Bluebonnet Equine Humane Society

Meet Starlight

BEHS ID
BEHS 954 - Starlight
Status
Arrived at the Rescue
Arrived in 2018
Bluebonnet Rescue Horse Training Challenge
Bluebonnet Rescue Horse Training Challenge 2018
Adoption Fee
$1500
Location
Marion, TX
Date of Birth
1 January 2006
Arrived at BEHS
2 February 2018
Breed
Quarter Horse
Gender
Female
Mare
Height
14.3 hands
Color
Grey
Intake Group

About Starlight

Starlight was surrendered to Bluebonnet when her owner had difficulty recovering from Hurricane Harvey.

History

Nothing is known of Starlight’s history before coming to Bluebonnet.

Health / Lameness

Starlight has no known health or lameness problems.

Starlight does have a bump on her left leg, but her veterinarian examined it and said it was not a problem/not a lameness concern.

Starlight has thin soles, thinner on the left hoof. Her veterinarian said that she would be OK for riding on soft footing, but for hard surfaces or intense training, she would require a wide-web shoe with pads and possibly Bute on occasion.  She has never been lame in pasture while with Bluebonnet.

Other

Starlight will be competing under saddle in the professional division of the Bluebonnet Rescue Horse Training Challenge with trainer Tori Verboom.  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.

You can learn more about Tori Verboom on her Facebook page.

Evaluation and Training

Starlight is a big, pretty, flea-bit gray mare She arrived in good body condition, but her hooves were terrible. In the interest of trimming them ASAP, we had the vet sedate them for the farrier when he came to administer vaccinations, draw blood for a Coggins test, and float her teeth. In subsequent trimming,Starlight stood fairly well for the farrier, although she did pull her feet away a couple of times. Built like a brick house, this mare is big boned, with a deep heart girth, well-defined withers, and a butt that would put Kim Kardashian to shame.  Steady in temperament, she gets along with geldings and other mares of all age groups.  Starlight was reported to be skittish and hard to catch, but she came around with consistent handling.  She is now easy to halter and lead, plus she has been tied with herd mates.  The mare’s ground manners are good, and she respects a handler’s personal space.

Trainer Aaron England evaluated her in May 2018.  It does not appear she is broke to ride or was started poorly and will need to be restarted.  At the evaluation, if Aaron put a lot of pressure on her, she would rear out of nervousness/fear.  She’ll need an adopter who can commit to putting in time doing ground work before restarting her under saddle, or she will need a home as a companion/pet only.

Evaluation / Training
Professionally Trained
Training Level
Halter Broke
Basic Groundwork
Started Under Saddle, Green Broke
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 Learning
Bucks No Kicks No
Bites No Rears No

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