These horses and piglets live inside owner’s gorgeous home

When Pamela Breece says she has an open-door policy, she really means it.

Every animal who lives on her four-acre Phoenix, Arizona, farm — including four 1,000-pound horses, two mini horses, two dogs, 25 chickens and two piglets — is welcome in her stylish home. 

The illustrator’s Instagram shows her horses chomping down on watermelon in the kitchen and snuggling in the living room, and baby pigs lounging on the dining room rug.

It all started with Charlie, a blue-eyed mustang Breece rescued six years ago. She had just finished riding him in the green-grass pasture behind her home when she heard the doorbell ring. Running to see who was there, she didn’t realize that Charlie had followed her inside.

Charlie, now 11, has been finding his way into Breece's home since she adopted him.
Charlie, now 11, has been finding his way into Breece’s home since she adopted him.
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“I kind of just laughed and gently led him out of the house. From that day on, he knew how to get into the house,” she told The Post. “I thought this was crazy, but if he wants to come in, he can.”

Around two years ago, Breece adopted two newborn mini horses, Mac and Lucy, from a nearby farm and temporarily took in their mothers until the babies were weaned.

“All of them slept in the stalls next to Charlie’s in the stables,” she recalled. When the moms eventually went back home, “the minis became super-glued to Charlie. It’s like he’s their dad.

So when Charlie, who’s now 11, came inside, they did too.

Breece said that first thing Charlie does in the house is “head to the kitchen for a snack. He has learned that I keep apples, carrots and watermelon in the fridge, so he’ll hang out around the fridge waiting for me to open it and give him something to eat.”

He also loves to hang out in her bedroom with her dogs, Henry and Rocky. “Charlie especially loves playing with my bedding and any throw rug. He just kind of bunches everything up with his hoof or nose, then moves on,” Breece said.

No rooms are off-limits but the horses and the pigs — “who are just tall enough to reach my ankles,” Breece said — can’t make it upstairs, so they stick to the first floor, which includes the kitchen, two living rooms, Breece’s bedroom and her office.

Breece's daughter Macy often feeds the horses their favorite treat, watermelon — even in the kitchen.
Breece’s daughter Macy often feeds the horses their favorite treat, watermelon — even in the kitchen.
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Charlie and his rescue mutt pal Henry like to lounge in Breece's cozy bedroom.
Charlie and his rescue mutt pal Henry like to lounge in Breece’s cozy bedroom.
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Her other horses — Allie, Duke and Harley — are also welcome indoors though they tend to prefer being outside.

Breece’s soft spot for animals isn’t limited to horses, though. Her place, shared with her 19-year-old daughter, Macy, is also home to chickens, dogs and piglets, all of whom are rescues.

“People don’t usually adopt two pigs from the local rescues, but Penelope and Poppy are a bonded pair and I couldn’t split them up,” Breece, 51, said of the seven-week-old siblings who live in her home office. “I have had every kind of animal, but I don’t think there is an easier one than a mini pig. They’re brilliant.”

The horse often wanders into the kitchen, looking for a snack.
The horse often wanders into the kitchen, looking for a snack.
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Penelope and Poppy, piglet siblings rescued from a shelter.
Penelope and Poppy, piglet siblings rescued from a shelter, live in Breece’s home office.
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Case in point: She trained them to use a litter box the day they moved into her home.

And, of course, people always ask her about the animals using the bathroom in her home.

“They’re actually very clean and neat,” Breece said. “In the six years that Charlie has been coming in and out of the house, there have only been two accidents, and I blame myself for those.” She added that it happened during an indoor photo shoot when “he just had to go.”

Besides working as an illustrator who has designed pieces for horse-centric brands like Ariat and Rebecca Ray Designs, Breece runs her equestrian-gear company Pony Macaroni, designing everything from stationery and stickers to breeches and T-shirts in her home studio.

“I grew up riding horses and, let me tell you, equestrian gear is expensive and kind of boring. I started Pony Macaroni to add some color and fun to riding clothes, like breeches,” she said. “Aside from making them pretty, my goal with Pony Macaroni was to offer riders an affordable price point.”

Poppy the piglet
Breece said of piglet Poppy (above) and her sister Penelope: “They kind of just act like dogs.”
Provided by Pamela Breece

Breece pointed out that working from home makes it easier to care for all her animals — and that she isn’t ruling out adopting more.

“I can’t get too carried away bringing animals home because there’s only so much of me to go around, but if there’s an animal in need it’s really hard for me to say no,” Breece said. “I am here and have this property, so I just feel like any time I can help an animal that really needs it, why would I not give it a better life?”

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