TRAINING: The South Burnett Endurance Riders Association hosted a large animal rescue course on Saturday.
TRAINING: The South Burnett Endurance Riders Association hosted a large animal rescue course on Saturday. Contributed

Learning what to do in an emergency

HORSE owners and emergency workers took part in a equine emergency rescue course in Nanango on Saturday.

The South Burnett Endurance Riders Association received a grant from the state Department of National Parks, Sport and Racing to hosted the day which was headed by well-known instructor MaryAnne Leighton.

The course was free to participants as costs were covered by the grant.

Members of Nanango Western performance Club took part as well as seven Nanango SES volunteers and members of other endurance clubs in addition to club members.

From the course those who took part added to their knowledge base and learned what not to do in a emergency situation and their limitations when met with an emergency situation with a large animal.

Through the grant the association has also purchased a rescue kit valued at $4500 that will be placed in a vet in Nanango.

The Nanango SES will have access to the emergency kit 24 hours a day.

The emergency kit contains specialised straps, a glide board to move an animal along a surface and hooks that the participants practice using at the course.