Bluebonnet Equine Humane Society

Meet Diego

BEHS ID
BEHS 722 - Diego
Status
Arrived at the Rescue
Arrived in 2013
Available
Newly Available for Adoption
Adoption Fee
$300
Location
Gainesville, TX
Date of Birth
1 January 2011
Arrived at BEHS
16 December 2013
Breed
Appaloosa
Gender
Male
Gelding
Height
15 hands
Color
Appaloosa
Grey
Intake Group

About Diego

Diego came to BEHS late in 2013 from a neglect case. When he arrived, he was shy and a little leery of humans, but he moved to a foster home who worked with him and helped him settle in. He was adopted a few months later and the foster home really was sad to see him go. He was returned in early 2015 because he wasn’t getting along with another horse in his home, and his previous foster home decided that this was her second chance to make him a permanent part of her life.  She returned him in 2018 when life took an unexpected turn.

History

Nothing is known of Diego’s history before coming to BEHS.

Health / Lameness

Diego has no known health or lameness problems.

Evaluation and Training

When Diego arrived, it appeared that he had not been handled much prior to coming to BEHS.  He was a bit shy, but he didn’t seem to be at all aggressive.  His foster home worked with him, and she got him leading well, let her catch him, and let her pick up his front feet. 

Diego’s had some bad experiences in his life, so he’s not a trusting horse.  He’s spent time with a professional trainer for ground work.  He also spent time in early 2019 with a trainer to prepare for the Bluebonnet Rescue Horse Training Challenge. She pulled him out of the Challenge because he isn’t emotionally ready for a competition.  She said some days she could work with him with no problems on the ground in the round pen, but other days he was terrified and would try to jump out.

His current foster home has had him twice.  She has started working with him again (August 2019) after letting hm have some months off to decompress.  She said right now it can take a few minutes to catch him and he doesn’t like his ears touched, but she’s working on that.  She says he is a high energy horse and does not take much pressure to get him to mve out.  He needs a handler who is calm and uses the least pressure possible to get a reaction - he does not react well to people who push hard.

His foster home said that he is also really eager to please, and he works well for praise.

He’s going to need a very experienced and patient adopter who wants to spend time helping him work through whatever trauma he experienced in life that has made him so scared.  He could also be adopted as a pet/companion horse and not trained to ride.

Evaluation / Training
BEHS Foster Evaluated
Professionally Trained
Training Level
Halter Broke
Basic Groundwork
Riding Suitability / Workload
(Now or in the future with training)
Unrestricted riding

 

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

When he went to training in 2018, he was kicking at handlers.  He has not done that in some time but he may revert with a new person.

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