Bluebonnet Equine Humane Society

Meet Rufio

BEHS 527 - Rufio
Arrived at the Rescue
Arrived in 2018
Arrived in 2011
Adoption Fee
Fee waived
Cedar Creek, TX
Date of Birth
1 January 2007
Arrived at BEHS
19 February 2011
13.1 hands
Chestnut / Sorrel
Star and snip

About Rufio

Rufio and 11 other horses were part of a cruelty seizure in NE Texas. Rufio and his herdmates were awarded to BEHS by the courts. Rufio had not been handled before coming to BEHS, and he had a tough path to travel.  Thanks to two great foster homes, Rufio was rehabilitated and gentled.  He was taught to be caught, haltered, and led.  He was adopted at the 2013 Bluebonnet Horse Expo and then returned in 2018 when he wasn’t working out for his adopters.


Before Rufio came to Bluebonnet, he lived as a wild horse.  He was unhandled and also uncared for.  He came to Bluebonnet as a four year old stallion.  He was rehabilitated, gelded, and gentled.  He was also trained to ride - but he was never an easy horse to ride.  He was adopted and spent many months with trainer Dan Keen, and he was returned four and a half years after adoption.  Wihile with his adopter, Rufio’s pastern began to drop and a veterinarian who works with the rescue said he shoudl no longer be ridden.

Health / Lameness

Rufio has no known health or lameness issues.


Rufio loves working obstacles in hand, and he could be a fun trick horse for someone!

Evaluation and Training

Rufio was not been handled prior to coming to BEHS.  His foster home taught him to be caught, lead, stand tied, and load. 

Rufio can work obstacles in hand and is not scared of anything!  Due to conformation faults, his pasterns have begun to drop and he should no longer be ridden.  He’s sound but the stress of frequent riding will likely cause him to break down.

His foster mom says, “Rufio is currently living in Cedar Creek with two donkeys as pasture mates. He gets along great with them and other farm animals. Rufio loves being handled and brushed, and is very affectionate. When he sees his foster mom come out he always heads her way for a treat, and there isn’t one available he is just as happy to have a hug and a kiss.
Rufio is on the small side and is very easy to handle. Leads well, and since he always approaches people first, catching him is not an issue. He is self-confident and does not have any fears.
Rufio would be a wonderful horse for someone who would just enjoy having him there to love on. He’s a beautiful and gentle soul looking for a forever home.”

Rufio is a handsome guy with a huge attitude.  He’s going to be a great horse for someone who wants to share their lives with a piece of American history - but who doesn’t need or want another horse to ride.

Evaluation / Training
BEHS Foster Trained
Training Level
Halter Broke
Basic Groundwork
Riding Suitability / Workload
(Now or in the future with training)
Companion Only


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

When Rufio was young and first being gentled, he would strike if started or scared.  He has not done that in years.


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Rufio Thanks

Wood Co. Sheriff’s Department
Christy A.
Carrie B.
Lisa M.
Darla G.
Mark and Miranda Lyon
Amber H.
Kim S.
Jennifer W.
Tracy C.
Denise & Bobby C.
Laurie O.
Megan M.
Shannon & Clay P.
Robert D.
Nell C.
Dan Keen Horsemanship
Denise C.
Judy S.
Shane Cook Photography -