4Hooves Large Animal Services, LLC is privately owned company dedicated to the equine and livestock industry. Owned and operated by Justin and Tori McLeod, 4HLAS has been providing a variety of equine and livestock related services to owners, veterinarians, and industry professionals for over a decade. Based in Spring Lake, North Carolina, 4HLAS is within a short driving distance from Southern Pines, Sanford, Fayetteville and Raleigh, as well as only two-hours from the South Carolina state line and 3-hours from the Virginia State line. 4HLAS combines the services provided by a highly trained team with specialized equipment and a fleet of several response trailers.
We specialize in large animal technical rescue emergency response and training for emergency responders and veterinary professionals, emergency preparedness and trailer safety training for equine and livestock owners and professionals, large animal technical rescue equipment sales, equine emergency and non-emergency transport, emergency evacuation assistance, barn/ facility fire prevention and response consultations, trailer safety consultations, equine and livestock event stand-by, large animal capture using chemical immobilization (with veterinary assistance), as well as equine and livestock end of life services.
We maintain a commercial liability policy with Markel Insurance, a well-known and reputable insurance agency that caters to equine owners and professionals. Our policy covers, in addition to the basic coverage, medical/injury/illness coverage per equine not owned by us that is in our care, custody, and control should anything occur during transport leading to the serious illness, injury, or death of the equine. In addition to our commercial liability insurance, we also maintain the commercial vehicle insurance and other mandated requirements set forth by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration for operational authority as a "legal" for-hire equine transporter and service provider across state-lines.
We take pride in providing our emergency and non-emergency services with a high level of professionalism, state-of-the-art response and transport vehicles, large cache’ of basic and advanced animal technical rescue equipment, equine and livestock handling and management skill-set, and decades of education, training, and real-world experience in emergency services and incident response. As equine and livestock owners and professionals, you have a lot to think about... nutrition, healthcare, training, breeding, riding, transporting, medical emergencies, end of life plans, finances, insurance, and the list goes on… As emergency responders, you never know what type of situation or incident you will be facing until you arrive on-scene... some situations or incidents will involve large animals (equines, livestock, exotics, etc.). Let 4Hooves Large Animal Services, LLC be your “go to” resource for equine and livestock related services, if we are unable to provide the requested service, we will attempt to assist you the best way we can by providing contact information for additional resources or provide guidance over the phone.
In the years to come, 4HLAS hopes to become one of the most sought-after companies for equine ambulance services at equine events, a trusted contact of veterinarians for specialized transport of medically compromised equine patients in the southeastern United States, a resource for emergency services to call upon to assist with large animal rescue and recovery operations during natural disasters and small or large scale emergency incidents as well as equipment purchases, and a highly recommended service provider for equine and livestock owners and industry professionals.
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Richard, Justin's brother, is a North Carolina native and has spent his lifetime in or around the Johnston County area. He worked alongside Justin growing up on a dairy farm then branched out into the emergency services world as a chosen career. Richard has been involved in the fire service since 1988 and the emergency medical service since 1991. Currently he is a Level 1 OEMS Paramedic Instructor, American Heart Association Instructor for BLS - ACLS - PALS, a certified OSHA Instructor, and an ASHI Instructor. He currently works full-time with a county EMS agency as a Paramedic with the rank of Lieutenant and Field Training Officer. He also volunteers with a county fire rescue department. Richard, along with his son Christopher, are the Team Leaders for the 4HLAS Johnston County Large Animal Response Unit which is based at Arhcer Lodge Fire Department in Clayton, NC. Richard is a great asset to our company and assists us as a Driver and Attendant on the Equine Ambulance at event stand-bys, an Animal Technical Rescue Emergency Responder, a driver for our long-distance equine transport services, and an Assistant Instructor at the Large Animal Technical Rescue training courses.
Kelli grew up in Nebraska and began her love affair with horses though the 4-H program. This eventually lead her to get a B.S. in Animal Science specializing in Equine Sciences from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. While she was in college she was a member of the Equestrian Team, Horse Judging Team and an avid member of the UNL Rodeo Association. Her show experience ranges from riding in a variety of western events to carriage driving, along with a few years of hunter under saddle. Kelli is certified in Technical Large Animal Emergency Rescue through TLAER, Inc. and has attended several other large animal technical rescue courses with 4HLAS. She is also certified in Animal Search and Rescue (ASAR) Floodwater / Swiftwater Animal Rescue. Kelli works full-time as a Veterinary Assistant for Foundation Equine Clinic (our Veterinary Advisor's Clinic) where she has been since 2013.
Since 2015, she has been a Board of Directors member for Sandhills Horse Rescue which is a local non-profit equine rescue organization. Kelli is a member of the North Carolina Veterinary Response Corps where she can assist with local incidents and natural disasters upon request through the Emergency Programs Section of the North Carolina Department of Agriculture Veterinary Division.
In her spare time she enjoys running,Kelli joins 4HLAS as an Attendant on the Equine Ambulance at event stand-bys, an Animal Technical Rescue Emergency Responder, and as an Assistant at the Large Animal Technical Rescue training courses.
Christopher joined our team in the early days. Being Justin's nephew and in emergency services himself it seemed like a natural transition and he has truly been an asset to our team. Christopher has been involved in emergency services since 2014 and is currently a Firefighter / EMT with a county fire-rescue department. He joins our team with limited equine and livestock experience but he continues to learn through training courses with 4HLAS and other reputable companies, hands-on experiences, and interactions with equine and livestock owners and professionals. He has been certified through TLAER, Inc for Large Animal Technical Rescue at the Operations Level and he has attended the B.U.L.L. (Big Useful Livestock Lessons) training course instructed by Code 3 Associates. Christopher, along with his father Richard, are the Team Leaders for the 4HLAS Johnston County Large Animal Response Unit which is based at Archer Lodge Fire Department in Clayton, NC. Christopher continues to assist 4HLAS as an Attendant on the Equine Ambulance at event stand-bys, an Animal Technical Rescue Emergency Responder, and an Assistant Instructor at the Large Animal Technical Rescue training courses.
Growing up in the horse industry, Tim has had exposure to multiple disciplines and aspects of the business. His family, from the Long Island area in New York, has been involved since the early 1900s, from Hunter/Jumper, 3 Day Eventing, Combined Driving and more, both nationally and internationally. Tim’s experience ranges from large horse farm operation and management, to national horse transportation to working extensively at well known equine events around the country. Currently, Tim is the Sales Manager and Designer at EquiSpirit Horse Trailers, which is well known for providing some of the most feature rich and safest horse trailers in the industry. Using his experience and background, he can predict possible issues and concerns with trailers, and work to design trailers that will be as safe as possible for the horses, and their owners, in transit and in the event of an accident.
Tim is TLAER certified and in addition to working with other “horse ambulance” services, has been working with 4HLAS for several years as an Animal Technical Rescue Emergency Responder as well as a driver and standby attendant at equine events. Recently he has also begun assisting at the Large Animal Technical Rescue training courses.
With a lifelong love for horses, who know what else he’ll do but the one thing that he has always lived by, something that his grandfather used to quote, “There is something about the outside of a horse, that is good for the inside of a man.”
Susan has been involved with equines, off and on, for over 50 years. She drove carriages competitively for many years before becoming a Technical Delegate for the American Driving Society. She completed TLAER, Inc. (Technical Large Animal Emergency Rescue) training in 2016, along with large animal technical rescue training sessions with Tori and Justin in 2018, and just finished Floodwater / Swift Water Animal Rescue training in 2019.
Susan joins 4HLAS as an Attendant on the Equine Ambulance at event stand-bys, an Animal Technical Rescue Emergency Responder, and as an Assistant at the Large Animal Technical Rescue training courses.
Never stop learning!
Ashley grew up in Southern Pines, NC, which is known as "horse country". She began taking riding lessons at a Hunter/Jumper barn at the age of 8 and went on to compete at local horse shows. During high school she worked at several Thoroughbred training facilities galloping and exercising the race horses and assisting with their transport between race tracks. She went on to be a race horse handler at Saratoga in New York. Ashley worked on staff for a Steeplechase training and traveled to hunt meets from New York to North Carolina. After years with the racing industry, she transitioned into the world of Hunter / Jumpers and worked for professional barns traveling with up to 12 horses at the "A" circuit shows on the east coast. In 2005, she moved back to Southern Pines, NC, where it all started. She volunteered with Healing Hearts Rescue, a local equine rescue organization, for a while where she experienced the highs and lows of equine rehabilitation and animal cruelty investigations. Once she reconnected with a friend, and fellow team member Susan, she learned of large animal technical rescue and became interested. Ashley became involved with 4HLAS in 2018. She has trained with 4HLAS on several occasions and continues to learn from training courses with 4HLAS and other reputable companies, as well as actual large animal rescue responses. Ashley is currently working with HEART, an equine ambulance company, and also assists 4HLAS as an Attendant on the Equine Ambulance at event stand-bys, an Animal Technical Rescue Emergency Responder, and as an Assistant at the Large Animal Technical Rescue training courses.
Kelsey grew up on an animal sanctuary in Colorado and knew early on her life would be dedicated to animal protection. She started out working at a Dog Daycare and as a caretaker/exercise rider at multiple horse farms in Colorado. She began traveling and worked as an exercise rider in Ireland for a racehorse trainer for a few months before moving to North Carolina in 2012. Kelsey was hired on with Chatham County Animal Services where she worked for 4 years and learned a great deal about cruelty cases, animal law, and handling of various species. For the last 2 years, she has been employed as a Deputy for Durham County Sheriff's Office in their Animal Services Division. Kelsey is certified as a National Cruelty Investigator with the National Animal Care and Control Association and has a passion for the equine cases. She has been able to attend multiple training classes with Code3 Associates, allowing her to span her career into technical animal rescue operations. In addition, she also has her Animal Search and Rescue Swiftwater Technician and Rope Rescue Technician certifications. Kelsey says it is the rescue portion of her job that she loves the most and she hopes to be more involved with animal rescue during disaster situations in the future.
Kelsey joins 4HLAS as an Animal Technical Rescue Emergency Responder and as an Assistant at the Large Animal Technical Rescue training courses.
Emma (Dr. Emma Poole) is a graduate of North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine and has been passionate about horses since she was a child. She grew up riding and eventing, and has continued her interest in sport horses as a professional. Her special interests include sports medicine, lameness, preventive care, emergency medicine, and ophthalmology. She is a certified veterinary chiropractor and an FEI permitted treating veterinarian.
Emma is an Associate Veterinarian for Foundation Equine Clinic in Southern Pines, North Carolina.
Emma is on the Board of Directors for Sandhills Horse Rescue which is a local non-profit equine rescue organization.
In her spare time she enjoys running, playing with her two rescue dogs, and riding her beloved horse Indy, and competing in cross-country events!
Emma joins 4HLAS as an Animal Technical Rescue Emergency Responder and an Attendant on the Equine Ambulance at event stand-bys when her busy schedule permits.
Carrie graduated from North Surry High School in 2007 and currently resides in Mount Airy, North Carolina. After high school, she worked as a Forest Service Technician, and later she realized her passion was caring for animals. Carrie attended Bel-rea Animal Institute of Veterinary Technology in Colorado. In addition to the curriculum, she completed rotations with equine breeding facilities and small animal/large animal vaccine and surgical units. She graduated in 2014 as a certified veterinary technician and is currently licensed in the state of North Carolina. She works at Animal Medical Services in Mount Airy, NC where she is the large animal veterinary technician and surgical technician. She has 4 rescue cats, a dog, and chickens. In her spare time, she helps manage her family's mule farm and her significant others cattle farm. Carrie grew up riding in the NATRC (North American Trail Ride Conference) and the AERC (American Endurance Ride Conference). Carrie attended a large animal technical rescue training course instructed by 4HLAS in 2019 and she made a lasting impression on Justin and Tori with her openness to learn and willingness to participate in the practical scenarios. She was invited to join our team and will be assisting with event stand-bys as an Attendant on the Equine Ambulance, as an Animal Technical Rescue Emergency Responder, and an Assistant at the Large Animal Technical Rescue training courses.
Nancy hit the ground knowing horses. She started her first colt at age 11 under tutelage of USHJA Hall of Fame member Helen Kelley. While Nancy was in high school she served as Interim Director of Riding for Wilson College, an Event oriented program. After graduation, she attended Penn State University where she successfully rode on the Penn State Intercollegiate Team. Nancy also worked full time at Eastwood Farms training and teaching young hunters and their owners. Upon graduating PSU, Nancy became Director of Riding for a hunt seat based program at prestigious Davidson College that boasted several intercollegiate national champions. For a decade Nancy managed the barn, horses and 75 riding lessons per week along with coaching college riders competing in area A rated hunter and jumper horse shows. Throughout the years, Nancy started, showed and coached Hunters and Jumpers to national awards. Nancy was also 2-time reserve champion in the International Hunter Futurity with horses she started and rode exclusively to prepare for the event and life thereafter. She also spent years working as head colt barn manager, handler and shipper in Lexington KY for Blue Grass Thoroughbred Services, along with handling stock for Keeneland, Fasig-Tipton and Saratoga sales. She returned to Southern Pines NC, where she began riding at age 15 for Hall of Fame hunter rider Patricia Heuckeroth, to train horses in the summer months. She eventually operated a show and sales barn with Brian Lenehan while in Southern Pines. Nancy also managed Plan B Event stables which produced winners at all levels. In 2006 Nancy moved a mountain top in West Virginia where she lives with her mule, dog and cat. Her forte' is unlocking all potential in ANY animal regardless of history, behavior and prior experiences.
Nancy continues to teach behavioral and riding clinics by appointment all over the United States. “Ride better on willing partners” is her motto.
Nancy joined 4HLAS in 2020 and is a Driver and Attendant on the Equine Ambulance at event stand-bys, Assistant to the Instructors at the Large Animal Technical Rescue training courses.