Sure your horse can fly hanging from a helicopter, but can he load in a trailer?

rescue sling for helicopter rescue of horse

horse rescue by helicopter

What an amazing asset Northern Nevada now has thanks to Sandy McMahon, the Nevada National Guard and first responders who recently took the training in large animal rescue via helicopter. Horses and other livestock in severe jeopardy can get some serious help.  Of course, airlifting a large animal by helicopter, as the newscast by KOLO-8  points out, is a last resort effort after all else fails.

For most of us, thank goodness,  responding to a disaster means being able to easily load our horse into a trailer and hightailin’ it outa’ there.  However, the situation could be tense and frightening for both you and your animals.  Since horses, and other various forms of livestock can’t read the book on “How to behave in a crisis”, ground work, including trailer loading is critical for every horse owner to practice.  It’s not a bad idea for your horse to be exposed to some sensory training, also.

If you need help in those areas, find a good, local trainer who can help.

In the meantime:  “load ’em up, move’m out”.


Do you know your Sector?

Do you know in which sector you live or where your Command Center is located in the event of an emergency evacuation?  Where would you take your horse or look for him if he were evacuated by someone else?

Washoe County has 7 Sectors (5 are in the Reno, Sparks, Washoe Valley areas) and 7 Livestock Shelters:

  • Reno Livestock Event Center, Bartley Ranch Park – Sectors 1 & 3
  • Lemmon Valley Horseman’s Arena, Lazy 5 Regional Park, Gandolfo Rodeo Arena – Sector 2
  • Hidden Valley Regional Park – Sector 4
  • Washoe Lake State Park – Sector 5

Preparation is the key to a successful evacuation.  Not only do you need a plan for you and your family, but you need one for your pets and livestock.  Don’t wait until disaster strikes.  Take the first step toward being prepared – know where to go.

Something else you can do now is to sign up for the Regional Notification System to receive alerts from Washoe County.  This will let you receive alerts quickly by text message even if you’re not at home.

Click on the link below to view the sector map.

Sector Map