Large Animal Emergency Response Training at the Kentucky Horse Park

"Horses often find themselves in extremely dangerous situations, and we want to do everything in our power to save their lives," said John Nicholson, Executive Director of the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington. "That's why we're so pleased that Hagyard Equine Medical Institute is offering a Large Animal Emergency Response Seminar here at the park."

The presentation on April 29 at 12:30 pm is open to anyone attending the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event. The seminar will review rescue and transport of a recumbent horse, mud and water rescue, trailer accidents, barn fires, as well as night search and rescue. It will take place in the Hagyard Equine Medical Institute tent #154 at the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event.

A live demonstration on rescue and transport of a recumbent horse will follow at 5 pm in the indoor arena. Nathan Slovis, DVM, Dipl. ACVIM, will conduct the seminar and demonstration using a live horse to show effective, efficient, and safe rescue techniques to use when a horse is down. Proper use of an equine glide for transport will also be reviewed.

Nicholson concluded, "The more we are prepared to assist horses in any situation, even the most precarious, the better for them and for us. It is part of our obligation as residents of the Horse Capital of the World."

Horse caretakers and the public are encouraged to attend.

A summary of the veterinary lectures offered by Hagyard Equine Medical Institute during the Rolex event include:

  • Equine Acupuncture, by Rhonda Rathgeber, DVM, PhD, on Thursday, April 28, at 12:30 pm in the Hagyard tent # 154. The session will cover the basic science of acupuncture, how it works, the equipment used, and some clinical cases in which it can be useful. Included with Rolex admission.
  • Large Animal Emergency Response, by Slovis, on Friday, April 29, at 12:30 pm in the Hagyard tent #154. Included with Rolex admission.
  • Large Animal Emergency Response Demonstration, by Slovis on Friday, April 29, at 5:00 pm in the indoor arena. A demonstration using a live horse to show effective, efficient, and safe rescue techniques to utilize when a horse is down. Included with Rolex admission.
  • Joint Disease and Therapy, by Rathgeber, on Saturday, April 30, at 12:30 pm in the Hagyard tent # 154. Basic joint anatomy and the basic physiology of degenerative joint disease/arthritis. Also discussed will be the various products of oral injectable and intra-articular joint therapies. Included with Rolex admission.

For information on the Hagyard Equine Medical Institute seminars, contact LaTonna Wilson at 859/255-8741 or lwilson@hagyard.com. For information on Rolex, visit www.rk3de.com.

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