Häst Large Animal Rescue Equipment
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2787 Floyd Highway South
Floyd Virginia   24091-3055

Telephone:  804-286-0832          Contact Us                      Fax:  804-592-6912
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About Us
Our Mission and Announcements

Häst is a professional service corporation dedicated to the needs of rescue personnel.  Client driven, our top priority is safety.  Failure of equipment during a rescue is simply not an option.  Much care and consideration has been given to every detail.  And while we have established products, we constantly strive towards improvements on each and every detail.  Interest in our products comes from all over the world.  To see our sales in slings, water rescue harnesses, rescue straps, rescue frames, and component sales, click on this link for a detailed list by country and state:   Product Distribution

One important aspect of our success is derived from several persons and organizations with whom we have developed a cooperative effort for new
design features.  We would like to acknowledge the following for their feedback and help in both past improvements as well as ones that will soon be  announced.  These are, but not exclusive to:  James Danner at LARRCoEric Thompson at EERU,   WASART,  Al and Sarah Filice of TLAER-WEST,
Professor Olivier Lepage of VetAgro Sup-Lyon, France,   Justin and Tori McLeod of NCSMART,  along with Willis Lamm and others.

Check out our new "Instant Release" Spread Bar for the Becker Sling.
We are also beginning to make training and demonstration videos.

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Becker Sling featured in Kyle Zanetti Trailers.

When Kyle Zanetti was designing their new ambulance, after considerable
 research, they decided to use a Becker Sling in their trailer.  They designed
 their top rails and hoist system to specifically interface with the spread bar.

For more information, click on:
Our new XXL pulley is now available, having passed a destructive
 load test giving it a 10,000 WLL with a 4:1 safety ratio.

For more information, go to our XXL Pulley page!

Our New Picket Bar!

We were tasked to make a new style picket bar for anchors.
While there are other bars on the market, we needed one that
could accept an elevated load, such as our Rescue Bipod.

For more information, go to our Accessories page!
Häst Rescue Frames

After months of hard work, we are very proud to announce that the Häst Rescue Frame is now a reality!   Looking for something suitable that was heavy to demonstrate its capabilities, the family car took one for the team!  Simple in design and use, this frame showed no stress at all in taking on this load.  Made entirely of aluminum, the frame should give your agency years of reliable service for those rescues where a vertical lift is required.

There are three frames available: A Monopod, Bipod, and Tripod.
Both the Bipod and the Tripod are available in 5 different "stances", ranging
from the wide stance Model 24 shown to the left to a narrow Model 16 if your
 typical environment has space limitations.  The choice is yours!

Click here for more information on the Häst Rescue Frames.
Becker Sling

Developed in 2004, the Becker Sling has been the flagship of our rescue equipment.  The design originated from one used by Tomas and Rebecca Gimenez in their technical large animal rescue instruction courses.  This is a "Full Body Lift" as opposed to some of the other skeletal lifts offered by other companies.   Over the years, the system has undergone numerous advancements,  with the addition of D rings to the body slings, marine quality high resiliency foam pads, the adjustable chest sling, and upgrades to the support system.  This has culminated in November 2015 with our new "Instant Release" Spread Bar System.  We are currently working on some new optional configurations that will be beneficial if extra security is required.

For more information and to order:  Becker Sling 

Note:  Our horse model Majestic II is smaller and much thinner
than an average horse.  The Häst Water Rescue Harness will
fit a very large range of horses up to very large draft breeds.
Water Rescue Harness

Several years ago we received a call from a horse facility with a water treadmill.  They had suffered an accident with a horse that turned itself upside down in the water.  They had no easy means of rescue.  Fortunately, they were able to drain the water quickly so that the horse did not drown.  From that request, the water rescue harness was conceived.  It can be used prior to swimming a horse or during a water rescue.  The unit is designed to be placed on the horse much like a driving surcingle and has closed cell foam so that it will float!

For many years, we have supplied Version 1.0 which as been successful.  However, due to our new capabilities, the water rescue harness has undergone a complete revision with a new chest float and quick release catches on both the chest float and girth for quick extraction if the need were to arise.  This latest design is designated Version 2.4 and should fit any sized animal with a wide amount of adjustability.

For more information and to order:  Water Rescue Harness
 Rescue Straps

 One of our new rescue products is a complete line of rescue straps.  These can be made in either
4 inch wide webbing or 6 inch webbing, depending upon your application.  Our nylon is soft and supple,
making it very comfortable for the patient.  The price on this strap is quite affordable and can
easily be included into your order for a Becker Sling.  Since it can be shipped and stored in the same container, no additional shipping fees are needed.   Rescue straps are one of those "must have" pieces of equipment that one should be in every rescue cache.  For sizes and pricing go to  Rescue Straps
We would like to announce the newest member of our team!!  "Majestic II" arrived
in mid September just before we left for the Conference in Virginia Beach of the
Virginia Association of Volunteer Rescue Squads.  There, he was a hit demonstrating
the new Rescue Frame and Becker Sling.  His new position here at Häst is to model
new and existing equipment and help us produce some training videos for our
equipment in the future.  Named in honour after my beloved horse of 26 years,
he is currently standing in the front yard as an attraction to the passers by.
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