NOVEMBER 2018


Outdoor Concert
featuring
Heather Little

On Friday, November 9th , The Pegasus Project is hosting a very special Pegasus Partner 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 just $10/vehicle with all proceeds benefiting the Pegasus horses. 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, snack, and desserts are all welcome. Come with your food, ice chests, libations, and lawn chairs. We will provide hot dogs and s'mores for roasting. Spend the evening with the Pegasus staff in this intimate setting on our beautiful ranch.  

RSVPs are appreciated. Please call 903-707-5866 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 meeting new friends!

Click here for information and a map to the ranch: BONFIRE

~ Horsemanship Clinic~
Bruce Logan returns to the Pegasus Ranch
November 8, 9 & 10 

The Pegasus Project is fortunate to be affiliated with some very fine horsemen. We are particularly fortunate that these horsemen are willing to come share their knowledge with the people of East Texas. Bruce Logan, 2016 AQHA VRH Open Ranch Cutting World Champion, will be teaching a clinic at the Pegasus Ranch on November 8, 9, 10 & 11. 

Bruce, who operates a seven thousand acre working cattle ranch in Loving, Texas, is a gifted colt starter. He is known throughout the US and abroad for his ability to help challenging horses trained in all disciplines. His horsemanship philosophy is based on a foundation that helps the horse stay confident and supple. He believes in putting the horse's mind, body and spirit first to accomplish the goals set for the horse and rider.

On November 8, 9, 10 and 11, Bruce will be at the Pegasus Ranch working with a variety of horses and students, including Pegasus trainer Anthony LaSpina and many Pegasus horses. If you are interested in riding with Bruce or simply auditing the clinic, click here for details: Bruce Logan Clinic


~BLUE~
The Perfect Companion
Blue is always ready for his close-up

Say hello to Blue! On May 19, 2015, we were phoned by a man in Murchison, Texas. The caller reported that a neighbor's gelding had been neglected for about a year. The horse was left to his own devices to pick around the scrub in the pasture. His owners had moved off to Louisiana and abandoned the horse. 

That very day, we went to investigate the situation. At first sight, it was clear that Blue was gentle and friendly and that he was not in a good situation. Due to his condition and that of the property where he was living, we felt compelled to get the trailer and remove him to the Pegasus ranch immediately. We contacted the owner who readily relinquished the horse to Pegasus. We were told very little about this lovely gelding, but his manners tells us he has been handled quite a bit. He readily loads in the trailer, and he accepts grooming and fly-spraying with no issue. Vetting and trimming are a breeze for him.

After a thorough veterinary exam, vaccines, and adequate quarantine, we tried Blue under saddle. He did a little protest bucking and proved to be fairly reactive and jumpy. He's a horse who tells a story of past rough handling, but he's also a horse who desperately wants to get along. Because of his kind nature, we suspected that Blue may have a physical problem causing his issues under saddle. We had him examined by our dentist, who determined that he was 12 years old at the time but found no major dental issues. Our chiropractor also performed chiropractic and acupuncture on Blue. No major problems were discernible. Despite multiple chiropractic visits, Blue continued to overreact under saddle. Over the course of the next year, he would occasionally bolt while being ridden, as if someone had touched him with a cattle prod. As a result, we elected to have an extensive lameness exam conducted on Blue, including a full set of spinal x-rays. Dr. Rob Thoni determined that Blue has vertebral spacing problems in the center of his back, right where the primary weight of the rider and saddle sit. Because of Blue's confirmation and the location and depth of the spinal issues, Dr. Thoni recommended against surgical intervention. Blue is 100% pasture sound and pain-free without a rider. As a result, he is being offered as a companion-only horse.  We have now determined that riding causes Blue pain and that he is not safe to be ridden.

Blue is now 15 years old. He is a perfect gentleman in the pasture and gets along very well with mares and geldings alike. He is kind and gentle, and he is LOVING his life of leisure. His temperament is so good that each April, he is our horse of choice for Paint-A-Pony at our annual Wings Over Pegasus fundraiser. Blue stands for hours, allowing children of all ages to paint on him. Blue will make a perfect companion for your horse, and the perfect pet for you. We love this sweet guy so much!

Click the following link to view all of his photos: BLUE

If you are interested in adopting Blue, read all about our adoption process here:  Adoption Process


Blue at Wings Over Pegasus 2017

A Note from Allyson
    The 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 crucial.

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 and 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 may ever 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 will take the horse back and 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 
At this link, you will also find two videos regarding our adoption process. We encourage you to view these short films to get a flavor of what Pegasus is all about! 

Allyson DeCanio
President, The Pegasus Project

Send inquiries to: allyson@MyPegasusProject.org

PEGASUS PARTNERS


Friday, November 9th
5:30pm
The Pegasus Ranch
7111 FM 2339
Murchison, Texas

BONFIRE 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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