Free Equine Rescue Seminar

What would you do if your horse got stuck in the mud around the pond or at a river crossing? What if he were trapped in an overturned trailer? Those are just two of the scenarios that will be addressed in free equine rescue seminars sponsored by Hagyard-Davidson-McGee Associates at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Ky., on Oct. 23 and 26.

Courtesy Hagyard-Davidson-McGee Associates

Demonstrations of large animal rescue equipment will be given at the free equine rescue seminar Oct. 26 in Lexington, Ky. 

Emergency personnel (police, firefighters, etc.) will attend special sessions on Oct. 23 from 8 a.m. to noon that feature equine rescue demonstrations and hands-on practice during the seminar. Horses trained to be “stuck and rescued” from mud and taught to lay quietly for trailer rescue will be a high point of this seminar and allow real-life scenarios to be duplicated.

The general public is invited on Oct. 26 from 8 a.m. til 3 p.m. for the demonstrations and to visit with the Code 3 Associates, a Colorado-based mobile rescue unit that is fully equipped and housed in a semi-trailer rig.

Three areas of training and demonstrations will be held. The first covers basic concepts and equipment in large animal rescue, presented by Tomas Gimenez, Dr. Med. Vet., from Clemson University. His presentation and demonstration will include using an organized team approach to rescue, the dos and don’ts in larg animal rescue, demonstrations of rescue equipment, rescue ropes and knots, and the forward assist/simple vertical lift.

The second involves vehicular rescue of horses by David Becker, DVM, of Jeffersontown, Ky. He will cover assessment of the scene, hazard control, stabilizing the vehicle, emergency care after stabilizing the vehicle, and the topic of rescue, recover, or euthanize. This final section includes trailer uprighting, extrication through cutting, backward drag of a horse, and using a tail pull.

The third delves into transport of recumbent horses and mud rescue, taught by Rebecca Gimenez, PhD, of Anderson College; and Allan Schwartz, of Days End Farm in Maryland. Their presentation includes use of the rescue glide, sedation, how to properly move the downed horse into the trailer, and precautions during transportation.

For more information, visit and click on the Calendar section. You can also call Kendra Holland at Hagyard-Davidson-McGee Associates at 859/255-8741. The Horse is a proud sponsor of the equine rescue demonstrations.

About the Author

Kimberly S. Brown

Kimberly S. Brown was the Publisher/Editor of The Horse: Your Guide To Equine Health Care from June 2008 to March 2010, and she served in various positions at Blood-Horse Publications since 1980.

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