Least Resistance Training Concepts

Volunteers Training for Emergencies

  Large Animal "Rescue Glide"

February 11, 2013

The acquisition of this rescue equipment was made possible by a substantial contribution by the readers of the interactive daily equestrian news blog, Horse and Man.

Previously only one Rescue Glide existed in the region that was purchased by the state for training purposes, and was often not available.

The idea of funding the Rescue Glide, a kind of "stretcher" for horses came after LRTC members Willis and Sharon Lamm, Betty Retzer and Shirley Allen were requested by Lyon County Animal Services to assist in removing some horses from an apparent neglect case. The volunteers responded with horse trailers.

One of the horses, an Arabian gelding named George, was too weak to stand. The state's Rescue Glide and equipment that is stored in Carson City was not available that day. George could not be safely and humanely transported to a veterinary facility so the on-scene veterinarian had to euthanize him.

Devices such as Rescue Glides are critical for recovering and transporting downed horses or horses that have been injured or trapped, required anesthesia, and need to be safely moved.

The Rescue Glide slip sheets are also often used for ground padding when extricating bogged horses.

The team also carries a Foal Glide for foals and small animal rescues.

The Rescue Glide and related equipment are part of an ever growing compliment of equipment that is available for a wide variety of horse and large animal emergencies. The Rescue Glide and its associated accessories are manufactured by Care for Disabled Animals (CDA) in California.

Here is more information on how the Rescue Glide is used.

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