WA Horse Council LARGE ANIMAL RESCUE – book now as limited places

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LARGE ANIMAL RESCUE – book now as limited places

‘The WA Horse Council’s  AR3  Masterclass will be held at the State Equestrian Centre, on Tuesday 29th and Wednesday 30th  May and will be presented by Anton Phillips from the United Kingdom, a world leader in Large Animal Rescue training.  Anton is one of three Animal Rescue Specialists who worked with the Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service (HFRS) and he was the catalyst to develop the UK’s first specialist Animal Rescue Team, which has enabled the UK Fire and Rescue Service achieve safer working practices.

Large Animal Rescue is recognised as one of the most dangerous activities a firefighter will be engaged in, and the HFRS specialist team leads the world in animal rescue work.

A highlight of the Masterclass will be the extensive practical sessions over the two days where course participants will work with the rescue training mannequin in a variety of rescue scenarios.

For the first time in Western Australia a large animal rescue Refresher Day will be held on Thursday 31st May.  This Refresher is open to anyone who attended Anton’s 2017 course, either of MaryAnne Leighton from QLD  courses or any other recognized Large Animal Rescue training.

Registration forms will be out shortly on the WA Horse Council’s contact list and also the Facebook page and as numbers are limited, it is essential to register early’.

For more information email: diane@horsehotline.org

Diane Bennit
Chairperson – WA Horse Council


Day 1
0800 ​Registration
0830 ​Introduction to course
• Priority of first attendance
• Large animals in distress – reactions: fear, flight, herd mentality, weapons • Associated people: horse owner, farmer and farm machinery, other responders, veterinarians, bystanders, media • Behavioural characteristics and senses of prey animals: flights zone, sight, smell, touch, hearing • Incident Control • Zoonotic and other health issues • PPE • 10.00 morning tea • Natural sedatives • Role of the Vet • Anatomy of the horse • Chemical control methods: sedation and anaesthesia, OH&S considerations • Viability of the animal and risk to people • Euthanasia

12.30 – 13.30 Lunch

• Restraining and moving animals / physical restraints • Practical manual manipulation rescue techniques
14.30 afternoon tea
• Safe extrication of a horse from a Float demonstration • Securing a horse to a rescue glide • Extrication from a float Exercise
17.00 end of session

Day 2
0800​advanced rescue scenarios all day
1000​morning tea
1330​rescue scenarios
1500​afternoon tea
Post incident protocols
16.30 End of course discussion

Scenarios and solutions – covered in the morning session mud horse float, overturned float ditches fire transport cattle grids
water: still water / moving water / floodwater holes, wells, sinkholes large scale incidents

Practical exercises – practiced in the afternoon session Mechanical Vertical Lifting for rescue, medical suspension and hobbled lift using both service and non-service equipment Righting an overturned horse float exercise

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