Bluebonnet Equine Humane Society

Meet Porter

BEHS 268 - Porter
Arrived at the Rescue
Arrived in 2008
In Rehabilitation
Adoption Fee
Not yet available
Date of Birth
1 January 2005
Arrived at BEHS
19 June 2008
Grade Gaited Horse

About Porter

Porter came into BEHS as part of a neglect case. He was underweight but recovered quickly. He was also well-broke to ride and gaited, so everyone wanted him! He was adopted quickly (in 2009) but returned in 2012.  Porter didn’t last long - just a few weeks after being returned, he was adopted by a family.  He’ll be a pleasure riding horse for several children.  He was returned in 2018 after his adopter passed away.


Nothing is known of Porter’s history before coming to BEHS.

Health / Lameness

Porter appears to have a locking stifle on his left side.  His adopter reported that his right hock also periodically swells, but that’s not been observed in his foster home.

A horse’s stifle “locks” when a ligament “catches” and freezes the leg in place.  This mechanism allows horses to sleep standing up, but sometimes is misfires and the horse’s rear leg will ‘lock’ in place.  Sometimes the lock is more like a hitch - very brief.  One time Porter’s stifle locked, he was locked for several seconds but was able to move out of his after his foster home asked him to back a step. 

Locking stifles are made worse when the horse is confined to a small pen or stall, so Porter would do best kept on pasture. 

Per information from several vets and people who own horses affected with locking stifles, the problem seems to get better when the horse is in better shape.  Trotting, or gaiting, up hills and/or over ground poles can help build up the strength in the hind end and decrease the rate and/or severity of locking stifles.


Porter’s foster home says that he is a wonderful horse to have around.  He gets along well with other horses and is easy to handle.

Evaluation and Training

Porter has been trail ridden by adults and ridden by children in an arena at his previous adopter’s home.  His foster home says he stands quietly for saddling and bridling.  He went well in an o-ring snaffle and seems to know how to neck rein and direct rein.  He’s gaited, but he moves back and forth between his four-beat gait and a trot.  His foster home said he gaited better when he was collected and suspects that he’ll gait more cleanly with more riding.  She loved riding him and had a huge grin on her face as he gaited around the pen!

He was adopted again and ridden by children but returned when his adopter died.  He will be evaluated and placed back up for adoption soon.

Evaluation / Training
Trained Prior to Arrival at BEHS
Training Level
Broke to Ride
Riding Suitability / Workload
(Now or in the future with training)
Light to Moderate Riding


Trailers Yes Clips Unknown
Leads Yes Catches Yes
Ties Yes Bathes Unknown
Trims Yes
Bucks No Kicks No
Bites No Rears No


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Porter Thanks

Chicot County Arkansas Sheriff's Department
Tina S.
Sharon M.H.
Lin S.
Jennifer & Spencer W.