Maplewood Stables Offers First Responders Horse Handling & Safety Clinic
Written by CRM
Monday, 19 November 2018 17:40

Maplewood Stables, Inc., is pleased to announce the fall First Responders Horse Handling & Safety Clinic will be held Sunday, November 25 at Maplewood Stables in Reno, Nevada.

The clinic, part of the Goodtoknow Horses 501(c)3 educational series, will be led by Maplewood's resident horse trainers and focuses on educating first responders and other good samaritans who would like to learn how to safely handle horses in emergency situations. The event, from 2 to 5 p.m., will be free and open to the public. Pre-registration is not required.



"After fires and floods destroyed many homes and horse properties in the area, we thought this clinic series would be a great way to help our local firefighters, search and rescue, sheriff's department and local volunteers learn how to properly halter, lead and load horses," said Julie Winkel, Maplewood owner and operator.


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Winkel herself experienced the devastation fires and floods can bring when in 2012 she lost her home and in 2017 flooding damaged her property and barns.

Maplewood's horses were safely evacuated during those emergencies, and the barn was spared during the fire, but Winkel is acutely aware of how close she came to losing her horses. Since then, she's educated her staff on fire safety protocols, holds fire drills, and ensures that her horses are trained at an early age to easily and quickly load into horse trailers.

"As a victim of a wildfire myself, I'm aware of the dangers these events have on the property owners and first responders," she said. "Knowing how to safely approach and handle a horse can go along way toward keeping everyone safer in an emergency situation, including the people trying to evacuate the animals and the horses themselves."

In addition to learning how to properly catch, halter and lead a horse, attendees will also experience loading a horse into a trailer, receive hands-on training in corralling and penning horses and learn more about the nature of horses and how they typically react to fires and emergency situations.

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"For each clinic we enrich the curriculum, so that those who join us regularly for the clinics can expand upon their skills with handling the horses," said Winkel. "With the Washoe Valley and Pleasant Valley areas home to so many stables, barns and horses, we want to help educate those who might help us in the future and create an opportunity for first responders to gain relevant first-hand experience."  

For more information about Maplewood Stables and the First Responders Clinic, to be held Sunday November 25, from 2 to 5 p.m., please contact us: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or (775) 849-1849. Press release provided by Maplewood Stables.