Equine ER Contents

Equine Emergency Rescue Foreward Foreword

The stamp of approval for this must-have book is the Foreword written by Reg R Pascoe AM, BVSc., DVSc., FACVSc., FRCVS, Equine Veterinarian. A Member of the Order of Australia, an icon of the equine veterinary industry and a hero of Australian horsemen, Dr Pascoe is described by his peers as having more knowledge, more experience and more wisdom than almost anyone in the veterinary profession worldwide. Dr Pascoe is passionate about the depth and breadth of the information contained in Equine Emergency Rescue saying, “The importance of a clear understanding of the safest rescue procedure cannot be over emphasised.”

Equine Emergency Rescue Chapter 1Chapter 1 – Introduction

What is the worst accident that could happen to a horse? And if that accident were to happen, how confident are you that you could contribute to the horse’s rescue without further injuring him or putting your own life and the lives of others at risk?

Equine Emergency Rescue Chapter 2Chapter 2 – For the Incident Controller

In this book you will find on-scene aid written for those emergency responders who are not trained in Large Animal Rescue techniques. The format is simple and efficient and each chapter is fully contained.

Equine Emergency Rescue Chapter 3Chapter 3 – Rescuer Safety

Treat a trapped horse as you would a Hazardous Material – a dangerous object that will explode without warning – and conduct the rescue accordingly.

Equine Emergency Rescue Chapter 4Chapter 4 – For the Veterinarian

Because vet students are not routinely trained in Large Animal Rescue, disaster triage or advanced handling of horses, a vet’s first exposure to an emergency horse rescue may be when they are thrown in at the deep end following a call from emergency services.

Equine Emergency Rescue Chapter 5Chapter 5 – For the Horse Owner

For your own safety and that of the emergency responders who are trying to save your horse’s life, please…

Equine Emergency Rescue Chapter 6Chapter 6 – Calling for Help

When you call 000 or 112 (111 in New Zealand), remember, the more information you are able to give the operator, the better prepared the responders will be and the quicker the incident will be resolved.

Equine Emergency Rescue Chapter 7Chapter 7 – Extrication from a Horse Trailer

This chapter contains step-by-step instructions for trained emergency responders on how to remove a horse that has gone down in a trailer or from one that has overturned; how to right an overturned trailer; information on the configuration and construction of horse trailers and the disadvantages of using power tools to extricate a horse from a trailer.

Equine Emergency Rescue Chapter 8Chapter 8 – Vertical Extraction

Step-by-step instructions on how to extricate a horse from mud, a hole, swimming pool, septic tank or steep gully, using an appropriate harness or slings attached to a crane, A-frame or backhoe.

Equine Emergency Rescue Chapter 9Chapter 9 – Diagonal Extrication

In situations where a horse is cast in his stable or trapped in a ditch or gully and is unable to stand and walk out, use a diagonal extrication as follows…

Equine Emergency Rescue Chapter 10Chapter 10 – Other Rescues

Stress, hypothermia, hyperthermia and changes to the horse’s body from being immersed in water or mud or from lying down for long periods will affect his chances of survival.

This chapter covers rescue from mud, gravel, sludge, peat bog, sand, quicksand, swimming pools, open water and flowing water, and describes hobbled lifts and helicopter lifts.

Equine Emergency Rescue ChapterChapter 11 – Horses and Fires

Most people believe that horses in a burning stable will automatically run outside to safety, but…

Equine Emergency Rescue Chapter 12Chapter 12- How to be Safe around a Horse

To remain safe around a horse you need to understand his nature and limitations.

Equine Emergency Rescue Chapter 13Chapter 13 – Horse First Aid

Your own safety comes first. Call an equine veterinarian and do not attempt treatment until the horse is out of danger and is calm and secure.

Equine Emergency Rescue Chapter 14Chapter 14 – Safe Towing for Horse Owners

By careful planning and making the right decisions, you can make a huge difference to whether your horse arrives safely at his destination or not.

Equine Emergency Rescue Chapter 15Chapter 15 – Knots

There are hundreds of knots for hundreds of purposes and a well-rounded emergency responder knows many of them. But in case emergency responders haven’t arrived, here are a few basic knots that you can use to tie up shelter for your trapped horse, tie him up safely or haul your gear.

Equine Emergency Rescue Chapter 16Chapter 16 – Tips for Emergency Responders on Handling Livestock other than Horses

When accidents involving commercial livestock transporters occur, the scene is often dangerous and confusing. You have an incident within an incident – a motor vehicle accident and a livestock incident.





Equine Emergency Rescue concludes with the following information:  

Chapter 17 – Making your own Rescue Equipment

Chapter 18 – Commercial Rescue Equipment

Chapter 19 – Large Animal Rescue training courses in Australia, the UK and USA

and a Glossary of Terms, Index and Bibliography


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