Helping Hands on Horseback
Helping Hands on Horseback

Horses

All of our horses and ponies had to meet very special requirements before coming to work with our Pegasus students. Their former careers are varied and helped prepare them for their jobs as therapeutic animals.

Approximately a dozen of our equine partners live at Pegasus Farm; the others live at our regional chapters. One thing we know for sure is that every one of them is an extremely valuable member of our team!

From time to time, a horse is ready to move on to another job or even retire. If you are in a position to help us find a good home for these horses, please call or email Marielle Baker at (845) 669-8235 x112 or mbaker@pegasustr.org.

 

Meet Our Herd

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Buttercup - Pegasus Farm Chapter
Why, hello there! I’m the lovely Princess Buttercup, and when I trot by, I have every prince and pirate in the realm looking my way. Of course, my cute palomino looks are just a bonus – I’m also an excellent athlete who used to show jump and give lessons. As a sturdy 14.1 Quarter pony born in 2006, I’ll have a lot to offer the Pegasus team for years to come!

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Caarisma - Pegasus Farm Chapter

Hello, dahlings! La Caarisma here, and I'm so much more than a pretty face. I'm a 15-hand Arabian mare born circa 1999 in the great state of Iowa, and I worked for years as an endurance horse with my owner. My program schedule at Pegasus is quite a bit different, but I have adapted beautifully. I love my students and have flawless manners. I'm also a quick thinker and very eager to do the right thing the first time. When I'm not working, I spend quite a bit of time in the paddock staring at little Rosie, who fascinates me for some reason! In other words, life is pretty good for this fancy but hardworking rock star!

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Classico - Ox Ridge Hunt Club Chapter
Bonjour! My name is Classico and I'm a Tobiano/Warmblood gelding born in Canada circa 1996. I'm also known as "Mr. Personality" among my Ox Ridge Pegasus fans. I do love to horse around with all the toys during my lessons. You'll also find me in the costume class at the horse show. I'm the one looking right at the camera!

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DC - Ox Ridge Chapter
Hi! I'm DC, a chestnut Dutch Warmblood gelding who's bananas about bananas (but I would never turn down a carrot or apple)! I competed at national-level equitation shows in my prior career, which trained me for my very important job helping Pegasus riders. I'm quite smart, curious, patient and eager to learn. Gosh, I suppose I'm practically perfect in every way!

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Duke - Pegasus Farm Chapter
I may share my name with the roughest, toughest Western dude in film, but I’m actually kind of a softy. That’s all right – a kind heart makes for a wonderful Pegasus horse! Speaking of hearts, I’ve been trying to give mine to Princess Buttercup, so if you see her around, put in a good word for me, OK? Just tell her the 16-hand, chestnut Quarter Horse cross in the barn says, “As you wish.”

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Dundee - Kelsey Farm Chapter
Yo, guys! Check out my multicolored mane and awesome dorsal stripe! I'm Dundee, and I'm a Quarter Horse cross gelding about 13 hands tall and born circa 1997. My color is called "grullo" (grew-yo), which is Spanish for the word "crane" and is the rarest of all coat colors. In other words, don't try to find it in a box of crayons! You should see me jump. I still compete as a show pony, but it doesn't compare to working with my wonderful Pegasus students.

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Freckles - Kelsey Farm Chapter
So, OK, I guess it's no mystery why my name is Freckles! I'm a hardworking Appaloosa gelding just like my dear friend Packer was, and boy, do I like to participate in shows and lessons. The Pegasus folks love my positive can-do attitude, and I love them right back!

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Jack - Kelsey Farm Chapter
Hey, I'm Jack! I'm a chestnut gelding with unusual eyes, and my 14-hand pony build is a great fit for lots of riders. Now, you and I may have a slightly different opinion of how soon I should start trotting after you say "trot," but it's life's little differences that make things interesting, right?

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Mac-A-Roani - Pegasus Farm Chapter
Who's in the mood for pasta? Not me - I prefer my carbs in carrot form! I'm Mac-A-Roani (Roani for short), and I'm an adorable roan gelding Quarter Horse born circa 2006. I'm the perfect size (15.1), very friendly and always eager to please, so if you think I'd rather be somewhere other than Pegasus, well, that's just fusilli!

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Montana - Kelsey Farm Chapter
I'm Montana, the Chincoteague pony of Greenwich! Wow, that's a lot of geography. I love being a Pegasus therapeutic horse, and my favorite job is to help riders become independent. I'm a 14.2 dun gelding, and my students love the very unique marking on my neck - it looks like a water balloon that went splat!

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Mr. Blue - Pegasus Farm Chapter
OK, I think there's no mystery as to why my name is Mr. Blue (hint: it's not because I did it "My Way")! But, surprise - my other eye is brown! I'm a Paint cross pony gelding standing at about 13 hands, which makes me a great size for the students at Pegasus Farm. I used to be a hunter pace and lesson pony, and I'm a curious social butterfly around kids. Add in my quick step and good movement, and I'd say I have a nice mix of skills for my therapeutic pony job, don't you think? NEWS FLASH: I was awarded 2016 PATH Intl. Region 1 Equine of the Year! Very well-deserved, if I do say so myself...

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Petey - Kelsey Farm Chapter
Oh, hello - I'm Petey! I'm small but sturdy, and my students and volunteers think I look like an adorable toasted marshmallow. I love to work with a wide range of participants - beginners, seasoned riders ... no matter what, I'm happy!

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Rosie - Pegasus Farm Chapter
Hello, world! I'm Rosie! I'm a miniature horse born in 2003, and my daughter Violet and I came from a farm in the Catskills. We just love kids! I gave lots of pony rides at my last home, which was great practice for my work here at Pegasus. I have tons of fun in the unmounted programs, and Violet and I are the perfect size to take our therapeutic act on the road. Minis on the Move, here we come!

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Sherman - Pegasus Farm Chapter
Who's the huge Draft cross with the dainty trot? Why it's me, Sherman, otherwise known as Twinkle Toes! I'm a 15.2 Dun born circa 2001, and I'm just a big ol' puppy dog with dinner platters for feet. I started my career on the trails of Kentucky, and I'm enjoying learning English riding here at Pegasus. I LOVE people and attention, so this gig is working out just great!

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Sprout - Pegasus Farm Chapter
Hey there! I’m Sprout, a pint-sized Welsh pony cross born in 2007. I may only be 11 hands, but I’m a giant stallion in my mind. I absolutely love to play with the big boys in the paddock, and I enjoy working with kids even more. I’m an unmounted program rock star, and I’m equally perfect in the ring. I think my prior career as a lesson pony in Massachusetts was a big help. I can’t wait to meet some more young students and do my thing!

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Violet - Pegasus Farm Chapter
Hello up there, I’m Violet! I’m a sweet little miniature horse, and my mom Rosie and I are having fun learning all about therapeutic work. My Pegasus friends tell me I was born to do this job, and that makes me so happy I could do a backflip! I was a petting horse at the Catskills farm where I grew up, and unmounted programs are right up my alley. I’m a bit of a peanut, so I'm a favorite for students just learning to work with a horse. Mom and I are just the right size to go to off-site locations, so stay tuned for the cuteness to go mobile!

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