Meet Hanks A Lot
- BEHS ID
- BEHS 696 - Hanks A Lot
- Arrived at the Rescue
Arrived in 2013
Bluebonnet Rescue Horse Training Challenge
Bluebonnet Rescue Horse Training Challenge 2014
Newly Available for Adoption
- Adoption Fee
- Cameron, TX
- Date of Birth
- 1 January 2002
- Arrived at BEHS
- 27 July 2013
- 16 hands
- Small white spot on front right leg
- Intake Group
About Hanks A Lot
Hanks a Lot came to Bluebonnet from a neglect case. He competed in the Foster Horse Under Saddle division of the 2014 Bluebonnet Rescue Horse Training Challenge and won 2nd in his division. He was adopted at the 2014 Bluebonnet Horse Expo but returned in November 2016.
Hanks A Lot’s history prior to coming to BEHS is unknown.
Health / Lameness
Hanks A Lot has no known health or lameness issues.
Hilary’s assessment of Hank, “Hanks A Lot likes to move his feet once you are in the saddle, I recommend making him flex to right until his feet quit moving then to the left until his feet quit moving. He is an athlete and will excel when he has a purpose whether it be dressage, hunter jumper or another sport horse activity (western or English). He rides best with contact currently and will seek out contact if given a long loose rein. He is a sweetheart horse who loves praise. When longing him he will come in for a pat on the forehead for assurances please allow him to do this, it makes him a happy horse. He hesitates a bit before loading in a trailer so a gentle handler with patience is best. Getting after him in a harsh way gets him frightened and you will lose him mentally. Showing him the correct way gently is the best way to handle him. He likes praise and will respond best to positive reinforcement.”
Evaluation and Training
Hanks a Lot was worked with from July - October 2014 in preparation for the Bluebonnet Rescue Horse Training Challenge. He was started under saddle and ridden in an arena and on trails.
He was returned in November 2016 and went to trainer Hilary LoBue for a refresher in December 2016. Hilary has been riding him English and over jumps and says he’s got potential as a nice hunter/jumper! She says, “He is very athletic and likes a job, he looks forward to being ridden but he also needs praise when he is good. He is sweet, wants attention and praise but needs a handler/rider to keep him focused on a job. I think he has great potential.”
Hank is a very sweet-natured horse. He walks, trots. canters, backs, sidepasses, and half-passes. He trailers easily, stands for saddling/mounting, and stands well for the farrier. He is a high energy horse at times, and will need a confident rider that can work with him consistently. Hank is amazing on the trail, and has a great walk that covers lots of ground! He is not spooky on the trail, and just needs a reminder in the beginning to slow down. He would make a great endurance or trail riding partner. Hank has good ground manners, and is very easy to catch. He would not do well being kept in a stall, as this makes him nervous. He is low man in herd order and gets along with everyone.
- Evaluation / Training
- Professional Trainer Evaluated
- BEHS Foster Trained
- Professionally Trained
- Training Level
- Started Under Saddle, Green Broke
- Riding Suitability / Workload
(Now or in the future with training)
- Unrestricted riding
1/6/2017: His trainer said he did not load well when she picked him up, but he’s improving with work.
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Hanks first jumping lesson.