A 120 Day Training Challenge Helps This Rescue Showcase Their Horses
The Bluebonnet Equine Humane Society was created to specifically deal with the overwhelming number of equines seized from law enforcement cases and operates from a network of foster homes spread throughout Texas. Jennifer Williams, president of the organization, shared, “The majority of our horses (and donkeys and mules) were neglected before they came to us. However we also get strays as well as abandoned horses.”
The rescue works to rehabilitate and retrain each horse depending on their individual needs so they can become good equine citizens. “Those horses with behavioral problems, including those who have little or no handling, go to a very experienced foster home or to a professional trainer so they can get the handling they need to be safe.”
One of the most interesting aspects of this rescue operation is the Bluebonnet Rescue Horse Training Challenge held each year. Jennifer described the event, “During the challenge, approved trainers and foster homes work with a rescue horse for 120 days either in hand or under saddle.” She continued, “They then compete over an obstacle course and in a freestyle event.” This unique event allows potential adopters to see the great ability of these horses, jumpstarts the horses’ training, and helps horses find eventual homes.
Bluebonnet Equine Humane Society benefits from a very knowledgeable staff including an Executive Director with a PhD in Animal Sciences. The staff from Bluebonnet regularly give presentations at national and region conventions, consult with writers for magazine articles on rescue and welfare topics, and even participate in research with academic institutions involving the source and placement of rescue horses.
As with many rescues, Bluebonnet has a rigorous approval process for all adopters. The rescue struggles at time to have enough people to foster the horses. Still, in the last ten years, they’ve successfully helped over 750 horses! Jennifer is clearly proud of her organization. “We have horses out their doing things – being kids horses, trail riding, competing in various competitive trail associations, showing, working, and being loved. That’s an awesome success!” To learn more, visit their website.
Bluebonnet Equine Humane Society
Donate: PO Box 632, College Station, TX 77841-0632