Thank you, thought, fact and quote for the day 31/10/12
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Thank you, thought, fact and quote for the day 31/10/12

Morning all we had a huge amount of rugs, feed bowls, tack and headcollars plus more dontated yesterday from a wonderful lady. I am afraid i wasn't there to thank her Pauline was so i never got her name!! But here is a huge thank you from all of us.. THANK YOU!!!! Its very much appreciated :o) Some more good news the volunteer is being released today but still not going to cope with coming out the... yard its still way to raw bless him. More good news Puzzle has settled in really really well with her new mum and dad!!! Am so glad as it was starting to look like we was going to lose her this time :o( But things have changed now thanks to The Free Spirit Ponies!!! We are always looking for foster homes if you think you can help some or one of the horses here through a stage in life and onto the next one please look at the album :o) Have a great day all :o)
Quote 4the day: Hold those dear to you but let them go when they need the freedom. Sometimes in life the next stage is with another. Who knows where paths take anyone. Just follow them and enjoy them. Don't panic if you seperate for a while sometimes its needed to grow and flourish..
Fact 4the day: Mounted search and rescue (MSAR) is a specialty within search and rescue (SAR), using horses as search partners and for transportation to search for missing persons. SAR responders on horseback are primarily a search resource, but also can provide off-road logistics support and transportation. Mounted SAR responders can in some terrains move faster on the ground than a human on foot..., can transport more equipment, and may be physically less exhausted than a SAR responder performing the same task on foot. Mounted SAR responders typically have longer initial response times than groundpounder SAR resources, due to the time required to pick up trailer, horse(s), and perhaps also water, feed, and equipment.


The primary role of Mounted SAR is in the "search" capacity. Riders and horses are normally trained to safely and effectively perform the search function. Riders have training as searchers that includes the detection and protection of clues that may lead to locating the missing person. The mounts used are expected to be calm and reliable.

"Look Where the Horse Looks"

A common training for searchers mounted on equine is "Look where the horse looks." While there is training available to have the horse or mule perform similarly to a SAR Dog, the majority of Mounted SAR equine and their riders do not have this training. However, the equine's natural senses and behavior are valuable during a search, without particular training, making that animal a viable search partner for clue detection. The horse or mule exhibits behavior to indicate noting "something" as part of that animal's natural behavior, and the rider determines if the equine may have noted the presence of a person who may be the missing person, or a clue that might help lead to that person.

Tracking from the Saddle

Some Mounted SAR riders have additional training specific to searching for clues from the saddle. This valuable skill allows the mounted searcher to move more quickly riding when the clues, such as shoe prints, are visible from the saddle. Riders dismount as needed when a closer view or tracking while walking is more advantageous.


In a rescue situation today, horses have two main uses: rapid response and subject transport. Both uses occur primarily in areas inaccessible to road-based emergency vehicles: in coastal areas where heavier vehicles tend to become stuck in wet ground or deep sand, and in wilderness areas. In these areas, horses may be used to patrol and in some cases transport people needing assistance. Examples include a volunteer horse patrol at Hampton Beach, New Hampshire.

As an example of a typical MSAR rapid response, a deployment in northern Germany proceeded as follows.

Lüneburg Heath

A deployment on the Lüneburg Heath: At noon on 16 August 2008, a Saturday, on the heath near Undeloh a female tourist experienced anaphylaxis, a life-threatening allergic reaction, due to several insect stings. The emergency dispatcher called the Johanniter horse team and the police in Undeloh, both of which patrol the heath regularly. The horse team galloped 5km to the subject's location. There, a Johanniter rescue assistant and police officers stabilized the unconscious subject well enough that, by the time the ambulance and rescue helicopter arrived, the subject was again conscious and could be transported.

MSAR training with a helicopter air ambulance In areas where ground based transport is especially difficult or slow (both urban areas and wilderness), people in need of urgent medical care often are transported by helicopter. In these areas, MSAR teams train in working with helicopters. Training involves identification of suitable landing spots, accustoming horses to helicopters operating in close proximity, and helicopter safety.
Transport in the saddle is used, but has more limited application than a hand carried or animal mounted litter. In the United States transport in the saddle is a method taught and used within the National Park Service in Yosemite National Park and some Mounted SAR personnel have this training.

Training for mounted evacuation in the saddle at Yosemite National Park, about 2003.
Mules for medical evacuation is also specialized training for combat soldiers in the Animal Packing Course at the Marine Corps Mountain Warfare Training Center. "Mountain Medicine instructors have developed special saddles for transporting patients who can sit up and stretchers for patients lying down," and these "saddles" are created from materials readily available even in third world countries, according to Olive-Drab. Mounted SAR training uses a traditional saddle. A western saddle is shown in the photo.

Equine used as pack animals may also carry medical supplies to support a rescue. Some Mounted SAR units also have pack animals used as resources, but this is more common in more vast wilderness or mountain regions where it is more common to find riders experienced in the use of pack animals. In America, often those members are drawn from professional packers or members of a local unit of Backcountry Horsemen.
Thought 4the day: To love and to let go when needed for them to move onto the next stage. Now this doesn't just mean about letting them cross rainbow bridge this could mean letting them learn something new somewhere else or simply that things aren't right and perhaps they need to move on to the next stage/chapter in life. Puzz is one example bless her. She came in and had issues mentally and physi...cally. With bloods etc done we ruled out most things. Her main problem was mentally. She used to be a very closed book and stressed so much that weight came and went. Then things started to look better... but not for long. She started to get bullied and then we found she cannot be rugged up not even a fly sheet. She has a severe reaction to anything against her skin. With the winter coming we stabled her to gain some more weight as she was dropping off quickly again. Then we had to deal with something else she was throwing at us. Issues with her feet. She was starting to lose the feeling in her feet. She needed to be out moving and eating yet our grass was not enough for her. Puzz worked her magic on darren and andree and even though shes not yet the real woman she will be but almost there they have taken her on and letting her be free. Her next stage in life was with them. If she had stayed here and kept deteriorating i am afraid the vet would of only said one thing after a while so they have literally given her life and now she can flourish bless her. Stages in life can sometimes hurt letting them go but we need to do whats best for them if we are not what they need at that time..
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