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
Newly Available for Adoption
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 has experienced EPM-like symptoms.  Her veterinarian prescribed EPM medication in July 2018 and she is now doing well. She has no other 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 was ridden by novices at a walk and trot in the arena and over obstacles at a previous foster home.

She’s been worked with for the 2018 Bluebonnet Rescue Horse Training Challenge and was doing well.  She took time off from riding during EPM treatments and now that she is back to work she has been bucking under saddle at the trot and canter.  She was examined by a vet who found pain in her sacro-illeac area and gave her a cortisone shot to help her.  She may need to be re-injected in 3-6 months or she may continue to improve as she gains strength and conditioning.

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.