Horses get into all sorts of trouble, involved in accidents or survive natural disasters.
Like people and dogs, horse owners have an emotional attachment to their animals that often leads to owners putting themselves into dangerous situations in order to save a horse from a bad situation.
International speaker Dr Rebecca Gimenez, will share insights about techniques associated with safely rescuing a horse which has been involved in an accident or disaster.
Dr Gimenez works extensively with emergency responders and horse owners throughout the USA and Canada to teach these techniques.
Horse transport accidents will be a focus of one section of the seminars as horses are frequently transported between competition venues, veterinary and breeding facilities. Accidents can occur involving horse floats.
“How to handle horses safely is widely taught in the horse industry” said Julie Fiedler, Executive Officer for Horse SA, the organisation hosting the seminars. “What is not commonly taught is to safely work around and extract a horse from a trench that is resting on its back, stuck in deep mud or perhaps trapped on its side in a horse float accident. Horse owners can panic and safe horse handling practices by people are forgotten”
With increased workplace safety compliance required of volunteers working in horse clubs, events and in emergency services this type of training is seen as essential.
The seminars are to be held on the 13 & 14th of November at TabCorp Park Melton & the Pakenham Racing Club. For more information and bookings visit www.horse.org.au
Horse SA has, as a key goal, to make sure horses are a valued part of our Australian culture, community and business life. The organisation works at all levels of government, business and non-profit organisations through to grass roots horse owners to achieve that goal.