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April 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


Gisele Gariepy, a volunteer firefighter in the province of New Brunswick, Canada, would like to get information on holding a clinic open to the public and local fire depts. morningstaracres@gmail.com


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


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
June 7-10 National SAR Conference Lake Tahoe, NV http://www.nasar.org/page/25/2012-National-Search-and-Rescue-Conference/conference/1788
NOV 15-18 Dr. Rebecca Gimenez will be speaking at Equitana Australia Melbourne
DEC 11 Euthanasia Certification, Colombia, SC National Animal Control Association http://www.nacanet.org/euthanasia.html for more information.

APR 14 LARGE ANIMAL EXTRICATION, Tom Berryman’s Farm, Rochester, WA Contact Eldo de Long, 360-596-5549 edelong@spscc.ctc.edu
APR 17-18 TLAER Awareness, Ft. Meyers, FL Contact Leslie Kastner jdkpa@aol.com
APR 20-22 TLAER Awareness/Operations NC State University, Raleigh, NC Contact ashleybanes@gmail.com or Kaitlyn Marsh kaitlyn.t.walsh@gmail.com
APR 21-22 Reality Based Emergency Training, Wagener, SC Contact Kelly Patterson (803) 522-4395 kelly@kellysigler.com or Tori Miller (910) 494-8210 NC4HoovesFarm@hotmail.com
APR 26-29 SEARCH & RESCUE Training, PA Search & Rescue Council. 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
MAY 5-6 Reality Based Emergency Training, Davidson (near Charlotte) NC Contact Kelly Patterson (803) 522-4395 kelly@kellysigler.com or Tori Miller (910) 494-8210 NC4HoovesFarm@hotmail.com
MAY 23-25 TLAER Awareness/ Operations Thomasville, GA Contact Chief Chris Jones tcfd@rose.net

JUN 2-3 LARGE ANIMAL EMERGENCY RESCUE Awareness, Queensland, Australia Contact Debbi Dekker, 07 5464 6785 president@qldhorsecouncil.com NOTE: This class is a prerequisite for the fall Cairns TLAER Operations class with Rebecca Gimenez
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 5-7 TLAER Operations Prince Edward Island, Canada. Deadline: June 1st. CEUs available for vets, vet techs, and ERs. Participants and auditors are required to submit an online application and take the PEI Office of Public Safety’s Incident Command System 100 Orientation self-study exam: www.gov.pe.ca/jps/index.php3?number=1030279 Contact Dr. Erica Koch 902-393-6104, or ekoch@upei.ca
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 18-21 TLAER Operations, TEEX Training Facility, TX Contact Dr. Ben Buchanan bbuchanan@bveh.com
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 Contact Dr. Carla Huston, Huston@cvm.msstate.edu

OCTOBER Reality Based Emergency Training, Ladd Farm, Bridgewater, NH Contact Kelly Patterson (803) 522-4395 kelly@kellysigler.com or Tori Miller (910) 494-8210 NC4HoovesFarm@hotmail.com
OCT 12-14 TAR, Index WA Contact Chris Jonason, info@wavetrekrescue.com 360-793-1508
OCT 2012 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 HEARTequineambulance@hotmail.com for more information.

http://www.starkvilledailynews.com/node/9388 Dr. Carla Huston, of Miss. State U, was named Top Vet of the Year by the Mississippi Veterinary Medical Association. Rebecca Gimenez calls her, “One of our most amazing coordinators of TLAER courses.”

Rebecca Gimenez: Congratulations on your appointment to a National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). Technical Committee. This is the Committee at NFPA for the AG FIRE portions of the standards! Thanks to Laurie Loveman for prodding Rebecca into doing this!

John Haven at U of FL - one of TLAER’s Asst. Instructors - is now the chairman of a group working on an ANIMAL CHAPTER to the NFPA 1670 standards. He is the chairman of the newly formed Large Animal Rescue Committee.


After much consideration and discussion among Animal Transportation Association (ATA) Board of Directors, Rebecca Gimenez was selected to receive the prestigious ATA’s Robert D. Campbell Memorial award - given to a person who has contributed outstanding organizational skills, and ability in animal transport. HURRAY! The Technical Large Animal Emergency Rescue Facebook page has a new photo album from the conference, March 27th.


Code 3 Associates now has a Facebook page and a twitter feed: @code3associates. Stay tuned for training updates and deployment information. Code 3 trainings are currently posted under the events tab on the Facebook page. Training announcements and deployment information will be tweeted from the field along with the Facebook updates. Twitter will just be a faster media for information.

Eric Thompson, Code 3 Associates Director of Emergency Operations also has a personal twitter feed: @code3eric
Twitter feeds will include Code 3 activity and training, but also will include Emergency Equine Response Unit trainings and deployment information and storm chasing updates.


Tori Miller: NC SMART - Specialized Mobile Animal Rescue Team, Spring Lake (near Fayetteville), NC
www.4HoovesSMART.com NC4HoovesFarm@hotmail.com

NC SMART is available to respond to Large Animal (Horses, Cows, Llamas, etc.) emergency incidents in Cumberland and surrounding counties with specialized equipment and training to assist with the rescue or recovery of large animals (specifically equines and livestock).
They also offer a Basic Large Animal Emergency Rescue course and an Equine Transportation and Trailer Safety course. Link to pictures of the first Prior*Proper*Preparation*Prevention - Reality Based Training for Horses and Horse Owners Clinic. http://photobucket.com/PPPPVirginia032012


Our condolences go out to Claudia LaChance and SEPASAR, and Lt. Kim Garrett of the Polk County Sheriff’s Office, on the passing on their partners.

Patch, a TWH/SSH, was laid to rest today after suffering a fractured pelvis from a kick by a field mate. Patch was the beloved mount of Claudia LaChance, SEPASAR Member, and PA State Constable in Lower Makefield, PA. He was her first ever horse.

Patch traveled from TN to PA in 2001. He instantly became bonded to Claudia, and in the following years, they entered many parades, costume contests and trail rides. Patch and Claudia trained with SEPASAR in the parks of Tyler and Valley Forge. They served as the “Mounted Unit” of the Lower Makefield Neighborhood Watch until this past year; one of the few mounted watches in the United States. His bravery with people and situations made him the perfect ambassador to the breed and to the horse world.


Once in a lifetime an animal comes in to your life that becomes more than a casual pet, he becomes intertwined with so many things you do that his passing leaves a void that can never be filled. Our horse Lucky was just such an animal; fate brought him into our lives 15 years ago and took him away today, March 27, 2012. He started life as a race horse that never had any desire to be in a hurry so his life’s journey took him to an Amish farm in Wisconsin where animals are valued only as tools. He was pulling a buggy of Amish children one afternoon when a man consumed with rage against the Amish attempted to kill the horse and children by shooting them with a rifle. Lucky was wounded 5 times but still got the children home safely.
A few years later that Amish owner decided Lucky was too old and slow to be of use and was going to send him to slaughter. A friend and fate intervened and we drove to Wisconsin to bring him back for the beginning of a new journey. Little did we know he would evolve into a mounted police horse serving as the rider less horse in several law enforcement funerals. He became a first rate companion and riding horse and always looked forward loading up in the trailer for the next adventure.
He was so personable and easy going we started the Black Stallion Literacy Project in Polk County; as a result thousands of children got the experience of seeing and touching their first real horse. Lucky inspired many children to learn how to read and read well. The trust between man and horse is no more evident than seeing a 1200 pound horse surrounded by laughing and squealing six year olds who have no fear of running under and around him. Lucky reveled in the attention and never once threatened the safety of the children.
A horse almost thirty years old is, well, old; and today Lucky made his final journey leaving us behind for that greener pasture that even we humans long for. For those of you with no attachment to animals or horses in particular, I am sorry that you would have missed one of life’s great pleasures, the companionship of a noble, trustworthy and loving creature of God. Thank you Lucky for teaching us so much during our journey together; I pray that this new journey takes you to a lush green pasture with cool running water. Thank you my friend.


http://www.davinciequine.com/ In the VA/MD/DC area. Equine emergency rescue under team leader, Nicole Ehrentraut. Staff and trailer are on call 24/7 to assist you in getting your horse in distress to a clinic for emergency care. They work directly under the guidance of your veterinarian for these incidents. If your horse needs help getting out of a dangerous situation, they have the equipment for such circumstances and work directly together with Days End Farm Horse Rescue (www.defhr.org) and your local first responders.


Mike Morrow is starting the process of training the mounted unit agencies that will be working in Tampa, FL during the Republican Convention. Way to go, Mike!


http://www.thisissomerset.co.uk/Equine-students-rescue-large-animals-difficulty/story-15589952-detail/story.html Equine students in UK
http://www.lakenewsonline.com/news/x1351140835/Have-horse-will-rescue-Morgan-County-group-ready-in-case-of-emergencies MO team ready to help
http://www.thisissomerset.co.uk/Rescue-techniques-shown-students/story-15667468-detail/story.html In the UK



Tori Miller of NC SMART sent this report: NC SMART made an appearance in Concord NC to rescue a Clydesdale mare out of the mud she had fallen into and become exhausted and stuck....possible EPM case. Owners were great! Took a lot of work and longer than what we had anticipated because the big muscled girl (under sedation) broke two sets of webbing hobbles and tried to come up off the glide several times. Again, she was sedated quite a bit but we were cautious with the meds because it was hot and she was hot (although we were cooling with water hose) and she was exhausted and pretty compromised all together.


Ed Childers and his crew in North Strabane, PA were dispatched for a 40 year old horse stuck in a creek bed. Upon arrival, the animal’s assessment took place, straps we positioned w/a slip sheet, a 4:1 was set up, and the horse was pulled to safety via a low angle two strap sideways drag. All worked well and no secondary incidents took place during the rescue. The drawing depicts the “taco method” used.
6’ x 10’ of ½” mine belting
2 or 3 loops or similar attached to the leading edge corners
2 loops or similar attached to the rear portion of the belting

From Dr. Nancy Mauer: The slide/glide we used is from an "Aqua Cow Rise" tank system for floating down cows back to their feet (http://www.downcow.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=66&Itemid=56 ). The unique design aspect has a distinct advantage over using the abundant mine-belting available locally in that the animal side of the belting is textured, a honeycomb-like surface that is forgiving but gives enough friction that the animal is likely to stay put.”

The slide had a section of chain at each end, secured to the belting with an iron channel that was held with a row of bolts. I used two lengths of doubled over rope so I had four ends to secure the hind end loop to the front end. This gave a couple crossover points to help keep him from sliding off either side, but wasn't so restrictive that he would feel confined or get fouled if he started paddling his legs. A good understanding of knots was helpful here. I used lark's heads to attach to the aft chain, and quick release knots to anchor the bitter ends on the leading chain.” Ed said, “I would use straps and webbing but certainly a great start.”


It was a great day for Joe and his owner to play in the park in Jonesville, FL - until he found a hidden hole and fell approximately 50 ft. The Alachua County Fire Rescue Service, which conducts periodic training with UF College of Veterinary Medicine's Large Animal Technical Rescue Team, responded to the scene, and requested mutual aid from the UF CVM technical rescue in rescuing Joe.


http://www.whmentors.org/men/canhorse01.html Take a look at this report of a mustang with a can on her foot

Approximate time-line:
Arrival and size-up: About 6 minutes.
Setting up chute: About 6 minutes.
Getting the horse into the chute: About 30 seconds.
Loading the horse into the trailer: Less than 30 seconds.

Incident log:
09:38 Received call for assistance.
09:42 On-scene
09:56 Enroute to NNCC
11:00 At NNCC
11:19 Returning to Stagecoach
12:23 Horse returned and released.
Total on-scene time was approximately 14 minutes. Total incident time was 2 hours, 41 minutes.


http://www.epworthbells.co.uk/news/isle-news/horse-rescued-from-canal-1-4377117# Foal from canal
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=endscreen&NR=1&v=RxKNuRbrO64 Horse in frozen pond
http://www.fox43tv.com/dpps/news/local/va_beach/crews-try-to-free-horse--from-sinkhole-_4123442 Horse in sinkhole
http://davis.patch.com/articles/video-ucd-emergency-vet-team-rescues-horse Calif. rescue with video
Prakash Gogoi of the Brooke India reported that he had talk with Dr. Sabir Mir, a Govt. practitioner from Srinagar, who said the animals were not laying there for 15 days as local newspapers figured, but for less than five days.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eqHeqlI5sOE&feature=share Excellent raw feed from a rescue of a horse in a frozen pond. MERS at work! Way to go, guys!
http://www.nwcn.com/news/oregon/144304095.html Horse rescued from hole
http://www.firefighternation.com/article/news-2/portland-firefighters-rescue-horse-septic-tank Good rescue!
http://www.kptv.com/story/17260287/horse-rescue-under-way-in-northeast-portland?autoStart=true&topVideoCatNo=default&clipId=6878934 Video of the rescue. but ... pulling the horse by the leg????
http://www.wesh.com/news/30842007/detail.html Out of the mud


http://news.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20120314-333500.html Rescue of rare dolphin in China

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=ekmMD8oYtJ0 An excellent video of dolphin rescue in Brazil. May not be the healthiest methods, but bravo for saving them!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=75MC2HEmpy4&feature=related Dolphin rescues whales in NZ.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nMrREOEV73o Sea turtle rescue
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QRGB7upmsYc&NR=1&feature=endscreen Sea turtle rescue
http://usnews.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/03/27/10884877-dramatic-rescue-for-calif-gray-whale-entangled-in-discarded-fishing-net 7 hr rescue


http://bangordailynews.com/2012/03/26/news/aroostook/200-pigs-killed-in-sherman-barn-fire/ Pigs killed in factory farm fire
http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2012-03-12/news/chi-6-horses-killed-in-round-lake-stable-fire-20120311_1_horses-secretariat-foundation-seattle-slew When will people learn that sprinklers will save lives!
http://www.ocala.com/article/20120402/ARTICLES/120409970/1402/NEWS Follow up on fire
Check out Laurie Loveman’s website: http://www.firesafetyinbarns.com


http://www.mlive.com/news/kalamazoo/index.ssf/2012/03/friesian_stallion_extricated_f.html Rescue in Michigan. Horse ok.
http://www.wzzm13.com/news/article/207967/14/Update-Driver-identified-in-horse-accident Hit and run kills 2 horses
http://www.yorkpress.co.uk/news/9638427.Driver___s_horse_crash_horror/ Horse killed by car
http://www.mlive.com/news/jackson/index.ssf/2012/04/the_horse_owner_vehicle_driver.html Another hit and run
http://www.hattiesburgamerican.com/article/20120331/NEWS01/203310326/Court-review-car-horse-accident?odyssey=mod%7Cnewswell%7Ctext%7CFRONTPAGE%7Cs Horse killed by car


http://www.break.com/index/never-wake-a-sleeping-ninja-cow.html Cow kicks woman in face
http://www.independent.ie/national-news/fatheroffour-killed-in-horse-accident-at-curragh-racecourse-3073830.html Man dies "breaking" horse
Watch out for them cows!



http://www.usrider.org/safety.html trailer safety checklist
http://www.thehorse.com/ViewArticle.aspx?ID=19790 Also an article on the checklist
http://cs.thehorse.com/blogs/horse-911-whats-your-emergency/archive/2012/03.aspx Rebecca's blog on the NATM conference
http://www.horsetalk.co.nz/saferide/floatsafety.shtml Is your horse trailer an accident waiting to happen?
http://www.itsadisaster.net For all the latest disaster information. Great site, Janet and Bill!


Tomas Gimenez has written a useful guide to determining the presence and severity of pain in horses. You can view it on the LAR website, www.saveyourhorse.com under Safety Articles
https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1331562340146 Survey from Dr. Shea Porr on TLAER. Her e-mail address is cporr@vt.edu If you've taken the class, please follow up with the survey. Thanks.
http://www.stratfor.com/weekly/practical-guide-situational-awareness?utm_source=freelist-f&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=20120315&utm_term=sweekly&utm_content=readmore&elq=5aa7987989eb49b9a30711061770716b Learn about "situational awareness"
http://www.usrider.org/survey.html Trailer accident survey. Please fill it out if you have EVER been in one

http://cs.thehorse.com/blogs/horse-911-whats-your-emergency/archive/2012/03/05/when-tornados-happen-to-horses.aspx?CommentPosted=true#commentMessage horses and tornadoes blog http://cs.thehorse.com/blogs/horse-911-whats-your-emergency/archive/2012/03/19/animal-transportation-association-coverage-day-1.aspx Blog from the ATA conference http://rmirror.net/r/videos/comments/q5hu9/car_accident_nsfl/ Winter may be almost over, but this should be a reminder to drive according to the conditions! http://cs.thehorse.com/blogs/horse-911-whats-your-emergency/archive/2012/03/22/are-rear-facing-trailers-the-future-of-equine-transport.aspx blog on rear facing horse trailers. Do NOT trailer your horse facing backward in a trailer that is not specifically designed for this kind of travel!! http://www.thehorse.com/ViewArticle.aspx?ID=19734 Top 10 things to know about a horse's mind


http://www.care2.com/causes/drugged-up-horses-race-to-their-deaths.html Drugs and racing
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/25/us/death-and-disarray-at-americas-racetracks.html?_r=1 The racing industry has gotten a lot of justifiably bad press lately. When will they stop this "death and disarray"??
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2119876/Man-held-macabre-horse-killing.html?ito=feeds-newsxml In Rebecca’s backyard!
http://www.thehorse.com/ViewArticle.aspx?ID=19779 "Soring" is still common; HSUS wants it stopped!
http://www.elrefugioanimal.org/Nuestralabor/proyectos News from a group in Colombia that TLAER worked with when they were there.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bSywiwgC4Dk&feature=related Plattsburg officer frees dog from fence (video)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=fvwp&NR=1&v=5HKbvjg8D2A Dog saves kittens from fire
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qgld39VnRRs&NR=1&feature=endscreen dog calls 911 http://www.maniacworld.com/stay-calm-dad.html Great non-animal report of a 5yo saving dad

http://www.azcentral.com/video/?bctid=1549461481001#%2FNews%2FWild+horse+filmed+rescuing+another+wild+horse+from+drowning+in+Arizona%2F40280768001%2F35150280001%2F1549461481001#/Wild+horse+rescues+another+horse+from+drowning+in+Arizona/1549461481001 Wild stallion saves filly from drowning (slideshow)



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What we do for ourselves dies with us. What we do for others and the world remains and is immortal.
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