Horse SA Horse Welfare Officer Workshop Program Outline

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Horse Welfare Officer practical workshops - program outline. All workshops are based on the Australian Horse Welfare & Well-being Toolkit. Presented at the National Equine Safety Conference. Visit post conference webpage

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  • 1. [events & activities]Workshop OutlineHorse SA 31 Oct 2014(abridged version online)

2. Reasons to appoint a HWO Grow the good name of yourhorse activityContinuous improvement in: Horse welfare Volunteer management(workplace safety) Rider/driver/handler safety Image: Australian Horse Industry Council 3. PEOPLE Horse collapses from heat exhaustion (competition, travel) Horse dies from heart attack heavy lift or manoeuvre/grief Horse goes down undertaking or in relation to; the competition activity,which may also involve a rider incident scene / multiple casualties Horse gets into trouble in the float/wash bay/ non-competition areascrush injuries/narrow spaces/ slip & trip Horse escapes the grounds and gets into life-threating trouble (e.g. car road related hazards/lots of helpers Horse is euthanased on the event site for any number of reasons e.g. colicthrashing horse, heavy lift, potential biosecurity risksSo we dont need a plan, training orequipment 4. Make the scene safe for volunteers towork in. At your activity - who stepsup to start to control the incident?Managing the incident involves undertaking a riskassessment which may include- stop or divert the event/traffic/otherhorses- care for & manage people (humanscome first!)- considerations for horse welfare- restrain a loose/uncontrolled horse (s)- manage spectators- remove or manage hazardsPLAN the responseCONDUCT the responseDEBRIEF afterwards + records 5. 1. Plan how the work will be undertaken (incl. riskassessment, what resources are at hand)2. Discuss safer positioning around distressedrecumbent horses3. Establish work areas: hot zone, warm zone, coldzone & tool dump4. Discuss human behaviour when horses aredistressed (rider/owner/spectator)5. Discuss horse behaviour whenstressed/stimulated6. Introductory skills: Encouraging a horse that isrecumbent, to stay down/ emergency halter bothsides of horse 6. Review basic equipmentFor a small club: Human PPE 2 x Tarpaulins - for covering ahorse & (strong) one forunderneath 4 or more tarpaulins for screening 2 x 4WD straps with sewn loops Spare strong rope Towels Walking cane 1 lunge rein & 1 lunge whip Horse float Cleaning kit (biosecurity/humanhealth)Review ideal equipmentFor a small club: Human PPE Tarpaulins or other customisedcover for a deceased horse Rescue glide (could be venuebased) At least one set of screens (couldbe venue based) Set large animal rescue straps Strop guide 2 pole hooks Security/barriers to managespectators Horse ambulance Cleaning kit (biosecurity/humanhealth) Photos courtesy of 7. Handling deceased horses with dignity1. Discuss scenarios for management of a deceased horse at apublic event. What may it mean to handle a deceased horse withdignity?2. Human behaviour as it may relate to a deceased horse (owner,groom, spectator, unwanted bystanders)3. Volunteer workplace safety considerations in relation to movinga horse (heavy lift/drag/biosecurity)4. Practice screening & then covering Riley (plus other uses fortarps e.g. shading, carry horses head, screen injured riders)5. Discuss the capabilities and constraints around theclub/event/volunteers abilities to manage an incident 8. Small horse events/activities are not likely to have anattending veterinarian.Often, all that volunteers can do is stabilise thesituation and wait until a veterinarian arrives, keepingthe horse calm & preparing a safe area for the horse togo to afterwardsWhat access to a veterinarian does your event have?Moving an injured horse: Sedation will be required, oreuthanasia, before a horse can be safety manoeuvred outof the situation and removed from the venue.Discussion: Club policies for the management of horses who need to beeuthanased at an event venue, moved to an equine hospital or kept onsite for an extended period. Technical support for veterinarians & safeworking environments. 9. This workshop plan has a focus on the horse, however, thereneeds to be people allocated to care for and manage other peopleat the scene Provide medical help for injured riders, officials, spectators Manage uninjured emotional riders, strappers, family Spectator controlMost clubs will by now have appointed Member ProtectionOfficers (Human Welfare Officers) or an equivalent whose role itis to manage members requirements and be a part of the club orevents practices in relation to child protection, grievanceprocedures etc. The new national WHS laws cover volunteerroles, including physical & psychological.Discuss horse welfare and people managementPhotos: Friends of Hampshire Fire & Rescue 10. Practical sessions on these & related topics are availableseparately if not included in primary HWO workshopPhoto: CFS SA 11. Large Animal Rescue TechniquesSideways Skid1. View the video/demonstration2. Make the scene safe. Set up the zones.Allocate job roles3. Practice a sideways skid onto a glide4. De-briefDrills: Assisting a cast horse. Glide drills + glideinto a float. Follow veterinary instructions tosecure a sedated horse onto a rescue glide fortransport to an equine hospital. 12. Horse Welfare Officer Network SAwww.horsesa.asn.auE:horsesa@horsesa.asn.auMob: 0402488306