Chiron was sired by Kronos, who was in the form of a horse at the time. He is said to have the lower body of a grey (white) horse. His mother, Philyra abandoned him at birth because of her disgust at his appearance. Chiron is not a true centaur, as centaurs are notorious for being overly indulgent drinkers and carousers, given to violence when intoxicated, and generally uncultured delinquents, each centaur was also wild and lusty. Chiron, by contrast, was intelligent, civilized and kind. Also, true centaurs are born of sun and raincloud.