With approximately 9.2 million horses in the United States, there should be adequate training for emergency personnel who may respond to an event involving horses. A training program combining theoretical and practical instruction was developed to familiarize emergency responders with horse behavior, first-aid, and safe handling techniques. Surveys evaluated participant experience and comfort level, as well as perceived value and effectiveness of the program. Over 94% reported an increased confidence handling horses and over 78% learned "a lot" about topics covered. Single day training programs appear to be effective in improving knowledge and confidence in horse handling in emergency responders.
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Porr, S., Brown, J. A., & Splan, R. K. (2011). Development and Assessment of an Emergency Responder Horse Handling Training Program in Virginia. The Journal of Extension, 49(4), Article 15. https://doi.org/10.34068/joe.49.04.15