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June 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

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


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.

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
Link for the University of PEI's TLAER class. http://avc.upei.ca/files/avc/Registration_Form.pdf
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

THIS MONTH’S "Large Animals in the News"


Rebecca Gimenez reports there are over 1400 members at TLAER's facebook page. WHOO HOO!

Ed Childers presented at a recent Blair County (PA), EMA and the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Association meeting. His plan was to present primary incidents that show animals and to get the audience thinking on what they would do if they had to deal with this particular incident. As Ed says: “All primary incidents that involve animals WILL involve humans at some point in time.”

The Summit went well and had a very interesting format. First, Blair/Washington CART were given the opportunity to present to the general body which was then followed by two breakout sessions that allowed good interaction, take aways, and more detail on the following topics;

  • Primary Incident
  • Secondary Incident
  • Wexford LAR
  • Blair County LAR
  • Barn Fires
  • Incident Planning
  • Emergency Halter
  • Training
It was evident the Blair County does care by the attendance and is genuinely concerned about what to do and to better prepare for animal related incidents.
Way to go, Ed! You're making a big difference for horses in Western PA!


Da Vinci Equine Emergency Transport, LLC is the first state of the art equine ambulance in Maryland. We have specialized equipment to rescue horses who are recumbent, stuck in fences, stuck in the mud, fallen down a ravine, etc. We get them out of danger, load them on our specialized equine ambulance and transport them to a local equine hospital.
CALL NICOLE: 301-335-2340 or EMAIL: DaVinciEquine@gmail.com


Marian Robinson, our "Man in MN", sent along this report: “Here in the twin cities Lock and Dam 1, 2, 3 on the upper Mississippi River have been closed because of fast rising water from further up North....rain storms almost every 2 days it seems.” And MN would like some Large Animal Rescue training, please!


http://www.20min.ch/ro/news/romandie/story/Une-ambulance-pour-les-vaches-et-les-chevaux-16520203 It's only two pictures and written in French, but check it out! Good to see LAR training in other countries.
http://www.horse-canada.com/horse-news/avc-offers-large-animal-emergency-rescue-course/#comment-18396 article on PEI training


Clydesdale rescue MERS to the rescue! Watch their great slideshows! MERS responds to approximately 34 calls per year, probably busier than anyone else.
http://www.mersteam.org/articles/show/95 Clydesdale
You can watch videos of these rescues as well. Check the link at the bottom of each page.

http://www.dailyamerican.com/news/somerset/da-ot-firefighters-rescue-black-mare-20120511,0,1017504.story Horse through floor
http://www.noozhawk.com/article/051512_horse_is_rescued_after_swimming_miles_out_to_sea/ 2.5 miles out to sea!

http://www2.journalnow.com/news/2012/apr/26/mare-lifted-safety-after-falling-backyard-pool-ar-2210901/ Horse in a pool
http://ibnlive.in.com/news/horse-slips-into-tank-saved/252209-60-118.html Horse in a tank
http://www.independentmail.com/news/2012/may/18/cocker-spaniel-rescued-unhurt-from-30-foot-deep/ Dog out of well

http://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2012/05/26/happy-mudders-day-horse-needs-rescue-in-lake-view-terrace/ Watch the video of the airlift
and also http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lanow/2012/05/hansen-dam-horse-airlifted.html
and also http://www.dailynews.com/news/ci_20720441/lafd-firefighters-rescue-horse-stuck-mud-near-hansen

http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/54194401-78/horse-basement-window-ascarte.html.csp Horse in the basement
http://www.kolotv.com/home/headlines/Injured_Clydesdale_Rescued_After_Canyon_Fall_154967905.html Nevada team to the rescue!


http://www.care2.com/go/z/e/AGnjF/zmXr/AXoEB Humpback whales work together to save grey whale calf


Irv Lichtenstein sent this: http://www.poconorecord.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=%2F20120530%2FNEWS90%2F205300331%2F-1%2FNEWS , http://articles.mcall.com/2012-05-26/news/mc-horse-rescue-20120526_1_horse-pool-emergency-responders

A horse got through its pasture fence and was found on its side on a pool cover in Bucks County (PA) recently. According to press reports several local fire companies responded, placed the animal on a plywood slide and removed it to shore and treatment. There was no mention of the animal being secured prior to movement. There have been numerous stories of horses being removed from holes, bogs, and other water hazards lately. In all the cases the horse was tranquilized into submission, placed on plywood or other large sheet materials, and then slid to shore. In one case in Hanson, California the horse was then short hauled (sling loaded) by helicopter.

In none of these reports are there any indications that the horse was secured either to itself or to the slide panel. In addition to the normal risks associated with drugging a shocky subject most equine will increase activity for up to 20 minutes after a shot is administered. To prevent injury to rescuers or the horse it is imperative that the animal’s hooves be hobbled and the legs secured with wide nylon straps. There is no muscle or protective soft tissue on a horse’s legs and small diameter rope can cause grievous damage. A horse will flail with its legs and a single body strike to a human can be fatal. When moving a downed horse secure the legs, get the animal on a slide of some sort, and pull on the slide, not the horse. Approaching the animal from the side away from the feet is best, using a crook or pole to place the hobbles.

If a water rescue requires entering the water use inflated large diameter hose for improvised pontoons, connected under the horse’s belly by wide straps for support. And make sure all rescuers are properly equipped with flotation and protective gear. Remember: horses are big, horses are strong, and horses are always scared of being eaten. Work safe and everybody goes home.

http://www.lmneuquen.com.ar/noticias/2012/5/16/rescatan-a-un-caballo-que-cayo-en-un-pozo-ciego_147643 A horse was rescued after more than seven hours after falling in a cesspool in Argentina. About 20 minutes after calling the Brigade Rescue of the Fire Department Police Neuquén provincial, Pampa, the horse of four years, finally emerged safely from the cesspool of about 2 meters deep. I used Google Translator on this, so it’s a bit stilted!


http://bangordailynews.com/2012/05/07/news/hancock/fire-destroys-gouldsboro-barn-kills-animals-inside/ From Michelle Melaragno, "These folks are long time family friends, and they are the most genuine, hard-working people I've known. Much of my love for rural living and true, back-to-the-earth farming was inspired from a childhood weekend get-away at Darthia Farm. Bill & Cindy - I am thinking of you, your family and your animals."
I sincerely and fervently hope that they will install sprinklers in their new barn.

https://secure.forumcomm.com/?publisher_ID=1&article_id=360484&CFID=340111723&CFTOKEN= Fire kills one horse; ruled arson
http://www.goerie.com/article/20120519/NEWS02/305199899/Crawford-County-fire-kills-more-than-50-cattle When are people going to learn they need to install sprinklers?

Check out Laurie Loveman’s website: http://www.firesafetyinbarns.com PLEASE install a sprinkler system in your barn!


http://www.bozemandailychronicle.com/ap_news/montana/article_8f7dce83-7046-5050-ae6e-fc28cd9e66a3.html?success=1 Another horse through a trailer floor
http://www.covnews.com/section/1/article/28979/ Whole bunch of cows killed after they wander onto road
http://eventingnation.com/home/trailer-accident-strikes-pollard-eventing.html Michael Pollard, U.S. Olympic Eventing equestrian team hopeful, said he was “in a tailspin” after three horses he has been working with died from a wreck in Spring Place. Both drivers were charged with driving without a license


http://www.horseandhound.co.uk/news/397/312688.html Randy the Rescue Horse is in big demand


http://www.facebook.com/HorseFloatAccidentsAustralia Horse Float (trailer) Accidents on Facebook



Here's one of the several places you can buy "the" video on the subject of helmets: Every Time; Every Ride http://uspcbooks.stores.yahoo.net/evtievridvd.html


http://www.thepilot.com/news/2012/may/30/officials-test-emergency-animal-rescue-plan/ Hurray for Moore County, NC. GOOD disaster news!


http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/05/120505130909.htm Rebecca Gimenez says: From a scientific and welfare perspective - please understand that if you are eating HALAL and KOSHER meats - that means the ANIMAL WAS PERFECTLY ALIVE AND ABLE TO FEEL THE CUT, AND BLEEDS TO DEATH WHILE ALIVE AND AWARE. This is NOT humane slaughter.

http://www.sacbee.com/2012/05/30/4525134/hitting-horse-with-sledgehammer.html Men try to kill horse with sledgehammer

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/05/08/wyoming-premium-farms-abuse-humane-society_n_1499707.html That is "alleging", as in to declare with positiveness, affirm or assert: to allege a fact. That is not the other definition of allege: to assert without proof. The proof is in the video.
Read more: http://www.care2.com/causes/hsus-exposes-severe-animal-abuse-by-wyoming-meat-processing-plant.html#ixzz1v34jisJ3
Doug DeRouchey, Wyoming Premium Farms manager, said that those responsible for such heinous acts will be fired, but DeRouchey also claimed he “needs more than a four-minute video as proof of wrong-doing.” Apparently he did not comment on how much documentation would be needed to constitute “proof.” Hello! Veggies anyone???This is not exactly an isolated case! As Dr. Phil says, “That dog don’t hunt.”

http://abcnews.go.com/Nightline/video/tennessee-ross-brian-horses-torture-abuse-16365454 Watch the video on Tennessee Walker abuse
http://www.tennessean.com/article/D4/20120520/NEWS05/305200056 same story.
http://www.humanesociety.org/assets/pdfs/horse/mcconnell_twh_invest_report.pdf The HSUS investigative report -- are these people still walking around???


http://www.coolestone.com/media/3990/Honza-Blaha-The-Horseman/ After seeing the Cavalia show, I wondered if he in any way influenced it.


There are so many new rescue teams now, I was wondering if you would like to have your own page on the LAR website, www.saveyourhorse.com I’ll make a button for it – “Rescue Teams” or whatever you’d like – and you can submit a picture, a small write-up of your team, and a link to your website or your contact info if you don’t have a website yet. I’ll list you by state or country. That might make it easier for outsiders to find you. Please send me your thoughts. M



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