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AUGUST 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


JAN 12-14 ICE RESCUE class, Longmont, CO A Code 3 class. Contact (303) 772-7724, info@code3associates.org or http://www.code3associates.org/ice-rescue-training.html for info
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

JAN 12 WASART Annual Orientation, Enumclaw, WA
MAR 2-3 WASART CORE training, Redmond, WA
APR 20 WASART TRANSPORT class, Enumclaw, WA
General enquiries to info@washingtonsart.org . Contact info at training@washingtonsart.org

APR 13 LARGE ANIMAL EXTRICATION CLASS. A hands-on class. Tom Berryman’s Farm, Rochester, WA For more information, contact: Eldo K. DeLong, Jr. at edelong@spscc.ctc.edu



If you belong to a SART, a CART, a rescue team (TLAER or other), have an equine ambulance, have equipment that can be used in a local rescue, or offer other similar services, please email me. I’d like to hear from ALL countries! Thanks. info@saveyourhorse.com

Rebecca Gimenez reported that she just got notice that TLAER has now officially sold over 2,000 textbooks . SWEET!

http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Firehouse-Family-Novels/139284976225788 Laurie Loveman has a new Facebook page for her books. Be sure to "like" her. The Firehouse Family novels take you into the drama, romance, corruption and social strife of the small town of Woodhill, Ohio in the 1930s. I can attest that they're well written! I loved them.

Da Vinci Equine Emergency Transport, LLC, a state-of-the-art equine ambulance from Poolesville, Maryland has volunteered to transport 3 horses from the Gentle Carousel Miniature Therapy Horses to Newtown, CT in an effort to provide a safe haven for these animals as they visit grief-stricken families and first responders.

Residents in Newtown, CT contacted Gentle Carousel Miniature Therapy Horses and asked them to come up and work with children, families and first responders in the aftermath of the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Gentle Carousel sent out a plea for a volunteer to safely transport their beloved miniature horses. Da Vinci Equine contacted them immediately and donated their services. The horses will be transported in a heated equine ambulance during their stay in Newtown, CT, in the first week of January 2013. This trip is able to happen due only to donations from the public. Those wishing to donate funds can go to WWW.HORSE-THERAPY.ORG and click the link for Paypal. These donations are tax deductable. To donate funds specifically to aid Da Vinci Equine in the transport and care of these horses, please send an email as well to: MiniHorseTherapy@att.net specifying that their donation is to aid the transport part of the trip.

"Large Animals in the News"


http://extension.ucdavis.edu/unit/beyond_the_classroom/course/description/?type=A&unit=BEY&SectionID=165733&course_title=Equine%20Emergency%20Medicine%20and%20Rescue%20Techniques%20for%20the%20Wilderness%20Environment&prgList=EXP&AreaName=Beyond+the+Classroom%2FEquine Cheryl Ellis at UC Davis in California has a class you may be interested in. Check it out!

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.565476093479653.148954.100000518032439&type=3 If you're on Facebook, check out Blaine Rankin's pictures of a training in GA


http://www.mykawartha.com/community/article/1560668--firefighters-learn-more-about-dealing-with-livestock Debbie McGauran teaches her fire department about horses. The Toronto Fire Marshall Debbie references, Bob Webb, was Chief of Fire Prevention for the city of Toronto for 34 years. When he retired from Toronto he became the head of fire safety for Woodbine and Mohawk Racetracks in Ontario, Canada before he retired from there. He said that when the fire dept showed up on-scene and tried to hook up to the hydrant, it was broken below ground and they had to move on to the next one. Yes, the horses were set loose. A couple ended up on the freeway! And yes, most returned to the shedrow and were killed in their stalls. Bob was rabid about fire sprinklers. He fought hard to have them installed at Woodbine and Mohawk, and it was his opinion that every stable should have a sprinkler system. “It's the only way to save your critters in a fire,” he said.

Woodbine is a huge track with 2,000 horses, 39 barns and about 1,800 horsemen who live and work at the track. Within 5 minutes of this fire being spotted, it had spread across the top of the shed-row and the interior portion of the roof at a temperature of about 2000 degrees. The barns were not equipped with sprinklers or a fire alarm system, just smoke and heat detectors in the tack rooms and fire extinguishers in each barn. The horses didn’t have a chance. This was an arson fire, and 34 horses died.


http://www.wptv.com/dpp/news/region_c_palm_beach_county/west_palm_beach/horse-stuck-in-swimming-pool-in-palm-beach-county Florida horse goes for a swim in the pool
http://news.stv.tv/tayside/205879-firefighters-battle-to-rescue-trapped-clydesdale-horse-in-fife/ Scottish draft rescued
http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lanow/2012/12/horse-rescued-from-hay-loft-after-wandering-upstairs.html Crikey in the hayloft!
http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2012/dec/29/valley-crews-rescue-horse-trapped-in-pool/ Horse in pool
http://www.dailymercury.com.au/news/ses-bid-to-rescue-cow/1700151/ Cow left to her own devices
http://www.thisisgloucestershire.co.uk/Horse-rescued-flood-water/story-17677654-detail/story.html In UK
http://www.thisisgloucestershire.co.uk/Calf-stuck-Stroud-mud/story-17731830-detail/story.html Newborn in mud
http://www.thisisstaffordshire.co.uk/Horse-rescued-mud-drama/story-17670572-detail/story.html Horse in the mud in UK
http://www.thisiscornwall.co.uk/Horse-gets-stuck-falling-car-pit-near-Redruth/story-17646487-detail/story.html Bad time to be a horse in the UK!
http://pittsburgh.cbslocal.com/2013/01/03/horse-rescued-after-it-cant-stand-up/ Casey set back up on her feet in Pittsburgh area
http://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/liverpool-news/local-news/2013/01/01/firefighters-rescue-horse-that-was-trapped-in-own-bed-100252-32526457/ And a horse in the UK is "uncast" with air bags
http://www.mycentraljersey.com/article/20121228/NJCARING/312280038/ Two women in NJ save horses from flood waters. Brave, altruistic. Bravo! Monroe resident Jill Quaglietta and Manalapan animal control officer Debbie Nagel.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4KREyWOex34 What do you think of this video on helping a cast horse? Will it work? Is it dangerous? Can one person really help? Email us at info@saveyourhorse.com and tell us your thoughts.


Howie the horse decided the hay was sweeter at the top of the pile, and climbed up to find out. Smilin Cow Ranch in OR. Picture by SharRon Hallman. Here’s the story. https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.2642572078887.69229.1693159752&type=1#!/photo.php?fbid=2642580879107&set=a.2642572078887.69229.1693159752&type=3&theater


http://edgewater.patch.com/articles/woman-hospitalized-after-suffering-horse-kick-to-face Woman near Baltimore kicked in face


http://www.northamptonshire.gov.uk/en/councilservices/fire/fireandrescue/Incident/Pages/IncidentUpdate21122012BarnFire,Wicken.aspx Fire in stable block, 2 horses died
http://www.wcax.com/story/20430954/barn-fire-spreads-to-berlin-home Home and barn burn in VT. No one hurt
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/newfoundland-labrador/story/2012/12/10/nl-horses-goulds-barn-fire-1210.html Live feed from stable fire in Newfoundland. Animals evacuated
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/newfoundland-labrador/story/2012/12/11/nl-fire-barn-goulds-animals-die-1211.html And on the same day, in a different area, critters died
http://www.connecttristates.com/news/story.aspx?id=821291 Fort Madison, IA fire kills several horses. Slideshow
http://www.kamloopsthisweek.com/news/185447271.html This is why you do NOT store your hay in the same area as your horses!
http://bedford-nh.patch.com/articles/top-10-stories-of-2012-14-horses-die-in-barn-fire#photo-11247947 The number three top story in the area was this stable fire
http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-902781?hpt=hp_bn1 Spectacular pictures of a house/barn fire in Vermont
http://www.buckinghamtoday.co.uk/news/local/horses-killed-in-stable-fire-1-4618544 Two horses die in UK fire

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


http://www.poconorecord.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=%2F20121219%2FNEWS%2F212190332%2F-1%2FNEWS Sounds lovely, but there are some serious problems with this kind of structure. Irv Lichtenstein says: “This barn is not safer than the one which burned. It is lightweight, engineered truss construction so the roof structure will fail in under 15 minutes of exposure to fire. There is no fire resistive material to divide the areas, no sprinklers, no alarms. It is about the size of 2 houses in square footage. At a rough guess it needs 4000 GPM to extinguish if fully involved in fire, and if a fire starts no chief officer is going to put firefighters under that roof structure. The wiring is concealed from inspection but is it in metallic conduit or plastic tubing that rodents will gnaw on? Unfortunately the replacement structure is located in Pennsylvania where a requirement that farm buildings have building permits and design reviews was repealed, along with the sprinkler requirements, at the urging of the Farm Bureau and its supporters, such as the state equine council, and the building contractors." And what do you want to bet, for all that fancy "swank", there are no sprinklers?


http://thesouthern.com/news/local/truck-overturns-cows-killed/article_5b81353a-556b-11e2-a162-0019bb2963f4.html Transport truck!
http://www.bcdemocratonline.com/article/20121219/NEWS/121219859/1003/NEWS Don't believe that the cattle caused the wreck!
http://lacrossetribune.com/news/local/state-and-regional/three-horses-killed-when-struck-by-car/article_c6fa4afc-4faf-11e2-8108-0019bb2963f4.html Horses killed on road
http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/horses-killed-as-float-overturns-on-f3-20121229-2c0zp.html Horses killed in trailer turnover. It had 3 horses and was towed by an SUV??
http://www.mansfieldnewsjournal.com/article/20121211/NEWS01/312100028/Driver-hits-ditch-avoid-people Always be careful cresting a hill
http://www.timesreporter.com/communities/x1978611856/Four-horses-die-after-trailer-overturns-near-Sugarcreek She had FOURTEEN horses in the trailer? And she tried to turn around in a driveway???
http://www.whiotv.com/news/news/horse-trapped-overturned-horse-trailer-hour/nTR6w/ Horse expected to be ok
http://www.theherald.com.au/story/1209304/lanes-blocked-on-f3-after-horse-float-overturns/?cs=305 Just report of accident
http://www.nola.com/traffic/index.ssf/2012/12/motorccylists_horse_killed_in.html Motorcylist and horse killed
http://www.ramonasentinel.com/2012/12/28/car-totaled-after-collision-with-horse/ Horse died and the headline is “car totaled”?
http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=e68_1355828702 Actual video of Russian cattle truck tipping over

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=najlde2ZQDE Jacknifed truck/trailer in Calif. Horse ok
http://www.wfmz.com/news/news-regional-berks/Runaway-horse-trailer-accident-leaves-animal-lovers-with-heavy-hearts/-/121418/17931790/-/ts8smoz/-/index.html Trailer separates from truck. Horse plunges to death
http://www.necn.com/11/13/12/Horse-trailer-lands-on-its-side-in-Wrent/landing.html?blockID=801345 Have breaking story with picture but no follow up on why. This is the follow up on the horses:
http://www.kfvs12.com/story/20298354/horse-trapped-after-rear-end-collison Rear end collision traps horse
http://www.denverpost.com/breakingnews/ci_22162976/three-horses-rescued-from-over-turned-trailer-deer Overturned trailer on icy road Horses ok


Dec. 23 Hampshire Animal Rescue Team
Today’s event! 15,3 gelding cob x, Sam spent an hour or so on the lean after a car driver caused his owner to venture a little too close to the edge of the road! Difficult to judge with all this water! Of course the ramp door was in the hedge so we had the lorry winched back to hard standing where after assessment by Vet Nicky from Barn Equine he was found to be fine. A very good natured fella I am pleased to report. Jim

Days End Farm Horse Rescue

Very early on Wednesday morning (12/12) we responded to an emergency call from Baltimore County Police to assist with a stray horse hit by a car. He was seen by our vet promptly upon getting to our farm and passed his health exam with no more than two skinned knees and a sore back leg (lucky boy!). Later that evening, we were contacted by his very worried owner who had been searching for him after they realized he had escaped from his field. We are delighted to say that 28 year old Chief was returned home yesterday afternoon and reunited with his family and pasture pal. We just love happy endings!


http:// www.survivalstraps.com Here's a product that could be infinitely useful in LAR!

Survival Straps® are super tough and can save your hide in an emergency! All gear is built in the USA from up to 15 feet of super strong 550 military spec paracord. In an emergency situation, unravel the bracelet to deploy the paracord to help get you out of a jam. Would make a useful emergency halter. Just THINK of the possibilities. Order matching collars and leashes for your pups! You can use your own logo, like this:


Linda Lee of US Rider sent along the following. Of course, you all know what truly great supporters they are of LAR.
USRider’s membership does not have “levels” – same coverage all the time for everything -- which means you can get coverage for your automobile as well as your horse trailer. USRider membership’s focus, of course, is horse trailers; however, the membership takes care of you in your own personal car and even if you are the passenger/driver of someone else’s vehicle. Basically, the membership follows the member – not the horse, the trailer, the truck or the car. The two exceptions in our membership are on a motorcycle or large business/commercial truck. Should you decide to join USRider, please give us a call (9a – 5p EST) or you can join online at http://www.usrider.org (any time). If you're shopping for roadside assistance, why not support USRider?

http://www.nfacc.ca Tina Heary says: Canada's Equine Code of Practice has finally been revised and it's currently in draft form & open to public input. There have been many excellent (and long overdue) amendments but it would be helpful if people would take the time to review the Code and offer feedback. It has been DECADES since the Code was last revised, so it's important that this version is well-written. It impact the lives of countless horses. It’s easy to do – I know cuz I did it!


http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=10151247914862701 For those of you on Facebook, here's a video (with side commentary by Spencer Smith) of Aerial being lifted. What a star she is!

Fire is concern at this time of year especially. This week I’m adding a FIRE SAFETY CHECKLIST on the LAR website: http://www.saveyourhorse.com Look under the safety articles mid-week

Speaking of firefighter lessons, here's one on stabilizing a vehicle. It’s not horse related, but is definitely a safety issue. If anyone would like to take this and rewrite it for our field, I'll happily post it.

http://www.fireengineering.com/articles/2012/10/vehicle-rescue-building-blocks-stabilize-the-vehicle.html?sponsored=topic40&cmpid=EnlFireEngWeeklyJanuary12013 There are many great articles and video lessons at Fire Engineering.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QsvS6gEBJuE Spencer sent in a documentary on the dissection of a horse and a commentary on how horses work

http://cs.thehorse.com/blogs/horse-911-whats-your-emergency/archive/2012/12/19/water-efforts-lead-to-australian-entrapment-challenges.aspx Rebecca's blog on causes of horse vs water accidents in Australia

Irv sent the following "Reasons people don't install sprinklers"

People don’t install sprinklers for any combination of reasons:

  • 1. Not required by local codes
  • 2. The barn contractor didn’t bid to include them
  • 3. The owner didn’t want to spend $2-4US/square foot
  • 4. “No Water”—it does require 10-15 USGPM to operate a single head, but any fire over 4-5 heads is a goner anyway
  • 5. Damage—a whole new barn or just a damp one? Teach your machine operators not to break the pipes
  • 6. Dry systems don’t freeze, and a barn full of horses is fairly warm anyway
  • 7. The local water company wants too much for a standby fee if piped water is used

For every argument against there is an argument for sprinklers. The best is the insurance credit for a monitored and maintained system—up to 30% of the annual premium depending on carrier just for the barn. How much will you save on care and custody if your boarders or school horses are in a sprinklered barn? You might even get paid by the sprinkler company to be the first in our area.

Just add up the time from when you spot the fire, call 9-1-1, they call the out the volunteers, they get to the station and then get to your barn with a fire truck? And if there is snow and ice on the roads? Or trees down? Or it is a holiday or daytime and the volunteer firemen are not as available so it takes a little longer to get there? So that economical engineered lightweight truss has burned at least halfway through, burning and choking your horses and maybe injuring your staff trying to get them out before the first fire engine gets there, if it can get down your access. And they have to search for staff in the building, get the horses out, try to salvage your machinery and equipment, and maybe fight the fire as well. And there is the clean up afterward, the community fund drives, the sympathy for the cheap SOB who collected on inflated insurance claims instead of spending a little more up front to protect your horse in his care.

MORAL OF THE STORY? Install a sprinkler system in your stable.

http://cs.thehorse.com/blogs/horse-911-whats-your-emergency/archive/2013/01/02/large-animal-rescue-moving-into-2013-and-beyond.aspx Rebecca's blog this month is filled with the growth of the LAR field. We should all be very proud of the accomplishments around the world, and dedicate ourselves to continuing the growth of this vital field.


http://www.fireengineering.com/blogs/feblognetwork/justin-graney.html?cmpid=EnlFireEngWeeklyJanuary22013 This is a blog on YOUR welfare. If you haven't joined fireengineering.com I urge you to consider it. There are a lot of really good training videos and articles

http://www.thisissomerset.co.uk/Marooned-horses-safe-say-rescuers/story-17723720-detail/story.html Horses stranded in flooded field in UK

Our LAR in Bogota person, Diana Rodriguez, is asking for your help. Do you know of any EXAMPLES OF FIREFIGHTER PROCEDURES, TACTICS AND ROLES THAT MIGHT BE AVAILABLE FOR THE FOLKS IN BOGOTA and SOUTH AMERICA as they expand their efforts in TLAER. See below if you can help - and please don't send her stuff that she doesn't need.

"I would really appreciate if you could provide me with information and examples ( web pages, documents, etc) of the role of firefighters in emergency situations with animals. This is intended to provide useful information for them to start to include animal components into their procedures and regulations, and seizing their interest to include animals within their organizations." Diana Rodríguez Email : dianarodriguez@wspa-suramerica.org


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)

Don’t forget about the LAR conference in Australia!
International Large Animal Rescue Conference 2 & 3 November, 2013 at the University of Adelaide, Roseworthy Campus. Registrations are now open. Follow the link http://horse.org.au/2012/10/australian-large-animal-rescue-conference-2013/

http://www.themercury.com.au/article/2013/01/05/369703_tasmania-news.html Devastating fires in Tasmania bring flood of help

http://www.thechronicle.com.au/news/school-set-to-break-new-ground-with-horse-course/1636215/#.ULUnttInLo0.facebook High school in Australia starts equine class

Who is going to save the camels in Australia? HMMM?


http://www.care2.com/causes/tigers-make-a-comeback-something-to-roar-about.html Tigers are making a comeback!


A Look Inside SEPASAR

SEPASAR is the emergency response organization tasked with large animal rescue in SE PA by the 9 counties in the Region. It is a true emergency response dispatched by the county fire radio dispatch system. They currently have over 50 members with 12 graduates of TLAER 4-day classes plus most FEMA ICS staff positions, and multiple fire rescue classes. Over half of the membership has 20 years or more experience with horses. SEPASAR dispatches expertise to assist local responders in handling large animals and doing the actual rescue with equipment usually carried on fire engines or ladder trucks. They are also capable of working with specialized resources for trench rescue, hazmat, and so forth. Chief of Operations, Irv Lichtenstein, says: ”Given the area we cover and the nature of the response, getting brains there is more important than rope.”

You can find out more about SEPASAR at www.sepasar.net or email Irv at Ilichten1@verizon.net


2013. Who woulda thunk we'd make it this far? We made it through Y2K, the Mayan calendar scare, the bailout of Wall Street, hurricanes, mass shootings, and political unrest around the world. We're a tough lot and here we are for another year. I hope 2013 truly is the start of a new era, as the Mayans (and Edgar Cayce) predicted. Be gentle with each other and yourselves. Happy New Year to all.

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