Canstar Community News - ONLINE EDITION

Knowing first aid can save a horse's life

  • Print
Equine first aid instructor Kari Hasselriis uses her horses Penny and Clem as models during clinics at her home in the RM of St. Francois Xavier.

ANDREA GEARY Enlarge Image

Equine first aid instructor Kari Hasselriis uses her horses Penny and Clem as models during clinics at her home in the RM of St. Francois Xavier. Photo Store

Many Canadians take first aid training to help others if they are injured, and before health professionals arrive on the scene.


Through their actions, lives have been saved.


It’s no different for horses, says Kari Hasselriis, a certified instructor with Equi-Health Canada. With the proper training, a horse owner can recognize potentially serious health or behavioural problems in their animal and know how to respond in an emergency.


She noted that horses are notoriously accident-prone.


Hasselriis grew up in Winnipeg, but has lived on a 10-acre property on Highway 26 west of St. Francois Xavier for five years. She and her partner share the land with her two horses, Clem and Penny.

"I use them both in the clinics," she said.


She demonstrates basic skills such as taking a horse’s temperature and pulse — vital signs that are important if the owner needs to call a veterinarian.


While some horse owners participated in 4-H equine clubs or took riding lessons, others might buy a horse without having much previous experience in dealing with the large animals.


"People don’t always know what’s normal or abnormal with their horses," she said.


Hasselriis said she tells her students about "pantry solutions" such as flax, diapers and honey that can be used as a temporary solution for a health problem or in an emergency.


She offers the eight-hour clinic on her property and will travel to other locations in Manitoba and northwestern Ontario.


While the knowledge her students gain is practical, it’s no substitute for a vet’s expertise, she emphasized.


"The course is not the whole answer. It’s not about getting away from vet’s bills."


She would like to expand her instruction to include first responders who occasionally have to deal with escaped horses or ones that are involved in a highway accident or fire.


She’s offering a clinic at Hi Point Horsemanship in Dacotah on July 27.


Hasselriis can be contracted by calling 204-891-2981 or at kari@umaequine.ca

Fact Check

Fact Check

Have you found an error, or know of something we’ve missed in one of our stories?
Please use the form below and let us know.

* Required
  • Please post the headline of the story or the title of the video with the error.

  • Please post exactly what was wrong with the story.

  • Please indicate your source for the correct information.

  • Yes

    No

  • This will only be used to contact you if we have a question about your submission, it will not be used to identify you or be published.

  • Cancel

Having problems with the form?

Contact Us Directly
  • Print

You can comment on most stories on winnipegfreepress.com. You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

You can comment on most stories on winnipegfreepress.com. You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

Have Your Say

New to commenting? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions.

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscribers only. why?

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press Subscribers only. why?

The Winnipeg Free Press does not necessarily endorse any of the views posted. By submitting your comment, you agree to our Terms and Conditions. These terms were revised effective April 16, 2010.

letters

Make text: Larger | Smaller

Fall Arts Guide

We preview what’s new and what’s coming up in Winnipeg’s new arts season

View our Fall Arts Guide

Readers' Choice Awards

Best Of Winnipeg Readers Survey

See the results of the 2014 Canstar Community News Best of Winnipeg Readers' Survey.

View Results

This Just In Twitter bird

Poll

We’re experiencing a warm fall so far. Are you enjoying the higher temperatures?

View Results