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.
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.
Bucky was a rodeo horse when Melissa spotted him being used by a horse-delivery person in 2004. She bought him on the spot, and he was her ranch riding horse for many years. Bucky developed arthritis in his knees and has been turned out to pasture for over a decade.
In his late twenties now, Bucky is a beautiful Buckskin Gelding who has ruled the roost since we began rescuing horses in 2015. Head-of-the-herd in the back pasture, he is always an attention-getter, gentle and contented. If Blue Horse Sanctuary has a Head Honcho, it is our boy Bucky.
Picasso arrived in October 2022. A big warmblood (16.2 hands) he is about 30 years old, but is still healthy and regal. He comes to us from a farm near Greenville, TX, where he has been part of a close family that included a mustang and a donkey companion. His owner had to find a new home to retire her dear friends to when she learned she has breast cancer and will need surgery and a long convalescence. Picasso was a hunter jumper in his youth - in Connecticut - and came to Texas and his loving family twelve years ago where he was a riding horse and used as a guide in therapeutic and meditative retreats.
Picasso arrived on a hot summer day in an extra large trailer and stayed two days in a corral alone where he could sniff the other horses across a fence, and they could get to know him. When he was introduced to the herd, he already had a pal - GiGi - and several other horses that had accepted him into the tribe.