LEXINGTON, Ky. (FOX 56) – The Kentucky Horse Park will be filled with emergency responders.
It’s nothing to be alarmed about. Hands-on training involving these first responders will be held at the park from Friday through Sunday.
Emergency personnel from all over the state have been invited to the Kentucky Horse Park for the Large Animal Emergency Rescue Training. It’s held by the Kentucky Horse Council.
The training involves a horse mannequin being put in scenarios like water entrapment, getting stuck in sinkholes, mudholes, or ditches. Attendees will need to use everything in their arsenal and work as a team to get the horse out safely.
Kentucky Horse Council Executive Director Sarah Coleman said a lot of success stories have come from this training.
“We actually had a woman who is coming to talk who had a Tennessee walking horse from Sadieville that had gotten trapped at the end of February, had fallen down, and couldn’t get up. The fire department who came to help that horse had been through the large animal emergency rescue class. They were like ‘hey, we were totally able to help this horse safely,” Coleman said.
The three-day training will be a combination of classroom and hands-on events, with the classroom portion happening in the mornings. Trainees will be out and about roughly from 1 p.m. to 5 pm. The public is welcome to come to watch the training.
More information on the Kentucky Horse Council can be found here.