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
Share
Favorite
Close

No account yet? Register

ADVERTISEMENT

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

Create a free account with TheHorse.com to view this content.

TheHorse.com is home to thousands of free articles about horse health care. In order to access some of our exclusive free content, you must be signed into TheHorse.com.

Start your free account today!

Already have an account?
and continue reading.

Share

Written by:

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.

Related Articles

Stay on top of the most recent Horse Health news with

FREE weekly newsletters from TheHorse.com

Sponsored Content

Weekly Poll

sponsored by:

When do you vaccinate your horse?
308 votes · 308 answers

Readers’ Most Popular

Sign In

Don’t have an account? Register for a FREE account here.

Need to update your account?

You need to be logged in to fill out this form

Create a free account with TheHorse.com!