The need for Large Animal Rescue workshops is realized

The need for Large Animal Rescue Workshops in Western Australia was highlighted this week in the West Australian, Wednesday 4th May 2016 on page 4 and on the TV news that evening, with a horse stuck deep in mud at Kenwick. Station Officer Mick Gillham from Maddington Fire and Rescue was attending the accident with several other officers.   Mick contacted a Gosnells Shire Ranger who passed on WAHC Chairperson Diane Bennit’s  details to him. Mick  then rang Diane for advice on the safest and most effective way to rescue the horse.

Diane spent approximately 20 minutes on the phone talking Mr Gillham through the rescue,  explaining about using water to release the mud suction, using empty fire hoses rather than ropes and where to place them on the horse and how to pull the horse clear of the mud, making sure that the horses airways were kept clear and to call a vet etc.   Fortunately four members from DFES and the Mounted SES section then arrived, and took over the rescue, all of them have completed the Large Animal Rescue workshops run by the Western Australian Horse Council Inc. The horse was safely rescued. These workshops were presented by MaryAnne Leighton from Queensland Horse Council’s Large Animal Rescue Education. MaryAnne is the author of “Equine Emergency Rescue: a guide to Large Animal Rescue”


A well-earned rest for LARry the Large Animal Rescue Horse, after the WAHC courses held on Tuesday 26th April and Thursday 28th April at Brookleigh.


The Western Australian Horse Council is planning to conduct workshops next year with Anton Phillips a career firefighter of 39 years with the UK Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service.

Anton is the Large Animal Rescue Instructor for the British Animal Rescue and Trauma Association, Anton has trained vets, firefighters, Household Cavalry, Kings Troop Royal Horse Artillery, British Horse Society members, riding clubs and farmers in Large Animal Rescue techniques throughout the UK, Europe and Scandinavia.

Places at these workshops will be limited so if you are interested in attending, please express your interest to the WAHC by emailing .

If you would like to view the segment of the rescue shown on Channel 7 TV News:



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