Among the obscure official national holidays is National Day of the Horse on December 13. It’s meant to encourage people to be mindful of the contribution of horses to the economy, history, and character of our country.

For one organization in the Upper East Side of Texas, every day is “Day of the Horse.” The Pegasus Project near Ben Wheeler cares for 40 to 45 rescued horses on regular basis. Coming from neglected and often abusive situations, the staff at Pegasus nurses them back to health and guides the horses through the process of learning to trust humans again.

Founded in 2009, Pegasus works with law enforcement and animal welfare groups like the SPCA of East Texas to rescue and rehabilitate neglected, abused or abandoned horses, donkeys and mules. Volunteers help rehabilitate and retrain the horses with the goal of adopting them out to carefully chosen homes, while several special-needs horses stay with The Pegasus Project for life.

Read more in an ARTICLE in the County Line archives and watch this VIDEO to hear Pegasus director Allyson DeCanio talk about the important work they do.

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