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Equine Safety and Rescue
ES 483

Instructor: Michelle Staples



       Equine Safety and Rescue is a course designed for any horse lover interested in being prepared for equine emergencies and learning to remove a horse from a life-threatening accident.
       Equine Safety and Rescue teaches you some basic skills needed to ensure your horse gets the best and safest help possible if he finds himself in serious trouble, and gives you information about the two most dangerous areas - transporting horses in trailers and barn fires - that can help you keep your horse safe.

       Lesson 1:  What is Large Animal Rescue?  There is established protocol for safely working with large animals, and we'll explore the field of Large Animal Rescue in the first lesson.  You'll learn what it is and what it is NOT.

       Lesson 2:  Working with Emergency Responders.  Even though the job of responders is to help in emergency situations - and we see them responding to animal incidents such as cats stuck in trees - their training focuses on humans and they don't know how to work around large animals.  This lesson will introduce you to their world and help you to understand how to interact with them.

       Lesson 3:  Scene Safety.  The scene of an accident or other life-threatening incident is volatile and very dangerous.  Learn what to look for and how to protect yourself and others.

       Lesson 4:  Getting Your Horse of Out of Trouble.  Horses are like thousand pound three year old children.  If they CAN get into trouble, they WILL!  The most common incidents are accidents involving trailers, and falling into something - a well, a ravine, a swimming pool.  This lesson will focus on the ways to safely remove your horse from entrapment.

      Lesson 5:  Barn Fire Safety.  There are ways to mitigate - or prepare for - disasters such as a barn fire.  This lesson will show you how to make your barn safer and how to respond to a barn fire as safely as possible.

      Lesson 6:  Safe Trailering.  Here again, mitigation is important.  If you are knowledgeable and experienced when you get behind the wheel, you are less likely to have an accident.

      Lesson 7:  How to Tie Emergency Harnesses and Halters.  This lesson will show you, step by step, how to tie an emergency halter and a lift harness, information you may need to share with emergency responders at the scene of a large animal incident.

      There is one required text book for this course: 
             Save Your Horse! A Horse Owners Guide to Large Animal Rescue.

       You may order the book from
www.redjeansink.com at a cost of $24.95 plus shipping and applicable taxes.  Shipping is $7.50 priority mail, $12 to Canadian residents and $14 to other foreign countries.     

        There is no completion deadline for the course.  The student works at his or her own pace.  The student will not be "locked-out". 

         The grading scale for this course is as follows:
                 90-100%  =    A
                 80-89%    =    B
                 70-79%    =    C
                 Below 70%     Fail

        You are strongly encouraged to communicate via email with the instructor. Ms. Staples is available as an instructor and mentor to assist you in meeting your goals for this course.  If at any time during this course you change your email address, please be sure to notify the instructor and office right away.
        Do not use text messaging shorthand or acronyms when communicating with the instructor.
        Please include full name and address in all correspondence.  

        Many lessons require written assignments or essays.  They should be submitted as an attachment to an email using Word or a similar word processing software.
        Please be sure to include full name and email address on all documents - not just in the email message. 
        Proper grammar and spelling will be graded.
        Do not use text messaging shorthand or acronyms - this is college level work.

        Access to a horse facility is required.
        All assignments and quizzes must be completed.

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