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Firefighter Geof Higa comforts the animal after it's rolled on to a rescue glide for transport to the vet.

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Horse with bad feet, a public service call


This horse was a horse that was in very bad need of hoof work. The horse could not stand on three legs. Because of the low "pick point" we had to adapt the LAL (Large Animal Lifter) to support the horse for the farrier.

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A 4:1 hauling system was remotely set up. Using change of direction pullies to keep personnel away from the horse, the horse was supported on its feet as the farrier trimmed its hooves.

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After trimming, the horse is led away.

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Horse trailer over-the-side


The trailer detached from the truck and rolled downhill, over the side and flipped over on to its side.

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The first horse was dragged out, the second stood up on the trailer sidewall.

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As the horse moved, the sidewall of the trailer failed, and the legs fell through the sheet metal.

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Using trailer manipulation techniques, the trailer is slowly placed on to its roof. A Rescue Strap is placed on the horse, a Slip sheet is used to help contain the legs, and the horse is pulled out.

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The horse is placed on the Rescue Glide and moved to a safe location to recover.

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Horse being lifted with an Airshore "A-Frame" gantry


A horse being lifted using an A-Frame gantry system, the horse was placed into a UC Davis Large Animal Lifter (LAL).

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A horse that had fallen into a deep hole in a state park CA


After stepping off an unprotected bridge this horse fell into a hole on the face of a cliff

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A verticle lift tie was placed onto the horse. The horse was lifted up and placed back onto the trail.

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Horse on a fence


A horse that tried to jump the stall fence but didn't make it

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Horse in the mud


A horse that was ridden on to what looked like solid ground. Large Animal Rescue instructor Capt. Jason Smith and Firefighter Curtis Dunn work to get a Rescue Strap on the horse.

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Horse stuck under a fence


This horse was found stuck under a fence. The horse had been down for an unknown time and was unable to stand. The horse was freed from the fence then placed onto a Rescue Glide and moved from its stall.

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The horse was moved to a barn for the assist to its feet.

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Large Animal Rescue Instructor Capt. Isaac Blum operated a chainsaw-powered capstan winch to perform the move and lift the horse.

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The horse was placed into a LAL. The barn's frame work was supported using Air Shore struts. Firefighter Audrey Dawson and Capt. Chris Paulsen ready to assist the horse during the lift.

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After some rest and IV fluids the horse was lifted. Large Animal Rescue Instructor Capt. Jason Smith stands by with a quick release while the owner and vet check the horse.

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Horse in the mud, Rocks Rd.


A stallion that got stuck in the mud. San Juan Bautista Fire Chief Chris Finstat and first in crew examine the situation.

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A rescue strap is put in place and personnel are breifed about the sequence of events and contingincies. San Juan Bautista Fire Chief Chris Finstat and first in crew examine the situation.

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With the rescue strap in place, Deb Fox, with a safety line attached clears barbed wire and mud from the front legs.

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With the front legs cleared the horse is asked to self extracate and is assisted by the rescue strap.

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