HEART Unveils New Equine Ambulance

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 injured horses at major horse shows across the country.

"The new ambulance will help HEART deliver quicker and more effective care to any injured horses," said Robin Sweeley, president of HEART Equine Ambulance. "The type of care provided in an emergency can mean the difference between life and death for a beloved horse, and we hope that the new trailer will bring owners and riders some peace of mind that HEART will provide the best care possible."

The new ambulance features an expanded trailer with a more efficient layout and advanced equipment. The trailer is a 2006 4-Star Custom Built. Modifications include:

  • A reinforced cross beam in trailer body to support horse in sling
  • Four ring tie-downs in trailer body to attach rescue glide to horse
  • Removable stall walls
  • Camera system with infrared
  • Custom storage area on wall for rescue glide
  • Stainless steel sink with water supply and heater
  • Generator with ability to run on provided power supply
  • Outside and inside lighting

The ambulance also features a new look, with artwork designed by Thomas J Coon Design of Charlottesville, Va.

The ambulance will be used by HEART to help injured equine athletes at a number of U.S. horse shows. Next on the schedule for HEART is the Lake Placid and I Love New York Horse Shows, which will be held June 28-July 9 in Lake Placid, N.Y.

HEART hopes that the service will become a standard throughout the industry.

"In light of recent events at the Preakness (Barbaro's injury), an on-site equine ambulance has come into the spotlight as a necessary measure to ensure that equine athletes receive a fast and effective response in emergency situations," said Tereza Marks, executive director of HEART. "Shows with an on-site equine ambulance demonstrate that they take the health and safety of the equine athletes seriously."

HEART's new equine ambulance was made possible by the generous donations of people across the country.  Major funding was provided by the Sweeley Foundation.

HEART is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. For additional information, visit HEART's web site: equineambulance.com.

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