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Prized TLAER horse injured

Published: 8/5/2012
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By Maddy Butcher Gray

Last month in Canada, TLAER instructors had their worst nightmare.
One of their horses, Torque, a big Appaloosa gelding, panicked during an A-frame lift exercise. The metal structure, assembled as part of a TLAER Operations course being taught at the Atlantic Veterinary College on Prince Edward Island, Canada, became unsecured and dropped on him, hitting his head and fracturing his skull.
TLAER is Technical Large Animal Emergency Rescue, Incorporated. Over many years, founders Drs. Tomas and Rebecca Gimenez have pioneered large animal rescue and taught essential skills to emergency personnel, vets, police, and horse owners world wide. At the same time, they have devoted thousands of hours to training their horses and llama to use in their programs.
As much as they have contributed to large animal safety education, their safety record is equally impressive. Torque’s injury was his first ever. But as we know, unpredictability is always a bit player when we work with animals. Click here for additional article.

As severe as it was (along with the skull fracture, his nuchal ligament was partially severed), he couldn’t have been in a better place or with better people.

Within minutes, medication was administered to minimize the inevitable brain swelling. The exercise was on college grounds. He was moved to the vet hospital's Intensive Care unit immediately where he received constant monitoring and care.

Since then, he’s returned to the U.S. and continues to do improve and do well. He will be transported home to Georgia in stages and will stay briefly in Maine before continuing south.
From Dr. Rebecca Gimenez:
"Torque’s injury at the PEI AVC this summer is the first injury that any of our animals have ever sustained in a training evolution, and he will be on sabbatical from TLAER work for a few months until we determine if he is mentally prepared to return or if he needs to be permanently retired to schooling and pleasure riding.
"We appreciate all the good wishes, thoughts and prayers that everyone can share with us and with Torque through this very difficult and terrifying time. He is a crucial part of our demonstration team, but more than that he is part of our family, and we will not be whole until he comes back home."

Best wishes to TLAER.
And here’s to your continued rehabilitation and improvement, Torque!

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8/5/2012 toby roberts
Hope is all well for Torque! I have been to a rescue clinic and they strive for safty first. This is very sad but he had the right people around him to help with this emergency. Thank God for the clinics and for the people that run them!
8/5/2012 Rebecca
THANK YOU for the article - I am thrilled to report that the vets are all giving him stellar reports for his attitude, healing speed, and how CUTE he is! Well-wishers have offered support to offset the horse's treatment and recovery expenses. Instead we request contributions to an equipment fund established in Torque's name at Atlantic Veterinary College. The Torque Equipment Fund will allow the university veterinary school to purchase some of the TLAER equipment they want to build in their cache so that they can help more horses. Contributors can send donations to the Atlantic Veterinary College, care of Dr. Erica Koch, for the "TORQUE EQUIPMENT FUND," 550 University Ave, Charlottetown, PE C1A 4P3, Canada.

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