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Evaluation of a Simplified Loops System for Emergency Rescue Lifting of the Stranded or Recumbent Horse

Department of Medicine and Epidemiology, School of Veterinary Medicine, University of California, Davis, CA 95616, USA
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Animals 2019, 9(8), 511; https://doi.org/10.3390/ani9080511
Received: 5 March 2019 / Revised: 22 July 2019 / Accepted: 22 July 2019 / Published: 31 July 2019
Horses, once stranded or recumbent, can hurt themselves and endanger the personnel trying to rescue them. Successful rescuing of these horses often requires emergency lifting. The objective of this study is to describe a new sling system for short-term lifting of horses. This simple system, called here the Loop Vertical Lift System, or Loops System, utilizes commercially available, and reasonably priced equipment that when used correctly may save lives of stranded horses needing emergency rescue and short-term lifting.
Stranded and recumbent equids often require emergency rescue, and a successful rescue often requires vertical lifting of the animal. Currently, the devices used for vertical lifting of equids are not readily available at an incident or urgent situation. The current study describes and evaluates the use of a simple lift device utilizing commercially available, and reasonably priced, equipment. The system, referred to as the Loop Vertical Lift System or Loops System, is basically composed of four round slings placed in such a way that utilizes the skeletal system for support. The study demonstrates the lifting of six standing, sedated adult horses for 3 min without adverse effects. In conclusion, this novel lift system is an affordable, practical and quick alternative to rescue a stranded or recumbent horse that requires a brief vertical lift of the animal. In contrast, for longer-term lifting and support, other devices such as the UC Davis Large Animal Lift, the Anderson Sling Support Device, or the Animal Rescue and Transport Sling (ARTS) should be used as deemed appropriate. View Full-Text
Keywords: equine; sling lifting; rescue equine; sling lifting; rescue
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Madigan, J.; Costa, L.; Nieves, S.; Horgan, M.; Weberg, K.; Aleman, M. Evaluation of a Simplified Loops System for Emergency Rescue Lifting of the Stranded or Recumbent Horse. Animals 2019, 9, 511. https://doi.org/10.3390/ani9080511

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Madigan J, Costa L, Nieves S, Horgan M, Weberg K, Aleman M. Evaluation of a Simplified Loops System for Emergency Rescue Lifting of the Stranded or Recumbent Horse. Animals. 2019; 9(8):511. https://doi.org/10.3390/ani9080511

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Madigan, John, Lais Costa, Samantha Nieves, Molly Horgan, Kirsten Weberg, and Monica Aleman. 2019. "Evaluation of a Simplified Loops System for Emergency Rescue Lifting of the Stranded or Recumbent Horse" Animals 9, no. 8: 511. https://doi.org/10.3390/ani9080511

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