#whatrescuehorsescando Stories

Apache was removed from negligent owners in 2008 and placed with Bluebonnet Equine Humane Society.  He was adopted by his foster home but rehomed to a new adopter, Tommi,  in 2010.

Tommi and Apache did not immediately click- in fact they had a rocky start! From Tommi, “Apache came to me in February 2010. I don’t know why, but I thought he was going to be a finished horse that I could enjoy to the fullest and take long rides on in the country. I was brought up in the era of kick and go, pull to stop. Not so fast! Note to self: “rideable” doesn’t mean finished or “dead broke”.

Once arriving at our place, I gave him a couple days to get acclimated. A day or two later, I started to saddle him up and he danced back and forth, back and forth. I called my neighbor for help. She was an accomplished dressage rider and eventer, and once saddled, got on him and asked for a “back up”. Nothing. “Sidepass”? Nothing. Then she asked for a canter and he crow-hopped his way to the rodeo. Oh, greaaaate. She was a superb rider, but I was concerned for myself since I don’t bounce well anymore.

Another neighbor and long time horse person, offered to help, so I attempted to walk Apache on a lead over to her home, about a half mile through a fairly quiet neighborhood. Sounded easy? He spied a black mule from afar, and blew up. He tried to run over me several times and then took off through a vacant, heavily treed property, with me hanging on for dear life by the lead, so as not to lose my horse. Once calmed back down, we came home. Note to self: know your horse’s limitations and thresholds before you take your horse into a new environment.

My next challenge was the trailer. I bought a used a 2-horse straight load. He climbed right in and off we went to our riding lesson. We got there and he refused to get out. Absolutely refused. He was planted in the trailer, shaking & sweating at the thought of backing out and into thin air. After an hour working with Apache and the instructor, I brought him back home, still in the trailer. At home, we removed the center divider and he climbed right out front ways, happy as a lark. I traded the straight load in for a stock trailer and all has been good since. Lots of notes to self on trailer loading….

With a suitable trailer, we continued with the weekly private lessons, which incidentally, was never above a trot. Once, he pulled back, sat down and snapped the lead that I used to tie him. My instructor got on Apache, asked for the canter, and off they went to the rodeo. Hmmmm. What to do now? Note to self: Always wear a helmet – it’s the smart thing to do.

Dejected and somewhat defeated, I brought him home. Additionally, my vet at the time, suggested that he would not be a good horse for me and perhaps I should return him. He was gelded later in life. He was a handful.

Through all this, I had been reading books by Dorrance, Lyons, Anderson, Roberts, Storey, and many others and I conferred with friends and neighbors. Over the next few months, I had my saddle professionally fitted, conferred with my vet about health, had the equine dentist do her magic, hired a trainer, asked professionals for help, read more books, and finally composed the e-mail to BEHS saying I was bringing him back… My confidence was shot and my pockets were shallow. But something kept me from giving up. I could see a wonderful horse underneath all the issues and I wanted to keep trying.

Then a former co-worker told me to try a particular natural horsemanship method. Mutual communication. Respect. Forming a partnership with your horse. Understanding the prey/predator concept. It sounds like common sense, and many of the great horsemen past and present exercise the philosophy to some degree. I used to be the rider who would saddle, get on, kick to go, pull to stop, unsaddle, done. It didn’t occur to me to build a foundation. Build a partnership. And it all starts on the ground. Body language. It’s natural! It’s very, very cool.

Nearly 8 years later, I’ve never been happier. Apache comes to me in the pasture, follows me around, we play games, he stands calmly when being saddled, we play more games, maneuver a few obstacles, eat a carrot, and some days we ride and some days we just walk and talk. The canter is almost flawless. We’ve participated in a number of trail riding and natural horsemanship clinics (he climbs right in and out of the trailer with ease). He’s still a 1,200lb horse and he has his moments but now I understand him a lot better. He’s gorgeous and my buddy for as long as he’ll have me.

Note to self: Never hesitate to call Bluebonnet, try natural horsemanship, and you’ll find a partner for life.”

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Astro and his dam were found estray and placed with Bluebonnet when the sheriff’s department could not locate their owners.  He was just a weanling when he arrived in 2011 – and so cute and curious!

Astro was adopted in 2012 as a pet and then rehomed through Bluebonnet’s rehoming policy in 2017.  His adopters adopted him to be a companion to an older horse named Rusty who had retired from working with special needs and at risk youth on their ranch.

It seems that Astro had other plans, though – his new home was a perfect fit!  Adopter Lynette says, “Astro is the star of the show – even when we ty to leave him a 1/ 2 mile away when we bring the theraphy horses over he ‘talks ‘ so loud the kids want to meet him .  He has a special affinity to kids in wheelchairs and connects well with trauma kids . ”

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Branigan O Blue, now called Annie, was born at Bluebonnet in March 2010.  Her dam, True Blue, was pregnant when she came to Bluebonnet the fall before from a neglect case.  Annie was adopted and returned a few times before she found the right home.  Her adopter, Janet, had already adopted one horse and took Annie as a foster.  But within minutes of Annie stepping off the trailer, Janet already knew she wasn’t going to leave.

Annie excels at trail rides and can navigate any obstacle.  She’s incredibly smart, but she’s also patient with Janet as she learns and grows her own abilities (Annie is Janet’s second horse ever!).

Janet says, “Annie continues to amaze me with how smart she is! She didn’t bring any “baggage” with her. She is truly part of our family and I can’t imagine life without her. ”

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Bijou was just a yearling when she was removed, along with ten other horses, from negligent owners and awarded to Bluebonnet in 2012.  Later that year, she competed in the rescue’s Bluebonnet Rescue Horse Training Challenge and was adopted by the Glass family at the event to become a 4-H project horse.

Since then, she has won multiple ribbons in 4-H shows, won the 2014 AHCA National Championship in the Wrangler and Green Horse divisions, and won the 2015 ETS Equine Award.  This past summer, she also started teaching young horsemen and horsewomen to ride.

Her adopter, Kaitlyn, says, “Bijou has one of the most willing hearts. In obstacle challenges, she gives me her full trust and takes care of me in completing any task I ask of her. Bijou is a special member of our family.”

Kaitlyn’s family has a huge love for rescue horses and has adopter four others.  When asked about adopting, Kaitlyn tells people, “My favorite saying is, ‘Let rescued be your favorite color!’ You can find good temperment and color in rescues.”

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Canela was removed, along with eleven other horses, from negligent owners in 2011 and placed with Bluebonnet Equine Humane Society.  Her herd began when her former owners adopted a few BLM mustangs, turned them out, and let them breed and roam without human interference.  Canela and many of her herdmates hadn’t been handled before she came to Bluebonnet.

Canela’s foster home won her trust, and taught her about humans.  She was adopted and then returned in 2014. That was her lucky break!  She was assigned to Riva England for the 2015 Bluebonnet Rescue Horse Training Challenge, won her division, and was adopted by Dana Wells.

Dana says, “We have enjoyed her so much. Canela has a larger-than-life personality and enjoys just being with people. She gets along with all horses, dogs, cats, and any other animal she encounters. Her curiosity in everything makes us better farm hands as no door can be left open or tool left unattended. When she competed in, and won, the 2015 trainer’s challenge, it was pretty obvious she loved to show off her talents. Even when alone in the pasture she will stand on the pedestal, looking for a reward or applause. Canela is confident on the trails and in a crowded arena. She is very aware of what is happening around her but has never ran or acted out when spooked. When called, she will be the first horse to come, at a full gallop, even leaving food behind. She has done Cowboy Dressage, obstacle courses, and various horsemanship clinics and was taught by her foster Mom to bow and smile. She is also great about giving kids rides. And makes a good husband horse. When asked to load into a trailer, she will always first ask if you’re serious and then load up. But she has to ask first. Canela also tolerates doing selfies. She is a fun girl!”

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Chucho arrived at Bluebonnet in December 2013 from a neglect case.  He moved to a foster home right away.  It only took a few weeks (if that!) before his foster home was in love and made Chucho a permanent addition.

He spent a little time as a riding horse, but then age and arthritis forced his retirement.  But his adopter says he’s still the best companion – and friend – she could ask for!  She adds that his body shows signs of long-term neglect, but his spirit is kind and generous.

Chucho’s adopter Susan now serves as one of Bluebonnet’s adoption counselors and tells people, “Don’t rule out a horse just because he has been neglected. ”

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Dom Perignon (aka Cash) came to Bluebonnet in 2007 from a large neglect case (25+ horses and approximately 300+ cattle). He was a ten year old stallion who had not had much handling.

He recovered well and was started under saddle.  Cash has been adopted and returned a few times – he’s been an unlucky guy who was returned because his adopters were moving, due to adopter’s health problems, and other unavoidable issues.  In October 2015, Cash met his human, though, and they’ve been a great pair since.

Cheryl says she adopted because it made sense  – too many good horses need great homes.  She adds, “My horse, Cash has brought a calmness to my life. I never realized that such a large animal could bring such calmness by just being besides me. I have learned so much since he came into my life. I never knew the kind of paitence I would have or that he would have with me. Since he’s an older horse, he’s been there, done that and I hadn’t. He’s very forgiving on what I do wrong. I never realized the patience that I did have, but aftering five-hours of trying to load him when I first starting practicing that, I learned that I am very patient! I knew nothing, but he knew everything. We don’t do anything fancy together and just being together is enough for me sometimes, but on his back I feel so free and the world looks so different, the scenery even more beautiful. It’s hard to put into words the joy he brings my heart, just seeing him in the pasture. Before I adopted him, whenever I saw a horse, I would smile and I could feel my heart become happier. My dream as a 10 year old to have a horse came true when I was 60! Never, ever give up on a dream.”

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Easter’s dam was removed from negligent owners in Febr

uary 2012 and had him on Easter Sunday (April 2012).

After weaning, he was adopted but returned, re-adopted, and then returned in 2017.  His original foster home had never wanted to let him go, so they adopted him at the Bluebonnet Horse Expo in October 2017!

His adopter says, “I’ve always loved Easter, but I already had five horses to ride when he was born and couldn’t add a new horse.  When he came back to Bluebonnet, two of my horses had passed away and two more had to retire due to old age.  Plus I now have a horse-crazy daughter.  She and Easter are getting to grow up together!”

Easter’s family plans to trail ride him and eventually use him as a spokeshorse to show how awesome rescue horses can be.  Although he’s young, he’s a quiet riding horse who does great carrying their young daughter or with novice friends who want to try horseback riding.

Easter’s adopter says, “I’ve been involved with rescue almost twenty years and so many people tell me that rescue horses are worthless or useless.  Easter proves them wrong.  He’s worth his weight in gold – a quiet, horse who is easy to ride and tolerates kids and novices!  He may never be a top-level show horse but he’s going to teach the next generation how to love horses.  That’s priceless talent!”

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Galeno’s dam was removed from negligent and abusive owners.  When she arrived at Bluebonnet, she was so wild and aggressive that no one could get near her so the rescue didn’t know she was pregnant until Galeno was born not long after she arrived. He was adopted as a yearling but returned because he was too much horse.  He moved to a foster home who fell in love and adopted him about six months after he arrived.

His adopter says, “I originally planned to start him under saddle as a three year old but got pregnant and then moved and couldn’t get him going under saddle until he was five.  So he’s still very green.  He’s been slow to mature, though, so the delay getting him started was for the best.

He’s a sensitive soul and needs someone who will give him time and space to develop.  I bet his dam was, too, and the abuse she endured just factured her, mentally.  If he was ever abused, he would lose all faith in humans.

But he’s a sweet guy and he wants to please so badly.  We’ve started dressage lessons together with the goal of eventually showing in some small open shows.  He’s a pretty mover and a beautiful horse, and I think he has a lot of potential! I love love love working with him.”

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Goldielocks came to Bluebonnet Equine Humane Society in the summer of 2014 when a small rescue decided to close their doors and needed to place their last equines.

She was adopted in January 2015, and her adopter Brenda tells their tale, “I needed a companion horse and wanted a mini. A lady at Bluebonnet ‘bribed’ me into adopting Goldilocks by sending me an adorable picture that was impossible to resist when there were no minis for me to consider.

Goldilocks has the sweetest disposition. She is very loving and so tolerant (despite still being skiddish around certain things and sensitive around certain parts of her body). Because of that loving and tolerant quality, she has been an unexpected blessing to our family. My dad was diagnosed with Vascular Dementia shortly after Goldilocks arrived. She is “his” horse, and she is exactly what he needs to feel useful and loved. God knew what He was doing when He prompted the Bluebonnet person to send me her picture.”

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Jackson was found stray and placed with Bluebonnet Equine Humane Society when the sheriff’s department could not find his owners.

Jackson hadn’t been handled much when he came to Bluebonnet, and he struggled to find the right person.  He was adopted and returned several times, and then in October 2012 he moved to a new foster home. She quickly decided to adopt Jackson and he officially found his forever home in November 2012.

His adopter, Tommi, tells their story, “In early 2010, I adopted Apache, my first horse, from Bluebonnet Equine Humane Society. Apache’s companion, a “mini” was returned to his original owner and I needed a companion for him, so I went back to Bluebonnet’s website, There was a cute, smaller gray horse. I had seen this horse at the Expo in October, a month prior, but he had not been adopted, likely due to his fairly ugly hind end. His tail veered off to one side and coarse tail hair was growing out of his rump. A patch of skin above the tail was pink and hairless. My vet at the time, thought that he may have been caught in a fire, but that was pure speculation on our part. It was not pretty, but it didn’t matter to me. I just needed a good companion horse for Apache.

I read that this little gray horse, Jackson, had been adopted in 2008, rehomed in 2010, and returned in 2011 for acting up under saddle. A new foster home started him in trick training, and then restarted him under saddle. Apparently, he was then adopted in 2012, but returned a month later through no fault of his own. What a rocky start! Trouble under saddle? He would make a great companion horse for Apache!

I adopted and brought Jackson home late 2012, but saw something different in him. Within a couple days, we did some ground work, and then I took him on a trail ride with a group of people and horses unknown to Jackson. He was stellar! We had some girth rubbing issues, but fixed that with a much better girth. And he did not like other horses crowding him, so common sense and some distance between horses, became the order of the day. But what a rock solid horse!

Jackson was/is perfect in so many ways. He has an incredibly sound mind – he has not spooked after many, many miles of trails shared with dogs, mountain bikers and hikers. Paper cups in the breeze, crushing plastic water bottles, deer in the distance – nothing fazes him. I can take him anywhere without concern. He has never offered to buck or crow-hop when carrying a rider. He does not balk at anything. His health is amazing. Not once in 7 years have I had to get him to a vet for anything other than Coggins and annuals. His hooves are rock solid and he gets a trim about every 3rd time Apache is trimmed. My farrier is always amazed. I can pony him from Apache, or ride Jackson alone. Or pony Apache from Jackson! I have put small children and inexperienced riders on him without any concern. Jackson is an amazing horse.

Companion horse? Maybe for me too. Move over Apache.
The two are enjoying the mountains of Western NC now. Tons of trails and good people. Thanks, Bluebonnet, for the opportunity to share my life with such wonderful creatures!”

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Karma came to Bluebonnet in February 2017 from a neglect case.  She went to a new foster home in the fall of 2017 and was adopted by that foster home shortly after arriving.  Her foster home adopted her both because she wanted a companion for her horse, but also because she dreamed of having a pony like the one she had as a child.

Charlotte, Karma’s adopter says, “When Karma was rescued with a group of other horses and ponies, she was emaciated and had several wounds on her body, including severe saddle sores on her withers and spine. She was defensive and had a tendency to kick when her back or rear legs were touched. In spite of the obvious abuse Karma suffered, she has decided to be trusting and friendly. She still displays plenty of attitude typical of ponies, but she is becoming more and more confident and willing. ”

Karma shines with children.  She is now a leadline pony for visiting kds, and she’s given many kids their very first ride!  She’s come a long ways from the scared and defensive mare who arrived at Bluebonnet, proving what love can do.

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Kit (aka Hans) came to Bluebonnet Equine Humane Society in 2012 from a neglect case. He gained weight, filled out, and grew into a cute, 13hh pony!  He was adopted but returned because he didn’t get along with his adopter’s mare.  That was the best thing for Hans, though, because he then moved to a new foster home who helped find him a home as a lesson horse.  This is where he’s really shone!

Since being adopted, Hans has been a lesson pony, trail pony, and lead line pony.  He’s been part of his barn’s lesson and kids’ programs, and he’s competed in Interscholastic Equestrian Association shows and in local hunter shows in the medium pony hunter division.

His adopters Barbara and Sayer say, “Hans is the best pony! He will patiently stand while 6 excited little girls finger paint him and then go into an advanced lesson and jump 2’6”. He’s so versatile and an asset to our program! He is just the right amount of challenge for the lesson kiddos! A little sweet and a little sass! ”

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Maybelline was removed from negligent owners by the SPCA of Texas and then transferred to Bluebonnet for training and adoption in May 2017.  Her foster home fell in love and adopted her a little over a month later!

Her adopter says, “She earned her spot in our herd when my sons and their two cousins (all under the age of 10) were all grooming her and something spooked her. Her eyes got big and her head shot up, but she didn’t move an inch! Not a toe was stepped on or single person bumped. Now, that’s a pony worth it’s weight in gold. I filled out the adoption application as soon as we finished “horsing around” outside.”

Maybelline is special because she’s teaching the next generation to ride and care for horses.  She and her young rider are working on horsemanship skills, and they hope to hit 4-H events soon!

Maybelline’s adopter adds, “You never what diamond in the rough is waiting in a rescue horse! When Maybelline first arrived she was nervous and pretty difficult to handle. She ran away on the lunge line and went through our electric tape fence. My husband even commented that he didn’t think this was the right pony for us. I responded that we should give her a little more time. Sure enough, as soon as she realized she could trust us the diamond shone through! Now I trust her with my most precious possessions, my two sons.”

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Miss Treasure, now called Garnet, came to Bluebonnet Equine Humane Society in the spring of 2017.  She was found stray, and she was not halter broke or handleable when she arrived at Bluebonnet.  She spent some time with a trainer for gentling, and she was then enrolled in the Bluebonnet Rescue Horse Training Challenge professional division.  She won her division and was adopted at the Challenge!

Her adopter, Chloe, has always wanted a horse and Garnet is her first! “I have wanted a horse since I was 5 but I do not come from a “horse family”, so I learned as much as I could about horses and horsemanship, worked multiple jobs, and saved up to adopt a horse for my 21st birthday. I have heard all of the wonderful stories about “what a rescue horse can do” and fell in love with the idea of adopting rather than buying a horse. Giving an animal another chance at finding their forever home has always been near and dear to my heart, so I knew that adoption was the right choice for me.”

Depiste Garnet’s rough beginnings, Chloe says she now loves people.  “Now, she runs from the other end of her pasture up to the gate as soon as I call her. She follows me everywhere and trusts that I will not do anything to harm her. She learns new tricks quickly, such as “kiss”, “hug”, “smile”, and “hold” (she will hold an object in her mouth, such as a paintbrush). She will let me stand with her in the pasture for hours and won’t leave my side. Garnet knows when I am feeling down and will rest her head on my shoulder and listen to me talk. She is my heart horse.”

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Napoleon was just a yearling when he came to Bluebonnet Equine Humane Society in 2008 from a neglect case.  He was adopted by his foster home but returned in 2014 when his adopter needed to cut back.  He competed in the Bluebonnet Rescue Horse Training Challenge’s professional division that year with trainer Hilary LoBue. She fell in love with Napoleon and adopted him at the event afrer falling in love with his “give it your all” attitude.

Napoleon is Hilary’s trail and show horse and has won multiple local jumper classes ranging from 2’3″ to 2’9″ and schools over 3’6″ fences at home. He is also teaching Hilary’s daughter how to jump!

Hilary says of adopting, “I have adopted 3 horses from Bluebonnet now and each one is talented in their own way. These are all horses I would have paid thousands of dollars for. The best part is I helped them and made room for more horses to be rescued. There is a serious problem in Texas mostly with neglect, these are good horses that found themselves in a bad situation. Before you buy a horse check out what Bluebonnet has you may just find the perfect horse like I did 3 times!”

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Nickel came to Bluebonnet from a neglect case in 2009. Once Nickel was healthy, the rescue discovered he was a well-broke riding horse. He was adopted and returned once, and then he met his forever family in 2011.  They adopted him as a riding horse for their kids.  The family says that they wanted to adopt, rather than buy a horse.

Although Nicky is now retired, he was the family’s riding horse for several years.  He is a gentle guy who has shared his pasture with miniature horses, goats, cats, and dogs.  His family reports that he’s patient and loves making new friends!

Madelyn, Nicky’s adopter, says of their adoption experience, “I highly recommend adopting from Bluebonnet. They are very honest about their rescues, and work hard to make sure that the equine is perfect for the intended home. They help so many horses, mules, etc., and their work in the community is well documented.”

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Panama Jack, aka PJ, came to Bluebonnet in 2014 from a neglect case.  He was underweight and also scared of people when he arrived.  He recovered from neglect quickly, but recovering from abuse has taken him longer.

His adopter, Sarah, had fostered PJ and worked with him for the Bluebonnet Rescue Horse Training Challenge in 2015.  She wanted to adopt him then but already had enough horses to ride.  He was adopted at the Challenge but returned shortly afterwards because he was too much horse for his adopter.  Sarah and her mom fostered him again and let him leave with a new trainer for the Challenge.  He did not work out with that trainer, either, so he came back to them to be fostered again.

Sarah says, “Long story short he had been brought back to me three different times. I always felt we had a bond and one not like I’ve ever experienced before. I’m not so sure I’m the one that adopted him, rather he adopted me!”

She adds, “He is that once in a life time horse. I don’t think I’ll ever find another horse quite like him. It’s like he knows everything that’s on my mind. He is very smart and will go out of his way to anything I ask of him.”

Sarah and her mom have fostered several horses for Bluebonnet and adopted three of them.  They both say that their rescue horses have been some of the best horses they’ve been around!

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Phoenix Fire came to Bluebonnet in 2017 from a neglect case along with two other horses.  Once healthy, she was enrolled in the Bluebonnet Rescue Horse Training Challenge with first-time competitor and youth rider, Alayna Fuller.  They won 2nd place in their division and Alanya adopted Phoenix at the event!

Alayna and Phoenix Fire started competing in play days and barrel races while training for the Challenge.  They placed well and won Alayna’s first-ever blue ribbon together!  Alayna wanted to use the prize money to buy something for Phoenix Fire, but she was struggling to think of what to buy a foster horse when she realized that they best thing she could give her was a forever home – and so she did!

Alayna says, “Phoenix is a very special horse because she has brought out the best in me.  She’s made me not only a better rider but a better person and that is the best accomplishment of them all!”

Alayna adds, “People should know that my $450 adopted rescue horse is doing the same thing any other horse can do. Because she was a rescue, it actually makes our accomplishments more rewarding. ”

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Poncy came to Bluebonnet in early 2017 when her owner could no longer keep or care for her.  She was supposed to be a riding horse, but she was pushy on the ground and not well mannered when she arrived.

Poncy was adopted in January 2018 by a family whose daughter wanted a project horse to train.  Her adopter has been working with her daily and says she now has great ground manners, and she is indeed a riding horse!  She’s being ridden every day and is much loved by her adopter.

Her adopter, Audrey, says, “Adopting a horse might have a bad reputation, but if you give a rescue horse a chance you’ll find that they have great potential!”

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Rustler was surrendered to Bluebonnet in 2017 when his owner was investigated for neglect.  Once rehabilitated, we discovered he was a nice riding horse and he was adopted quickly as a husband horse.

He now excels as a husband horse for the LoBue family but also competes with their teenage daughter in barrel racing and has won a youth barrel racing championship on a local circuit.

Adopter Hilary says, “He is fancy western broke. He is cool enough to take my husband in trail rides at a slow pace but athletic enough to take my daughter racing around barrels.”

She adds about adopting, “We love adopting so much we did it 3 times! Two of our adoptees have proven to be good family horses and even guest horses when family comes out to visit.”

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Shamrock Luck was surrendered to Bluebonnet Equine Humane Society along with three other horses right before Christmas 2011 when her owners were investigated for neglect.  One of Shamrock’s herd mates did not survive the neglect they endured, and Shamrock Luck spent several days in a veterinary hospital fighting for her life.

Once healthy, Shamrock Luck was a stunning mare but she was adopted and returned twice because she was too much horse for her adopters.  Fortunately, when she was returned in 2017, we sent her to trainer Hilary LoBue for a training evaluation.  Hilary fell in love and adopted Shamrock Luck.

Hilary says, “She is my dream horse. I picked her up for a training evaluation and to help her through some issues. We immediately clicked, I love everything about her. She can be complicated for others but we really get each other.

Shamrock has made a huge accomplishment already… making this horse trainer feel like a horse crazy little girl again. I have been training her for the past year and I hope she will be successful. She is starting to really like a new direction we are going.”

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Thor (aka Rocky) was just a yearling when he came to Bluebonnet Equine Humane Society from a neglect case.  Rocky was fortunate to survive the neglect he had suffered – other horses at his location had not.

Fortunately, young horses are especially resilient and Rocky thrived in his foster home.  They adopted him but returned him a few years later when they moved out of state. Rocky participated in the Bluebonnet Rescue Horse Training Challenge in 2017 and was adopted by the event by Shayla and her family.  Rocky serves as Shayla’s husband’s therapy horse and helps him manage his PTSD.

Rocky is a special horse, says Shayla, because he took to his role as a PTSD therapy horse so well. “He choose my husband not the other way around. They understand each other. Rocky has uneven hip alignment so my husband can tell when he’s hurts and promptly adjusts him and vice verse Rocky knows when my husband is hurting.”

Rocky helps Shayla’s husband on their ranch and these two are an amazing pair!

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Vega (aka Snickers) came to Bluebonnet Equine Humane Society in 2007 from a large neglect case (25+ horses and approx. 300+ cattle).  She was malnourished and had not been handled much when she arrived.

Once she recovered, she was started under saddle and then adopted.  She was returned several year’s later due to her adopter’s health.  Her new foster home quickly fell in love and adopted her!

Her adopter, Janet, tells their story, “I had never owned a horse before but I soon realized I had a great network through BEHS that was there to help answer my questions along the way. I had dreamed of adopting a horse ever since I was a little girl and even wrote stories as soon as I learned how to write of rescuing horses and having my very own horse to ride.

She showed me how to care for a horse, how to handle a horse, and how to be a leader. She is wonderful at letting me ride her bareback around our round pen and she is the perfect lady with children on her back.”

Janet and Snickers have an amazing connection.  The most special thing about Snickers, Janet says, is their connection. “The way she looks into my eyes. The way I feel her search my soul when I approach her. There’s a connection that I just can’t explain.”