CLOTHING DESIGNER MAKES FIRE-PROOF BLANKET WITH GPS for HORSES! Equisafe.






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CLOTHING DESIGNER MAKES FIRE-PROOF BLANKET WITH GPS for HORSES! Equisafe.

Designed by the fashion designer, Dalia Macphee.

I saw this and had to pass it on.  I know this many only resonate with us in CA, but still good to know.  Also, I noticed that right now, she is offering exceptional sales prices on these blankets!

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NBC LOS ANGELES HAD THIS TO SAY: (click here to go to original story)

Her clothes have been a staple in celebrity closets, but her latest design can only be found in horse stables. LA-based designer, Dalia MacPhee, has created a fire-retardant horse blanket with GPS-tracking technology. (Published Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018)

Her clothes have been a staple in celebrity closets, but her latest design can only be found in horse stables.

LA-based fashion designer, Dalia MacPhee, is used to dressing the likes of Serena Williams, Alyssa Milano, and Hilary Duff. But her latest design is aimed at a very different clientel, a fire-retardant blanket with GPS-tracking technology.

The “Equisafe Blanket” aims to help a horse’s chance at surviving a fire. The design hones in on situations when horses are let loose in a last ditch effort to save them. This scenario is becoming much more common, and is often the result of road closures or not evacuating large animals early enough.

Los Angeles Fire Department Capt. Erik Scott says that not only will we be seeing more fires in Southern California, but the fires we do see will be more intense and last longer than past fires.

This invention will help horse caretakers protect their horses from superficial burns, while also tracking their whereabouts after the initial evacuation orders, and after the fire hazard lessens, since each blanket is equipped with its own GPS-tracking technology.

MacPhee says she was inspired to design the Equisafe Blanket after the Lilac Fire, “they were told to let all the horses loose, it was the right thing to do, but it still broke my heart.”

MacPhee’s own horse, Woflie, also had to be evacuated during a recent fire.

“They said, ‘set the horses loose, or hose them down so they burn slower.’ Can you imagine?”

Her first hand experience with fires in Southern California prompted her shift from celebrity dress design, to a creation that married horse safety with wearable technology.

“We encourage fire-resistant blankets as well as identifiable microchips or bracelets to track animals separated during a fire,” Scott said. “Preparedness is especially important now that Southern California is seeing an increase in the size, frequency, and duration of fires.

“Most of all we encourage those looking after horses to understand the importance of needing to evacuate early due to the extra time required to safely evacuate large animals.”

The Equisafe blanket costs between $180 for the blanket to $300 for the version which includes the GPS tracker.

 

 


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Classical pianist takes his piano into the Thai jungle to play for injured and elderly rescue elephants






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This is the incredible moment a classical pianist played music for injured and elderly rescue elephants in the Thai jungle.

Paul Barton has been putting on his unique performances since 2011, and said he believes Bach and Beethoven can help rehabilitate animals who have lived stressful lives.

The elephants at Elephants World, a sanctuary near Kanchanaburi, appeared mesmerised by Mr Barton’s music recitals in a series of clips of the pianist.

Paul Barton has been putting on his unique performances since 2011, and said he believes Bach and Beethoven can help rehabilitate animals

Paul Barton has been putting on his unique performances since 2011, and said he believes Bach and Beethoven can help rehabilitate animals

In one video, a young elephant is seen chomping on sticks he found below the piano stool as classical music played above him.

The calf then decided to join in with Mr Barton – his trunk landing loudly on the piano keys as he explored the mystery instrument.

Mr Barton, from East Yorkshire, came across Elephants World while making a video about the River Kwai bridge.

He said he liked the sound of what was seen as a retirement home for the animals, and decided to pay the sanctuary a visit, asking the manager if he could bring his piano along.

Elephants at Elephants World, a sanctuary near Kanchanaburi, Thailand, were mesmerised by Mr Barton's music recitals in a series of clips

Elephants at Elephants World, a sanctuary near Kanchanaburi, Thailand, were mesmerised by Mr Barton’s music recitals in a series of clips

Mr Barton, from East Yorkshire, came across the sanctuary while making a video about the River Kwai bridge

Mr Barton, from East Yorkshire, came across the sanctuary while making a video about the River Kwai bridge

Elephants World is a sanctuary for more than 30 old, sick, abused, retired or rescued elephants, most of whom have ‘lived very hard lives,’ according to their website.

The first elephant Mr Barton played to was Plara, a blind elephant who stopped eating his breakfast of bana grass and stood motionless when he first heard the sound.

He said: ‘Almost all elephants react to music in a visible way. There’s a sudden movement when the music begins.

‘The elephants are free to walk about around the piano, they are not chained or tethered in any way. If they didn’t like the music then they could simply wander off.

‘Some elephants get very close to the piano of their own accord, they might drape their trunk over the piano even.

‘Some younger elephants can get very surprised by the sound and will run suddenly around the piano curious about it.’

He said he liked the sound of what was seen as a retirement home for the animals, and decided to pay it a visit with his piano

He said he liked the sound of what was seen as a retirement home for the animals, and decided to pay it a visit with his piano

The pianist usually plays slow, classical numbers to the elephants, he said, removing the parts that he believes will not hold their interest.

Each elephant has different tastes, and in total there are 28 that Mr Barton plays to.

Sometimes, wild monkeys also come to watch the pianist perform, sitting in groups on a nearby rock.

Mr Barton decided to learn piano after hearing an impromptu by Franz Schubert as a child.

As he didn’t have a piano at home, a young Mr Barton learned on other people’s instruments.

Elephants World is a sanctuary for more than 30 old, sick, abused, retired or rescued elephants, most of whom have 'lived very hard lives'

Elephants World is a sanctuary for more than 30 old, sick, abused, retired or rescued elephants, most of whom have ‘lived very hard lives’

Mr Barton, his wife Khwan and their daughter Emilie now live at the sanctuary in Thailand

Mr Barton, his wife Khwan and their daughter Emilie now live at the sanctuary in Thailand

He then studied fine art at the Royal Academy of Arts, London, and 22 years ago, moved to Thailand to teach piano.

That teaching expedition was supposed to be short, three-month trip, but Mr Barton soon met his now-wife, Khwan, a wildlife artist with whom he has a daughter, Emilie, three.

The family now live at Elephants World, helping out with chores and playing with the animals that live there.

Mr Barton said: ‘The piano is out in the mountains, so it’s completely free – the elephant can do what it wants.

‘These elephants are standing close to you, and there’s kind of a connection that you can’t explain in words.’

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