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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 training is provided by Eric Thompson: email@example.com
LAR (LARGE ANIMAL RESCUE) training is provided by D&J Fox: www.largeanimalrescue.com
LAER (LARGE ANIMAL EMERGENCY RESCUE) training is provided by Roger Lauze: MSPCA (978) 687-7453 x6124 firstname.lastname@example.org
LERC (LIVESTOCK EMERGENCY RESPONSE COURSE) training is provided by Jennifer Woods: email@example.com
P*P*P*P (PRIOR*PROPER*PREPARATION*PREVENTION) Reality Based Emergency training is provided by Tori Miller and Kelly Sigler: NC4HoovesFarm@hotmail.com
TAR (TECHNICAL ANIMAL RESCUE) training incorporates water and flood rescue techniques with animal behavior www.wavetrekrescue.com
TLAER (TECHNICAL LARGE ANIMAL EMERGENCY RESCUE) 2 levels of training, provided by Dr. Rebecca Gimenez and various trainers: at www.tlaer.org
WASART (WASHINGTON STATE ANIMAL RESCUE TEAM) training is provided by the Washington State Animal Rescue Team: www.washingtonsart.org
FEB 10/12 ICE RESCUE class, 1 day classroom, 1 day practical. North Strabane, PA Contact Ed Childers for details firstname.lastname@example.org
FEB 23-24 TLAER AWARENESS course – Davidson County Comm. College, NC, Contact: Stephanie Rideout – email@example.com Registration link. CEU's may be available http://terms.ncem.org/TRS/courseDesc.do?cofId=58362&sourcePage=Calendar&date=02-23-2013&srchEventTypeId=10&legend=S+%3D+STATE%2C+L+%3D+LOCAL%2C+F+%3D+FEDERAL%2C+C+%3D+COLLEGE
FEB 17-24 MANAGEMENT OF THE EQUINE ENVIRONMENT Course University of Guelph (Equine Guelph) Safety: Michelle Staples guest speaker. Contact Susan Raymond firstname.lastname@example.org http://www.coles.uoguelph.ca/offerings/offering.aspx?hold=y&id=4151 Sign up here for the Summer semester
MAR 2-3 WASART CORE training, Redmond, WA General enquiries to email@example.com . Contact info at firstname.lastname@example.org
MAR 4-5 LIVESTOCK EMERGENCY RESPONSE course, Regina, Saskatchewan Contact Jennifer Woods at email@example.com
MAR 15-17 PRIOR*PROPER*PREPARATION*PREVENTION course Anderson, NC area, Check http://www.kellysigler.com/clinicschedule.html for updated information
MAR 21-23 Student American Veterinary Medical Association (SAVMA) Conference – Host LSU, Baton Rouge, LA Rebecca Gimenez guest speaker
MAR 23 SAVE YOUR HORSE Safety Seminar, presented by WaCART, Finleyville, PA Contact: Doug Detig, 724-747-0171, firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.com
APR 20 WASART TRANSPORT class, Enumclaw, WA General enquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org . Contact info at email@example.com
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
APR TBA EQUINE EMERGENCY RESPONSE course, Caledon, Ontario. Contact Jennifer Woods at firstname.lastname@example.org
MAY 6-8 TLAER OPERATIONS course, Winston-Salem, NC Contact Stephanie Rideout – email@example.com
MAY 24-26 P*P*P*P course MA (Location TBD) Contact: www.kellysigler.com or www.4HoovesSMART.com
MAY 30-JUN 1 NASAR Conference – Myrtle Beach, SC http://www.nasar.org/page/25/SAR-Conferences
JUN 4 – 6 TLAER OPERATIONS course – Calgary, Alberta Contact Dr. Gord Krebs, firstname.lastname@example.org LIMITED ENROLLMENT
JUN 8-9 WASART FIELD RESPONSE, Buckley, WA General enquiries to email@example.com . Contact info at firstname.lastname@example.org
JUN 28-29 TLAER AWARENESS courses (1 day compressed format) NH - coordinated by email@example.com
JUL 13-14 WASART EMERGENCY SHELTERING, Enumclaw, WA General enquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org . Contact info at email@example.com
AUG TBA TLAER AWARENESS course, in VA (Location TBD) coordinated by Nicole Ehrentraut firstname.lastname@example.org
AUG 23-25 P*P*P*P course, ME (Location TBD) Contact: www.kellysigler.com or www.4HoovesSMART.com
SEP 5-6 NACA Disaster Training Conference, Atlanta, GA email@example.com
SEP 13-14 TLAER Awareness Course, SD Coordinated by Dr. Jeff Bottger firstname.lastname@example.org
SEP 27-29 P*P*P*P course, PA (Tentative - Location TBD) Contact: www.kellysigler.com or www.4HoovesSMART.com
OCT 4-6 P*P*P*P course, Sunnyside Equestrian Center Middleton, NJ Contact: www.kellysigler.com or www.4HoovesSMART.com
OCT 11-13 P*P*P*P course, Therapuetic Riding Center/Clearwind Farm, Mebane, NC Contact: www.kellysigler.com or www.4HoovesSMART.com
“DOWN UNDER” CLASSES
LARGE ANIMAL EMERGENCY RESCUE NETWORK
A new website has been developed, thanks to Dr. Kathleen Becker, that will allow quick and easy access to information about large animal response groups around the world. Widespread access to the internet from phones and tablets means that a person on-scene at an accident could find the necessary information to get a rapid response from trained groups with specialized equipment. Just think what that will mean to you as you haul your horse around the country! Miles away from home – perhaps in another state – you will have contact information at your fingertips. Few areas have a fully developed system where, by calling 911, a vet and a team will be automatically dispatched to an incident. Now you will be able to find the country, the state/province/district, and the area you are in and contact the team directly. Kathleen has developed a wonderfully easy to use site, and I hope you will all check it out. If you are in a group, or know of a group, that is not listed, please contact Kathleen (email@example.com ) or me (just reply to this newsletter) so we can add your information.
Kathleen will need your contact name, phone number, address, website, what area you cover, and what services you offer. This website will be limited to State Animal Response Teams (SARTs), County ARTs, Provincial ARTs, Disaster ARTs, horse ambulances, search and rescue teams with LAR training, and rescue equipment loans. There are also separate pages for specialized equipment and training.
Please help Kathleen fill in the blanks in your area. The website is www.laern.org . Bookmark it, share the information, and please get involved with adding information.
https://www.facebook.com/pages/MERS-Large-Animal-Rescue/307683388423?fref=ts Check out the MERS Facebook page. They're so awesome!
http://www.mercurynews.com/breaking-news/ci_22357241/large-hearts-large-animals-felton-firefighters-specialize-rescues Great article on Deb and John Fox. If you're on the west coast, check out one of their classes.
Jennifer Woods just got her website redone including the emergency response page. Looks great! Check it out at www.livestockhandling.net
http://www.facebook.com/groups/280970342017727/permalink/341777232603704/ Justin McCloud is selling a big dump truck in North Carolina
Neither rain nor snow or ice will stop us
Tomas Gimenez has a new job!
South Carolina TLAER rapid response unit.
In a first for Australia, a conference with a focus on large animals in rescue situations, disasters, transport safety and event related incidents will be held in South Australia this November. Featuring speakers who are experts in their field from UK, USA, Asia, Australia & NZ this event will promote leading edge research, rescue techniques for a target audience which includes emergency services, veterinarians, educators, animal rescue volunteers and researchers.
To read more click here http://www.newsmaker.com.au/news/23602
"Large Animals in the News"
Rebecca Gimenez posted these classes from FEMA. They're free and easy to navigate, and addictive. I've done somewhere around 25 of them so far!
FEMA's Emergency Management Institute ( http://training.fema.gov/IS/ ) has tons of online courses for all things emergency and disaster. Some of the basic modules are:
IS-100.b - (ICS 100) Introduction to Incident Command System
IS-10.a Animals in Disasters: Awareness and Preparedness
IS-11.a Animals in Disasters: Community Planning
IS-111.a Livestock in Disasters
IS-200.b (ICS 200) ICS for Single Resources and Initial Action Incidents
IS-700.a National Incident Management System (NIMS), An Introduction
Note: Many emergency response volunteer groups and SARTs require IS-100, 200 and 700 at a minimum
http://worldnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/01/10/16437371-11-killer-whales-free-after-being-locked-in-ice-mayor-says?lite&ocid=msnhp&pos=2 Orcas self-evacuate in Hudson Bay
http://www.azfamily.com/news/Fire-crews-rescue-man-horse-and-buggy-from-Mesa-canal-186385081.html with video
http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=1799554556397 For those of you with Facebook, this is a great video of the rescue of a draft out of a pond
Rescue of dolphin video
http://www.firefighternation.com/article/news-2/portland-firefighters-rescue-horse-septic-tank Senior horse out of septic tank in Oregon
http://www.care2.com/causes/thousands-far-raised-crocodiles-escape-in-south-africa.html This could be your worst rescue nightmare ever!
http://postcodegazette.com/news/9002911481/horse-recovers-from-icy-ordeal-AT-killamarsh-forge-lane/ Horse recovers from icy river rescue
http://www.thelocal.se/45492/20130108 / Moose out of pool in Sweden
http://southcountymail.com/news/lrfpd-rescues-rare-horse/article_ffcc3e0e-599a-11e2-83c2-001a4bcf887a.html Hanging horse rescue
http://durham.patch.com/articles/horse-rescued-at-durham-farm Draft was pulled from mud
http://www.walesonline.co.uk/cardiffonline/cardiff-news/2013/01/12/firefighters-rescue-horse-91466-32586396/ Rescue in Wales
http://texomashomepage.com/fulltext?nxd_id=232552 Firefighter's first day on the job and he rescues a dog from icy water
http://www.nwemail.co.uk/home/firefighters-and-farmer-rescue-horse-in-ulverston-1.1028797?referrerPath=news%2Fulverston What the heck is a "beck"?
http://www.thisissomerset.co.uk/Dramatic-rescue-horse-fell-icy-ditch-sheltering/story-17938645-detail/story.html Mare in the mud
http://www.sturgisjournal.com/article/20130128/NEWS/130129553/1001/NEWS Horse from lake
http://www.yourgv.com/index.php/news/7175-team-unable-to-save-calf-trapped-in-frozen-pond Unable to save a calf; he dies. PLEASE FENCE OFF YOUR PONDS IN THE WINTER!
http://www.wsaz.com/news/headlines/Horese-Resuced-After-Falling-Throgh-Barn-Floor-189231381.html Horse alerts neighbors to another horse's plight
http://www.in-cumbria.com/cumbrian-firefighters-in-horse-rescue-bid-1.1031880?referrerPath=news-archive Horse died after attempt to rescue him http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2269091/Pony-trapped-Firefighters-rescue-year-old-horse-Nova-stuck-8ft-well.html#axzz2JnT7EE3s Nova rescued from a well
http://www.thecourier.co.uk/news/local/angus/miraculous-escape-for-horses-after-snow-destroys-angus-barn-roof-1.66077 Roof collapse from snow in UK
http://www.thisisleicestershire.co.uk/Horse-rescued-canal-Market-Harborough/story-18014547-detail/story.html UK horse out of canal
http://www.eldiario.com.co/seccion/JUDICIAL/la-red-de-apoyo-rescat-un-caballo121223.html Rescue in Colombia On your toolbar, click Page, then translate with Bing
http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10151389338349326.496203.23146549325&type=1 Story and photos on the RSPCA Qld Inc. (Australia) website of a rescue from flooding
PEOPLE NOT HORSES
http://www.montrealgazette.com/travel/Quebec+snowmobiler+dead+another+missing+International+Snowmobile/7811800/story.html?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter Snowmobiler dies after collision with a moose
http://www.azfamily.com/news/Three-women-hurt-when-horse-drawn-carriage-crashes-in-Scottsdale-186711481.html Three people hurt in carriage ride
http://www.stuff.co.nz/taranaki-daily-news/news/8175439/Woman-died-from-horse-kick-coroner Woman kicked in the head
http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2013/01/31/schoolgirl-ella-pallister_n_2590418.html?utm_hp_ref=fb&src=sp&comm_ref=false Teen dies after falling from horse
http://www.foxnews.com/us/2013/01/21/pennsylvania-horse-dies-suddenly-traps-woman-beneath-it/ Horse dies on the trail, pinning rider
http://questequinewelfare.org/projects-a-articles/equines-a-bush-fires/black-saturday-animal-welfare Old barn, Hay overhead, pre-WW2 wiring all causes of horse and calves deaths
http://questequinewelfare.org/projects-a-articles/equines-a-bush-fires/black-saturday-animal-welfare An hour long documentary on Black Saturday firestorm in Australia
http://www.wisconsinagconnection.com/story-state.php?Id=38&yr=2013 Three cows die, but 73 saved in fire
http://www.wisconsinagconnection.com/story-state.php?Id=21&yr=2013 Over 100 cows die in fire
http://www.youtube.com/watch?NR=1&v=507gj_JWWSs Watch this live burn demonstration by the Las Vegas FD.
http://rochester.ynn.com/content/top_stories/634050/cattle-killed-in-barn-fire/?ap=1&MP4 Dozens of cows die in barn fire
http://www.thisissussex.co.uk/Woman-rescues-horses-trapped-Wadhurst-barn-blaze/story-17891822-detail/story.html Woman rescues her horses from fire
http://www.philly.com/philly/news/breaking/20130131_ap_horsesrescuedfrombarnfireinlancastercounty.html Several hoses rescued
http://m.sunjournal.com/news/oxford-hills/2013/02/02/fire-destroys-big-old-new-england-style-barn-buckf/1315664 Article said no one was hurt, but also that they didn't know if there were critters inside
http://www.firehouse.com/news/10863462/texas-stable-fire-kills-11-horses-injures-others As Vicki Schmidt said, “Seriously. . locked stalls? If you're going to lock your horses in stalls you need to have a sprinkler system. Sad to think we've come to the point in society where some have to lock their horses in. . . Seems there had to be a better answer?”
Check out Laurie Loveman’s website: http://www.firesafetyinbarns.com PLEASE install a sprinkler system in your barn!
FIRE STORY None
ON THE ROAD
http://starbeacon.com/local/x1633446986/Owner-of-horse-killed-in-crash-to-be-cited-by-Ohio-State-Highway-Patrol Horse killed, negligent owner cited
http://www.9news.com/news/sidetracks/310236/337/Race-horse-stuns-drivers Race horse races down road
http://www.kcrg.com/news/local/Four-Horses-Killed-Along-Dubuque-Highway-187960151.html Four horses killed. News video
http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/couple-saves-baby-horses-from-burning-vehicle-20130113-2cnw8.html Family saved by quick thinking
http://www.wpxi.com/news/news/local/i-80-westbound-reopens-after-cow-trailer-crash-cla/nTx9R/ Winter weather causes crash/deaths
http://www.kmov.com/video/featured-videos/Raw-Cattle-truck-overturns-shuts-down-part-of-I-64-in-Metro-East-185429171.html Raw video feed
http://www.penbaypilot.com/article/rockport-horse-killed-car-accident/8605 Horse killed on road
http://www.illawarramercury.com.au/story/1253433/three-injured-horse-dies-in-crash-at-moss-vale/?cs=300 Horse dies in vehicle crash
http://energeticcity.ca/article/news/2013/01/24/horse-dies-after-trailer-flips-alaska-highway Horse dies in Alaska accident
http://www.cbc.ca/hamilton/news/story/2013/01/31/hamilton-car-collides-with-horse-in-glanbrook.html Horse killed by car
http://www.facebook.com/groups/tlaer/permalink/10151384086166702/ Camel killed in trailer rollover
http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2009/feb/18/elephants-india-flyover also http://www.indianexpress.com/news/on-the-elephant-s-track/1067532/0#postCom Elephants killed by train
http://fox59.com/2013/01/31/update-elephants-stranded-on-side-of-road-west-of-i-70-crash/#axzz2Jc83rzHM Elephants rescued in Indiana
ROAD STORIES None
EQUIPMENT AND SUPPLIES
http://www.resquip.com Rescue Randy comes in colors and with logos! Order yours now. Contact the website for non-USA orders, and Rebecca Gimenez at firstname.lastname@example.org for US orders
www.imiproducts.com/index.php/products/checkpoint/ Checkpoint® is the original loose wheel nut indicator. When fitted on properly torqued wheels and regularly inspected, it provides a visual indicator if a wheel has loosened lug nuts. By putting these indicators on all wheels for both trucks and trailers, it is much easier to guard against a potential catastrophic wheel loss. While they cannot prevent bolt sheer or the actual loosening of the lug nut, they provide a warning before an accident happens. They come in various sizes and types, with some that help prevent mud and grit from getting into wheels and covering or loosening lug nuts.
http://www.itsadisaster.net or http:// www.fedhealth.net It's a Disaster! is going to do a large print late-February, so if you or anyone you know wants this fantastic disaster preparedness and first aid manual, please contact FedHealth ASAP at 1-888-999-4325. I just love this book and have given away a bunch of them (and of course have one for myself)
I’ve added two visuals onto the LAR website’s safety page (www.saveyourhorse.com). Check them out on the “Safety” page. You’re welcome to use them.
If you want to get on the list of future courses from Illinois Vet School LAERT - Future lectures, wetlabs and courses presented by LAERT will be announced via email. If you know anyone who would like to be added to their email list, please have them send an email to LATRatILVetMed@gmail.com
In an effort to provide educational materials, TLAER.org has made a simple 1 hour PowerPoint presentation that is downloadable from here (www.saveyourhorse.com/safety.html ) with detailed notes for each page of the photos so that you can provide a good presentation to your firehouse, your saddle club, or even 4H and Pony Club youngsters to give them an orientation to TLAER type scenarios and why they should be interested.
The TLAER FaceBook page is around 2000 members now. Get involved with TLAER in your community or state. Go to www.tlaer.org and click on the FB LIKE icon. Thanks!
http://illinoishomepage.net/fulltext?nxd_id=457102 and http://www.wandtv.com/global/Category.asp?c=182814&clipId=8251545&autostart=true News reports of recent IL training
http://www.fishpond.com.au/Books/Without-Warning-Jane-OConnor/9781740668477 Jane O'Connor wrote a wonderful account of being trapped in the "Black Saturday" fire in Australia, its riveting, and bone-chilling. The book recounts how Jane and her family were trapped as the firestorm swept towards them, obliterating everything in its ferocious path. Without Warning details the horrifying events of that day as Jane and her family fought for their lives in the face Australia's worst natural disaster. It details how they survived the day and the immediate aftermath, living in a landscape of death before emergency crews could reach them. Lucky to be alive, they then had to grapple with the grief and destruction of their community, and find a way to survive the even longer journey of recovery and rebuilding. Great lesson for those who may have to deal with wildfire!
INNOVATIONS, EDUCATION, AND LESSONS LEARNED
http://www.fireengineering.com/articles/2013/01/don-t-forget-the-rural-fire-service.html?cmpid=EnlFireEngWeeklyJanuary312013 This is a great article about the realities of very small volunteer fire depts.
http://cs.thehorse.com/blogs/horse-911-whats-your-emergency/archive/2013/01/14/personal-disaster-preparedness-part-1.aspx Rebecca's blog is on disaster prep. Check it out!
http://cs.thehorse.com/blogs/horse-911-whats-your-emergency/archive/2013/01/25/disaster-preparedness-and-planning-part-2.aspx And part two for your horses.
http://cs.thehorse.com/blogs/horse-911-whats-your-emergency/archive/2013/01/27/accidental-hypothermia-in-horses.aspx?CommentPosted=true#commentMessage And on accidental hypothermia in horses
http://cs.thehorse.com/blogs/horse-911-whats-your-emergency/archive/2012/03/05/when-tornados-happen-to-horses.aspx What do you do about tornadoes?
http://horsetalk.co.nz/2013/02/03/zookeeper-fleeing-zebra-suit-captured/ Escaping zebra caught at Japanese zoo
From Sadie Meyer: As of 2007 in Germany, the voluntary fire department takes care of 70% of the population. There are 24,000 voluntary departments with an amount of 1 Million members. Research has also shown that there are 102 professional fire departments. They take care of 30% of the population in Germany.
http://www.saveyourhorse.com/The%20Hypothermic%20Horse.pdf Good information on hypothermia
http://www.emergencymgmt.com/disaster/US-Recover-Catastrophic-Power-Outage.html What would YOU do without power?
WELFARE and DISASTER and JUST PLAIN STRANGE
Taiwan has just passed a historic ban on all commercial trade in marine mammals! This is a major step forward in marine mammal protection, and a key development in the campaign to end Canada’s commercial seal hunt. Canada lobbied hard to stop this ban.
http://wildfire.blog.nfpa.org/2013/01/got-firewise-join-the-firewise-challenge-and-get-recognized.html Wildfires are a problem everywhere. NFPA is asking community residents across the U.S. to develop an action plan and participate in wildfire mitigation activities to help reduce their neighborhoods’ risk of a wildfire threat
http://www.burlingtonfreepress.com/article/20130127/NEWS07/301270027/Horse-treatment-reviewed Horses in deplorable condition rescued
https://www.popvox.com/bills/us/112/s1176 Weigh in on horse slaughter bill
http://campaign.r20.constantcontact.com/render?llr=oaduwzaab&v=001rZH4ueSUQhiEMd8LLXDH6k8NkEQAPrahRBaUMPIIbgqyUhLAD2QbjmApS2vFF5gVYEYCL1W4Z7V4bbVgiTut4XqUyu9XBCYep348dGsh7W1PNgq5SVbXsBjEZfs_G2d6ttWdx4sMUggoxna0_Lbmr4RdbNLJnooArpP6vm9PXMjydthJDR418w%3D%3D A newsletter on disaster response. This is definitely part of what we do and should be on your mind as a horse owner as well
http://hsus.typepad.com/wayne/2013/01/haiti-anniversary-2013.html Good news from the Humane Society. They're still working in Haiti!
http://www.thisisleicestershire.co.uk/Flood-warnings-stay-Leicestershire-rain-way/story-17986659-detail/story.html Flooding in UK (why aren't people evacuating their animals?) vhttp://www.goldcoast.com.au/article/2013/01/30/446338_tweed-byron-news.html Australia under water too! Why weren’t animals evacuated here too?
DOWN UNDER NEWS
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: email@example.com
Jim Green from Hampshire Fire & Rescue in the UK is booked to come to Australia for the International Large Animal Rescue Conference to share his experiences around Animal Rescue techniques, standards and training. Check out some of the work here: http://www.hantsfire.gov.uk/animalrescue . Are you signed up to attend?
The Down Under" Qld QHC Large Animal Rescue Roadshow is off and running!
FEB 24 Peachester (Sunshine Coast) Contact Debbie Dekker firstname.lastname@example.org 07 5464 6785 Peachester 24 Feb 2013 registration
MAR 23 Geelong, Vic. Elcho Park Equestrian Centre, Lara. Contact Tessa Van Gestel email@example.com
MAY 5 Atherton, Qld. ATHRA Contact Debbie Dekker firstname.lastname@example.org 07 5464 6785.
MAY 26 Wallumbilla, Qld. ATHRA. Contact Debbie Dekker email@example.com 07 5464 6785
JUN 9 Townsville, Qld. Contact Debbie Dekker firstname.lastname@example.org 07 5464 6785
JUN 23 Boonah, Qld. Contact Debbie Dekker email@example.com 07 5464 6785
JUL 21 Blackbutt, Qld. Contact Debbie Dekker firstname.lastname@example.org 07 5464 6785
AUG 3 Coffs Harbour, NSW. . Contact Alicia August email@example.com
SEP 1 Toowoomba, Qld. . Contact Debbie Dekker firstname.lastname@example.org 07 5464 6785
SEP 9 Gold Coast, Qld. . Contact Debbie Dekker email@example.com 07 5464 6785
SEP 29 Rockhampton, Qld. Contact Debbie Dekker firstname.lastname@example.org 07 5464 6785
MAR 7 Cherry Gardens, SA. Horse SA Introduction to Large Animal Rescue 7:30 – 9:00 p.m. Free for City of Onkaparinga residents and emergency service responders (in uniform), others gold coin donation at the door
NOV 2-3 International Large Animal Rescue Conference, University of Adelaide, South Australia http://www.horsesa.asn.au/zdocument/file/3118/ILARConference_Delegate_InfoPack.pdf
FEEL GOOD STUFF
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=NpLM393Uj0o#! Stupid guy gets kicked by horse
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J95LsygVMaQ&NR=1&feature=endscreen Tormenter get's a taste of his own medicine!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jViP7rTkrUU&feature=endscreen&NR=1 some people don't have a clue
http://www.care2.com/causes/cat-cried-like-a-child-during-fire-meet-the-people-who-saved-her.html Help your fire department save animals by buying pet oxygen masks
http://www.cnn.com/video/?%2Fvideo%2Fus%2F2013%2F01%2F17%2Fdnt-horse-drawn-delivery-service.wabi#/video/us/2013/01/17/dnt-horse-drawn-delivery-service.wabi Horse delivers groceries
http://www.care2.com/causes/a-year-after-boats-shatter-his-shell-turtle-swims-free.html Update on loggerhead turtle rescued in Florida
http://www.businessinsider.com/ad-of-the-day-samsung-washer-machine-ad-2013-1 This has been around for awhile, but it’s a fun watch
http://barnmice.com/video/tearjerker-alert-2013-budweiser-super-bowl-ad-the-clydesdales-bro Budweiser super bowl ad. A real tear jerker. Watched it 4 times; cried 4 times!
SPOTLIGHT OF THE DAY:
Let me introduce you to Sadie. I met her through a class on horse safety. She is a young woman from Germany who is a bright light in the world. I hope she joins our LAR family. At the end of the class, students are instructed to write an essay detailing what they have learned, how they are going to share it, and how they intend to implement what they learned in the future. Here is Sadie’s response. This reinforces to me how important it is to share this information wherever we can. If we could get this information to all horse owners, make it part of their consciousness, how much better for all our horses. Michelle
Incidents may happen everywhere and anytime. Certainly there are incidents which are unavoidable, but a great number of them might not have happened when prevention was taken in the first. So prevention is a very important fact. Forewarned means forearmed.
How to prevent from accidents means for instance a safe trailer, a safe truck, a safe barn, a safe pasture. How to get this? Knowing about safe trailering. Walking along the pasture and watching for deep holes, abandoned wells, broken fences or anything else which can be dangerous to horses. Also it is prevention to make the barn fire-safe.
The next is mitigation. When the incident has already happened, then there is a lot we can do to handle the situation to decrease the damage and even the injury. In case of incident we call the Emergency Responders. These normally will be the fire department and the law enforcement. When it is an incident with large animals involved it is very important to tell this when calling 1-1-2. (9-1-1 in the U.S.). For instance: there is an overturned trailer on the road. The police will be there to close the road and control the traffic. The fire department with tools and expertise and in case of injury of humans, the Emergency Medical Service. And if necessary, a towing company.
It is also very important to call a veterinarian, even if he might not be necessary on the second look. But if he is necessary there won’t be precious time lost of not calling him immediately which can be important to the life of the horse. In Germany the veterinarian will be called automatically by the ER when animals involved.
When I have to call the ER I have to locate exactly where the incident happened, tell them who is involved and if horses or other animals are involved. Also tell them that they should turn their alarm lights and the alarm siren off, because these signals scare horses, even more when they cannot fight or run away.
While waiting for the ER’s it is important to have a look at the scene without getting in danger or causing even more damage. Breathe deeply and calm down. You can make no good decision without a rational mind. Do not open a window of an overturned trailer. The horse would try to get out, even when the opening is very small. This would have bad consequences. When possible, block the wheels or fortify the trailer. But always remember: Protect yourself from danger!
Emergency Responders are very trained and skilled persons but almost all of them know very little or nothing about horses. So it is very important to tell them about the horse’s reactions. How to approach a horse, how to lead a horse. To stay away from the horse’s danger zone. Only about 2 % of the fire fighters have these knowledge but this is only a few and far too less. So if the fire fighters recognize you as an expert with handling horses and you as the owner keep cool the fire fighters would listen to you. But remember: they are there to order what to do. They will save your horse, even when they look at animals as if it would be property. They will do everything to save his life. So do not interfere. Also it is very helpful knowing about the ranks and the way the fire fighters work. Knowing the Incident Command System is an advantage. So you are more than just a “bystander” and this is from benefit for you and for your horse. The fire fighters have knowledge about removal from entrapment.
There are drags, vertical lifts and diagonal assists. There must always be a horse handler. If the owner is calm enough he could be the one. The horse handler must be very careful. For instance: don’t lean over the horse’s head. His head might suddenly toss against yours. He has to talk to the horse in a low and monotone voice and has to observe the horse carefully. How is the condition? Would the horse get shocked? The veterinarian often has to sedate the horse.
There is another possibility of incidents: Barn fires. These stable fires are very terrible.
Three main causes are: person’s carelessness, electrical system, and the storage of hay. Therefore it is very important to protect your stable and make it safe. Prevention is the key. The first rule in and around every stable is a “must”: Do not smoke! Have a landline phone in the stable. Notice about important addresses in case of emergency.
Fire extinguishers. Be aware of depleting fuels. Have a fire plan and train this. Invite the fire fighters to learn about handling horses. Let them take a look at your location. Good access to water sources. Entry and area for the fire engines. Have safe areas to confine the evacuating horses. Have leads and halters at each stall for each horse.
Safe trailering: It is very important that the trailer is safe. Safe for the horse, safe for the owner/driver and of course for the people on the road. The trailer must fit the horse. This means there must be enough room for the horse to toss his head, stretch his legs, stretch his body, take balance while riding. So the trailer must be long, wide and high enough. This is very important, because an uncomfortable horse can cause an accident because of moving and kicking in the box of the trailer. Also it is very important that the truck is strong enough for the trailer, even when the trailer starts swaying.
Always check the clutches (attachment between trailer and truck). Before you start your journey and also after each stop. Maybe there is a stranger thinking it’s a good joke to loosen your clutches. This will end in disaster. Keep all metal parts clean. Carry a fire extinguisher in the truck. Also a First Aid Kit for you and your horse, and for the truck and trailer. Always have the cell phone with you. Don’t leave it in the car or even in the tack room of the trailer. It might be useless in case of incident.
The trailer must be level. Two proper inflated spare wheels must be present. Inflation must be checked before driving, on the trailer and also on the truck. The trailer must have a floor in a good stable condition. There are metal and wooden floors available. A mat should be fit snugly. Also the wooden floor must be attached to the trailer. Everything in the trailer’s box must be safe. Latches should not stick into the box, light fixtures must be away from the horse’s head. The trailer should have vents and enough windows, which should have bars, so the horse cannot stuck his head through.
The interior of the trailer should have a light color to make it more inviting for the horse. Chest bars and butt bars should be padded and have safety chains for attachment.
Some trailers have ramps, others have steps. Which one to chose depends on your horses ability. Also there are slant load and straight load trailers. What one horse prefers the other one might fear. I would prefer a straight load, because the horse is better balanced while riding.
All I have learned in this class I share with a friend who owns a horse also. She is very interesting and I think she also learned a lot by telling her about my studies. In future I intend to implement this information to have a critical view at other stables, unsafe situations involving horses and horse trailers. If I ever have to rent a trailer, I don’t have my own, I will have a very critical and exact look to its overall safety and comfort for my horse.
I know that I can’t save a horse from entrapment on my own, but it is very important to have the knowledge. Maybe once there is a situation in which my studies are helpful to others to save the life of a horse.