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
Magnolia, 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

In the summer of 2018, Merlot experienced EPM-like symptoms and was treated for EPM.  She appears to have made a full recovery and is doing well!  She has no known health or lameness problems.

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.

In 2018, she competed in the non-pro under saddle division with a youth rider and did well.  In November 2018, she went on a 7.3 mile trail ride at 7IL Ranch in Cat Springs and did fabulous.  She’s in good shape, nice to ride, and has been ridden by novices and kids in the past.  She is going to make someone an excellent trail horse!

Merlot’s only drawback is that she crow-hops when first being ridden.  After a while, she stops and is fine to ride.  She’s learned she can sometimes intimidate people and will always test new riders.  Unfortunately, because of that she’s not really a horse for novice or timid riders.

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.