Kentucky Horse Council Hosted Large Animal Rescue Training

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On Nov. 1, 2014, the Kentucky Horse Council hosted a Large Animal Rescue Training for fifty emergency responders and others involved in equine rescue. Industry experts Dr. Nathan Slovis from Hagyard Equine Medical Institute and Bart Powell from the Anderson County Department of Public Safety joined to provide classroom and hands-on instruction. The event included a classroom training portion, followed by hands-on training at Hagyard Equine Medical Institute.

"The Kentucky Horse Council recognizes the need for this specialized training for emergency personnel across the Commonwealth," said Kentucky Horse Council President Erin Woodall. "A lack of training in the proper techniques puts both individuals and horses at risk. This class is a key element of providing education regarding the health and welfare of Kentucky's horses."

"We are excited to provide this important training to county officials from all around Kentucky, and beyond," said Slovis. "The interest and turnout was so strong, we had to cap the training at 50 to ensure all attendees the best possible training environment."

The classroom training included instruction on horse senses under stress, a case study of rescues, use of sedatives/tranquilizers in rescue, and incident command systems, among other things. The hands-on training included instruction on forward assist, backward and sideways drag, cast animals, review of mud rescue, and vertical lift, which was assisted by Robert's Towing, Georgetown, Kentucky, and their big wrecker.

"It's important, particularly based on the response and feedback to this training, that the Kentucky Horse Council continues to sponsor this important training," said Powell. "I appreciate the opportunity to pass along the years of experience and training I have to others all over Kentucky and neighboring states. Most importantly, we are able, through this training, to put into place the skills to help horses when in-need, and that's the real impact."

Lunch was provided by Zoetis, a global animal health company, which also provided giveaways to attendees.

For more information, contact the Kentucky Horse Council at 859-367-0509.

The Kentucky Horse Council is a non-profit organization dedicated, through education and leadership, to the protection and development of the Kentucky equine community. The Kentucky Horse Council provides educational programs and information, outreach and communication to Kentucky horse owners and enthusiasts, equine professional networking opportunities through KENA, trail riding advocacy, health and welfare programs, and personal liability insurance and other membership benefits. The specialty Kentucky Horse Council license plate, featuring a foal lying in the grass, provides the primary source of revenue for KHC programs.