USRider Distributes 500 Copies of Large Animal Rescue Video

USRider has distributed more than 500 free copies of a large animal rescue video to U.S. organizations and individuals since the video's introduction in the first quarter of 2003. The video, which was designed to increase awareness of the need for correct rescue training among emergency medical technicians, has been sent to Canada, Germany, Argentina, and the West Indies.
Many animals end up being dragged, strangled, drowned, or dropped during attempted rescues because many emergency responders do not have the proper training for rescuing large animals safely. "Most emergency responders have extensive knowledge about rescuing humans but, due to no fault of their own, lack training in how to rescue large animals properly," said Mark Cole, managing member for USRider. When emergency responders are made aware of the need for large animal rescue skills, most are very receptive. We just need to create awareness."

The video covers theory and demonstrations on how to respond to overturned trailers; animals in holes, pools or open sewers; barn fires; trailer wrecks; and animals loose on the highway, trapped in various places or hurt on the trail. The video uses simulated situations to demonstrate how to tie up, pull, strap and lift large animals.

The video features Drs. Tomas and Rebecca Gimenez from Clemson University, nationally recognized experts in large-animal rescue training. They have been offering emergency rescue training courses around the country for more than five years. Several hundred firefighters, police officers, sheriff's deputies and animal control technicians along with organized volunteers have attended their two- and three-day workshops. Tomas and Rebecca Gimenez can be contacted via e-mail at or by telephone at 864/656-5158.

Those requesting the video include the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the American Horse Protection Association, horse councils, veterinarians, state departments of agriculture, animal welfare departments, humane societies, fire departments and EMTs, libraries, colleges, and riding clubs and associations.  

"Several groups have gone above the call of duty by hosting viewings for emergency responders or by making copies and personally handing them out to emergency responders," said Cole. "Others have taken the initiative to reach a wide audience by playing the video on local cable television."

To receive a free copy of the video, send a written request on letterhead to Attn: Large Animal Rescue Video, USRider Equestrian Motor Plan, PO Box 54711, Lexington, KY 40555. The request should indicate when the video will be viewed and the approximate number of people who will view it.

Funding for the creation and distribution of this video has been provided by the USRider Leg-Up Annual Giving Fund. This fund was created to enhance awareness of emergency equine response issues and to offer financial assistance to qualified, worthy organizations that provide emergency equine response. USRider donates a portion of its profits to create the Leg-Up Fund. For information about the USRider Leg-Up Annual Giving Fund or the USRider Equestrian Motor Plan‚s nationwide trailering assistance program, please call 800/844-1409 or visit

Stay on top of the most recent Horse Health news with FREE weekly newsletters from Learn More