Bluebonnet Equine Humane Society

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In February 2005, a group of internet friends decided to pool their knowledge  and passion for horses to create a new rescue.  Their goal?  To help horses, especially those from neglect or abuse cases, throughout Texas and Arkansas.

The group started out small:  about 30-40 volunteers took in 64 horses that first year.  About half the horses came from neglect cases, while the other half were donated by owners who could no longer keep them.

Gulliver when he arrived at BEHS.
Gulliver when he arrived at BEHS.

The organization’s founders agree that the first year of the rescue was crazy;  They were taking in horses, deciding policies and procedures, creating forms and fundraising events, and figuring out how to work together.  Since they were all spread out, they relied on email lists – and dozens of emails, sometimes even a hundred or more, flew back and forth each day.

After that first year, the group found its rhythm.  Once they policies were set, they only needed occasional refinement.  The organization’s shift turned to recruiting new people, and helping more horses.

Gulliver after rehabilitation.
Gulliver after rehabilitation.

Bluebonnet created an annual event, the Bluebonnet Horse Expo, to help raise funds for the horses, educate horse owners on proper care and handling of horses, and to introduce adoptable horses to the public.  The 2015 Bluebonnet Horse Expo raised about $30,000 in profits and helped find adopters for 34 horses – which made it a record-breaking year!

The organization now boasts over 1,000 members, with about 40 foster homes who house horses and about 150 volunteers who give a minimum of one day per year (almost many give much more time).  The organization houses all horses at foster homes, and they’ve taken in nearly 800 horses since they opened their doors.

BEHS horse Napoleon with his adopter Hilary.
BEHS horse Napoleon with his adopter Hilary.

Bluebonnet now operates only in Texas, and they focus on helping horses from law enforcement cases.  Most of the horses come from neglect cases, but a shocking number are found stray.  The rescue also occasionally receives horses who were found abandoned or physically abused.

The organization has worked with over 65 law enforcement agencies to get help for needy horses, and help doesn’t always take the form you might think.  While Bluebonnet accepts many horses from these cases, they prefer to educate the owners when possible so that they can keep their horses and care for them themselves.  That’s the best possible outcome, although not one the organization sees often enough.

Unfortunately, rescue work is expensive and Bluebonnet always needs donations.  Funds are used to help care for the horses, provide veterinary care, get the horses training so they can be more adoptable, and insure the horses are doing well with their foster homes and adopters.

To learn more about Bluebonnet or to donate, visit their website at  You can also like their Facebook page  or call them at (888) 542 5163.





Special Horses Secret Santa for Rescue Horses – December 2015-January 2016

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Special Horses Secret Santa for Rescue Horses

Special Horses is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing support to horse rescues in Texas.  For the past several years, the organization has run a Secret Santa for Rescues program in December.

This year,Special Horses asked five rescues to nominate up to five horses each who needed a Secret Santa.  The organizations provided a description of the horses and their wish list.   Secret Santas can be individuals, businesses or organizations who donate towards a particular horse’s wish list.  All funds raised will be used to purchase items on the wish list and send them to the rescue.

You can donate to one or more of the organizations participating this year.  Scroll through the horses, pick horses to sponsor by clicking on their name, click on the green box below the horse’s description, and fill in your donation information.  Donations are made in $5 increments.

From Special Horses, “Secret Santa for Horse Rescues is a fun and easy way in the spirit of the season to help several outstanding equine welfare organizations. Even a small donation of $5.00 can add up and make an enormous difference. And is once again generously willing to assist everyone in their Secret Santa endeavors!”

HorseLoverZ aids this endeavor by offering free shipping to the rescue groups as well as low prices on items, so your donations go further.

Since Special Horses is a nonprofit, donations are tax-deductible.    You can learn about the horses and make a donation by clicking here.

Participating rescues:
Bluebonnet Equine Humane Society
Bright Futures Farm
The Exceller Fund
Sunkissed Acres Rescue and Retirement
True Innocents Equine Rescue

Email Special Horses with any question or visit the Special Horses Secret Santa website.

Wags to Riches Gala & Casino Night – May 30, 2015 – Pearland, TX

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Wags to Riches Gala and Casino NIght
Saturday, May 30, 2015
5:00pm – 11:00pm

Pearland Pets provides assistance to the Pearland Animal Control and Adoption Center in Pearland, Texas.  The Wags to Riches Gala & Casino Night is their big annual fundraiser – and it is definitely a night of fun!  Funds from this event will be used to purchase a large trailer that can haul animals to adoption events where they can find wonderful, loving homes.  The trailer can also be used to evacuate pets out of the area, which is important since Pearland is on the Gulf Coast and is threatened by hurricanes.

Tickets and sponsorship opportunities are still available – check out the website to help the pets of Pearland!


Bluebonnet Horse Expo – October 17, 2015 – Austin, TX

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Saturday, October 17, 2015
9:00am – 7:00pm
Admission: $8/person, kids 12 and under free!



The Bluebonnet Horse Expo is a day of horses, fun, shopping, horses, learning, horses, and more fun!  The event includes:

  • training and riding clinics by internationally accomplished clinicians
  • shopping in the vendors area, at the live tack auction, at the silent auction (tack, jewelry, home decor and more), at the Bluebonnet Art Show, and in the tack sale area
  • The Bluebonnet Rescue Horse Training Challenge
  • Horses available for adoption from Bluebonnet Equine Humane Society
  • And much more!

Proceeds from the event benefit the horses of Bluebonnet Equine Humane Society.  The organization is still looking for sponsors, vendors, and donations of tack, horse/farm equipment, and horse/farm/ranch-themed art work, jewelry, and home decor.