[April 11, 2016; Kennett Square, PA] – Penn Vet’s New Bolton Center has a new equine ambulance for use at local events.
The ambulance purchase was made possible by Applestone Farm, EBY Horse Trailers, and Willowdale Steeplechase. New Bolton Center’s previous equine ambulance, 20-plus years old, was retired at the end of the 2015 eventing season.
“The new ambulance is a much-needed upgrade,” said Dr. Barbara Dallap Schaer, New Bolton Center Medical Director. “We are grateful to our generous donors who make it possible for New Bolton Center to support our local equine community with a state-of-the-art trailer.”
Penn Vet provides the trailer and driver free of charge to several local equine events throughout the year, including Willowdale Steeplechase, Radnor Hunt, Plantation Field Horse Trials, and Winterthur Point-to-Point. The new truck and trailer combination made its debut at the Cheshire Hunt in March. The presence of an equine ambulance is required at equine events.
“Eventers can take comfort in knowing that their horse is receiving the best care possible from the second it enters the trailer to when it arrives at New Bolton Center,” Dr. Dallap said.
Penn Vet’s ambulance will transport horses from the events only to New Bolton Center, and is not offered as a general service.
New Bolton Center’s new ambulance trailer features:
- A height of 8 feet with a custom back door to minimize the incline, and a side walk-off door for easier exit
- A center partition on a roller so the stall can be a full width of 7 feet, 6 inches, or smaller, using the partition to support the horse
- A remote-controlled winch, which can handle up to 8,000 kilos, located on the front wall for easier load-in
- Two standalone batteries for use with the winch and the water pump
- A 30-gallon water tank to hose down overheated horses
- Temperature-controlled ceiling fans, and a privacy screen
- Ability to pass through rocky terrain
Photos available upon request.