Emergency Rescue Techniques


Firefighters Rescue 2,400-lb Draft Horse from Hole

September 10, 2009

A 2,400-lb draft horse named Sylvia is recovering after firefighters in Estacada, Ore., rescued her from a 15-foot-deep hole on Monday night, Read More


Horses Evacuated from British Columbia Fires

July 20, 2009

Most horses are now safe from forest fires that have been burning west of Kelowna, British Columbia, thanks to the efforts of the Kelowna SPCA, the B.C. Interior Horse Rescue, and the Canadian Disaster Animal Response Team.

The fires drove... Read More


Virginia Extension Hosts Large Animal Rescue Training

June 08, 2009

Virginia Cooperative Extension hosted a Technical Large Animal Emergency Rescue three-day emergency training program at the Middleburg Agricultural Research and Extension... Read More


LSU Vets Aid Horses Trapped in Trailer

June 08, 2009

Veterinarians from Louisiana State University (LSU) responded to an emergency call the evening of May 30 after learning that two horses were trapped in an overturned horse trailer as a result of a single vehicle accident.

LSU veterinarians,... Read More


Hagyard to Offer Large Animal Emergency Response Training

May 12, 2009

Hagyard Equine Medical Institute of Lexington, Ky., strives to train veterinarians, first responders, and individual horse owners in large animal emergency response techniques by offering annual courses.

The group's next large animal... Read More


Australians Attend Kentucky Large-Animal Rescue Training

May 07, 2009

Large-animal emergency rescue training continues growing in popularity around the globe, according to Mark Cole, managing member for USRider, a roadside assistance plan designed with horse owners in mind. Awareness of the issue was at a far lowe... Read More


Students Participate in Large Animal Rescue Demonstration

April 15, 2009

Earlier this spring, a group of third graders in Richmond, Ky., got a hands-on lesson in rescuing large animals.

On March 30, Tomas Gimenez, DrMedVet, and Rebecca Gimenez, PhD, gave a Read More


Large Animal Rescue Training Offered in Virginia

April 03, 2009

The Middleburg Agricultural Research and Extension Center (MARE Center) will host a Technical Large Animal Emergency Rescue Training (TLAER) training session May 13-15, 2009.

Instructors Tomas Gimenez, DrMedVet, and Rebecca Gimenez,... Read More


Large Animal Rescue Training Offered at Days End Farm

February 13, 2009

Days End Farm Horse Rescue of Woodbine, Md., will offer Large Animal Rescue Training on two separate dates, March 22 and May 9.

Aimed at emergency responders, horse owners, barn managers, and the general public, each one-day session runs... Read More


AAEP 2007 Convention Complete Coverage

February 12, 2009

A complete wrap-up of the 2007 American Association of Equine Practitioners Convention held in Orlando, Fla.... Read More


Saving Horses 911

February 05, 2009

Traditionally, in the event of some sort of accident--trailer overturned, horse stuck somewhere, horse down, environmental disaster--the owner or witness often attempts to deal with the incident himself/herself or with the aid of a friend... Read More


Barn Fires: Strategies to Prevent and Respond (AAEP 2008)

February 04, 2009

Barn fires are the No. 1 local emergency that affects everyone from horse owners to veterinarians, and property owners to the horses themselves. Barn fires kill more horses annually than any other type of nonmedical emergency. ... Read More


Safety Tips for Horses Caught in Floods

January 13, 2009

In the wake of the recent flooding in the Pacific Northwest, Tomas Gimenez, Dr.Med.Vet, of Technical Large Animal Emergenc... Read More


Large Animal Emergency Rescue Training Offered in Kentucky

October 23, 2008

USRider and Eastern Kentucky University (EKU) are partnering for the fifth annual large animal emergency rescue training course. As with previous years' training, specially trained demonstration animals will help provide realistic hands-on... Read More


University of Florida Veterinary Disaster Response Team Learns New Skills

September 11, 2008

When it comes to teams representing the University of Florida, the national champion football and basketball teams might be getting all the headlines, but the University's College of Veterinary Medicine Disaster Response Team should not be... Read More


Large Animal Emergency Rescue Course Offered at KHP

July 15, 2008

Hagyard Equine Medical Institute will offer extensive three-day training courses in large animal emergency rescue techniques August 18-20, and August 22-24, at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Ky. This training is designed to educate first... Read More


Weekend Search for Lost Horse Unsuccessful

July 14, 2008

Charlz, the 17-year-old Arabian horse that became separated from his rider on May 25, continued to elude searchers this weekend.

Eight mounted volunteers from a local stable combed the Freetown Massachusetts State Forest on Sunday.... Read More


Search Continues for Horse Lost in State Forest

July 11, 2008

This Sunday, volunteers will once again comb Massachusetts' Freetown State Forest in search of Charlz, a horse who was separated from his rider six weeks ago.

"We know he's out there because we've seen his tracks, and he's been spotted... Read More


Kentucky Large Animal Emergency Response Team Receives Grant

June 09, 2008

With its first year anniversary approaching this month, Kentucky Large Animal Emergency Response Team (KLAER), a 501(c) non-profit organization, has received a grant for $10,000 from the Kentucky Horse Council to pursue its goal in providing... Read More


Vermont Firefighters Pull Horse From Well

May 06, 2008

Pittsford, Vt., firefighters rescued a horse that had fallen six or seven feet into an open well.

Fire Chief Tom Hooker said when firefighters arrived on Monday evening the animal was completely submerged in water.

Rescuers used a hose... Read More


First Responders Learn Horse Handling Basics at Virginia Tech

April 04, 2008

Emergency personnel often have their first experience handling horses when they are called to the scene of a trailer collision, barn fire, or other crisis situation.

In order to better prepare fire, police, and medical professionals for... Read More


Pregnant Percheron Plucked from Pond

March 26, 2008

Firefighters in Johnson Creek, Wis., rescued a pregnant horse from an icy pond after it escaped from its nearby pen.

The 7-year-old black Percheron draft horse, named Katie, is expected to make a full recovery after being in the cold water... Read More


How to Airlift a Horse

March 24, 2008

"The process of airlifting a horse still carries inherent dangers for the horse and rescue personnel," he concluded. "Risks may be lessened by a program that involves regular training, including a helicopter lift when possible, to increase the team's... Read More


Large Animals Equal Large Emergency Rescue Problems

December 04, 2007

Everywhere in America thousands of large animals are transported through our communities daily. They are moving over our streets, roads, and highways. Whenever a transportation emergency occurs, local first responders are called. Without specifi... Read More


Kentucky Rescue Course Has Audit Positions Open

August 12, 2007

Two three-day courses designed to instruct first responders, veterinarians, and horse owners on the art of hands-on rescue and transport of a recumbent horse, containment of large animals, mud and water rescues, and night search and rescue will... Read More