strandings-continue-in-us/ Dolphins still being rescued on east coast
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T0VadtExfWQ&feature=share Camel rescue goes fatally wrong. Video is graphic.

http://www.pe.com/local-news/riverside-county/perris/perris-headlines-index/20120220-mead-valley-horse-freed-from-razor-wire.ece Who would even HAVE this stuff???
http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2012-02-20/guwahati/31079358_1_rhino-kaziranga-kohora-forest-range Rhino out of quicksand in India
http://www.thisisplymouth.co.uk/Animal-rescue-team-training-called-action-help/story-15273102-detail/story.html Pony rescue in UK
http://annarbor.com/news/dexter/heart-a-webster-township-horse-saved-by-good-old-fashioned-ingenuity-and-a-fire-hose/?cmpid=NL_DH_mainphoto Old fire hose saves the day!
http://www.metro.co.uk/weird/364093-chainsaw-relief-for-tree-trapped-horse Remember this? Here's the "back story".


Midnight, who was rescued from the mud by a combined team of Alachua Sheriff County deputies, UF VETS team members, Payne’s Prairie Park officers, and local veterinarians on Dec 30, 2011, had a reunion with some of those who came to his aid at the “Climb for the Cure Cancer Foundation” trail ride, sponsored by the Alachua County Sheriff’s Department. From left to right, Deputy Perry Koon, Sheriff Sadie Darnell, ”Nugget”, Deputy Danny Buckley, owner John Bland, “Midnight”, and UF team leader John Haven.

http://www.11alive.com/news/article/225625/40/Rabid-cow-attacks-farmer In GA, farmer waited THREE DAYS to call vet to euthanize rabid cow.
http://www.thisishampshire.net/news/9540773.__27_000_bill_for_rescuing_animals/?action=success Article on UK spending for rescues


http://www.goldcoast.com.au/article/2012/01/13/381865_tweed-byron-news.html Horse trailer burns, horses ok.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bngCQeSA1yc Ride along with a fire truck on the way to a trailer accident YAHOO!!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z4fuvNZm0FI&feature=related Trailer wrecked when tire blows. Get those rescuers some training!
http://mobile.mlive.com/advkzoo/db_/contentdetail.htm?contentguid=8I8IAYOp&full=true#display Black ice accident

http://www.mlive.com/news/kalamazoo/index.ssf/2012/02/veterinarian_who_helped_horse.html and here’s the response from the vet
http://www.therepublic.com/view/story/27a2d723d600457292be7201bb1e1182/MS--Car-Horse-Crash/ Horse and driver killed
http://www.kvia.com/news/30459906/detail.html Wind topples trailer kills several cows
http://www.wafb.com/story/16947867/highway-reopened-after-18-wheelers-hit-cows Two big rigs kill cows loose on road
http://abclocal.go.com/wpvi/story?section=news%2Flocal&id=8559530 Horse trailer accident with news video. Horses and donkey ok, driver in hospital
http://www.independentmail.com/news/2012/mar/02/horse-rescued-from-overturned-trailer/ Horse rescue in Tomas Gimenez’s home town.




http://www.arrl.org/public-service American Radio Relay League. This is the oldest disaster relief organization that provides communications when all else fails.
http://www.animatedknots.com/ Learn how to tie knots the easy way. As Tomas Gimenez says, "if you can't tie a knot tie a lot".


http://www.thisishampshire.net/news/9540773.__27_000_bill_for_rescuing_animals/?action=success Article on UK spending for rescues
http://www.wsoctv.com/videos/news/chopper-9-roof-ripped-off-barn-with-horses-inside/vGG55/#c139233 A lesson on how to approach a collapsed structure with animals entrapped inside.
http://www.ivis.org/proceedings/beva/2009/scientific/30.pdf Jim Green's presentation at the 2009 IVIS proceedings
http://www.nhregister.com/articles/2012/02/12/news/metro/doc4f3872f693005900077158.txt#blogcomments Dr. Peter Conserva, Connecticut State Animal Response Team talks about LAR
http://www.mersteam.org/galleries/show/131 MERS slideshow of rescue
http://www.saveyourhorse.com/The%20Hypothermic%20Horse.pdf Article on hypothermia by Dr. Tomas Gimenez at YOUR LAR website
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/14/us/in-texas-a-perplexing-911-call.html?_r=2&emc=eta1 For dispatchers: How do you handle a "silent" call?

Tomas Gimenez:
My surface ice rescue instructor would agree with this:
"The number one genetic risk factor for traumatic brain injury is having a Y chromosome"

http://cs.thehorse.com/blogs/horse-911-whats-your-emergency/archive/2012/02/18/Top-3-Mistakes-Veterinarians-Make-During-Equine-Emergencies.aspx Rebecca's blog
http://www.horsejobs.ca/hurricane.pdf Hurricane checklist
http://www.leadwithyourheart.net/Barn_Safety_Evalutions.php Evaluating your barn
http://www.aaep.org/health_articles_view.php?id=263 Disaster planning for horse owners
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4KREyWOex34 Simple way to help a cast horse
http://cs.thehorse.com/blogs/horse-911-whats-your-emergency/archive/2012/03/05/when-tornados-happen-to-horses.aspx Rebecca's blog


A team of national, regional, state and local agencies and organizations have undertaken an effort to develop, facilitate and evaluate a recurring series of disaster exercises entitled “Formidable Footprint”. This series of exercises serves as an opportunity for governmental agencies along with community and faith based organizations to assess their capability to prepare for, respond to and recover from a variety of natural disasters which affect communities and neighborhoods. For the schedule of exercises, go to http://www.drc-group.com/project/footprint.html and scroll down to bottom of page


Like rodeos? Check out these links.

Less than a year after PETA sent the Jockey Club a detailed plan for a thoroughbred retirement program, the racing industry has taken the first serious step toward doing exactly what PETA asked. HURRAY!

http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2012-02-08/chennai/31037169_1_buffaloes-truck-animal-welfare-board Rescued from overloaded truck in India.
http://insidetv.ew.com/2012/02/07/peta-luck-horse-accidents/ Yay for PETA
http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/02/09/us-safrica-rhino-idUSTRE8181YE20120209 Rhino dies in rescue attempt

http://cs.thehorse.com/blogs/horses-and-the-law/archive/2012/01/31/Horses-And-Cattle-And-Pigs_2C00_-Oh-My.aspx?CommentPosted=true#commentMessage Good article and comments
http://www.t-g.com/story/1816332.html Abuse still a factor in show horses
http://www.care2.com/greenliving/even-mcdonalds-says-hog-crates-are-inhumane.html Wendy’s, Hardee’s, Burger King and Chipotle Mexican Grill are already moving away from buying from suppliers who use them. Smithfield Foods and Hormel Foods say they will get rid of gestation crates by 2017. That’s a lot of miserable, tortured and abused pigs over the next five years. Perhaps if you stop buying Hormel products until 2017 they will get the message. And remember, as one reader wrote: McDonald's would not be doing this if not for pressure and petitions - does anyone really believe fast food cares (about anything other than money)? The animals have PETA and the HSUS to thank for this "generous act of compassion".
http://www.pri.org/stories/science/environment/update-on-dolphin-beaching%3A-obama%E2%80%99s-proposed-budget-may-cut-funding-for-animal-rescue-8601.html Gov't wants to cut funding for animal rescue
http://www.11alive.com/news/article/225625/40/Rabid-cow-attacks-farmer In GA, farmer waited THREE DAYS to call vet to euthanize rabid cow.


http://www.metro.co.uk/weird/stories/890227-girl-plays-tag-and-takes-walks-with-six-foot-moose A girl and her moose



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