Donate today: 31 Days of December Giving
December is the month of giving, kindness, and love - and the horses are Bluebonnet Equine Humane Society are hoping you’ll show them a little love this Christmas season!
Rescue work is expensive work. Your donations make you part of the rescue team that helps needy horses. When you donate, you change lives.
Some of the things your donations help cover:
Routine Veterinary care: vaccinations, coggins, dental work, gelding
Emergency and non-routine veterinary care: illnesses and injuries
Neglect case investigations
Foster and adopted horse follow-up visits
When you donate at Paypal now through December 31, Paypal will waive their fees plus add an extra 1% to your donation. Those savings add up to more help for more horses!
Meet the horses:
December 1 - Amora
Amora came to Bluebonnet from a neglect along with several other horses in the fall of 2015. She was pregnant so she was in the rescue for almost a year before she could go up for adoption. Amora has had a hard life and clearly hasn’t been treated well. She’s very nervous of people on the ground, although she is pretty well trained to ride. She needs a special adopter who can work through her fears on the ground and who can stick with her when she does get scared under saddle. She’ll probably be in foster care for a long time as we search for the right person. Your donations help pay for her annual routine veterinary care, training, and foster care.
December 2 - Flo
Flo is a teenage mare who came to Bluebonnet in June of this year along with her foal. She was in such poor condition that her foal was starting to show signs of distress, and we had to act quickly to get them both the help they needed. Fortunately we got to help her in time, and her foal quickly turned around. He was adopted in November of this year, but she’s gaining weight more slowly and will be in rehabilitation for quite some time. Your donations help pay for her veterinary care, her rehabilitation, and training once rehabilitation is done.
December 3 - Lincoln
Lincoln came to Bluebonnet in November 2014. He was pretty thin when he arrived. We were told he was a gelding, but once he arrived we discovered he was actually a stallion and needed to be gelded! In 2015, he competed in the Bluebonnet Rescue Horse Training Challenge and was adopted. He was returned soon after when he was too much horse for his adopter. In the summer of 2016, he was lame and having some health problems, so we had to remove him from the available for adoption list. He’s recovered now, and now needs a training refresher. When you donate, Lincoln benefits. Donations cover all of his veterinary care, training refreshing, and fostering stipends.
December 4 - Prairie Rose
Prairie Rose’s former owners moved away and abandoned her. She was placed with Bluebonnet in July 2016 by the sheriff’s department. She’s only about 3, and she’s a petite little girl. She’s missing her right eye - it may never have developed correctly or it may have been badly damaged when she was just a foal. Either way, she’s not had an easy life before coming to Bluebonnet. She was emaciated when she arrived and it was clear she had not had much care in her short life. She’s gained weight and is now doing well. A recent veterinary examination revealed that the missing eye does not seem to bother her, it is just a cosmetic issue. Still, many people don’t want a horse with a missing eye and we imagine it’ll take her a long time to find her own family. When you donate, you help with the costs of Prairie Rose’s veterinary care, fostering stipends, and training.
December 5 - Panama Jack
Panama Jack came to Bluebonnet in August 2014 from a neglect case. He’s been a hard case as he’s very leery of new people and can be hard to catch. He also seems to prefer women, so he may have had a bad experience with men. His foster home rehabilitated him and then he competed in the 2015 Bluebonnet Rescue Horse Training Challenge. He was going to compete again this year but developed a bad abscess that took quite some time to heal. He’s now in need of a training refresher before going back up for adoption. Your donation helps with the cost of his veterinary care, fostering stipends, and training refresher.
December 6 - Zera
Zera arrived at Bluebonnet in August of this year. She was emaciated when she arrived, and she’s still slowly gaining weight. We discovered in October that Zera is pregnant, probably bred in June (before she was removed from negligent owners). She’s going to be with Bluebonnet nearly a year before she goes up for adoption. she won’t go up for adoption until her foal has been born and is weaned. Her foster home reports that she is a very sweet horse who has obviously had a lot of handling. She stands well for grooming, fly spraying, and blanketing. She comes up to her foster home for petting in the pasture, and it is hard to get a photo of her as she wants to be right up next to you! Your donations will help with Zera’s veterinary care, fostering stipends, training evaluation (after her foal is weaned) and with the care of her foal. When you help Zera, it is a ‘two for one’ deal - you help her and her foal!
December 7 - Abigail
Abigail came to Bluebonnet in 2009. She and five other horses were dumped off at the end of a dead end road and abandoned. Bluebonnet took all of them in, but Abigail is the only one still in foster care. These mares hadn’t had an easy life before BEHS - they were leery of people and in rough shape when they arrived. Abigail’s foster homes worked hard to help her overcome her past, and in 2013 she won the in hand division of the Bluebonnet Rescue Horse Training Challenge. She’s now with trainer John Cesare in Alpine, Texas and is doing well with training. When you donate, you feed Abigail and get her veterinary care, farrier care, and deworming.
December 8 - Nattimana
Nattimana was found estray and placed with Bluebonnet when her owners weren’t located. We get far more estray horses than you would think! She was in really poor shape when she arrived, and it seems like she hadn’t had a lot of great handling. Her foster home rehabilitated her, and she competed in the professional division of the 2012 Bluebonnet Rescue Horse Training Challenge. She was adopted after the Challenge but returned earlier this year (no fault of hers). Some people get angry when they see returned horses, but I am glad we can provide a safety net for our horses for the rest of their lives! Nattimana has gone through enough tough times, and we now have a chance to protect her. Nattimana’s adopters hadn’t been riding her, so she is going to need a training refresher and then she can go up for adoption. When you donate, you help Nattimana get her routine veterinary care, farrier care, and the training refresher she needs to be adoptable.
December 9 - Remedy
Remedy came to Bluebonnet last year along with many other horses from a neglect case. Most of the mares, including Remedy, were pregnant. She lived in a foster home until she had her foal and her foal was weaned. Once her foal was weaned, Remedy’s foster home started working with her. She would stand for grooming, fly spray, and bathes. She was easy to saddle and longe, but she acted like she had never been bridled. She also apparently didn’t know how to be ridden. She’s scheduled to start training after the holidays, and your donations will help her get the training she needs to be adopted.
December 10 - My Chiquita
My Chiquita was emaciated when she was removed from negligent owners. She was placed with Bluebonnet, and once she was rehabilitated we found out she was a nice riding horse. She was adopted but returned in 2016 when her adopter has a health crises. We are sad whenever a horse comes back to Bluebonnet, but we’re also proud that we can provide a safety net for these formerly neglected and abused horses. My Chiquita’s adopter was unable to ride her for the past few years, so she’ll need a training refresher before going up for adoption. When you donate, you make that possible!
December 11 - Lil Sister
Lil Sister was emaciated when she arrived at Bluebonnet earlier this year from a neglect case. She was her foster home’s first foster - her daughter had competed in the Training Challenge in the past, but she had not yet fostered a horse for herself. She did a great job rehabilitating Lil Sister, and her daughter found out Lil Sister was nicely broke to ride. The foster home and Lil Sister ended up competing in the in hand division of the Bluebonnet Rescue Horse Training Challenge and getting 2nd! When you donate, not only do you help Lil Sister with her vet and fostering stipend expenses, but you help other horses like her get a 2nd chance!
December 12 - Creek
Creek is just a three year old who will still a colt when he arrived at Bluebonnet from a neglect case this year. Once he was healthy, he was gelded and his foster home began working with him in hand. She said it took quite some time for him to move past his stallion-like behavior but he eventually did settle down. She decided to compete with him in hand in the Bluebonnet Res cue Horse Training Challenge and won their division! He’s going to need to start training after the first of the year, and your donation will help him get the training he needs to be adopted!