The Pegasus Project Newsletter
AUGUST 2018

Help Pegasus Soar!

As you know, The Pegasus Project is changing lives every day for horses and humans by fulfilling our mission to rescue, rehabilitate, retrain and rehome neglected, abused and abandoned horses throughout Texas. To continue this work, we depend upon the ongoing generosity of our supporters. To assist us in our fundraising goals, Communities Foundation of Texas (CFT) is sponsoring North Texas Giving Day on Thursday, September 20th. Each donation of $25 or more made to The Pegasus Project on September 20th will help us receive extra bonus funds from CFT for our work with the horses.  More than $2 million in bonus funds are available to qualifying nonprofits! 

In addition, every donation made to The Pegasus Project through the North Texas Giving Day website on September 20th helps our chances of winning prizes given throughout the day ranging from $500 to $7500! With more than 75 total prizes being awarded, our chances to maximize your gift are great. 
 
Members of the Pegasus board of directors and other generous donors will be providing matching funds for gifts made in connection with North Texas Giving Day. With the bonus funds from CFT and these matching funds, your gift of $100 will turn into more than $200!  So, please mark you calendar for September 20th, save your pennies, and plan to donate generously!

By visiting the North Texas Giving Day Pegasus link between 6am and midnight (Central Time) on September 20th and donating $25 or more, you will make a tremendous impact on the work Pegasus can do. With your help, we WILL reach our  $80,000 fundraising goal  on North Texas Giving Day! These funds will go directly to the care, support and training of the forty rescued equine currently residing at the Pegasus ranch.  

Want to schedule your donation early? No problem! Beginning at 8am on September 10th and continuing through midnight on September 19th, donors can log on to the Pegasus link on the North Texas Giving Day website and schedule their gifts to The Pegasus Project, which will then be processed on September 20th. 
 
For the 30 days leading up to North Texas Giving Day, we will do a special promotion on our social media pages. Please follow us on Facebook and Instagram so you can share in the excitement and remember to give between September 10th and September 20th! 



CJ with Pegasus supporter, Emily Flanagan - July 2018 

We simply wanted to share this photo of our precious baby, Cloud Jumper a/k/a CJ, so you can see how much she has grown. CJ was born at Pegasus on June 9, 2017, and at just one year old, she is towering over fully grown horses! We anticipate that CJ will likely reach or exceed 17 hands at maturity. 

Born to Bailey, a Clydesdale-cross mare, CJ's full lineage is unknown. Bailey arrived at Pegasus in December 2016 severely malnourished, having been picked up from a kill pen a few months prior. To our surprise, she turned out to be pregnant and gave us CJ six months later. Keep your eye on this growing, beautiful, playful filly. We are expecting great things from her! 

To view CJ's full photo album, click here:   CJ


~APRIL~
It's Never Too Late

April in all her glory - September 2017

On January 26, 2016, we received an email from the director of the Doris Day Equine Center about a mare in need of rescue. The Rusk County Sheriff's Department had accepted a 14 year old mare relinquished by her owners after neighbors called authorities to the scene. The unemployed and disabled owners had given away the mother and sister of this mare, but no one had accepted "April" who was slowly starving to death in their care. They claim that April was born to them 14 years prior and had never left the property. Rusk County officials picked her up but quickly realized that April needed more intensive care than they could provide. Pegasus to the rescue!

April was delivered to the Pegasus ranch the evening of January 27, 2016. She was so weak that she fell down trying to back out of the trailer. After several attempts, we were able to get her back on her feet and into a nice, roomy, comfy stall full of deep shavings. We gave April a little senior feed, a flake of beautiful alfalfa, and a hay net full of coastal Bermuda. Safely tucked in for the night, she began to fill her belly. 

April on January 26, 2016 at the Sheriff's pen

At some point in the past, April had sustained a serious injury to her right eye. Upon arrival at Pegasus, her eye was swollen, cloudy and bulging slightly. All the hair around the socket was rubbed off, and she had large cyst-like nodules under the eye. Our veterinarian sent cell samples from the nodules to pathology, which indicated a nonmalignant sarcoid. For the injury to her eyeball, we treated the eye with antibiotics, but the damage was done. April does have some vision in the eye, and when we treated her with antibiotics for a respiratory infection, the unsightly nodules beneath the eye disappeared. Over the course of the last two plus years, the appearance of the eye has improved greatly, with the hair growing back, little by little.

Although April was in terrible physical condition upon arrival, she had the fastest recovery in the history of Pegasus. In just over two months, she reached appropriate weight. At heart, she's a real easy keeper! She has been easy to care for and is kind and willing. April didn't know much, and her ground manners were rough. She did not understand about getting her feet trimmed or respecting personal space. We slowly worked with her to teach her what she needed to know about life with humans, and now she's a dream. 

When Pegasus accepted April, we didn't really have the room. We took her in because she was in such desperate need and no one else was stepping up. As it turns out, Pegasus really needed HER. We had an orphan foal, Sloane, on our hands and no horse suitable to raise her. After pairing them in side-by-side pens, we realized how kind April was being with Sloane. So, when the time was right, we moved them into a pasture together, and the result was beautiful. April accepted Sloane as her own and did a fine job of raising her. It's so nice when you get more than you give. April gave Pegasus and Sloane an amazing gift by nurturing this lonely little orphan. 

April with the orphan foal, Sloane - March 2016

After April was fully rehabilitated and had completed her job of raising Sloane, we began to test out whether she could learn to be a riding horse. We are happy to report that she took to training like a champ! April has proven to be a willing, trusty trail horse who likes to move on out. She is sweet and confident and kind. The vision impairment in her right eye does not seem to bother her. April will be perfect for someone with a gentle hand and quite temperament who wants to take nice easy rides. She attaches strongly to her pasture mates and gets along with mares and geldings alike. April really likes the young ones! If you have a soft heart for a horse with a rough past and a few cosmetic scars, April may be your girl! 

Click the following link to view her full photo album: April

If you are interested in adopting April, read all about our adoption process here: Adopt

Anthony & April - March 2018

A Note from Allyson
 
 
 Redefining the
"Rescue Horse"
 
How people regard rescue horses is something that is always on my mind. The misconceptions and prejudices associated with what it means to be a "rescue horse' is very troubling. Some horse advocates have resorted to calling these animals "horses in transition" to remove the stigma. Please allow me to share my thoughts on this topic.

Part of our mission is to help people rethink how they view rescue horses. The images that often come to mind when one hears "rescue horse" include unruly, unwanted, poorly bred, dangerous, bad-minded, untrainable, unhealthy, etc. Any horse that ends up in the wrong hands can manifest negative behaviors. And almost 100% of horses that end up in the right hands can shed their past mistreatment and become, safe, loving partners for the right person. The key is proper handling and TIME.

One of our adopters told us that several of her horse friends expressed disgust at the thought of her visiting a rescue to look for her next horse. This really hurt my heart. Far too many people do not realize that the vast majority of all horses, including "rescue horses," are diamonds in need of polish. Most people have no idea that horses finding themselves in need of rescue come from all walks of life. Show horses, race horses, cherished family pets, experienced ranch horses, highly bred performance horses, and yes, some  unregistered horses, many with hearts of gold and outstanding temperaments. 

Most undesirable horse behavior has been instilled by a human. The kill pens are full of horses that have been failed by people. This truth applies to ALL horses, regardless of background or breeding. Our job is to recognize the horse for what he can be and provide the environment and guidance that allows him to transform into a happy, trusting partner. Many horses that end up at Pegasus just simply need to be handled and trained. Some need to be re-trained because their prior training was poor. Some are well-trained and just need a tune-up or to be re-purposed. There is no "normal." But the concept that there is something WRONG with horses that find themselves at a rescue organization is just plain wrong. 
 
The horse industry, particularly in America, is full of pressure to do things in a hurry. The expectation that a horse can get trained in 90 days is far too prevalent and downright silly. This myth is one reason that rescue organizations are overflowing and that auction houses and kill pens are full of "untrainable" horses. People tend to give up on horses if the animals don't meet the humans' time schedule. It is counterproductive to rush a horse's development, and far too often the horse gets blamed for the lack of skill or commitment of the human. 

Here at The Pegasus Project we firmly believe in giving a horse the time it takes to utilize his talents and reach his potential. Some horses are naturally confident and comfortable with the demands placed on them by humans. Others are more skeptical and less confident with human interaction. We work with each horse as an individual and do our best to provide the leadership and proper training necessary to develop that horse into a trustworthy partner. We are committed to the process regardless of whether it takes months or years.

In summary, the fact that a horse is a "rescue horse" doesn't tell you much about him other than he is in transition from one phase of life to another. What's important to remember is that each horse has his own unique story to tell. Every horse deserves to be free of negative labels and have an opportunity to be seen for who he actually is. When considering adopting a horse, the key is to choose a reputable rescue organization that has proper processes in place for rehabilitating, training and placing its horses. If you do your homework, you are very likely to take home the horse you have dreamed about your entire life. Rescue organizations across the country are full of dream horses just waiting for the right adopter to arrive!
 
Allyson DeCanio
President, The Pegasus Project

For questions or comments, email: allyson@mypegasusproject.org

August 16 - Pegasus Partner Happy Hour

September 13 thru 16 - Bruce Logan Horsemanship Clinic

 September 20 - North Texas Giving Day 

October 14 - Open House & Hay Ride

 November 3 - 7th Annual Ride for a Rescue

November 8 thru 11 - Bruce Logan Horsemanship Clinic

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Tyler, Texas

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