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LASSO provides time in the saddle for Special Talent class

Kids, horses, sunshine — it’s time to hit the trail!

Not only are the very exuberant Special Talent kids at Pagosa Springs High School walking to Washington, they will be putting time in the saddle with LASSO horses along their journey.

The group has teamed up with LASSO rescue horses to edge them closer to their goal of circumnavigating the U.S.

Time in the saddle will be added to their walk time.

The class is in its fourth year sharpening the youngsters’ horsemanship skills, including horse anatomy, proper horse care and treatment, and horseback riding.

The rescue horses used each week await permanent adoptive homes. Their continued care is vital to the weekly program of the Special Talent class, as well as the Special Olympics three-day horse camp held each August. The weekly Special Talent class session requires as many as 12 to 15 volunteers to assist riders.

Anyone interested in volunteering can participate each Friday, 10 a.m.-noon. To volunteer for the weekly Special Talent horse program or for more information concerning the benefit, contact Nancy Crouse, 264-9355, or DiAnn Hitchcox, 264-0095.

LASSO’s annual Hearts for Horses benefit will be a Murder Mystery Evening, May 8, 6:30 p.m. at the Winslow on the Shire. This benefit provides funds to continue all the LASSO horse programs throughout the year.