Bluebonnet Equine Humane Society

Meet Hanks A Lot

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


Trailers Learning Clips Unknown
Leads Yes Catches Yes
Ties Yes Bathes Yes
Trims Yes
Bucks No Kicks No
Bites No Rears No

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 jumping lesson

Hanks first jumping lesson.