Bluebonnet Equine Humane Society

Meet Rufio

BEHS 527 - Rufio
In Rehabilitation
Adoption Fee
Not yet available
Caldwell, TX
Date of Birth
1 January 2007
Arrived at BEHS
19 February 2011
2 December 2013
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.  Trainers worked with him to get him started under saddle, but Rufio was a hard horse to work with.  He participated in a training demo at the 2013 Bluebonnet Horse Expo where he showed the crowds how tough he could be!  Trainer Dan Keen volunteered to take Rufio home and work with him at the Expo if someone would agree to adopt him and pay the training fee to BEHS as his adoption fee.  Someone stepped forwarded and agreed to give Rufio a chance, so he left the Expo with Dan.  He spent six weeks in training with Dan but is not a horse who can have long periods of time off and go back to work.  That made things difficult on his adopter, and she returned him in 2018.


Nothing is known of Rufio’s history.

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.  He doesn’t seem to be scared of anything, but he is a very strong-willed horse, and he’s not for a timid rider/handler.  His foster home has been working with him, and he’s really improving.  He competed in the Chase the Equine Dream Competition in June 2012, and since then they’ve been going on trail rides.  This horse loves getting out and doing something - for the right rider, he would scale mountains or swim oceans!  He could be an excellent endurance horse, competitive trail horse, or possibly ranch horse.  In February 2013, trainer Mark Lyon worked with Rufio for two weeks.  He had him walking, trotting, and loping in an arena, crossing trail obstacles, and going on trail rides.  Rufio is an insecure horse who needs a human who can be a leader.  When he feels insecure, he often acts out, and he’s going to need an experienced rider.  Rufio is going to be phenomenal for an adopter who spends time with him and gives him a job.

Rufio starred in a clinic with Dan Keen at the 2013 Bluebonnet Horse Expo.  He made such an impression on Dan that Dan took him home with him for at least a month’s worth of training.

Evaluation / Training
BEHS Foster Trained
Training Level
Started Under Saddle, Green Broke
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 Yes Kicks No
Bites No Rears No

He bucked under saddle as he was being started.


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Mark Lyon

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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.