South Australian equine advocacy group Horse SA has made available a free online course to raise safety awareness when working at incidents involving horses.
“Incidents Involving Large Animals” is a 30-minute course aimed at everyone who works with horses, including businesses and clubs.
It makes the point that “You will meet and try to work calmly with a horse on what is possibly the worst day of their life!,” before providing the steps to take a systematic approach to planning, training and reviewing preparation for incidents. These may include a workplace accident, and incident at an event, or a natural disaster.
“An animal-centred approach means that animal welfare considerations are a high priority. A similar analogy to a veterinarian working with a team of people to assist a horse involved in an incident is a paramedic at a road crash rescue. The paramedic keeps a focus on the human patient while working as part of an emergency services rescue crew.”
The course can be taken here, and a certificate of completion is emailed at the end of the course, with the Horse SA Planning Tool also available to download.