Safety clinic educates horse owners, 1st responders

PLEASANT VALLEY, Nev. (KOLO) - With the huge Camp Fire in Butte County 100% contained, the focus is to prepare for the next big fire.

Wild horse graphic by MGN.

When a fire breaks out, the first thing people think about is the safety of their loved ones, including their animals.

During a chaotic situation, it’s hard to evacuate large animals like horses, if you don’t have the proper training and practice.

In order to improve the safety of animals and first responders in case of an emergency, Maplewood Stables in Pleasant Valley just held its bi-annual horse handling and safety clinic.

The class educates horse owners and first responders on how to safely handle horses in situations of distress.

“We live in a fire area and it’s going to happen again, and horse owners need to be responsible and prepared before these first responders need handling and safety practice.” Says Julie Winkel at Maplewood Stables.

Training begins with the nature of the horse, then they teach how to lead, handle and control them and finally, first responders and volunteers get to practice everything they learned.

The training is free and happens twice a year, once every Sunday after thanksgiving and another one in May.