Least Resistance Training Concepts

Volunteers Training for Emergencies

  LRTC Distance Learning Module

Emergency Horse & Livestock Handling

May 9, 2020

This distance learning module replaces the classroom portion of the Emergency Horse and Livestock Handling course. Participants are expected to review the material presented and complete a quiz before attending hands-on skills sessions. (The quiz is "open book" and is intended to ensure that all participants are aware of the risks involved and best safe practices.)


Emergency horse and livestock handling in emergencies often involves cooperation and coordination between agencies operating at an incident. While these course materials focus on animal control officer and qualified volunteer skills development, it is advantageous for responders from other disciplines (e.g., fire, law enforcement) to be aware of safety issues and best practices. It is important that everyone operating at a scene has some awareness as to what other responders and teams will be doing.

The greatest emphasis presented in this module will involve horses. Commercial livestock operators generally have a great degree of self-sufficiency. Small plot livestock owners, most notably horse owners, tend to have the greatest need for evacuation assistance with operations often requiring the protection of fire service crews as conditions deteriorate.

Please review the presentation, Safe and Sane Large Animal Handling.
(This is a PDF file and may take a couple of minutes to load.)

Please review the video Safe Horse Handling.

Please review the video Loose Horse Containment.

Please review the video Safe Emergency Horse Loading.

Please review the presentation, Moving Horses in Emergencies.
(This is a PDF file and may take a couple of minutes to load.)

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The training information presented in these information sheets and guides is offered for illustrative and volunteer refresher purposes only. It is not a substitute for actual hands-on training.

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