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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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amir

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. A twenty-something Arabian, Amir is 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.

picasso

Our latest arrival at the Sanctuary is Picasso, a Big Warmblood (16.2 hands!) who is about 30 years old but is still healthy and regal. Picasso 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. Now we have Picasso and Michelangelo - both in their golden years but still worthy of a masterpiece! 

BUCKY

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. 

daisy

Daisy is a 22-year-old Paint mare who was surrendered to the Sanctuary in April. Unfortunately, as is often the case, she had not been taken good care of, having been turned out for most of her life in a pasture with cattle. She is very fearful of humans, is aggressive and cannot be trusted yet not to revert to her instincts, which are to bite and kick. However, with the help of our Master Trainer Michael Battenfield, Daisy is learning to settle enough to begin learning a few manners.  

Daisy’s knees have old injuries which has caused laminitis in her hooves, but she gets around fine and otherwise seems healthy.


For now we will allow Daisy to settle into the herd and make sure she finds her place within it. It will take some time for her to learn horse behaviors, but when she does, we will make sure she has enough training to be haltered in order to help her with her legs and try to ease some of her pain.