Sponsored by Red Jeans Ink, a Publishing Company at www.redjeansink.com

DECEMBER 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

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


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 14-15 TLAER Awareness and Operations including HAZMAT, TEEX facility in College Station, TX Contact Dr. Ben Buchanan, bbuchanan@bveh.com http://www.bveh.com/TLAER.htm

JAN 26-27 TLAER Awareness, U. of Illinois College of Vet Med. Champaign-Urbana, IL Contact - Stacy Whitton, LATRatILVetMed@gmail.com 303-815-3414

MAR 15-17 P*P*P*P training, Conover, NC Check http://www.kellysigler.com/clinicschedule.html for more details
APR 22-27 FDIC -- Fire Departments Instructors Conference, Indianapolis, IN Chandra Davis speaking on Large Animal Rescue and Awareness Check http://www.fdic.com/index.html for details
APR 28 ATA 39th Annual Animal Transportation Association Conference, Las Vegas, NV, USA Contact www.animaltransportationassociation.org



Another one bites the dust! Another LAR person is retiring. Congrats to Sgt. Ellen Sam of the Lexington, KY Division of Police. Have fun, Ellen!

http://www.cafepress.com/cp/customize/product2.aspx?number=690948410&utm_medium=cp_social&utm_source=addthis&utm_campaign=CreateAndBuyPDP#.UL4pJrbfAmc.email TLAER is selling T-shirts.

http://www.nickernews.net/tasmania-by-horseback-one.aspx#.ULI5tYe_LoJ Rebecca's adventures on horseback in Tasmania

THIS MONTH’S "Large Animals in the News"


http://www.grantcountybeat.com/news/news-releases/7311-pinos-altos-volunteer-fire-rescue-learn-large-animal-emergency-rescue-techniques and http://www.grantcountybeat.com/news/news-articles/7304-visiting-maine-state-fire-instructor-conducts-large-animal-emergency-rescue-workshop Vicki Schmidt went to New Mexico to teach LAER techniques

Ed Childers has been offering LAR training sessions in North Strabane, PA. for several years. He’s invited me to audit but until this last class it’s never been convenient for me to get there. I’m so glad I went! He puts on a great class, with new and different information. I learned a lot and met some really nice people! One thing I hadn’t given much thought to was putting out flares to mark a disabled vehicle or accident. I carry them, as do most people, but I hadn’t really thought that you can piggyback two flares so that as one burns down the next one will catch. Ed, and teaching partner, Paul Williams, are entertaining as well as informative. They combine years of firefighting and horse experience and they’ve been involved in 21 rescues this year alone. Also helping out were members of the Washington County SART (the “blue shirts”). When they started in 2009 they had two members. Now they have 72! Ed and Paul gave out 50 foot lengths of yellow caution tape for attendees to put in their “go bags” and offered ”horse catching kits” for sale. The whole crew was most hospitable and made me feel very welcome. Thanks, everyone. If you ever have a chance to attend this class, do so!


http://www.fauquier.com/index.php/news/article/firefighters_pull_cow_from_pool#.UJRfTXKUMW4.facebook cow in pool
http://wtop.com/41/3107485/Heifer-goes-for-a-dip-in-Fauquier-Co-swimming-pool Cow in pool
http://www.oregonlive.com/oregon-city/index.ssf/2012/11/aging_horses_rest_up_after_mud.htm l and http://tdn.com/news/state-and-regional/oregon/firefighters-dig-out-elderly-horses-stuck-in-mud/article_7b895e1a-1bde-57d3-9e14-23b5f7026e98.html and http://www.kptv.com/story/20194943/horse-rescued-from-mud-pit With video
http://www.wimp.com/pigrescue/ Successful goat rescue by a pig
http://www.thisistamworth.co.uk/crews-hour-rescue-horse-trapped-Fazeley-flood/story-17404393-detail/story.html Horse in flood water in UK
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-north-west-wales-20407171 Wesley was upside down in a hole. Check out the picture
http://menmedia.co.uk/manchestereveningnews/news/s/1593460_fire-crews-rescue-horse-and-owner-from-manure-pit-in-carrington A chicken sh** story from the UK
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KTM-EzD4pgg&lr=1 Rescue of a milk truck by team of draft horses
http://www.9news.com/news/article/301352/222/Mead-firefighters-rescue-massive-trapped-pig That's one big pig!
http://sanjuancapistrano.patch.com/articles/injured-horse-rescued-in-angeles-national-forest-cd3fd514 Horse in ravine http://elkodaily.com/news/local/harrowing-horse-rescue-a-reminder-of-need-for-ice-safety/article_125541b8-351c-11e2-8b58-001a4bcf887a.html?comment_form=true Ice rescue in Nevada

http://www.wyff4.com/news/local-news/greenville-news/Horse-rescued-from-concrete-pit/-/9654794/17356364/-/v0r8itz/-/index.htm l and http://www.independentmail.com/news/2012/nov/10/horse-rescued-pickens-county / LAR people on hand to coordinate the rescue
And http://www.wyff4.com/news/local-news/oconee-pickens-news/Horse-blinded-by-fall-Water-System-to-pay-bills/-/9654906/17372384/-/q7vo64z/-/index.html Video follow up


Ed Childers sent this in from around Thanksgiving Day:

(AP) – A Northern California tragedy appears to have claimed the lives of three family members: The Coast Guard ended a search today for a teenager whose parents were killed when the three all tried to rescue their dog from powerful surf Saturday. Powerful, 10-foot waves pulled the dog into the ocean as it ran to retrieve a stick at Big Lagoon, north of Eureka. The 16-year-old boy went after the dog, prompting his father to attempt a rescue. The teenager was able to get out of the waves but then went back into the water with his mother in search of his father. "Both were dragged into the ocean," says a state parks district superintendent. The couple's daughter called police, and the dog got out of the water on its own.

Rescuers eventually retrieved the mother's body, and the father's body washed ashore. The Coast Guard says the search for the teenager was stopped because a person without a wetsuit could not survive for long in the surf because of the frigid waters. Signs are posted near the beach parking lot warning beachgoers not to turn their back to the surf, and to pay special attention to "sneaker waves," or swells that can seemingly appear from nowhere and violently smash onto the beach.

You see stories like this all the time. People die trying to save their families, whether fur or human. I’ve been in that ocean many times and I know how dangerous it is, but how do you live with yourself if you DON’T try?

It wasn’t just that the boy went after the dog. Then the father went after the boy, and the mother and son went in after the father. Most of us can’t just stand on the shore and watch your loved ones die.

I think the message I get from this is that any primary incident involving a group of two or more people, and especially a family, may create a secondary incident involving that same group, and perhaps bystanders. From years of living by that ocean I can tell you that total strangers will risk their lives to go into treacherous surf – even where its posted – to try to save another person, and especially if it’s a child. They don’t even stop to think about it.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=Tbsw5qLjyhw This is not a rescue story, but a compilation of near misses by people (and the odd animal). Isn't it a wonder that these things happen every day, all over the world, and while the possibility of disaster is present, the outcome is good. Also points up how quickly normal situations can turn ugly.

http://www.ratemyhorsepro.com/news/dr-henneke-loses-battle-with-cancer.aspx After a battle with cancer, Don Henneke, PhD, the developer of the Henneke Body Condition Scoring System passed away. He was 60 years-old.


From Michelle Melaragno

Survey says: The very bottom of people’s list of importance in their barns is a fire prevention system!

http://www.fireengineering.com/articles/2012/11/firefighters-rescue-several-dogs-from-chicago-fire-that-burned-man.html?sponsored=firedynamics&cmpid=EnlFireEngWeeklyNovember272012&hq_e=el&hq_m=23583&hq_l=13&hq_v=zbb0140be9 Firefighters save 9 dogs from burning house
http://www.whec.com/news/stories/S2848315.shtml?cat=565 Two cows, horse die in barn fire

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


http://www.wlox.com/story/19818201/truck-hauling-elephants-crashes-on-i-10 Elephants involved in vehicle accidents
http://mobile.silive.com/advstaten/pm_29251/contentdetail.htm?contentguid=uRLlJ6Hs Pony taking his zebra for a little run on Staten Island
http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/local-national/uk/horses-killed-in-motorway-crash-16242008.html Two horses killed in UK
http://www.abc15.com/dpp/news/region_northern_az/other/two-horses-1-dog-killed-when-train-collides-with-horse-trailer-in-paulden Driver didn't HEAR or SEE the train? Or tried to beat the train.
http://www.kolotv.com/news/headlines/3-Horses-Confirmed-Dead-In-395-Ax-181293881.html?ref=881#.ULgDRLX5czc.facebook 3 horses killed on road
http://abclocal.go.com/wtvd/story?section=news%2Flocal&id=8902785 Cow killed after trailer accident http://www.standard.co.uk/news/uk/horses-killed-in-motorway-accident-8348122.html#.ULF0JDU09zg.facebook Two horses killed on UK road



http://www.latimes.com/business/autos/laautoshow/la-fi-hy-autos-laas-animal-detection-night-vision-autoliv-20121129,0,3820348.story New cars to have animal detection systems
https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=zcyVSWXoGdE A horse ferry!


http://www.desertexposure.com/201211/201211_talking_horses.php Is your horse trained for emergencies?
http://www.burnleyexpress.net/news/local-news/brave-pendle-vet-in-horse-tragedy-drama-1-5113485 Vet talks about the dangers of getting into a trailer with a panicked horse
http://www.thehorse.com/articles/30846/composting-as-carcass-disposal-option-for-horse-owners?utm_source=Newsletter&utm_medium=bluegrass-equine-digest&utm_campaign=11-21-2012 How do you compost your horse?
http://www.horseyard.com.au/latest-horse-news/282815-equitana-transport-review Australian article on trailers http://horsetalk.co.nz/2012/11/23/fire-authorities-warn-risks-trapped-horses/#.UK-AFqXUAke Lessons learned from recent death of man killed in trailer


http://www.dpi.vic.gov.au/agriculture/about-agriculture/legislation-regulation/animal-welfare-legislation/codes-of-practice-animal-welfare/code-welfare-of-horses Code of practice for welfare for horses from Australia
http://www.nydailynews.com/news/world/thieves-steal-18-tons-chocolate-factory-article-1.1207325 A HUGE, world-affecting disaster story!
http://www.emergencymgmt.com/disaster/Preparedness-Marketed-like-Coca-Cola.html and http://www.emergencymgmt.com/disaster/Preparedness-Message-Isnt-Reaching-Public.html We need to market disaster prep. FEMA did a study after Katrina. Percentage of people prepared for a disaster before Katrina = 5% Percentage AFTER Katrina = 7%. That's just wrong.


Big news for "down under". International Large Animal Rescue Conference 2013, Nov 2-3 at the U of Adelaide. Register your interest to receive further information as available:
https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/AustralianLargeAnimalRescueConference2013 There will be International guest speakers and theme areas including Large Animal Rescue, Animals in Disasters, Horse Transport Safety & Welfare, Track & Event Incidents (management, transport of equine patients). One TLAER Awareness Level Course (1 day) and Two Operational Level Courses (2 days) will be run in the week before the Conference. Packages will be available. Enquiries: Julie Fiedler E: horsesa@horsesa.asn.au From Horse SA (www.horse.org.au )

January 16: Horse Owners Bushfire Survival Planning Workshop- Kersbrook & Districts (6:30 pm)
January 17: Horse Owners Bushfire Survival Planning Workshop- Cherry Gardens & Districts (7:00 pm)


http://www.care2.com/greenliving/shelter-cat-saves-owner-wins-top-prize.html Shelter cat rescues woman on first day in new home
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1_8UkyzsD4E&feature=player_embedded This falls under the "To cute for words" category

And now for something completely different.

A rescue story of a different sort. Sent in by Laurie Loveman who is a great story-teller.

My pond is at the bottom of a fairly steep wooded ravine. Regardless of weather, I walk around the pond to check its condition (and that of its usual inhabitants) every day, so despite the heat on this particular Saturday, I started down the wooden staircase. Halfway down I saw something in the water near the opposite bank. At first glance I thought it was a downed Mylar balloon—until I came further down the steps. Was it an animal or something I didn’t want to consider? I called my local men in blue to check it out. The two officers who responded didn’t move any closer to the pond than I. In fact, they stayed behind me. They did, however, confidently state that whatever it was, it wasn’t human, and with that, they took off .

When they were out of sight I walked over to the far side of the pond to take a closer look. It was a deer, a very large deer. I stared at the deer floating on its side, and then I slowly went back up to my house and telephoned my friend, Ron, who didn’t hesitate to come to my aid. We made plans to haul the deer out on the next day. The job was not going to be easy because the pond was constructed to repair damage done to the woods at the bottom of the ravine by a beaver family. The excavator had to build a temporary road through a wetland to gain access to the site in order to create the pond. The road was long gone and there was no easy way to get a vehicle to the pond. That meant Ron and I would be removing the deer with our own muscle power.

After calling Ron, I called our wildlife officer to report the deer’s demise and was told that it was probable that the deer had not drowned in my pond, but had gone into the water to ease a high fever caused by a fatal disease common to deer in summer but not transmissible to humans. It had sought comfort in the water and died there.

An overnight rain made Sunday’s temperature and humidity a repeat of Saturday’s, but even hotter and more humid. Considering what high temperatures would do to the deer’s remains, we didn’t have the luxury of waiting for a cool day, so as soon as Ron arrived, we went to work. Our first job was to get the 7-point buck out of the pond and up onto the bank. I thought that would be the hard part of the job, and it was hard to do, but Ron assured me that we were lucky because the deer hadn’t been in the water long enough for his tendons to deteriorate to where we would be taking out separate pieces.

“What wonderful luck,” I muttered while sweat poured off my head as we hauled the deer out with ropes. Once he was on the grass, I did what any great outdoorsman would do. I flopped onto my back and practiced breathing. In the meantime, Ron was admiring the antlers.

“We need to take his antlers off so he won’t get caught on anything when we move him,” Ron said, then added, “Why don’t you run up to the house and get a hacksaw?”

A hacksaw. I couldn’t say that I didn’t have one because Ron and I worked on old cars so he knew I had lots of tools. And running anywhere wasn’t exactly in my plans for the day. But, the sun was beastly hot and if I moved, I might create a little breeze, so I trudged up to my house, got the hacksaw, and came back to the pond. While I was gone, Ron had examined the side of the deer that was up to see if he had been shot or possibly attacked by dogs or coyotes. For the first time I actually looked at the deer. There wasn’t a mark on him. He was beautiful. In life he would have been magnificent.

“We need to turn him over,” Ron said, breaking into my moment of awe.

I nodded and picked up my tarp. “Wait ‘til I get this open. It will be easier to move him if we can just drag him on the tarp to there.” I pointed to the deer path leading to the wetland beyond the dam, about fifty feet away.

Ron started in with the hacksaw and I walked over to the deer path to see if we could get through the stand of weeping willows with the tarp. Ron called out, “When’s the last time you put a fresh blade in this?”

I called back, “I don’t remember,” which was a lie. It was about ten years ago, but I thought it wise to keep that information to myself.

Ron shook his head in dismay and continued the job, and when he had both antlers off (which I thought was kind of grisly), he carefully set them aside because he wanted to keep them.

I positioned the tarp at the deer’s back so we could roll him over onto it. I thought this would be pretty efficient, and then we’d easily drag him off to be taken care of by the other animals. With me taking hold of his hind legs and Ron holding his head, we got the deer rolled over and centered on the tarp, and again, Ron checked for injuries. “Nothing,” he announced as he tied ropes around the deer’s body and then to the tarp.

And then we started to pull. I honestly believed, up until that exact moment, that pulling the deer on the tarp would be easy. We pulled. The tarp moved two feet. We pulled again. Same result. About half way through this process, I was ready to give up. I wanted to just leave the deer on the tarp on the bank, and I was about to offer this cop out to Ron, when I remembered what my doctor said recently—that I was in great shape. In fact, I could hear him saying it. And then I thought, if he thinks I’m in great shape, then the least I can do is prove him right. So, in two-foot increments, we got the deer past the willows, and into the wetland. We pulled the tarp out from under him, and staggered away. In three weeks he was completely gone except for two vertebrae and my memory of how I lost four pounds in just a few hours.


By the time the next newsletter is sent out, we’ll be past the holiday season and into the new Mayan era which – contrary to tabloid newspapers which forecast the end of the world -- begins a new era of peace and cooperation. I hope you all have a pleasant, stress-free holiday, however you choose to celebrate it, and the new year is magical for all. Michelle

Back to the Newsletter page