Wis. FFs Attend Class on Horse Safety

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MADISON, Wis. --


How do you move a 650-pound horse with an injury?

Very carefully, as dozens of horse owners learned on Saturday.

Equine safety experts demonstrated how to safely care for a stuck or injured horse at the University of Wisconsin-Madison using simple everyday supplies.

But the presentation wasn't just for horse owners.

Police and fire departments were on hand. Organizers of the demonstration said they don’t always know how to best help a sickly stallion.

"Commonly they call 911 and ask for fire department assistance,” said horse safety expert Eric Thompson “The problem is first responders that aren't trained. They know how to do tactical rescues of people, but they don't know how to do tactical rescues of animals."

Also on display was a special ambulance for horses.

Anyone interested in Saturday’s event that missed it should note that there will be another presentation in May.

For more information, call the University of Wisconsin-Madison Department of Animal Sciences at 608-263-4303.


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