HARDIN COUNTY, Ky. (WDRB) -- Dozens of first responders were trained on Sunday on how to safely rescue large animals. 

That includes horses and cattle. 

For training purposes, a horse mannequin was used to teach first responders how to free an animal if it's trapped in the mud, a ditch, barn fire, or trailer wreck.

Since Kentucky has a large agriculture and horse industry, the trainers hope the three day session will eliminate all types of injuries.

"We're trying to limit those or hopefully eliminate that type of scenario and attend to the animal's original injuries and keeping the safety of the first responders as well as the animals and owner at the forefront," said Suzanna Petraska of Hardin County Mounted Search and Rescue.

Hardin County had been raising money for the last year so that first responders wouldn't have to pay for the training. 

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