Horses and humans share an ancient bond – a history of work, war and companionship. Domesticated in 4000 B.C., these spectacular creatures helped us develop cities, agriculture, transportation and communication. Since the Industrial Revolution, horses have been marginalized – used for sport – and often have been neglected or abused.
At Blue Horse Sanctuary, we honor our shared bond, developed over thousands of years, which exists in the hearts and souls of each and every equine. Our history is their history and they are owed our protection. With patience, love and care, it is our honor to give back to them what they have given us. They have carried us on their backs across time and continents. Letting them live out their lives in dignity is the very least we can do in return.
Red is a beautiful sorrel mare who was recently surrendered to Blue Horse Sanctuary. Her owner died in a car crash and the daughter could not keep Red nor her companion Haley. So we agreed to help! Red is elderly - in her mid thirties - and is not in the best of health. She will require extensive dental care and is malnourished. She is anxious and unsure of humans, but with patience and love she is learning that she has arrived at a safe home. Red is getting veterinarian care, hoof care, special feed and lots of green grass to graze.
Red received a bath and her beautiful mane and tail were detangled and her hooves cleaned and oiled. She was nervous at first but settled into being groomed and showed affection by moving closer when brushed. We are honored to give Red a home in which to live out the rest of her life in peace.
Haley is a 35 year old mare born when Haley’s comet was here back in 1986! She’s an old gal whose owner died in a car crash over the Easter holidays. Her daughter couldn’t keep her and brought her to me. She has a companion - Red - who is also quite elderly - and they are inseparable. Both Haley and Red are going to be special needs here at the Sanctuary. They have not had much attention in their lives, need lots of dental care, and they are malnourished. They have had Dr. Gary Crabtree look them over and he will be using all his skill to help them become healthy and have some good years at the end of their lives here at Blue Horse.
Haley is very docile. She is a sweet girl, trusting and affectionate. In this photo I have just given her a bath and groomed her tail and mane. She loved the attention! With all the vet care, green grass and Hemp Oil added to her feed (she also got a B12 shot!) we sure hope she will begin to feel better very soon.
Freckles is a 12 year old grey mare who was rescued from the Kaufman feedlot in 2015. She was among the first rescues to find a home at WildWood Ranch.
Freckles is a tall beauty who is a very gentle soul. Communing with Freckles can sometimes transform into a very symbiotic experience. She is prone to feeling her oats when there is a nip in the air - suddenly neighing and running across the field at full gallop, encouraging the other horses to join in. Having been with the herd for many years, she has discovered her niche and is both thoroughly involved in herd activity, as well as very happy to have human interaction. Her snowy white coat, dappled in grey, makes Freckles the prettiest gal in the pasture and we are so happy to have her here with us at the sanctuary.
Michelangelo was surrendered to Melissa in 2016 when his longtime owner could no longer keep him. He is a registered Arabian, born in 1991, and was quite a show horse in his heyday. Now, Michel is older, has many health issues, including an impressive sway back that doesn’t seem to bother him.
Michelangelo has always lived mostly alone and thinks he is a human. He is very docile, loves attention and is kept in his own corral (visited by other equine companions) where he can graze, get lots of treats and lie in the sun. He found his perfect retirement home here at the sanctuary.
Herald is a Quarter Horse chestnut/sorrel gelding born in 1997.
Herald is a Hurricane Harvey horse. His owner could not keep him after the storm and he was surrendered to BEHS at that time, where we found him in foster care. Herald is an inquisitive boy - loves to be brushed - and is a real attention seeker. He escaped twice from former foster care pastures due to the fact that he hates to be alone. He craves companionship! How perfect then that he has found his way to the sanctuary where he has a forever home filled with friends to run with.
Skeeter is an Arabian Cross bay gelding born in 2012.
Skeeter's owners surrendered him to Bluebonnet when they were investigated for neglect. They said they had not owned him long, and they could not catch him (they tried to rope him when Bluebonnet arrived to pick him up and then chased him with ropes). He did allow a quiet volunteer to approach him, catch him, lead him and load him.
Skeeter is a smart horse who catches on to things quickly (he opened the latch on his corral gate the second day at the sanctuary!) He is also very sensitive, a bit skittish, but ultimately very loving. We are so happy he has joined us to keep us on our toes here at BHS.
Tippy was born January ‘99 and is a lovely bay mare who stands a bit over 14 hands. She came to us from foster home - originally having been seized from a neglect case in Arkansas in 2007. Tippy had been adopted 3 times and returned for no fault of her own to Bluebonnet Equine Humane Society. She has been through some rough times, has some scarring on her back to show for it, but she still has a trusting soul.
Tippy loves attention - can be caught and lead - loves to be brushed and cared for. She arrived on a beautiful fall day and has adapted well to her new home, where she grazes on coastal Bermuda, gets treats and carrots, groomed, and an abundance of love.
Reba was born in January 2004. She is a very pretty chestnut sorrel who stands at 15.1 hands. Reba was with a herd that was placed with BEHS when the herd’s owners could not care for them. She has been worked by trainers who felt she had some lameness due to arthritis, so she became a companion horse only.
Reba is very smart and tries hard to please humans. A shy girl at heart, she has begun to settle into her new life at the sanctuary, stepping up for pets and treats. Mostly, she loves her new freedom - she loves to roam, graze and just hang with her newfound friends.
Anna is a Grade Quarter Horse dun mare born in 2005.
Anna is a sweet, friendly girl. She was surrendered to BEHS when her owner passed away. She has never been ridden, but loves to be haltered and lead, brushed and loved on. She is lovable and a real people person.
Anna stepped out at the sanctuary to a new life - with lots of people to give her attention, lots of companion horses and lots of space to roam and be a real horse again.
Gigi was surrendered to Blue Horse in 2018. She is a 14 year old Chestnut Quarter-horse who had not been worked with and who mistrusted everyone and everything. Gigi would become so nervous when presented with anything new - hoof trimming, vet visits, or even petting - that she would literally shake with fear. She was unpredictable due to her nervousness, and had to be worked with carefully in order to teach her that she was in good hands.
After lots of work with our horse whispering farrier and trainer, lots of love and patience, Gigi now has much more courage and trust. She is a beauty who has found open fields, friends and love at her forever home.
Peaches was in the group of feed lot horses and donkeys that were destined for Mexico, and rescued by Melissa in 2015. She is a beautiful Chestnut Mare who is now about 10 years old.
Feisty, dominant, inquisitive, loving - Peaches has learned to trust humans again and with her companion and herd leader Bucky - they rule the sanctuary herd with firmness and leadership. Having been there since the boys were small, Bucky is the old timer, but still the head honcho, and Peaches is always at his side.
Meadow is a 21 year old grey thoroughbred mare. She was removed from negligent owners by law enforcement and placed with BEHS. Meadow has periodic lameness - and a unique willy-nilly gate that is comical to watch. However, she is sound and although shy, she has found her niche within the newly formed family of orphaned horses who needed a place to live out their lives. We are very happy to have Meadow with us at the sanctuary.
Miss Pebbles is a paint mare. She stands tall at 15 hands and has a unique chestnut/sorrel pinto coloration. Pebbles was placed with BEHS after a neglect investigation in February 2018, where she remained in foster care until we adopted her in November 2020. Having extremely dropped, low patterns on her back legs, she could not be ridden, but she is not lame and gets around just fine.
Miss Pebbles is shy and has such pink skin that she gets sunburned - but she does love to have sunscreen applied to her face and nose. She is sweet and loves to be treated with patience and kindness. Finding her forever home at the sanctuary after having had a hard life, she is very happy to be a part of the equine menagerie at Blue Horse Sanctuary.
At Blue Horse Sanctuary. we love and respect the long history of the American donkey, brought in large numbers to the western US during the gold rushes of the 19th century as pack animals. Later, they were set free to roam the west and are now being herded for removal from national parks and many western lands. Affectionate, durable, courageous, protective and intellectual, these hardy, sweet companions are due our respect and protection.
The “Burrito”- our donkey sanctuary - is located on the south side of the ranch. The donkeys have their own coastal Bermuda field, a lake where they love to hang out, and 200 acres to roam. Our future plans are to adopt more needy donkeys, and, we hope, be able to receive and home some of the Wild Burros from the National Park Lands Project.