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AUGUST 2012 newsletter

CLASSES AND CONFERENCES

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

REQUESTS FOR CLASSES

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

ONGOING CLASSES

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

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
LAR training by D&J Fox: www.largeanimalrescue.com
TAR incorporates water and flood rescue techniques with animal behavior www.wavetrekrescue.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 www.washingtonsart.org

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OCT 3-6 Kansas Technical Rescue Conference, includes Large Animal Rescue by Code 3 Associates, KU Fire and Rescue Training Institute, Salina, KS Contact: 866-804-8841
NOV 15-18 Dr. Rebecca Gimenez will be speaking at Equitana, Melbourne, Australia 15th-18th –Rebecca will be assisted by MaryAnne Leighton, Selina Neil and Sonya Hatch, and will conduct two Large Animal Rescue demonstrations on the Friday and Saturday of Equitana. You can meet these ladies on the Horse SA stand in the Epsom Pavilion.

AUG 25-26 Equine Veterinarians Australia two-day course for equine vets, held in Brisbane, Australia. Instructors are Christine Smith President of EVA and Anthony Hatch Fire and Rescue NSW. http://eva.ava.com.au/calendar-of-events
AUG 25 LART training at Days End Farm Horse Rescue in Lisbon, MD Contact: 301-854-5037 or 410-442-1564 info@defhr.org
SEPT 8 Sunshine Coast awareness course, Caboolture Showgrounds, Queensland, Australia. Instructor is Selina Neill. Contact Marilyn Taylor iandmtaylor@optusnet.com.au or phone (07) 3289 2509.
SEPT 14-15 TLAER Awareness, Parkersburg, WV Contact Kristine Green, Kristine.L.Green@wv.gov or 304-420-1481
SEPT 17-19 TLAER Operations, TEEX Training Facility, TX Openings in Awareness and Operations. 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
OCT TBA Reality Based Emergency Training, Ladd Farm, Bridgewater, NH Contact Kelly Sigler (803) 522-4395 kelly@kellysigler.com or Tori Miller (910) 494-8210 NC4HoovesFarm@hotmail.com
OCT 6-7 TLAER Awareness, Thomasville GA Contact Jayne Roberts equijay@gmail.com

OCT 12-14 TAR, Index WA Contact Chris Jonason, info@wavetrekrescue.com 360-793-1508

“DOWN UNDER” CLASSES

OCT 13-14 TLAER Awareness, Glen Oak School of Arts, Maitland, NSW, Australia Contact Jo Briggs info@horsewelfare.com.au
OCT 21-22 TLAER Awareness, Launceston, Tasmania Contact Raylene Garwood raylene.garwood@defence.gov.au
OCT 27-28 TLAER Awareness, The Gordon TAFE - Geelong-Victoria, Australia Contact Margaret Anderson manderson@gordontafe.edu.au
OCT 27–28 Equine Veterinarians Australia two-day course for equine vets, Perth, Australia. Instructors are Christine Smith President of EVA and Anthony Hatch Fire and Rescue NSW. http://eva.ava.com.au/calendar-of-events
NOV 3-4 TLAER Operations with Rebecca Gimenez at Gatton, Australia. Attendees must have completed a two-day awareness course to be eligible to attend this operations course. Contact Debbie Dekker, President of Queensland Horse Council president@qldhorsecouncil.com
NOV 10-11 TLAER Operations with Rebecca Gimenez, Cairns, Australia. Attendees must have completed a two-day awareness course to be eligible to attend this operations course. Contact Debbie Dekker, President of Queensland Horse Council president@qldhorsecouncil.com
NOV 13 Large Animal Rescue Info Night. TabCorp Park, Melton,Victoria Australia Contact: horsesa@horsesa.asn.au
NOV. 14 Large Animal Rescue Info Night. Pakenham Racing Club, Pakenham,Victoria, Australia Contact: horsesa@horsesa.asn.au (preferred) http://horse.org.au/2012/07/large-animal-rescue-info-night_-pakenham-vic/
NOV 21-22 TLAER Awareness with Rebecca Gimenez in Launceston, Tasmania Contact Raylene Garwood raylene.garwood@defence.gov.au
NOV 27-28 TLAER Awareness with Rebecca Gimenez at Geelong, Vic, Australia Contact Margaret Anderson manderson@gordontafe.edu.au

DEC 7-9 TLAER Operations, TLAER International Training Facility - Gray (Macon), GA Contact Dr. Rebecca Gimenez delphiacres@hotmail.com
DEC 11 Euthanasia Certification, Colombia, SC National Animal Control Association http://www.nacanet.org/euthanasia.html for more information
DEC 12-15 TLAER Awareness and Operations including HAZMAT, TEEX facility in College Station, TX Contact Dr. Ben Buchanan, bbuchanan@bveh.com

LAR PEOPLE

From Matt and the San Francisco PD: “We had to say goodbye to Charlie today. He had some severe intestinal problems and was put down this morning at UC Davis. We will miss him terribly. Charlie was the leader in our herd.
R.I.P. Charlie. Our Thoughts and Prayers go out to Matt and the San Francisco PD Mounted Unit for their loss of Charlie.

http://www.theguardian.pe.ca/News/Local/2012-07-09/article-3026274/Horse-recovering-after-training-accident/1 Torque got torqued in PEI!
Rebecca reports: "On Friday July 6, 2012 in the afternoon of the second day of the course (TLAERTM Operations level) while performing the A-Frame Vertical Lift operation, there was an accident with our demonstration horse, Torque. We were (fortunately) giving the course at the Prince Edward Island, Canada, Atlantic Veterinary College campus. With over 75 students in attendance, 26 of whom were veterinarians or veterinary technicians, we were thrilled that so much capable assistance was immediately available! We are also grateful that no people were injured when the accident occurred – they had been pre-briefed on the possible dangers of this equipment when using a live horse for demonstration – and stayed well out of the way of the A-frame and rope systems.

"Torque was admitted to the hospital radiography and I.C.U. straight away to be evaluated for that critical first 12 hours when neurologic swelling of the brain could severely depress his chances to survive." Torque is about to make a grand exit from the hospital and will be taken to a local farm. From there, Michelle M. will pick him up in the next week to take him to Maine, then he will be transported home from there. Poor Rebecca when he gets home!

Donations in support of "Torque" are greatly appreciated. Funds will NOT be going towards his medical care. They will allow the PEI university vet school to purchase some of the TLAER equipment that they want to build their cache so that they can help MORE horses. Primary on their list is a Rescue Glide. Atlantic Veterinary College, care of Dr. Erica Koch, for the "TORQUE EQUIPMENT FUND," 550 University Ave, Charlottetown, PE C1A 4P3, Canada.
and update: http://www.thehorse.com/ViewArticle.aspx?ID=20301 and http://www.thehorse.com/ViewArticle.aspx?ID=20314

If you have ever had the privilege of taking a class with Torque, please show your appreciation by donating to the Torque Fund. LAR is SO new in Canada, we really need to support it however we can. This accident could’ve had a much different, sadder, outcome without the loving care and expertise of Dr. Erica and her crew. NO donation is too small. ALL donations gratefully appreciated. “And like Topsy, it grew.” (From “Uncle Tom’s Cabin, published in 1852, where Harriet Beecher Stowe describes the character Topsy – a wild and uncivilized slave girl who Miss Ophelia tries to reform.)

Also in Canada:
Estelle Emond reports: “New Brunswick Large Animal Emergency Rescue Inc., we are now officially incorporated as a not-for-profit organization, I have received the letters of patent today!!! It’s going to be a bumpy ride, and a fast one. now with the incorporation we can start getting the word out, get approved by NB emergency management organisation (EMO) and the RCMP, get funds, get volunteers, get equipments and help out.” Way to go, Estelle!! Congrats!

Our very own Chris Jonason, of Wave Trek Rescue, is working on a horse movie! She says, “ I've been working with a very passionate team on an important feature-length documentary called "Horsepower". We are several months into production and have developed a ton of compelling material, new insights, as well as a passionate following. Our goal is to educate not only those currently involved with equine affairs, but to broadly re-educate the US on the importance of horses in American history, the horse as a cultural icon and powerful being, and the disturbing and unfortunate equine issues we are grappling with in this country. While many rescues and notable efforts are in need of funding, we firmly believe this film will stimulate support to help thousands of horses across America, and also reconnect people with horses and encourage reconnection with nature, in general, which I personally feel is critically important. We're asking for financial contribution, yes, we cannot be shy with this important cause.” You can watch the latest video and make a contribution at: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/868712363/horsepower-the-movie Whoo Hoo!!!

THIS MONTH’S "Large Animals in the News"

TRAINING

http://thehorsesafetyblog.wordpress.com/2012/07/11/in-what-way-will-high-school-students-benefit-from-a-tlaer-livestock-safety-awareness-program-2-2/ Spencer's blog

https://www.facebook.com/#!/media/set/?set=a.329045297187064.77192.259697810788480&type=1 New South Wales, Australia training went well. They used Randy AND live horses.

http://www.rochdaleonline.co.uk/news-features/2/news-headlines/72096/large-animal-rescue-demo-for-middleton-vets UK Fire trains local vets
http://www.rochdaleonline.co.uk/news-features/34/heywood-news/71712/roll-up-roll-up-for-animal-rescue-training-with-a-difference Training with the circus

RESCUES

http://www.burnham-on-sea.com/news/2012/horse-rescued-05-05-12.php Good pictures
http://www.cairns.com.au/article/2012/07/04/226865_local-news.html Look at the rigging on the horse!

And http://www.news.com.au/national/miracle-rescue-after-horse-falls-down-mine-shaft-in-far-north-queensland/story-fncynjr2-1226417454091 with pictures The miracle of this rescue is that the horse didn't tip out of the "harness" and fall head first into the water.

https://goshenorfd.samariteam.com/Gallery.aspx?GalleryId=562 and
http://democratherald.com/news/state-and-regional/ore-firefighters-rescue-horse-twice-in-night/article_5cfad76c-0d75-516f-92d5-87d0f4deaecf.html Katie Sue got rescued. Twice. This is just the most endearing photo. Katie Sue is smiling!

http://kezi.com/news/local/250184
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-leeds-18927661 Horse in a well
http://www.gladstoneobserver.com.au/story/2012/07/06/cow-on-nose-after-rescue-from-septic/ A cow in a septic tank

http://www.thisisgloucestershire.co.uk/horses-rescued-week/story-16504138-detail/story.html If you train them, the rescues will come. Four horses rescued just days after new rescue team established in Gloucestershire
http://www.myfoxny.com/story/18991633/miracle-unicorn-horse-survives-empalement

http://www.khou.com/community/blogs/animal-attraction/Horse-rescued-after-falling-into-septic-tank--163085126.html Horse out of septic tank
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-manchester-18794841 Horse out of water
http://fox4kc.com/2012/07/24/horse-rescued-from-well/ Horse was left in a well for TWO DAYS. What WERE they people thinking?!?!
http://www.horseandhound.co.uk/news/397/313502.html Yet another horse stuck underground! This one there for FIVE days!
http://www.firehouse.com/news/10747619/california-firefighters-vets-team-up-to-save-bull and
http://www.aol.com/video/bull-rescued-after-falling-in-well/517426346/?icid=maing-grid7%7Cmain5%7Cdaily-buzz5%7Csec6_lnk2%7C184685 and
http://www.kcra.com/news/Rodeo-Bull-Rescued-From-Well/-/11797728/15686678/-/5rl5gl/-/index.html I'm surprised the team -- supposedly trained in animal rescue -- didn't secure the bull properly. Thoughts?
As a refresher of what could've happened, here is the video posted in March of the camel rescue http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T0VadtExfWQ&feature=share Camel rescue goes fatally wrong. Video is graphic

http://www.sthelensreporter.co.uk/news/local/stricken-horse-rescued-from-mud-1-4750915 Mud rescue in UK with picture of forward assist
http://www.wfmj.com/story/19108998/horses-become-stuck-in-mud-at-shrunken-ohio-ponds Horses dying in mud

http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=3466496026263 Great example of a low tech Large Animal Rescue
http://www.illawarramercury.com.au/news/local/news/general/horses-for-courses-firies-save-bogged-animal/2629789.aspx Horse out of mud
http://www.donegaldemocrat.ie/news/local/dramatic-horse-rescue-1-4062861 Horse rescued in Ireland after Facebook post asking for help

RESCUE STORIES

A great story of low-tech rescue. “Tea Cup”, a retired horse at the Mill Creek Farm in north Alachua Florida, had an accident on July 12, 2012, and found herself stuck in her paddock, in a swale caused by all the recent rains. She was on her side and unable to move her rear legs to get up.

Alachua County Sheriff’s Deputy Brandon Jones responded to the call. He had a plan, but knew he needed more equipment to safely move the horse, and requested the dispatch of the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine’s Animal Technical Rescue Team. The team of Dr Roger Clemmons, Security Supervisor David John, and College Director and Team Leader, John Haven responded. While waiting for the UF Team, Jones used a hose to keep the horse cool and hydrated. The team with Deputy Jones quickly put a low tech rescue plan together. They decided it would be easier on “Tea Cup” to open up the bottom of the swale, and perform a rear drag, and ultimately walk her out, than to perform a higher angle rescue and pull her up to safety.

While waiting for the UF team to arrive, Deputy Jones managed to thread a pilot line around the horse’s pelvis, making it easy to insert the large weight distributing webbing used to pull “Tea Cup” from her stuck position, using a “rear drag” technique. The team used a tractor to finish cutting out a safe egress path to pull “Tea Cup” to safety. “Tea Cup’s” head was wrapped in a white water rescue lifejacket to protect her eyes and to pad the head. With just a short 5 foot pull, “Tea Cup” was moved clear of the swale, and she immediately stood up. Within a few minutes she was back to grazing grass like nothing happened.

Another successful rescue for the UF Animal Technical Rescue Team, and the Alachua County Rural Services Deputies. Recently they combined for the rescue of the horse “Midnight” from the mud of Payne’s Prairie and the UF team worked with Alachua Fire Rescue to rescue the dog “Joey” who fell in the sink hole. The UF Team is an all-volunteer team, and operates on donations to fund the costs of responding to rescues like these. Please contact the development team at 352-294-4256 to make a contribution.

http://www.facebook.com/#!/nswrfs On the New South Wales Rural Fire Service Facebook page:

In all of his 16 years with the Helensburgh Brigade Captain Aaron West has never been called to an animal rescue – until today. Early this afternoon NSW RFS volunteers assisted Fire and Rescue NSW to rescue a seven year old horse bogged up to his knees in thick mud. It took seven firefighters half and hour to pull the exhausted horse out, allowing the horse “much needed resting time, for him to regain his energy to help us free him.”

“Our brigade is accustomed to attending motor vehicle accidents, and structure fires; but this certainly was an out of the box job. The poor horse had just run out of puff, and we were more than happy to lend him some man power,” said Captain Aaron West.

PEOPLE NOT HORSES

http://www.thisisleicestershire.co.uk/Rider-Jo-Lomas-dies-kicked-horse-Pickwell-near/story-16515610-detail/story.html
http://www.kolotv.com/home/headlines/Horse_Crushes_Woman_at_Carson_Rodeo_162667316.html
http://www.denverpost.com/breakingnews/ci_21081087/family-visit-turns-tragic-two-killed-near-limon and
http://www.thedenverchannel.com/news/31277787/detail.html
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1_nuKzNuV-Y&feature=player_embedded Horse was very specific in his body language, but the biker went ahead anyway and got a bruise for his trouble. Horse used only his bars to stop him instead of biting him

FIRE

http://www.sunjournal.com/news/river-valley/2012/07/26/milton-couple-loses-house-barn-some-livestock-and/1228767
http://www.coloradoan.com/article/20120710/NEWS01/307100023/CSU-rebuilding-fire-ravaged-horse-lab CSU rebuilding starts
http://www.wkyt.com/news/headlines/Lightning-likely-started-barn-fire-163989696.html Lightning fire, no animals involved
http://www.ocala.com/article/20120729/ARTICLES/120729663 Many horses die in fire
http://www.ottawacitizen.com/news/South+Glengarry+barn+fire+kills+cows/6975498/story.html Old barn; no sprinklers
http://www.indystar.com/usatoday/article/56765634?odyssey=mod%7Cnewswell%7Ctext%7CIndianapolis+News%7Cp Wildfires everywhere!

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

ON THE ROAD

http://www.wkbw.com/news/Sheriff-Horse-Dies-In-Accident-162339076.html Trailer flips in freak accident, killing Sheriff’s horse
and http://www.buffalonews.com/city/article980339.ece
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-07-19/police-warning-after-horses-die-in-accidents/4140676 Horses hit in Tasmania and http://blogs.abc.net.au/tasmania/2012/07/horses-killed-on-hobart-roads-check-your-fences.html Horses killed by cars in Tasmania
http://bangordailynews.com/2010/08/04/news/bangor/horses-fall-out-of-trailer-cause-brief-interstate-closure/

http://www.redbankgreen.com/2012/06/cow-euthanized-after-river-plaza-accident.html One cow dies after wandering onto road
http://www.koaa.com/news/horse-survives-70-mph-fall/#!prettyPhoto/0/ Horse falls out of trailer. WOW! Is he lucky!
http://southeast.patch.com/articles/horse-dies-after-falling-out-of-trailer-on-i-684-e7adcb49 Not so lucky.
http://www.facebook.com/l/4AQHCh6Tj/houston.culturemap.com/newsdetail/07-06-12-horses-gallop-through-houston-rush-hour-and-meet-a-tragic-end/ TX horses killed on road
http://www.krtv.com/news/one-horse-injured-in-trailer-accident-near-great-falls/?fb_ref=.UAvjcp-WAkw.like&fb_source=home_oneline Swerving trailer
http://www.bonnyvillenouvelle.ca/article/20120723/BNV0801/307239999/-1/BNV/horses-dragged-behind-stolen-truck "Impaired" thief steals truck/trailer with horses attached
http://www.ajc.com/news/driver-accused-of-ramming-1488196.html Police horse rammed but ok
http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/2012/07/31/gallery-rescue-mission-after-horse-gets-leg-stuck-in-horsebox-on-a494-55578-31511395/ Slideshow of pictures
http://www.northescambia.com/2012/08/one-person-injured-three-horses-killed-in-wreck/comment-page-1#comment-138559

EQUIPMENT AND SUPPLIES

http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.3910254729303.252383.1667420298&type=1 Michelle Melaragno has used LAR equipment for sale

LINKS

http://google.org/crisismap/2012_us_wildfires Site mapping wild fires
http://www.google.org/publicalerts Public alert page
http://tmappsevents.esri.com/Website/wildfire/ Also track worldwide The Technical Large Animal Emergency Rescue Facebook page has posted pictures, taken by Shea Porr, of 2010-2012 training events at Virginia. Check ‘em out!

Rebecca Gimenez says: Hey folks - we are conducting a full update / revision of the TLAER website this month. FROM YOU THAT USE THE
SITE - I NEED :
1. IDEAS on what you would like to see added? Removed? Anything that we are missing? LINKS (tell me what the link is!)
2. PICTURES that you want to submit (with your NAME on the title of the JPEG) to add to the site.
3. A short statement how much the course has assisted you with your unit, your animals, or what you learned personally.
PLEASE SEND TO delphiacres@hotmail.com THANK YOU!

https://www.facebook.com/resquip Randy the Rescue Manniquin has a face book page!

INNOVATIONS, EDUCATION, AND LESSONS LEARNED

If you have been teaching or using a “Figure 8 Sling” as your primary lift harness, please consider this: It is VERY uncomfortable for the horse, bends their backs, does not easily balance the load, the knots are difficult to tie in an emergency situation, it’s also harder to remove AFTER the rescue, and it is difficult to teach. The question is: Why use this when the simple web sling is so much easier, quicker, and safer?
The Figure 8 Sling can still be used when you don't have any other choice or other equipment. But it is painful to a live horse because it bends his spine in an unnatural way, and it catches him in painful areas between his legs. Ouch! This method has been taught for almost 20 years and it does have valid applications, such as when a horse is either debilitated, sedated or anesthetized, or in steep and difficult terrain. But consider a web sling your first choice for most rescues.

http://www.natm.com/Trailerhandbook.html

http://youtu.be/WFcgRc2_h_g From Rick Tobin: Co-housing Animals with People During Disaster
It is time to consider the co-housing of evacuees with their pets and livestock after disaster strikes, especially during mass care and shelter in catastrophes. Sixty-two percent of U.S. households have pets. Many of the households are not prepared to take care of their pets during an emergency evacuation. Many people will not go to shelters if they would be separated from their pets.

Community emergency planners need to work with stakeholder groups to ensure there is support in place, and to evaluate the successes others have had when mixing the public with their pets inside the shelters. Now is the time to reevaluate the restrictions now in place in most public shelter operations. This brief video explores the need and suggests a path forward for success in any community.

http://stablemanagement.com/articles/caution-disaster-ahead/index.html Be prepared for disasters!

http://www.fwi.co.uk/Articles/13/07/2012/133894/Complacent-livestock-handlers-risk-death.htm Report on livestock handler deaths in UK

http://www.whmentors.org/evac/evacex1203.html Check out this great website by Large Animal Evac and Technical Rescue in Nevada. Lots of videos

http://cs.thehorse.com/blogs/horse-911-whats-your-emergency/archive/2012/07/18/wildfires-shelter-in-place-planning.aspx A starting point for thinking about wildfire response. Read the comments too.

http://cs.thehorse.com/blogs/horse-911-whats-your-emergency/archive/2012/07/18/wildfires-shelter-in-place-planning.aspx?CommentPosted=true#commentMessage Shelter in place article http://nasdonline.org/document/917/d000758/hay-fires-prevention-and-control.html Hay fires

LESSON STORY: WHAT IS TLAER?

Technical Large Animal Emergency Rescue (TLAER TM) is not disaster medicine. It is not field (ditch) medicine. TLAER does NOT refer to “rescue” of neglected, starving or abused animals – although many of the techniques may be utilized on those types of scenes. It is the practical considerations behind the safe extrication of a live large animal from entrapments (trailer wrecks, ditches, mud, barn fires) in local emergencies and disaster areas.
The principles behind using slings, webbing and ropes for animal transport are not new. In many countries, a large animal represents a huge financial investment and even someone’s livelihood. Technical Large Animal Emergency Rescue Training offers training nationwide (United States) and internationally for emergency response services, such as fire departments, rescue squads, law enforcement agencies, emergency management, county and state emergency response teams and animal control officers. The course is structured to educate those who are not a member of a branch of emergency services (veterinarians, large animal facility operators, animal rescue organizations, large animal transporters, and large animal owners.)
These courses are designed with a concentration on livestock and horses being the most encountered large animal at an emergency incident, however the term “large animal” has doesn’t have a precise definition - commercial livestock, exotic animals, zoo animals, etc. In a TLAER incident… always “Expect the Unexpected”! There are stacks of videos, personal accounts, FB photos, and newspaper articles that have been collected by the instructors that testify to the commonality of these types of rescues. The tactics are very applicable to cruelty investigation cases.
What does TLAER require that makes it special? Large animals are different – they do not follow rules of physics or chemistry – but instincts of fight or flight under fear and stress. Innovation is often required by rescuers as each incident is different than the last one you attended. Prevention, Safety and Education is a huge theme of the courses because as animal owners and stakeholders learn to prevent the common types of incidents, focus can be shifted to the unusual and highly technical ones.
TLAER as a "Specialty Form of Heavy Rescue" is a new idea within the fire services in the last 20 years. Over the last two decades, as the occurrence of large animal incidents became more common, branches of emergency services have begun to respond as the public has adopted a "911 call does it all" mentality. With the increase in the number of incidents involving large animals, the need for specialized training in the field of TLAER was exposed and more people expressed a need for AWARENESS and OPERATIONAL training within this specialty.
What the TLAER training course does is bring together (in two to four days, depending on the training course level) all of the latest concepts, techniques, procedures and equipment being used today. The primary instructors search and distribute with people all around the world - innovating tactics, techniques and procedures to share with their students. Our ongoing research and development, focus on simple and practical applications, and with improvements suggested by our highly qualified students, the courses are updated constantly – allowing students to learn the most current methods and equipment in each course.

WELFARE and DISASTER and JUST PLAIN STRANGE

http://www.netposse.com/ Stolen Horse International announces NetPosse.com is here to help all fire victims! If you are missing horses or other animals in the fires or other disasters you can list them for free.

Over one million animals are killed on US roadways every day. We've all seen them and say a little prayer as acknowledgement of their lives. But some folks are taking it further. A few compassionate countries build overpasses just for animals. The first ones were constructed during the 50s in France. Now the Netherlands (over 600), Switzerland, Germany, Australia, the US and Canada (41 in Banff NP alone) have joined in. In California, culverts for Desert Tortoises have seen a decline in deaths of 93% in 4 yrs. Florida has 24 culverts and 12 bridges along a 40 miles stretch of I-75 to save the panthers. Here are a few.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/new-brunswick/story/2012/07/06/nb-oromocto-pony-spca.html The pony died
http://www.care2.com/causes/volunteers-stop-bulldozers-from-burying-tortoises-alive.html In Florida

http://www.khou.com/news/No-charges-over-Texas-horse-with-profane-phrase-carved-into-teeth-162065905.html This is the most bizarre story
http://www.wltx.com/news/crimestoppers/article/195154/28/Man-Charged-With-Animal-Cruelty-Toward-Horses Picture posted of owner along with news story

http://www.care2.com/causes/the-true-cost-of-hamburgers-video.html Funny video on the true cost of a hamburger. Did you know that Americans eat, on average, 3 burgers a week? Follow the numbers.

http://india.nydailynews.com/business/6f209afd3eee451043a532601ccf045f/girl-survives-but-her-horse-dies-of-electrocution Russia
http://www.wfmj.com/story/18986460/at-least-10-head-of-cattle-electrocuted-in-lawrence-county More electrocution, this time cows

http://www.9news.com/news/article/280609/188/3-El-Paso-County-horsed-killed-in-lightning-strike
http://www.wvnstv.com/story/19103481/raleigh-county-cattle-killed-after-lightning-strikes-nearby-tree
http://www.thepilot.com/news/2012/jul/29/tearful-goodbye-lightning-kills-local-driving-hors/ Another lightning story

FEEL GOOD STUFF

http://www.boston.com/news/world/europe/articles/2012/07/16/czechs_fly_4_more_rare_wild_horses_to_mongolia/

Janet Liebsch, our "Disaster Person", sent the following picture of a Sea Horse.

http://www.care2.com/causes/massachusetts-overhauls-animal-protection-laws.html Not LAR, but good news and BRAVO! to the state of MA

http://www.care2.com/causes/bhutan-wants-happy-chickens-on-happy-farms.html#ixzz22ahhc9Ih Bhutan, a small third world country, has just leaped light years in front of the US in agriculture! The whole country is going cage-free and organic.

SPOTLIGHT OF THE DAY:

Spencer Smith
TLAER™ Livestock Safety Exposure Program

PREPARATION and PREVENTION can make the biggest impact on protecting our livelihoods and our hobby farms from injury to people and animals.
Spencer, FFA President at Jones County High School (GA), is working with Rebecca Gimenez on developing standards and a curriculum for a TLAER related high school course emphasizing livestock handling and safety.

Here is how the program will work
In each successive school year, the program would build on foundation course skills learned in lectures, Power Points, hands-on demonstrations, and would encourage student interaction. Smith and Gimenez plan to write a book to accompany the course, focusing on agriculture, pre-veterinary and equine studies program students. At the end of the program, students will know how to more safely handle, lead and load large animals of all species – and have the tools to prevent barn fires, trailer wrecks, and other dangerous situations from occurring with their own animals. Students will gain greater knowledge of large animal behavior, increase their safety when working with animals, gain an appreciation of improved welfare and demonstrate greater compassion for working animals and commercial livestock. This makes their job skills more marketable within the increasingly competitive agricultural and veterinary industries.

Spencer is asking for feedback from you, with YOUR ideas about this program. http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/SM2TF9N
You may reach Spencer at spencers917@gmail.com

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

As I work on the newsletter, it’s about 95F, sunny with a slight breeze;
A few birds are chirping and the crickets are loud. vThe sounds of teenagers splashing in the pool remind me that I LOVE SUMMER.
I’ll try to remember this when it’s below zero and the snow has piled up and blocked my car!

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