Engineered to save horses at the track.
Perhaps the most outstanding feature of the Kimzey Equine Ambulance is the hydraulic system which allows the rear of the ambulance to lower to the ground. An injured horse doesn't have to be frightened at the prospect of walking on a long inclined ramp for trailer entry and exit, because when lowered to the ground the floor of the Equine Ambulance has a slope of only five degrees. An immobile horse can be pulled into the ambulance on a rubber pallet with a heavy-duty hydraulic winch.
A hydraulic padded squeeze chute moves from side to side laterally inside the ambulance. Before loading the patient, the operator shifts the wall to either of its extreme lateral positions. Now the entering animal is presented with a single, wide compartment, rather than the dual, narrow compartments found in many standard horse trailers. Once the horse has been loaded, the movable wall is activated to intrude slowly upon the horse. Gradual encroachment allows the horse plenty of time to adjust to restricting quarters. The padded walls now hold the patient comfortably in place during the entire transport.
Once the horse is inside the padded ambulance, there's no need for unnecessary transferring of the patient to another trailer; The ambulance is highway legal allowing for transport from the track directly to the clinic.
Spring loaded side ramps, which can be lifted by one person, allow quick, easy unloading of the patient.
Additional features can be added to the ambulance including fans and a water spray tank for cooling the patient on the track.
Overall dimensions of the ambulance are 20 feet 6 inches long (not including towing vehicle), 8 feet wide and 10 feet 10 inches tall. Interior dimensions of the patient holding area are 10 feet 2 inches long, 55 inches wide (from pad to pad with the movable wall in extreme lateral position) and 8 feet 4 inches tall.
Read about Barbaro's experience in the New York Times.
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