Development and Assessment of an Emergency Responder Horse Handling Training Program in Virginia
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://tigerprints.clemson.edu/joe/vol49/iss4/15