Large animal rescue
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Horse SA provides project management and facilitation for community education and related activities, including resource development. Feature projects include:

Animal Incident Management Vocational Qualifications

Horse SA has supported, through a position on the Skills Impact Animal Care and Management Committee, the development of world-first vocational education qualifications (Skill Sets and Units of Competency) in Animal Incident Management. The Units are currently submitted for endorsement.








Animal Incident Management Community Education Program

Horse SA has led a range of community education initiatives providing hands-on opportunity to work with ‘Riley the Rescue Horse’. 
















Educational Resources


Horse SA has designed and developed an online awareness course, the Australian Horse Welfare and Well-being Toolkit and the Self Assessment Guide for Community Event Organisers- Responding to incidents involving horses.  


Posters include an information sheet to place within your horse transport and 7 Steps for emergency preparation.



International Large Animal Rescue (LAR) Conference

Guest speakers included Dr Rebecca Gimenez (USA), from Technical Large Animal Emergency Rescue, Jim Green and Professor Josh Slater (UK), from the British Animal Rescue & Trauma Care Assoc. and Dr Ian Dacre (Asia) from World Animal Protection.  Further guests included Anthony Hatch, Churchill Fellow and Fire & Rescue NSW and MaryAnne Leighton of Equine Emergency Rescue.

Held at the University of Adelaide Equine Health & Performance Centre, the event attracted delegates from around Australia and New Zealand. Presentations are available on the Horse SA Youtube and Slideshare Channels.

As a result of the event, a national cohort continued to work towards the development of national standards for training delivery (see above).  Horse SA also went on to present about updates to LAR in Australia at BARTA Conferences in Prague, and at the University of Davis, California.



Refer to the Research page for peer-reviewed articles.


Why Large Animal Rescue?

  • Provides an animal-centred approach to moving a horse from a place of danger to a place of safety

  • Promotes the adoption of a command and communication system which helps keep people safer, work as a team and, in turn, increasing the likelihood of a successful rescue

  • Features specialist equipment and techniques for the safer management of recumbent or standing horses.


In South Australia, the State Emergency Service is rolling out large animal rescue training and equipment to strategically located Units across the state. If any horse owner finds themselves in an emergency situation, contact 000.


Links: A series of 'how-to' fact sheets for different techniques have been prepared by the University of Guelph. Download here.

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