2-Course Pkg: Beginning and Advanced Equine Health & Emergency First Aid Courses| Dates To be Confirmed
Where: Please contact us to tell us which OPEN courses you would like to participate in.
Day 1: Equine Health and Emergency First Aid
Day 2: Advanced Equine Emergency First Aid
Time: Check-in begins at 8:30 AM; class begins at 9:00 AM and we start wrapping things up at around 5:30ish PM
Instructor: April Ibarra (425) 445-3092
What to bring: note taking material, water bottle, sack lunch, a blanket (depending on the weather).
Registration Deadline: to be determined by class availability
Event Contact: HoPE@Happypathmeadows.com
This class is intended to help people know what to do immediately following an emergency that happens either close to home, or at home; the intention is to help you feel comfortable with handling the situation. We cover preventative measures, pain source identification, stretching, how to properly take vitals and identifying what is normal vs. abnormal, basic wound care (bandaging), identifying when to call the vet and knowing what information to gather before that call, eye injuries, bites & stings, seizure, how to right a cast horse, shock, poison, burns, lameness/hoof issues, nosebleed, choke, collapse, heat exhaustion, shock and identifying signs of colic. We also provide a 50+ page handbook to put in your first aid kits for reference.
This class is intended to cover more serious injuries as well as prepare a person when they are not close to home/veterinary care, or in remote areas, where it is difficult for anyone to access. This will probably be a favorite among the Back-Country Horse(wo)men folks. We cover how to PLAN for a trip including destination factors, assessing if a horse is conditioned for use and how to get him/her in condition, assessing the risk factors (weather, trail conditions, wildlife, toxic fauna), and what information to have in case of emergency. We also cover PREPARATION: understanding a horse and working safely around it, what to pack for the horse/human, what to keep in your trailer, different types of communication; planning food and water, how to prepare if you live remotely. And finally REACTING: how to work with a panicked horse, assessing severity and treating bleeding, gut, chest wounds, foreign bodies, burns/bites/stings, broken bones/fractures, colic/compaction, trapped horses, extreme weather, predator attacks, what to do if you get lost, or if your equipment fails, administering meds, and finally euthanasia. This course also comes with a 50+ page handbook to put in your first aid kits for reference.
*All attendees receive a Certificate of Completion for both classes
Look for our Disaster Planning & Emergency Preparedness course. Taking all three courses qualifies a barn to be safety-certified. If you are interested in registering for all of these classes or hosting at a barn near you, please contact us directly!