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‘Three amigos’ stay together at Assurance Home

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Since 1979, the Assurance Home has been making a difference in the lives of homeless and ‘at-risk’ adolescent children. The same statement can be said in a different way: Since 1979, caring people in the community have been helping make a difference at Assurance Home. A wonderful example of people making a difference at Assurance Home happened recently when the program received the kind gift of “three amigos.”

A gift of love was given to the Home when Delmer and Carole Chambers of Hagerman donated Splash, Flossie and Pedro. Splash is an unbelievably beautiful, 7-year-old registered Quarter Horse gelding; Flossie is a gentle 13-year-old mare and Pedro is a cantankerous 5-year-old donkey.

The Chambers were worried about keeping the three friends together once, they realized that they were not going to be able to care for them much longer. Splash, Flossie and Pedro will be joining the Home’s other four horses to help create a herd of animals that can help heal struggling children.

Fortunately, Assurance Home has a lengthy history of horse involvement. In 2005, Bill Whitaker, who was with CBS Evening News and who is now a well-known reporter with “60 Minutes,” traveled to Roswell to do a story on the Assurance Home’s Mustang Project. The video clip was aired on the CBS Evening News, “Eye-On-America” segment and highlighted ‘at-risk’ kids working to gentle and calm recently-captured, wild mustangs so they could be used as therapeutic riding horses. (The video can still be seen on Assurance Home’s web site at assurancehome.org). Assurance Home received their “five minutes of fame” during the years before and after the video aired on CBS’s Evening News. They were featured in Western Horseman Magazine, several books and quite a few documentaries, most notably the Emmy award winning, “Untamed Legacy – America’s Wild Mustang.”

The days of the Mustang Project are now gone and Assurance Home has successfully placed horses in therapeutic riding program throughout the country. However, the most important aspect of the Mustang Project continues — letting ‘at-risk” kids and horses work together so that they can benefit from each other.

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For more information about Assurance Home, visit the website or call Executive Director Ron Malone at 575-624-1780.

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