The Pegasus Project Newsletter
NOVEMBER 2017

Outdoor Concert
featuring
Heather Little

On  Thursday, November 30th,  The Pegasus Project is hosting a very special Pegasus Partners Happy Hour at the Pegasus Ranch. Singer/Songwriter Heather Little will be performing under the stars! We will light a  BONFIRE  and spend an evening enjoying Heather's beautiful music. She will perform many of her original songs and some of your favorite cover tunes. 
 
This outdoor concert / bonfire will be in the front yard of Mike & Allyson DeCanio's home on the ranch. Gates open at 5:30pm, and the general public is welcome. Admission is FREE! Come on out and enjoy this fantastic evening! 



All attendees should bring a dish of their choice to share and their favorite beverages. Salads, chips & dips, appetizers, hot dishes, snacks, and desserts are all welcome. Come with your food, ice chests, libations, and lawn chairs. Spend the evening with the Pegasus staff in this intimate setting on our beautiful ranch!

RSVPs are appreciated. Please call 903-469-3578 and leave a message, stating your name and the number of people in your party. Or feel free to email Allyson at allyson@mypegasusproject.org. 

We look forward to seeing our regular Pegasus Partners and to meeting new friends!

~2018 Pegasus Calendar~
A Great Holiday Gift

It's that time of year! Holidays are just around the corner, and there's no better Christmas gift for your animal loving friends than a beautiful 2018 Pegasus Project calendar!

Each year, we honor our horses by featuring a select number of these beauties on the pages of our calendar. Every month highlights a stunning photograph taken by our very own Erica Wright McCrary. Erica is kind enough to donate her talents to this project to raise money for the Pegasus horses, donkeys and mules.

  
The calendars are available for $10 each or two for $15. Just click the link below to place your order. We'll ship your calendars to you for a $3 shipping fee.


What could be better than making your friends and family happy with this gorgeous calendar while helping to support the Pegasus mission. Get yours today!




~SAWYER~
If You Love Me, Set Me Free

Sawyer at The Pegasus Ranch

Sawyer came to The Pegasus Project in March 2015 as a three-year old male mule. We rescued Sawyer from an Oklahoma kill pen, along with Polly, a two-year old female mule. Both were beautiful, feral, and completely skeptical. We suspect that all of their prior handling had been poor and had created great distrust for humans. Over time and with great care, we were able to halter and groom both Sawyer & Polly. After about a year, Polly began to come around. She now accepts veterinary care and hoof trims and welcomes human affection. After two years of patience and gradual progress, we were able to begin driving her and prepared her for saddle training. Polly is now with a mule trainer, and we have high hopes for her future.

Sawyer being set free

Sawyer, on the other hand, was never able to accept life with humans. His fear overwhelmed him. The best he could offer was TOLERANCE for our presence and our touch. He never ACCEPTED it. In his tender eye, we could clearly see his desire to overcome his fear. He wanted to be different, and our hearts broke for him. This mule has a gentle soul and would never harm a person intentionally. But his extraordinary flight instinct made him dangerous to handle. We spent more than two years giving him lots of love, understanding, patience and time. We consulted with world-renowned horsemen, brought in mule experts, and sent Sawyer to a top-notch trainer. All to no avail. From the beginning, Sawyer would take three steps forward and then five steps back. He was begging us for a different life.

Sawyer discovering his new herd

As a result, we made the very difficult decision to allow Sawyer a life without humans. We realized he needs to live like a wild mustang, roaming free without the stress of human contact. Fortunately our long-time friend and mentor, Bruce Logan, graciously agreed to let Sawyer live on his cattle ranch in Loving, Texas. Sawyer will roam thousands of acres with a herd of horses. The rough terrain will naturally trim his feet, and Bruce will provide nutritional supplements as needed. The appreciations we feel for Bruce knows no bounds. We are eternally grateful to him for his support of Sawyer and Pegasus mission.

Sawyer settling into his new life

We fully realize that this new life is what Sawyer wants, but on October 15, 2017, we shed many tears when we turned him loose. We desperately wanted him to feel safe and to trust us. We wanted him to know that we would never harm him. We felt like failures. But in the end, we know we did not fail him. We simply found the courage to give him what he needed most without regard for what we wanted. What Sawyer needed was freedom.

A Note from Allyson
 
 
Adoption Process
 
Our mission at The Pegasus Project consists of four main parts. Rescue. Rehab. Retrain. Re-home. Each of these elements is as equally important as the other. The re-homing process can be the most challenging of all.  Finding the right adopter for each horse is among the most important things we do.

When it comes to adoption, our number one goal is to properly match the horse to the adopter. We go to great lengths to make sure that the adopter is choosing a horse that is suitable for his/her skill level and riding discipline. We never want a person to adopt the "wrong" horse because a mismatch can lead to disillusionment, unhappiness, fear, or even injury. If a person loses interest, that creates an uncertain future for the horse. We are committed to each and every horse that comes through our gates, and we invest much time, energy, love and money into their health and well-being. We spend countless hours rehabilitating and training them to get them ready for FOREVER homes. An adoption from Pegasus is a lifelong commitment.


 
Once you adopt a Pegasus horse, you can never sell,  trade, or give it away If for any reason you cannot keep the horse to the end of its natural life, you must alert us . We reserve the right to either take the horse back or find another suitable home. We never want to see these horses "back in the system," and we are committed to their well-being for life. Also, under the terms of the Adoption Contract, no breeding is allowed. 
 
Basically, here's how our adoption process works. If you are interested in adopting, please submit an application. After we receive your application, we will contact you to discuss, and we will assess whether we have a horse that may fit your needs and abilities. At that point, we will make an appointment for you to come to our ranch to meet the horse or horses you are considering adopting. Prior to, or upon arrival at the ranch, you will be required to pay a $50 application fee. If you are looking to adopt a horse for riding, we will evaluate your skill level. If you appear to be a proper match, you will be allowed to ride the horse under our supervision. Often, we can tell immediately if the adopter is well-suited to the horse. Other times, we may require you to make more than one visit. If the match appears to be a good one, and you wish to proceed with the adoption, we will check your references and a Pegasus representative will make a visit to your home or the boarding facility where you intend to house the horse. We will work with you to ensure that your place is horse-safe and proper for horse keeping. Once the horse's housing is approved and the references check out, we can proceed with the adoption. 

We also offer the opportunity to "sponsor" the horse you wish to adopt. For $400/month, you can sponsor the horse and come ride with us over the course of the sponsorship to ensure the match is good. During the sponsorship, the horse is listed as "adoption pending" and is reserved for you. If all goes well, you can adopt the horse at the end of the sponsorship. If the match does not prove to be a good one, the adoption will be cancelled. 

Our companion-only horses and donkeys have adoption fees of $500. Horses that are rideable have adoption fees starting at $1000 and increasing from there based upon the horse's history and training level. 

We aim to make the adoption process a safe and enjoyable experience for everyone involved. Nothing makes us happier than to welcome new people into the Pegasus family by providing them with the perfect horse. We like to think that when we adopt out a Pegasus horse, we don't lose a horse, we gain a permanent friend.

If you are interested in adopting, please review our Adoption Requirements, Adoption Contract and Adoption Application, all of which are attached to the following link: Adoption Process

Allyson DeCanio
President, The Pegasus Project

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

 November 4 - 6th Annual 
Ride for a Rescue

November 30 - Pegasus Partners Happy Hour/Bonfire/Concert with Heather Little

December 3- Open House 

Coming in 2018 - Bruce Logan Clinics / Open Houses / Dates to be determined

PEGASUS PARTNERS


Thursday, November 30th
5:30 pm
The DeCanios' Front Porch
Pegasus Ranch

SPECIAL HAPPY HOUR 
Heather Little Concert

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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