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Horse Rescue Preparation Training Course for Area Emergency Responders

Cattaraugus County and area emergency responders are invited to a unique seminar on preparing for various horse emergency situations, such as a barn fire, overturned trailer, stuck in the mud, trapped in a barn collapse, evacuating for a natural disaster, or entrapment in a fence.  This is an opportunity to learn from specialized experts on how the addition of a live horse in these situations should best be handled for the safety and successful outcome of all involved.

The course syllabus includes sections from the perfect rescue and public perception and media, to large animal unpredictability and body language, chemical restraint with sedation and tranquilizers, manipulation and lifting, owner psychology at the scene, and medical triage and treatment.  With a complete course manual, this training would be valuable to fire departments, law enforcement, animal control, veterinarians, and other emergency responders.

The course will be taught by Justin McLeod and Tori Miller of the North Carolina Specialized Mobile Animal Rescue Team.  McLeod and Miller have10 years experience with their business, have received extensive training and accreditation with the Technical Large Animal Emergency Rescue, Inc., and presently work as a supervisor at a 911 Emergency Communications Center and Firefighter Engineer and EMT, respectively. They each have over 15 years of experience in the Fire/Rescue and Emergency Services both in the field and as instructors, and are both Fire Services Level II instructors.  They also teach  these Large Animal Rescue courses at the college level and through-out the United States.    Kelly Sigler, a three-star Parelli Natural Horsemanship Professional Instructor,  joins the teaching team with the specialized horse psychology and training portion of the presentation.

This course, Friday, September 21 from 7:00pm to 10:00pm, may qualify for continuing education credit.  It is provided free of charge to area emergency responders by the Ellicottville Fire Department, the Golden Stride Walker Ranch of Ellicottville, and the Western New York Horse Resource.  Attendance will be limited by space, so reservations are required.  Priority will be given to emergency responders, and any spaces not reserved by July 15 will be offered to the interested public.  Contact Cathi Peters  at Cattaraugus County Office of Emergency Services  (716) 938-2213 for reservations for the Friday evening course.

A complete clinic taught by the same instructors, with actual horses being trained for various emergency situations, will be offered on September 22 & 23.  The clinic fee is $395 for participants with their horse, and $150 for participants without a horse.  For clinic reservations, contact Debbie Fredrickson:  716-699-8632, or visit

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