Bluebonnet Equine Humane Society

Meet Pilgrim

BEHS 675 - Pilgrim
Arrived at the Rescue
Arrived in 2012
Bluebonnet Rescue Horse Training Challenge
Bluebonnet Rescue Horse Training Challenge 2014
Adoption Fee
Bastrop, TX
Date of Birth
1 January 2000
Arrived at BEHS
27 November 2012
Quarter Horse
15 hands

About Pilgrim

Pilgrim came to BEHS in November of 2012.  He was estray and his owners were not located, and he was in such rough shape that he didn’t look anything like the horse he is today.  He gained weight, had surgery for a health issue, and grew into a gorgeous, kind, and quiet horse.  He’s been waiting on his own person, and he was adopted to become part of a riding camp.  Unfortunately he was returned when he did not work out in a camp environment.  He entered the 2014 Bluebonnet Rescue Horse Training Challenge in the “Needs Additional Training” division and did well.  A few months later, he was adopted.  He was returned in the fall of 2017 due to his adopter’s health.


Pilgrim’s history before he came to BEHS is unknown.

Health / Lameness

Pilgrim has no known health or lameness issues.  However he came to BEHS with an injured penis that he cannot retract.  He had his penis amputated at Texas A&M University in February 2013, and he’s doing fine..  (BEHS has another horse who has undergone similar surgery, recovered well, was adopted and is now doing playdays and trail rides with his young rider!).

Pilgrim is missing several teeth – it looks like they were knocked out.  Because of the location of his missing teeth, he cannot be ridden with a bit but will need to be ridden with a hackamore or other type of bitless bridle.


When Pilgrim arrived, he was emaciated.  He’s recovered and is now beautiful.  We don’t know his breeding, but he appears to be an Appaloosa or cross.  He has mottled skin on his muzzle and around his eyes, and he has light spots on his body.  He’s very striking and eye-catching.

Evaluation and Training

Pilgrim can be a bit pushy on the ground, but he is improving with consistent handling.  He knows how to lead, load, and is easy to catch.  He knows how to longe and carry a saddle, and he’s been ridden by a foster home.  Because he has lost several teeth, he must be ridden in a rope halter, hackamore, or other bitless bridle.  It is clear he was broke to ride before coming to BEHS, and he’s now adjust to being ridden without a bit.  His foster home says he’s a bit lazy, but he has a wonderful, smooth jog and is a willing horse to ride.

Evaluation / Training
BEHS Foster Evaluated
Previous Owner Evaluated
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 Yes Rears No

He was with an adopter from 2014-2017 who said he bit her.  None of his previous foster homes had ever had trouble with him biting.


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Uvalde County Sheriff's Department
Beverly H.
Tracy & John C.
Jennifer & Spencer W.
Erika F.
Kathy F.
Denise & Bobby C.
Sara S.
Cathy S.
Gretchen H.
Rachel E.
Jessica S.
Stacy N.