Evaluation of a simplified loops system for emergency rescue lifting of the stranded or recumbent horse

John E Madigan, Lais Costa, Samantha Nieves, Molly Horgan, Kirsten Weberg, Monica R Aleman

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Stranded and recumbent equids often require emergency rescue, and a successful rescue often requires vertical lifting of the animal. Currently, the devices used for vertical lifting of equids are not readily available at an incident or urgent situation. The current study describes and evaluates the use of a simple lift device utilizing commercially available, and reasonably priced, equipment. The system, referred to as the Loop Vertical Lift System or Loops System, is basically composed of four round slings placed in such a way that utilizes the skeletal system for support. The study demonstrates the lifting of six standing, sedated adult horses for 3 min without adverse effects. In conclusion, this novel lift system is an affordable, practical and quick alternative to rescue a stranded or recumbent horse that requires a brief vertical lift of the animal. In contrast, for longer-term lifting and support, other devices such as the UC Davis Large Animal Lift, the Anderson Sling Support Device, or the Animal Rescue and Transport Sling (ARTS) should be used as deemed appropriate.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number511
Issue number8
StatePublished - Aug 1 2019


  • Equine
  • Rescue
  • Sling lifting

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Animal Science and Zoology
  • veterinary(all)


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