Last night a student and I attended a seminar on large animal rescue.
It was aimed at horse and cow owners as well as SES and other emergency personel.
I found it really worthwhile.
It covered things like PROPER disaster planning, what to do with a horse stuck in mud, in a trench, an overturned float. Correct ways of attaching winches and straps. As well as handy tools to have around.
I took away a few really important tips.
Emergency response kits should include
Reciprocating saw ( battery operated)
10cm webbing straps
An extendable walking stick
Reflective tape on the float so it can be EASILY seen at night.
Have your float throughoughly checked regularly
The presenter didn't like fiberglass floats or single floats.
Apparently tip overs with fiberglass floats tend to be worse
And with single floats more common.
Horse in mud. DON'T DIG.
Get air and water around its legs then drag sideways across mud
If you leave a cow lying down it will die
If you have fencing have something that can cut it and learn how to use it.
Has anyone else been to one of these?