Pecos' story as it appeared in the June 2009 newsletter. When one of the mares of a paint horse breeder had a foal who lacked "color" (flashy splashes of white on his coat), the foal was given away at the age of just 8 months old... to a homeless family!
We discovered Pecos a year later, almost knee deep in mud in an 8' X 10' pen attached to a condemned trailer. Tarps hung from the sides of the pen and flapped in the wind. There was no grass or hay. A year of undernourishment had left him stunted for his age.
Before coming to the sanctuary, Pecos spent a few months with a trainer friend of HPS where he was gelded with no complications and, for the first time in a year, he was able to run in a pasture! She told us what a wonderful feeling it was to see him so happy to be able to run once again. Since coming to the sanctuary, Pecos has made many friends and is often one of the first to greet any new horse being introduced to the herd!
Despite his rough start, Pecos grew to be one of our larger horses. He has undergone professional training under saddle and has been worked with in our equine training program. He is an excellent horse under saddle but given that he sometimes forgets his ground manners, he is best suited for an experienced horse person who will give him the patience and consistency he needs to thrive. He is very much the kind of horse who forms a strong bond with his person and would do well in a home where he will be given consistent one on one attention.