Yes, really. She’s also a Goddess of Writing, Healing and Perfume.
PHILYRA was wooed for a while by CRONUS. They horsed around together in the guise of horses to keep his wife RHEA from finding out. This had a knock-on effect and when her son CHIRON was born he was the first Centaur. Like his mum he was cultured, intelligent and shaped like a horse.