Slings for Horses–Getting A Lift

Rescuers can employ equine-specific manufactured slings, or fabricate a temporary sling from rope or a fire hose. A sling gives rescuers mechanical advantage–it can help them move a horse up an inclined plane (dragging up a ramp) or get a horse out
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Your horse has fallen down a hill on a mountainous trail ride and there is no way to lead him to safety. Or perhaps your urban horse escaped and now is trapped in an abandoned swimming pool and you can’t get him out. What do you do? There was a flood and the levee broke–now your poor horse is standing belly-deep in water with no chance of escape. How can he get out? Or maybe your ailing horse is too unsteady to bear his own weight, and he needs to be moved and treated. Now what?

In all these cases, a specially designed equine sling can save your horse’s life. A sturdy harness can be strapped around the horse to lift him without injury, helping rescuers move a trapped horse to safety, or suspending an ill or injured horse on his feet.

To the Rescue

Large animal extrication by trained experts can resolve those incidents of horses stuck in the wrong places. Accidents or disasters can cause a horse to fall into a pool, septic tank, mud hole, quicksand, or canyon. If a loaded trailer rolls over, horses will be caught inside–or a barn can collapse during a storm, trapping horses under its timbers. A sling can help move a stuck horse in these situations

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Award-winning writer Charlene Strickland lives in Bosque Farms, N.M. She has published 8 books and over 600 magazine articles, and is a member of the International Alliance of Equestrian Journalists.

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