As the smallest member of our equine staff, Big Mac is the only Miniature horse at Pegasus. He was purchased for our clients, so they may love and groom a horse that does not tower above them. Big Mac is a great horse to introduce to anyone who may be afraid of our larger horses. He also assists in our unmounted Equine Facilitated Learning program with participants who are unable to ambulate while leading.
Meet Bleu, the perfect best friend for Big Mac! With a big heart and an impressively calm manner, Bleu is embracing his life as a therapy horse at Pegasus. He is quick to learn, inquisitive to engage our riders and has endless amounts of patience being groomed, led and loved on by our riders. We’re excited for him to represent Pegasus at our community events and join Big Mac assisting as an ambassador for our program.
Caspian is an Arab pony cross breed and former competitor. Upon arriving at Pegasus, he transitioned easily into our program, delighting in all of the attention he gets from our volunteers and riders. He is quite the character and enjoys running around the pastures with his horse buddies. His attractive features and expressive personality make him impossible to miss.
Chai is a halflinger we acquired from a private owner in CT. His previous work in 4-H and other riding programs makes him an excellent addition for our under saddle riders. Chai’s laid back personality also makes him a great horse for those just starting. He loves to greet our staff and volunteers with a “nicker” anytime they pass by.
Clyde, our pony cross bred gelding, was funded by a Masonic Group. He is the heart of our program and is often the first pony that our clients ever ride. Performing admirably with therapy pads as well as under saddle, he has aided many riders in overcoming their fears and moving onto success in our program. Clyde was recognized as Therapy Horse of the Year by the PA National Horse Show in 2016 and was even featured in ‘The Chronicle of the Horse’ for his award and contribution to therapeutic riding.
George is a Standardbred whom Pegasus adopted from the good people at the Standardbred Retirement Foundation. He used to race, but now spends most of his time hanging around the pasture and taking long naps in his stall. His patience and quiet nature have made him excel at therapeutic work. He likes to spend his free time standing in the cross ties and being treated to a luxurious grooming.
Gus, a Belgian Draft gelding, is one of the longest standing members of the program. He was donated to our program by Kal Rudman. As a former member of the Philadelphia Mounted Police, Gus is a strong dependable horse. He is able to work with our riders in many different capacities.
John is a draft cross that comes to Pegasus from a barn in New York State. His experience in dressage and showing, make him a great addition to our herd. He exudes the best qualities of a therapeutic horse; he is steady, friendly, calm and quiet. His trustworthy nature allows our clients to ride with confidence.
Marvel comes to us from a local lesson barn. He is reliable, gentle, and calm, preferring to take things slow and easy. He recently performed wonderfully for his riders at the TRD Division of the Devon Horse Show, which resulted in riders qualifying to compete in the Dixon Oval at The Devon Horse Show 2018 Grand Championship class and assisting his rider place as Reserve Grand Champion overall.
Mikey is a Hanoverian gelding that is at Pegasus on a free lease. Coming to us from New Jersey, he has a background showing Grand Prix and dressage. This gentle giant warmblood has large inquisitive ears, a big welcoming nose to pet & an even bigger heart that loves attention, his job at Pegasus and getting to know his riders.
Oro is a quarter horse gelding that has a very easy going and mellow personality. He previously worked at a local school helping students learn basic horsemanship skills. Oro loves to spend his free time roaming our Pegasus pastures with his new best friends. When he is in the barn, you can count on him to help our new volunteers to learn how to groom horses. He also has the reputation of being a perfect gentleman in his lessons! In 2018, Oro was recognized as the Reserve Champion Therapy Horse at the TRD Devon Horse Show.
Sergio is a Haflinger/Belgian cross breed gelding named in honor of a special child rider who passed away. He was purchased for the program and has become a key member of the team, working under saddle and in equine-assisted therapy. A sturdy guy with a big personality, he has proven to be an ideal therapy horse and rises to meet any challenge. He has been known to move slowly around the arena in order to assist his riders.
Sunny, our youngest Palamino gelding, comes to us from a reining background. Since his arrival at Pegasus, he has become an important member of the equine staff. His training makes him a great under saddle horse who is sensitive and responsive to his riders’ cues. A bright, inquisitive horse, Sunny loves to run around the pastures during his free time.
Squirt is a POA gelding who was donated to Pegasus by a family that frequently rescues animals. They saved Squirt’s life by purchasing the sickly 3-month-old Pony of America and nursing him back to health. When Squirt turned 3 years old, it was time to find him a job! He is now one of our star ponies for the weekly lesson program. Squirt always looks forward to greeting his riders before and after the lessons.
Zephyr, a warmblood, is on loan to us from Rachel Worth. He is a seasoned show horse, competing in dressage, equitation, hunters, and jumpers. He is extremely patient with riders just learning independent riding skills. His diverse background and training allows our advance riders to learn upper level riding skills. Zephyr recently competed in the TRD Devon Horse show and has helped our riders to qualify and compete in the Dixon Oval at the Devon Horse Show Grand Champion classes in 2017 and 2018, assisting them to place as overall Grand Champion two years in a row!
Salem is our barn cat. She’s in charge of patrolling our barn and grounds for mice and any other unwanted visitors. When she’s not on patrol, you can find her sprawled out in the sun or sweet-talking her way into chin rubs from the volunteers. When lessons are over and barn duties are just about finished, you might catch her curling up on someone’s lap!
Winston is our fearless Philly barn kitten. He’s learning the Pegasus TRA ropes from Salem! Winston is enjoying meeting volunteers, learning how to be safe around the horses and having endless amounts of kitten-like fun he gets to have by living in a barn. He is brave, inquisitive and has already developed a fan club among riders, staff and volunteers. While lessons are not in session, he gets to roam and explore the barn under the watchful eyes of the Pegasus staff.