Bluebonnet Equine Humane Society

Meet Merlot

BEHS 597 - Merlot
Arrived at the Rescue
Arrived in 2011
Bluebonnet Rescue Horse Training Challenge
Bluebonnet Rescue Horse Training Challenge 2018
Adoption Fee
Bellville, TX
Date of Birth
1 January 2006
Arrived at BEHS
19 November 2011
14 hands

About Merlot

Merlot and several other horses were removed from negligent owners by law enforcement and placed with BEHS.  Merlot was with Bluebonnet for several years and passed through several foster homes, In 2015, she attended the Bluebonnet Horse Expo and went home with a new foster.  That foster decided pretty quickly that she was going to adopt Merlot and make her her new riding horse. She returned her in 2018 when she was moving out of state.


Merlot’s history before coming to BEHS is unknown.

Health / Lameness

Merlot is being treated for EPM (July-August 2018) but expected to make a good recovery.  She has no other known health or lameness problems.


Merlot will be competing under saddle in the Non-Pro Under Saddle division of the Bluebonnet Rescue Horse Training Challenge with youth non-pro Elizabeth Rodriguez. She will be available for adoption starting on October 20, 2018 at the Challenge competition during the Bluebonnet Horse Expo in Austin, Texas.

You can follow their progress on their Facebook page.

Evaluation and Training

Merlot is halter broke, leads and loads well.  She also stands well for the farrier, grooming, and fly spraying.  She stands for saddling and bridling and lets a rider mount.  She’s also easy to catch and seems to enjoy attention.  She is broke to ride, and she has been by a novice at a walk and trot.  She needs work to develop a better canter, but she’s got great potential as a trail horse or pleasure horse. 

She was adopted in 2015 and returned in April 2018.  She was not ridden during that time, so she’ll need a refresher course if she is to be ridden a noyice or less experienced rider.  She has been ridden by both a novice and a teen in the past and did well at the walk and trot.

Evaluation / Training
BEHS Foster Evaluated
BEHS Foster Trained
Trained Prior to Arrival at BEHS
Training Level
Broke to Ride
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


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Merlot Thanks

Collin County Animal Control
Lisa M.
Jennifer & Spencer W.
Denise C.
Donna B.
Lorna R.
Denise C.
Pam B.
Erika F.
Bobby C.
Elizabeth R.
Pam T.