If your horse got trapped in a dangerous situation, such as an overturned horse float or a septic tank, you’d want the rescue team to have the best possible training in how to safely get him or her out. Until now, most emergency responders would probably have had little or no training in how to help out a horse in a difficult spot, but that’s about to change as two horse mannequins named Bruce and Bob have arrived in Australia.
The equine mannequins will be used to train vets, RSPCA inspectors, SES volunteers, police, fire and other emergency responders in techniques for safely rescuing horses and other large animals. There are some workshops coming up in Sept/Oct 2011 that are “open to all”, so horse owners and other interested persons will be able to take part.
The workshops will be conducted by the authors of two emergency rescue books – Australia’s MaryAnne Leighton, co-author of “Equine Emergency Rescue” and Dr Rebecca Gimenez from the United States, who is co-author of “Technical Large Animal Emergency Rescue”.
Here are some photos from a Technical Large Animal Emergency Rescue Seminar that was held in November last year at Animal Aid‘s Coldstream facility in Victoria. Click the images to see a larger version on the Animal Aid Facebook page. For the full album click here.
Information on upcoming Australian workshops from the Equine Emergency Rescue website’s “Training” page:
Confirmed training dates and contacts are:
– 10-11 September Open to all, Mackay, Queensland. Contact Selina Neil email@example.com
– 15-16 September RSPCA, Brisbane, Queensland. Contact Selina Neil firstname.lastname@example.org
– 17-18 September open to all: Queensland Horse Council, Gatton, Queensland. Contact Debbie Dekker email@example.com
– 19-23 September RSPCA NSW conference
– 24-25 September Large Animal Emergency Rescue trainers’ workshop Hawkesbury, NSW
– 30 September – 1 October open to all: Horse SA, University of Adelaide, South Australia. Contact Julie Fiedler firstname.lastname@example.org
Stay tuned to www.equineer.com for updates.
Click the images below for more information on these very important books. We have a copy of “Equine Emergency Rescue” and it is a great resource – we will be reviewing it in more detail in the future, but until then our brief review = “highly recommended”
You can join the “Technical Large Animal Emergency Rescue” Facebook group by clicking here. 🙂