Family sponsors child’s EASI horse
by Jennifer Cohron
May 20, 2012 | 1594 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Cari Beth McLain stands with Gonzo, a horse at the EASI rider center in Boldo. Photo special to the Eagle
Cari Beth McLain stands with Gonzo, a horse at the EASI rider center in Boldo. Photo special to the Eagle
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Cari Beth McLain has developed a close bond with “Gonzo,” the horse she rides each week at Equines Assisting Special Individuals( EASI).

So she and her parents, Clint and Kelly McLain of Jasper, have agreed to give Gonzo everything he needs for the next year.

“In order to provide a safe experience for EASI riders, horses must be maintained well with quality hay, feed, bedding, veterinary and farrier (hoof) care,” said executive assistant Melissa Searcy. “Although some services and items are donated throughout the year, the care and feeding of our program horses still requires us to seek sponsorship.”

Gonzo, who was donated to the therapeutic riding program in 2011 by Debbie Young Sanders, is one of seven horses housed at the facility. Only one other horse, “Tank,” currently has sponsors.

Searcy said she hopes other local residents will consider sponsoring one of the program’s horses.

“They are definitely doing their part to put smiles on people's faces,” she said.

For more information, contact Searcy at 387-7486 or e-mail her at Melissa.searcy@easitrc.org.