Resolve to Prepare in 2014

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I hope you enjoyed the Holidays with friends, horses and family! Happy 2014 and “Year of the Horse” (which officially kicked off on Jan. 31) to all of you. Let us hope that 2014 will bring brighter futures for horses and people around the world.

As I write this a huge snowstorm “Hercules” is bearing down on the Northeast, preparing to dump snow and ice on more than 100 million people here in the United States, and this is on top of a large storm last week that knocked out power to thousands. Over the internet we have been watching communities struggle to provide just fresh water

to their horses under these conditions of frigid below-freezing temperatures for weeks, and sadly several barns have been burned to the ground while their well meaning owners struggled to heat water to above freezing.

I want to make a case for you to resolve to increase your personal- and your horse-level of preparedness in 2014. Ensure you have made better arrangements than to wait until the last minute to react when disasters threaten. The first step is admitting there is a possibility of a problem that could affect you

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Rebecca Gimenez Husted, BS, PhD, is the primary instructor and president of Technical Large Animal Emergency Rescue. Her first book, Technical Large Animal Emergency Rescue, was published in 2008. She is an internationally sought instructor in technical rescue techniques, procedures, and methodologies, and she has published numerous critiques, articles and journal submissions on horse safety, technical large animal rescue and horse handling issues.

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