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Friday Spotlight: Lillee @ Chum Therapeutic Riding Center

Published: 2019-06-28

Children and Horses United in Movement, or C.H.U.M. Therapeutic Riding Inc. has been serving the Michigan area since the early 1980s. Established by Bonnie DePue, who is certified by the North American Riding for the Handicapped Association, C.H.U.M. is a faith and grace guided riding program, intended to help those with and without disabilities grow their love and appreciation for horses.

Children and Horses United in Movement, or C.H.U.M. Therapeutic Riding Inc. has been serving the Michigan area since the early 1980s. Established by Bonnie DePue, who is certified by the North American Riding for the Handicapped Association, C.H.U.M. is a faith and grace guided riding program, intended to help those with and without disabilities grow their love and appreciation for horses.

Currently, C.H.U.M. serves about 150 individuals per week in Dansville, Michigan. With a heated indoor, a large outdoor arena, and 36 rolling acres, C.H.U.M. cares for 16 special horses that spend their days caring for their riders. Bonnie is very particular about their feeding program to ensure their comfort and happiness in her program.

“Though our herd is younger than many other therapeutic riding programs, with our average age being 12 and three 3-year-olds coming up in the program right now, we manage everyone’s intake, not just the senior horses”, says Bonnie or her diverse herd. “In January, I made a very tough call with one of the senior horses. Lillee, age 22, had struggled with her weight for a few years for no apparent reason. This winter it got very bad. She was showing bony ridges while getting 3 scoops of concentrate, 8 small scoops of a fat supplement, ½ a bale of hay per feeding, and a gut shield, yet she was still dropping in weight! I made the call and as God often does here, He sent me another call that same day.”

The call Bonnie received was from Cavalor expert, Libby Cifuni, whom she agreed to meet with. “Libby met the horses in our freezing cold winter weather, and we sat and discussed our needs and concerns. I felt our current grain was possibly changed or cheapened, and I was open to trying something different. She spoke of the different products, but then said to me ‘would you give me 28 days before you put Lillee down?’ It was a tough question because 28 days could mean an even rougher time for her, but I said ‘Yes’ as she is so very important to the kids here and to me!”

Lillee was immediately started on Cavalor’s HepatoLiq, a liquid supplement designed to restore liver and kidney condition and improve the absorption of vitamins and minerals. Combined with Cavalor’s Action Mix, formulated for horses engaging in average to intense work, Lillee began putting on weight. Bonnie was elated, “We had to go up girth sizes now and she looks fantastic! Our Lillee is back!”

Bonnie has since switched all her horses over to Action Mix. Cavalor was also instrumental, according to Bonnie, in helping her herd handle the severe weather changes that occur with the seasonal changes in Michigan. Since Lilliee’s success, Bonnie has “put every horse through the 25-day cleanse and I have had several friends do the same with their horses who were struggling! We love our Cavalor feed!”

Cavalor is proud to support these horses who serve the C.H.U.M. Therapeutic Riding community every day! Check out Lillee’s before and after images to see her transformation from December 2018 to Memorial Day 2019.

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