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Mounted Posse visits Gulfside hospice patients

Patients at two Gulfside Centers for Hospice Care received a treat when the Pasco Sheriff’s Mounted Posse brought five of its horses during a recent visit.

Patients from both the Gulfside centers at Heather Hill and at Bayonet Point were able to come outside to enjoy the weather and admire the gentle horses.

For those who were unable to leave their rooms, the horses were ridden to the patients’ windows so they could also share in the experience.

Deputy John Bushell, a Mounted Posse member, sat atop Samson as he spoke to the patients and families about the important roles that the horses play at the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office.

“What a pleasure it is for us to be here,” said Bushell. “We are very fortunate to be able to ride our horses and work at the same time.”

The Pasco Mounted Posse has raised more than $100,000 for Gulfside Hospice over the past six years through the annual Ride for Hospice fundraiser, held in the spring.

Gulfside Hospice, celebrating its 25th year of providing care, serves more than 350 patients daily. Gulfside employs over 250 professionals has more than 525 volunteers and is the only hospice that serves Pasco County exclusively.

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