Adopt a Horse
Some people wonder why they should adopt a horse from a rescue. Some believe that rescue horses are used up or untrainable. Others think rescue horses aren’t ridable. And some horse enthusiasts worry that the rescue will want to control how they ride and use their horses. Nothing could be further from the truth about adoption from Bluebonnet Equine Humane Society (BEHS).
Horses adopted from BEHS have gone on to do all kinds of jobs. Some are companions to lonely horses. Others become children’s show horses, endurance horses, competitive trail horses, working cow horses, trail horses, driving horses and more. All of the horses and mules on this page were adopted from BEHS. Moonshadow, the little gray horse, has gone on to participate in Pony Club events with his young rider. Annabelle competes with her teenage rider in barrel racing, and Pandora is a winning endurance horse. BEHS has many other horses just waiting to become your next trail mount, show mount or ranch mount.
Bluebonnet Equine Humane Society only has some basic rules that apply to adopted horses. We do not control what disciplines you use your adopted horses for as long as they’re properly cared for and are able to perform the job you ask of them. For instance, we do not adopt out older, injured horses for barrel racing. We also do not adopt out horses as breeding animals. We feel that there are already many, many horses in the United States who do not have homes, and we do not want to add to the overpopulation problem. We do conduct home visits to check on the horses, but unless an adopter refuses to return our calls or schedule a visit, we do not conduct unscheduled/unannounced visits.
There are excellent benefits to adoption:
- BEHS provides a description of how the horse has behaved with other horses as well as when handled by humans. BEHS foster homes evaluate the horse’s training level to the best of their abilities.
- BEHS provides a history of the horse including where he came from, vet care while in the rescue, behavior while in the rescue, etc.
- All BEHS horses have received the following vaccinations within the past twelve months: West Nile Virus, Flu, Rhino, Rabies, Tetanus, Sleeping Sicknesses.
- All BEHS horses have a current, negative Coggins.
- All BEHS horses have had their teeth checked in the past twelve months and any recommended dental work has been completed.
- All BEHS horses are on a current de-worming and farrier program.
- If your BEHS horse does not work out for any reason, you will get a refund of your adoption fee if you return him or her in the first 30 days and a partial refund if you return him within the first year.
- If you cannot keep your adopted horse, BEHS will find him a new home where you can rest assured that someone will love him as much as you do.
- BEHS now offers an adopted horse rehoming program: If you cannot keep your adopted horse but know someone who would like to have him/her, you can rehome your horse. The new adopters will need to apply and be approved with BEHS and sign an adoption contract. You, as the original adopter, can charge a rehoming fee to the new adopters and none of that money comes to BEHS.
- BEHS is available as a resource for all adopted horses for the remainder of their lives. When you adopt a horse from us, we adopt you into the Bluebonnet Family!
In order to adopt, submit a membership application, adoption application, and membership fee. Also submit the photos requested on the adoption application. To become a member, , go to the blue “join” tab in the upper right hand corner of the web page, this will take you to PayPal, or you can mail a check or money order along with your application. Please fill out the Adopt/Foster application completely. Take pictures of your property or boarding facility as listed on the application. The application and pictures can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or sent via USPS to the PO Box listed on the application. The pictures serve as self inspection and let us know that your facility is safe and horse friendly. A follow up site inspection may also be performed.
After BEHS receives a complete application, our Adoption Coordinator will contact you. If she has any questions or concerns, she’ll discuss them at that time. She’ll also talk to you about which horse(s) you are interested in and get you set up to go visit them.
Please read over our adoption policy to make sure adopting is right for you. When you adopt from BEHS, you agree to provide a home for your new equine for life – you cannot sell, give away, lease out or otherwise dispose of your equine. You also agree that you won’t breed any mares or jennies that you adopt. BEHS horses are available for adoption to members who live in Texas, Arkansas and in areas of Oklahoma and Louisiana that are near the Texas border.