by AARON FLORES//Staff Writer
Easy R is an organization that deeply cares about the safety and wellbeing for horses.
Their main mission is to rescue and rehabilitate abused, neglected, and disabled horses back to good health.
Easy R was cofounded in 2009 by Terry and Angie Alspaugh.
It was created so families can help horses in need. You can go to the rescue center where you can visit the horses and give them the loving support and care that they so direly need. Easy R is coordinating with local law enforcement, other animal welfare agencies, and other individuals who want to be apart of their foster compassion program.
The goals are to provide rehabilitation for the horses, which includes dental and farrier services, veterinary examinations, medical care, proper grooming, and daily feeding regiments, even for the most malnourished horses. The program even has a training center to re-establish all the horses back in tip-top shaped. The rehabilitation for all horses includes adoptive homes, other equine programs that specialize in horses, or a permanent residence at Easy R, which is located in Lubbock.
Sponsors for Easy R can chose between four different levels with a monthly donation. Bronze level, $65 per month, can cover half the cost for a rescue horse. Silver level, $125 per month, covers the full cost for a rescue horse. Gold level, $175 per month, covers the full feed cost, semi-annual vaccinations, quarterly de-worming, regular farrier service, and annual dental work for one horse. Platinum level, $250 per month (for horses with special needs), covers all costs, plus rehabilitative services such as medical care, medications and chiropractic. Those who don’t want to become a sponsor can volunteer at Easy R, lend a helping hand with grooming horses, doing barn chores and assisting with youth activities.
Easy R isn’t just a rehabilitation center for horses, but also is a place where families can grow together and find love for one of nature’s beautiful animals. The rescue center has a youth center where little kids can care, groom, and ride horses. The youth program teaches kids how to properly care and feed horses, as well as how to saddle the horses and how to take care of horses. The foundation has even let local schools have field trips to the rescue center.
They have an annual dinner honoring everyone who’s helping out Easy R recognizing their support, along with a silent auction, door prizes, and raffles.
They even have live music from a local band, and special guests such as Chad Prather, who is an entertainer and motivational speaker. “Heroes For Horses,” which was held on Sept. 24, is a noble cause because it can bring a local community together to help the lives of horses that are in need.