Emergency Rescue Techniques


California Wildfires Force Horse Evacuation

October 27, 2006

Six horses were evacuated Thursday (Oct. 26) to avoid the flames of a wildfire that engulfed thousands of acres in several Riverside County, Calif., communities. The evacuated horses were pleasure horses stabled on residential properties in... Read More


Horse Protection Group Teaches Rescue from Burning Barns

October 16, 2006

Firefighters in Connecticut are learning how to rescue from a burning building a different type of victim.

The Connecticut Horse Council is offering training sessions on how to remove horses from a barn on fire.

Dave Steele, a... Read More


Horse Owners Encouraged to Have Evacuation Plan

September 07, 2006

The Louisiana State Animal Response Team (LSART) is actively encouraging horse owners to have a disaster plan for the animals in their care. Lessons learned from prior hurricane experience have led the group to the development of comprehensive... Read More


Stranded Horse, Riders Rescued from Rising Tide

July 10, 2006

The United Kingdom's Maritime and Coastguard Agency announced yesterday (July 9) that it was involved in the afternoon rescue of two horses and their riders who were stranded off shore on a sandbar at Holkham Bay as the tide was rising.... Read More


Emergency Transportation for Horses

July 05, 2006

You should be prepared to ship a horse if it is in need of emergency care at a veterinary hospital. ... Read More


Conference Stresses Disaster Planning and Large Animal Rescue

June 09, 2006

The 2006 National Conference on Animals in Disaster (NCAD) was held May 31-June 3 in Arlington, Va. The event was hosted by the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) and was sponsored by a variety of animal rescue organizations. More than... Read More


Florida Horse Rescued from Creek

June 07, 2006

It took more than 35 people to extract a 1,600-pound Hanoverian from a creek yesterday morning (June 6) near Orlando, Fla. The 17.1-hand gelding had been trapped in the 25-foot-wide miry creek with slippery banks for at least three hours when he... Read More


HEART Unveils New Equine Ambulance

June 06, 2006

HEART unveiled its new state-of-the-art equine ambulance at the Devon Horse Show, which was held May 25-June 3 in Devon, Pa. The new ambulance will help HEART improve upon its strong tradition of providing rapid care and transport for sick and... Read More


Training Emphasizes Horse Handling Skills, Practical Equipment

June 01, 2006

Preparation for taking care of horses in emergencies and disasters starts with training emergency responders (firefighters, rescue squad members, veterinarians, police, humane, animal control and sheriff's officers, and search and rescue... Read More


Ham Radio Communication and Horses

May 04, 2006

To successfully manage and recover from terrorist attacks, medical emergencies, accidents, hurricanes, earthquakes, tornadoes, fires, floods, blizzards, etc., reliable communications are absolutely necessary. A relatively simple way to vastly... Read More


Emergency Training Emphasizes Horse Handling Skills, Practical Equipment

March 29, 2006

"Keep your knee gently pressed into her neck, and if she decides to get up, go ahead and let her, don't fight it." An emergency instructor gave this advice to a firefighter learning to hold down a horse acting as an injured animal during a... Read More


New Sling Shows Promise in Clinical Setting

March 01, 2006

Practitioners need to quickly assess an acutely recumbent (unable to stand) horse's prognosis, and that can be difficult. Putting a horse in the Andersen Sling Support Device (ASSD), the gold standard for equine slings, requires at least six... Read More


Helping Older Horses Get Up

March 01, 2006

Q: I have an older horse that sometimes lies down and has trouble getting up. My vet thinks it is advanced arthritis in his stifles. Do you have any rescue equipment that you have used to lift a horse up? Thank you for the... Read More


USRider, EKU to Continue Large Animal Rescue Training

November 16, 2005

USRider Equestrian Motor Plan has teamed up with Eastern Kentucky University (EKU) to conduct large animal rescue training for the second consecutive year. The training was initially offered at EKU through two training sessions in March 2005.... Read More


Vet on Hurricanes: The Ripples are Impressive

September 29, 2005

Sonny Corley, DVM, of Acadiana Equine Clinic in Lafayette, La., climbed a fence to leave another note Tuesday night on the door of the clinic belonging to Johnny Reina, DVM, in Lake Charles, La. He had visited the hurricane-damaged site three... Read More


Disaster Response: Top 10 Ways to Make a Real Impact

September 28, 2005

In the last decade, there have been outstanding improvements in planning for animals in disasters nationwide. We can learn many early lessons from the responses to Hurricanes Katrina and Rita that affected the Gulf Coast to allow us as veterinarians... Read More


Louisiana Rescue Horse Shoeing Task Force

September 23, 2005

The American Farrier's Association (AFA) President Craig Trnka, CJF announced the formation of the Louisiana Rescue Horse Shoeing Task Force created to provide care for the horses affected by the recent hurricanes, according to a press... Read More


Disaster Prep Reflections

September 01, 2005

The time available to evacuate horses in an emergency is limited. Having a plan ready may make the difference between survival and disaster. At the very least, keep halters ready for your horses. ... Read More


AAEP Convention 2004 Wrap-Up: The Grab Bag

March 03, 2005

Stopping Equine Aggression With An Electronic Collar

"Aggressive behavior in horses is expensive," said Michelle A. Kennedy, DVM, a private practitioner in Delta, Colo. Veterinary expense, property damage, loss of use of affected... Read More


Recumbent Transport and Other Rescue Techniques (AAEP 2004)

February 14, 2005

Whether it be a geriatric horse with West Nile virus, a malnourished mare, or a multi-million dollar stallion that is down, recumbent transport can be a useful and safe way to move the horse if performed properly.... Read More


Kester News Hour Part Two

January 26, 2005

Probably the best-attended session at the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) Convention, the Kester News Hour features brief reports of new research that was too new or brief for inclusion in the scientific program. The... Read More


Endowed Fund Established to Promote Large Animal Rescue Efforts, Launch Training Program

January 05, 2005

USRider Equestrian Motor Plan has established an endowed fund at Eastern Kentucky University (EKU) to promote large-animal rescue efforts and support related training programs.

The $25,000 gift/pledge, which will be matched through... Read More


Rescue Training and Exhibitions Held in Central Kentucky

August 18, 2004

"We are not here to re-invent the wheel," said Tomas Gimenez, DrMedVet, a professor at Clemson University, addressing a group of first-responders and equine rescue personnel at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington earlier this month. The event... Read More


To the Rescue

July 02, 2004

Eight years ago a horse died during the shift of Capt. John Fox of the Felton, Calif., Fire Protection District. The horse had fallen into a crevice on a trail ride, and none of the emergency responders had the training to get it out. Fox, a... Read More


Technical Equine Rescue

April 01, 2004

In today's world, a natural or man-made disaster can strike at any time. The only defense we have is preparation. Unfortunately, many animals are dragged, stranded, drowned, or dropped during attempted rescues by untrained personnel. Rescuers... Read More