Injured TLAER Horse on the Mend

A horse injured while performing a large animal emergency rescue demonstration is on the mend according to Rebecca Gimenez, PhD, primary instructor and president of Technical Large Animal Emergency Rescue Inc. (TLAER).

On July 6 "Torque" was performing an A-frame vertical lift operation demonstration for 75 students at the University of Prince Edward Island's Atlantic Veterinary College, located in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada, when he panicked and became entangled in equipment used in the exercise. As a result, the horse sustained a non-life-threatening head injury. Torque was treated at the scene, then transported to the Atlantic Veterinary College hospital's intensive care unit, where he remains under care.

On July 14 Gimenez said that veterinary reports indicate Torque sustained no neurologic deficits as a result of the injury and that he continues to respond well to treatment including minor surgery to remove a piece of bone located within the wound.

"The neurologist said that if you didn't see the bandage on his head (to protect the healing wound) that you would not know (Torque) ever had any injury," Gimenez said. "The only change is that he is now even more rude about getting treats and snuggles."

Torque is a veteran TLAER demonstration horse. He began training to join the TLAER team in 2007 after Gimenez acquired him from the Palmetto Equine Awareness and Rescue League in Anderson, S.C., where he was brought for rehabilitation after being seized in a neglect case.

Upon release from the Atlantic Veterinary Hospital, Torque will move on for rehabilitative treatment in Canada and Maine before returning to Gimenez's home in Georgia.

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Pat Raia

Pat Raia is a veteran journalist who enjoys covering equine welfare, industry, and news. In her spare time, she enjoys riding her Tennessee Walking Horse, Sonny.

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