Bluebonnet Equine Humane Society

Meet Lucera

BEHS ID
BEHS 982 - Lucera
Status
Arrived at the Rescue
Arrived in 2018
Bluebonnet Rescue Horse Training Challenge
Bluebonnet Rescue Horse Training Challenge - Fall 2019
Available
Newly Available for Adoption
Adoption Fee
$1800
Location
Quinlan, TX
Date of Birth
1 January 2007
Arrived at BEHS
13 June 2018
Breed
Grade
Gender
Female
Mare
Height
14.1 hands
Color
Bay
Markings
Star and partial sock on left hind leg
Intake Group

About Lucera

Lucera and her six herd mates were surrendered to Bluebonnet when their owner was investigated for neglect.  Thin when rescued, Lucera turned into a pretty mare once she gained weight.  In fact, she is now an easy keeper.  She appears sound, with correct conformation but she does have a few scars.  Lucera’s large, kind eyes are one of her best features, and she has those dark, tough hooves that cowboys prize.

History

Nothing is known of Lucera’s history, but she may have been used as a broodmare..

Health / Lameness

None known.

Other

Lucera will be competing under saddle in the professional division of the Bluebonnet Rescue Horse Training Challenge with trainer Riva England.  She will be available for adoption starting on October 19, 2019 at the Challenge competition during the Bluebonnet Horse Expo in Taylor, Texas.


You can follow their progress on their Facebook page.

Evaluation and Training

When Lucera arrived at the rescue she was apprehensive around people and was not a willing partner.  She received some initial training in her foster home and then two weeks of professional ground training.  As a result, she learned to lead well, load in a stock trailer, and stand quietly when tied. 

We believe Lucera has experienced some very rough handling in the past.  When she first arrived for at her trainer’s facility to start preparing for the 2019 training challenge, she was very protective of herself.  She was difficult to catch, kicked out to warn people to stay away, and even threatened to bite.  Once she realized no one was trying to hurt her she quickly came around and stopped exhibiting those behaviors.  She now meets her trainer at the gate and is sweet and willing.  Her adopter needs to be aware of these defensive instincts since we do not know for sure how she will react in a new environment.  Her trainer feels as long as her adopter is patient, gentle, and fair that the mare will respond in kind.

Lucera had significant holes in even basic skills when she arrived.  She was extremely fearful of things like fly spray, general grooming, and being bathed.  She has worked through these issues and now stands tied calmly for these basic tasks.

Lucera appeared to have had some training under saddle but really didn’t know much.  She is a very forward mare at the walk and trot but she has been difficult to get into a canter.  Once in the canter she has difficulty holding it, especially on the left lead.  Her trainer feels this is likely due to needing muscle tone to properly carry herself.  She did become sore during training and may need bute temporarily until she builds up the proper muscling to prevent excessive soreness.  She was malnourished when she arrived so she should continue to improve in this area with proper exercise and under a normal workload.

Lucera likes working outside and is not spooky at all.  She will work through obstacles.  Her trainer says she will go over or through most anything you ask her to.  She learns things quickly and her trainer feels she would make a great trail horse or might even be a prospect for playdays when her conditioning improves.  Lucera will make a nice addition to some lucky adopter’s family!

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 Yes
Trims Learning
Bucks No Kicks No
Bites No Rears No

Lucera will lift her feet when asked, after much training by her foster home, but she will still try to pull her back feet away at times.

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