The Pegasus Project Newsletter
FEBRUARY 2016


The Pegasus Project will swing open the gates for our quarterly open house Sunday, February 28th from 1pm until 4pm. Come tour the ranch, meet the horses you've been following, and get to know our incredible staff. We'll have a hayride at 2pm, and we'll serve refreshment and have Pegasus logo attire for sale all day.  Admission is free! 

Because of our wonderful supporters regularly donate new and used tack, we will be having a HUGE TACK SALE! Saddles, bridles, halters, pads, blankets, and more will be available. Come on out and support the horses and pick up some great tack for amazing prices!

For further a map to the ranch, click here:  OPEN HOUSE


~Ruger~
A Playboy Settles Down
Ruger being his usual cheeky self
Ruger was rescued in the fall of 2011 by Kat & Mike Dungan of Edgewood, Texas. They saved him from certain starvation by taking him from their neglectful neighbors as a newborn orphan. Despite his rough start in life, Ruger's dynamic personality was never effected. The Dungans brought him to health with the help of a rescued surrogate mare. They contacted Pegasus for help, and we accepted him into our care in March 2012.  

From the start, Ruger proved to be sweet, curious and playful. After he shed off his baby hair, he was quite beautiful with his flashy white markings. We immediately started working on his ground manners and handling, waiting for him to grow up enough to get started under saddle. 

We loved Ruger from day one, but we've never had a more accident prone colt! Ruger cost us an arm and a leg in medical bills, but he was worth every penny. Together we survived Ruger's formative years, and in the summer of 2013, Don Knapp started ponying him and having him carry a saddle around. Ruger wasn't too sure about having a job at first, but he gained confidence and stamina as each day passed.

On October 10, 2013, Don put Ruger's first ride on him. He did great!! Over the course of the next two years, Ruger matured by leap and bounds. His training went smoothly, and he showed himself to be a very solid partner. As a powerful, forward-moving horse with a lot of spirit, Ruger needed an adopter to engage that playful personality and form a lifelong bond. Enter Lisa Kennedy.

Lisa spotted Ruger at a Pegasus open house in December, 2015. It was love at first sight. Lisa submitted an application for adoption and started coming to the ranch to work with Ruger and trainer, Dale Kahl. We all agreed that Lisa and Ruger would make a good match, and so his adoption was finalized.

On January 29, 2016, a beautiful, warm, winter day, we said good bye to this Pegasus favorite. Lisa loaded Ruger up and took him to his new home in Whitewright, Texas. We feel certain that Lisa has found her equine partner and that Ruger has found his forever person. Ruger is a prime example of the commitment Pegasus shows its horses. For nearly four years, we poured love, care and training into this fine young colt. We always say, "Whatever it takes. However long it takes."

Congrats to Lisa and Ruger. We love you both and look forward to watching the two of you share a fantastic life. We expect Lisa will be back soon for horse number two! Welcome to the Pegasus family, Lisa!

To view all of Ruger's photos, click here:  RUGER  


~APRIL~
A Victim of Circumstance
April the day after her arrival at the Pegasus ranch
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.

At some point in the past, April had sustained a serious injury to her right eye. The eye is swollen, cloudy and bulges slightly. All the hair around the socket is rubbed off, and she has large cyst-like nodules around the eye. Dr. Adam Byrd came out to evaulate April. He took cell samples from the nodules to send to pathology. We will treat the eye with antibiotics, but it appears that the damage is done. She does have some vision in the eye, and so time will tell whether further healing is possible.

April is in very bad physical condition. It will take several months to bring her back to normal weight. She has been easy to take care of and seems kind and willing. She does not understand about getting her feet trimmed, but we managed to get them done. We will slowly work with her to teach her what she needs to know about life with humans.

This sweet girl just needs some time. Once she's healthy, we will evaluate her to determine whether she is rideable. Keep your eye on this petite little gal as she blossoms into a true beauty!

April is in need of sponsors to help cover the cost of her rehabilitation. You can be a part of her success story by donating in her name. 

To view April's full photo album, click here: APRIL

If you are interested in applying to adopt April, we would love to hear from you. Start by reviewing our adoption process by clicking Adopt, and submit your application today!

A Note from Allyson

 
Be a Part of the Solution!

When you see a horse in need of rescue, what do you do? Everyone has good intentions, but few people know how to actually help. Below I provide you with a few key "dos and don'ts" to assist you in becoming a part of the solution.

1. DO: Gather as much information as you can.  If you personally see a horse that appears neglected, BEFORE you contact your local rescue group or law enforcement, take photographs. Obtain an address and map out directions to the location. Attempt to find the names of the owners (look for a mailbox). The more information you can provide, the more likely the horse will actually get attention. Make it possible for others to help you help the horse! It makes me crazy when someone calls and says, "There's this skinny horse on some county road over near the lake." Really? I'm not Dora the Explorer. Please, make an effort to provide useful information. 

2. DON'T: Tag a rescue group in an unverified Facebook post. This one is HUGE! All of us in animal rescue are overwhelmed, and you cannot imagine the horrors that are reported to us daily. We do not have time to track down every story. Make sure yours is current, real, and accurate. Instead of immediately sharing or tagging a FB post, click on it. Read it. Call the number provided. Do some research. Track it down. Make sure the horse is somewhere in the vicinity of the rescue. We've received reports on horses that turn out to be in different states, even other countries! If you're thinking, "I don't have time to do that," please imagine what you are passing on to us. We sincerely want to help every animal we can, but chasing rabbit trails doesn't allow us to be effective with our time. 

3. DO: Be brave. Be willing to be a witness. You may be the only person who can verify the history of your neighbor starving his horse. Evidence is crucial for successful seizures. Don't let the horse down because of your own fears. Be the horse's advocate from beginning to end. 

4. DON'T: Give up. Once you have gathered the right information and have  contacted a rescue group or law enforcement, don't quit. If you don't receive a response, call back. Or call another group. You may be that horse's only voice. Never assume that someone else is doing it. Law enforcement may need lots of "encouragement." 

These are just a few things you can do to help horses make it to safety. We are so grateful for people who care enough to share and report in a productive manner. Remember, hand wringing and teeth gnashing never solved anything. It takes positive action to be a part of the solution.

Allyson DeCanio
President, The Pegasus Project

Send inquiries to: allyson@MyPegasusProject.org

 
 

 April 23 - Wings Over Pegasus/ ASPCA Help A Horse Day

June 5 - Open House

 September 22 - North Texas Giving Day

October 9 - Open House

 October 29 - Ride for a Rescue

December 18 - Open House

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Thursday, February 18th 
6:00 pm
Home of Wendy & Steve Bowen
7832 FM 858
Ben Wheeler, TX

Monthly, fun,  information-packed meetings for  Pegasus supporters at various locations throughout the year. All Pegasus Partners at the $25/month level and higher are Happy Hour members. Membership includes a car decal, a Pegasus hat or t-shirt, a Pegasus logo wine glass and an open invitation  to every meeting!  Discuss the latest Pegasus news and connect with other like-minded horse fans. (Your wine glass is free, but the wine isn't! We know how much you drink!)

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