Tori McLeod has owned and managed equines and other livestock for over 35 years She has spent most of her life in career fields related to human and animal emergency and non-emergency services.
For almost 20-years, Tori was a 911 Emergency Telecommunicator for several county agencies and in her last job was a full-time career Captain and Training Specialist in a Public Safety E-911 (emergency communications) Center. In 2019, she had to leave the career she loved due to a life-changing medical condition. In addition to her years spent in a 911 Dispatch Center she spent time as a certified North Carolina Regional Equine Information Network System educator, an Equine Cruelty Investigations Instructor and Investigator, a small and large animal veterinary assistant/technician, equine facility manager, an Emergency Medical Technician – Paramedic as well as several other positions as an educator within the emergency services continuing education system.
Alongside her husband, Justin, Tori currently manages the day-to-day operations of 4Hooves Large Animal Services LLC, is a Board of Directors Member of Sandhills Horse Rescue, volunteers with the local fire department assisting with fire and medical responses, and manages the family farm with a menagerie of animals. She is a certified Animal Rescue Technician, Emergency Medical Technician – Basic, Fire Emergency Services Instructor, certified Chemical Immobilization Technician, a volunteer member of the American Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals – Field Investigations Response (ASPCA-FIR) team, an Assistant Instructor for Technical Large Animal Emergency Rescue, Inc. (TLAER), a response partner with Animal Search and Rescue Inc (ASAR) and Code 3 Associates, a member of the North Carolina Horse Council, and an emergency responder with the North Carolina Veterinary Response Corps assisting with local incidents and natural disasters upon request through the Emergency Programs Section of the North Carolina Department of Agriculture Veterinary Division.
Tori has been training and instructing in the specialty of large animal technical emergency prevention and preparedness, animal technical rescue, and equine cruelty investigations since 2001. She continues to advance her education training in emergency services related fields, as well as equine and livestock management, and strives to improve upon the current large animal rescue protocols and techniques, as well as the rehabilitation and recovery of neglected and abused equines, based on the education and training she obtains.
In what little free time she has, she enjoys spending time with her family, friends, and animals as well as traveling, fishing, shooting, and sitting on the front porch of their cabin with a cup of coffee or glass of wine.
Tori McLeod's Clinics
Friday, March 18th
Local or Distance Transport-How do I get my horse from here to There
Description: Preparing to transport your horse, local or long distance, can be stressful and sometimes overwhelming, whether you are transporting yourself, having your trainer or friend transport, or hiring a 3rd party transporter. You ultimately are responsible for making the transport as safe and comfortable as possible for your equine and prepare to the best of your ability for an emergency situation that may occur during the transport. This presentation will educate equine owners on aspects of trailer safety, pre-trip checklists, 3rd party transport options, safety while on the road, emergency preparedness and response to incidents, and more. The worst place to be is to be faced with an emergency on the side of the road with a loaded horse trailer and unprepared to manage the situation calmly, safely, and efficiently…don’t be that person!
Barn Fire Prevention, Preparedness, and Response-Realityis not the stable
Description: Don’t be fooled by the “As Seen on TV” scenes depicting a barn fire where the horse owner runs into the fully-involved structure, flames everywhere, and opening the stall doors to let the horses run free. Then, as viewers hold their breath in suspense, the owner encourages the ever hesitant and panicked final horse to walk, with nothing but a rope around it’s neck and a shirt over it’s eyes, out of the barn to freedom. The final scene concluding with the owner giving a quick smack on the horse’s hip as it runs to the security of it’s herdmates gathered nearby to watch the barn collapse while their eyes show a reflection of the flames. Makes for great entertainment but it is far from reality!
This presentation will cover fire prevention best practices for barns and facilities, how owners can prepare their horses and barn staff for a fire emergency, how owners and barn staff should respond to fire emergencies and what they can do to extinguish or contain the fire until the fire department arrives, considerations for fire evacuation plans (human and animal), how to network with your local fire department so they can be better prepared to provide the best response possible to your barn or facility, and more. On average, it can take the fire department 5-15 minutes to arrive, a fire typically doubles in size every 30 seconds, and research shows that the extreme heat, super-heated gases, and smoke can result in serious external and internal injuries or death within 3-5 minutes (depending on several factors). During fire emergencies, you may have seconds to minutes, at best, to plan and execute a response or evacuation… don’t spend that time in a panic without a plan and don’t let poor planning and response lead to injury or death.
Saturday, March 19th
Prepare Your Horse to be a Better Victim – Is your horse mentally, emotionally, and physically ready to handle a life-threatening incident? Evacuate of Shelter-In-Place During Severe Weather of Natural Disasters…..Are you prepared to make the decision for you and your horse?
Description: Don’t be the “it won’t happen to me” person… As a horse owner, you should “expect the unexpected”. You never know when your horse will become the victim in a life-threatening incident. Whether it be an overturned trailer, stuck in the mud, running loose down the roadway, entrapped in fencing or equipment, down in the pasture unable to stand, cast in a stall, or discovered in the second-story hay loft of a barn or in a pool (yes, both have really happened and are common occurrences!). The horse that emergency responders and veterinarians deal with during an emergency is mentally, emotionally, and physically not the same horse that you feed and groom daily, that totes your grandchildren around, or that gently nuzzles your cheek wanting a treat. Horses in high-stress situations are unpredictably reactive and are solely operating on “flight or fight” instinct, which is dangerous, even deadly, to not only the horse but to those who are nearby. This presentation will discuss how to prepare you and your horse for such situations so that both you and your horse are more mentally, emotionally, and physically prepared to handle the unexpected incidents, unfamiliar equipment and unusual techniques used to rescue your horse.
Evacuate of Shelter-In-Place During Severe Weather of Natural Disasters…..Are you prepared to make the decision for you and your horse?
Description: Hurricanes, Tornadoes, Heavy Snow, Server Thunderstorms, Flooding, Wildfires… As a horse owner it is your responsibility to make life-saving decisions for your horse, whether that decision be made under duress in a split-second or methodically with time to plan ahead. This presentation will cover some of the best practices for planning ahead and some considerations for how to manage given mere minutes to do what is best given the situation. Survival is not guaranteed and not every evacuation or shelter-in-place situation will be the same but you should have some “tools in a tool box” to use to manage the potential life-threatening event you could be facing, giving you and your horse the best chance at survival or recovery.
Sunday, March 20th
Evacuate or Shelter-In-Place During Severe Weather or Natural Disasters…..Are you prepared to make the decision for you and your horse? (repeat)
Barn Fire Prevention, Preparedness, and Response-Reality is not the stable (repeat)