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Our Horses

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. 

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Jolly was named by the rescue that bought him from the kill pen in Bowie, TX. TIER (True Innocents Equine Rescue) is located in California, and the head of that organization was made aware of Jolly’s state - very emaciated - and inhumane treatment that he was suffering under. She purchased him on Christmas of ’22 and had him transported to a quarantine facility where he was in rehabilitation for 7 months. After contacting us to find his forever home, we realized he needed to come to us to live out his life. 


Jolly was introduced to the herd after a couple of days in the corral where he could acquaint himself with the other horses over the fence. He and Logan buddied up right away, and with Skeeter and GiGi he had a group of friends to settle in with. 


The old gent doesn’t have much in the way of teeth! But he gets daily, big buckets of soft pellets and is enjoying the tall coastal Bermuda grass as well. We are so very happy to have this big, beautiful, calm, old gentleman here at the sanctuary.


Lucky is a 12-year-old Paint Gelding who was surrendered to BHS this spring (’23). His former owner trained and rode him in mounted archery competitions but found that he always resisted gentling down as an easy riding horse. He can be haltered and will stand for a Ferrier and is easy with veterinarian care as well. 


Lucky settled into retirement with the herd very easily. Curious, sometimes agitated, but never aggressive, Lucky has a strong, dominant presence, but does not feel the need to press his dominance on the other geldings or mares. 


With a long life ahead of him, we are very happy to have this beautiful, robust Paint in the fields here at BHS.


Amir arrived at the Sanctuary late on the evening of December 4th. He had been living as a foster for 2 years, since being seized due to negligence. Born in 2000, Amir is an Arabian trained for riding, but has now approached the time for his retirement. He had a bit of a quirk which ultimately led to his being dangerous to ride - an over-attachment to a particular mare. When separated from her, he would scream and break through fences. 


When Amir arrived, he immediately became attached to Freckles, so much so, that when separated he made a trail from one end of the corral to the other. He was losing weight and in distress, so the decision was made to put him in the back acreage with the herd, where he could learn to relax. He was accepted by the herd and began learning to be independent and still rely on his herd mates for safety. 


Amir has the beautiful build of an Arabian - is a flaxen chestnut - and loves attention. He can finally settle down to a long and happy life with the herd here at Blue Horse Sanctuary.


Teddy was captured by the BLM as a foal. He was born into the Stone Cabin herd in Nevada on September 10, 2021, and given the birthday of Jan. 1, 2021. Teddy was brought to Oklahoma where he was chosen to be in a mustang challenge in Texas. He is a small bay gelding, curious, sweet and willing to please. 


He was not purchased at the challenge and we took him into the Sanctuary hoping to keep him until he is 4 years old and have trainer Michael Battenfield work with him in the interim years to make him a good companion riding horse for someone. We do not adopt out our retirees, but in this case, we hope to find Teddy a wonderful home where he can be loved. 


Teddy was given his name by a young visitor who spent a weekend with Therapist Jenny Herring at the Sanctuary. She took one look at his sweet, cuddly face and said “Teddy!” And so it is! We are happy to keep a mustang that has been rounded up and removed from his home environment. One day we hope the round ups will end and the sale of these beautiful, wild horses at auction.