Bluebonnet Equine Humane Society

Meet Rufio

BEHS ID
BEHS 527 - Rufio
Status
Arrived at the Rescue
Arrived in 2011
Available
Newly Available for Adoption
Adoption Fee
Fee waived
Location
Cedar Creek, TX
Date of Birth
1 January 2007
Arrived at BEHS
19 February 2011
Breed
Mustang
Gender
Male
Gelding
Height
13.1 hands
Color
Chestnut / Sorrel
Markings
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.

History

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.

Other

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.  He doesn’t seem to be scared of anything, but he is a very strong-willed horse, and he’s not for a timid handler. 

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.

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)
Unrestricted riding

 

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.