Rescue course pays off for owner of stricken horse

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Karen Dallimore and Cody, whom she safely extracted after he was cast in an arena.
Karen Dallimore and Cody, whom she safely extracted after he was cast in an arena.

A Canadian horse owner is singing the praises of the large animal emergency rescue course she attended after it helped her extract her horse from a tricky situation.

Karen Dallimore, who attended Ontario’s first Technical Large Animal Emergency Rescue (TLAER) Operations program. “When my horse Cody became cast, the education I received allowed me to think clearly, put a plan into place and get Cody back on his feet without endangering myself,” said Dallimore, who had already stocked her barn with safety equipment after the intensive hands-on seminar.

She remembered the words of world-renowned expert, Dr. Rebecca Gimenez, “I can’t stress enough the need for proper equipment to be worn by ALL when handling these large animals in emergency situations, including a helmet, gloves, reflective vest on roadways, etc. If you’re not equipped, then stay back.”

Quickly, gathering up some ropes, a helmet and tools, Dallimore returned to the scene in her indoor arena where 1300 pounds of quarter horse lay cast against the kickboards. The emphasis of having a Plan A, B, C … came together without panic and the council of a “perfect rescue” being the one where the animal frees itself topped the list.

Participants at a TLAER course learn safe methods to get horses out of trouble.
Participants at a TLAER course learn safe methods to get horses out of trouble.

After strapping on a helmet, plan A became nailing a board to the smooth, sloped kickboard so the upside down 16’1 gelding could gain purchase. Cody remained calm but still could not find his way out of the dilemma. With help of her husband, Harry, Plan B became keeping a safe distance away from potentially dangerous hooves that were dangling in the air and extending their reach with barn tools to slip ropes around Cody in order to pull him out of the situation.

The TLAER program took participants through the do’s and don’ts of large animal rescue so Dallimore knew where she could and could not attach ropes for a safe rescue. Cody was successfully put back onto terra firma. Thanks to this and other past courses taken through Equine Guelph, Dallimore also knew to monitor Cody’s vitals and health after his incident and then thoroughly debrief the situation.

“It’s in the details, when you can make a plan and work through it,” said Dallimore, who was more than satisfied with how her training turned into action and a successful rescue at Cody’s time of need.

Dr. Rebecca Gimenez, a world leader in large animal emergency rescue,  is taking a two-day Technical Large Animal Emergency Rescue awareness hands-on seminar at Grand River Raceway in Elora, Ontario, later this year.

At the seminar, over the weekend of October 3-4, participants will be taken through the do’s and don’ts of large animal rescue and guided through a variety of emergency simulations including plenty of hands on demonstrations.

The course is suited to a broad audience – horse owners, first responders, law enforcement, animal control officers, veterinarians, veterinary technicians, emergency animal response teams, livestock producers and associations.

Contact Susan Raymond slraymon@uoguelph.ca for further information.

One thought on “Rescue course pays off for owner of stricken horse

  • May 30, 2015 at 7:15 am
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    Spirit Acres Farm Equine Rescue and Sanctuary Texas USA
    Located in Montgomery County is a certified TLAER and has great need to see education and more taught in this area the dynamics of saving equine and large animals taught. What an specialized and advanced area of skills easily learned. Thanks
    Kat Matrician
    Spirit Acres Farm
    http://www.spiritacres.org
    founded in 2003
    Certified 2005 TLAER

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