MHARF mainly adopts out animals to Minnesota homes. However, we are always happy to consider neighboring-state homes (WI, ND, SD, IA). Adoptive homes must comply with the following guidelines:
- Nutritious feed (hay/grain) in sufficient quality (wholesome, palatable and free from contamination such as feces, mold, mildew, insects, dust, etc.)
- Food shall be provided in sufficient quantity and be of adequate and appropriate nutritive value.
- Diet shall be prepared with consideration for the age, breed/type, condition, size, work level and quantity of equine(s).
- Equines should score, by a veterinarian, no less than a body condition score of 5 on the Henneke Condition Scoring Chart to be considered of adequate weight.
- Equines shall have access to adequate natural forage or be fed daily or as recommended by a veterinarian or MHARF.
- All storage and feeding receptacles shall be kept clean and free from contaminants such as feces, mold mildew, insects, dust, etc.
- If more than one animal is fed at one time or in one place, it shall be the responsibility of the caregiver to separate animals for equal feeding if needed.
Adequate Veterinary Care:
- An Equine shall be afforded immediate veterinary care if known or suspected to have an injury, accidental or deliberate, or exhibiting such signs as shock, colic, founder, tremors, swelling, broken bones, open wounds, inability to eat or drink, blistering as a result of fire, acid, etc., irregular or abnormal breathing, partial or total paralysis, abnormal discharge or bleeding, signs of disease, severe parasitic infection, loss of appetite, weight loss, abnormal skin condition or hair loss, temperature fluctuation, persistent diarrhea, inability to bear weight on a limb or lameness, or other such signs.
- Hoof care maintenance and trimming every six (6) to ten (10) weeks, or as directed by a veterinarian or farrier.
- Parasites kept under control through worming as directed by your veterinarian.
- Annual dental check-up and necessary treatment to ensure proper and adequate food digestion.
- Vaccination as recommended by your veterinarian. Proof of testing for Equine Infectious Anemia (Coggins Test).
- Adequate water means clean, potable water available at all times for all equines. Exceptions shall be determined by a veterinarian.
- All water receptacles shall be kept clean and free of contaminants and be positioned or affixed to minimize spillage.
- Shall have at least a roof and three sides and be kept in good repair and free of standing water, accumulated waste, sharp object and debris. Shelters with steel siding need to have 3 ft. wooden kickboards on all sides to prevent injuries from kicking through the steel wall .
- Adequate shelter provides protection from inclement weather conditions (e.g. prevailing wind, sleet, rain, snow, and arid temperature.)
- It is the responsibility of the owner/custodian to ensure that each equine, taking into consideration age, breed/type and health, has access to proper shelter or protection from the weather (e.g. relief from more dominant equines that may exclude him/her from the shelter).
- Space available to the equine must be usable and safe (e.g. must be provided an area free from standing water, accumulated water, sharp objects and debris and maintained in a safe and healthful manner).
- Equines shall be allowed to exercise and have freedom of movement as necessary to reduce stress and maintain good physical condition. Space and provisions for exercise must be appropriate and sufficient for the age, breed/type, quantity, condition and size of the equines.
- If stabled, stall size must be of a minimum of 10′ by 10′ for a full size horse. Stall sizes for smaller equines can be determined according to animal size.
- Enclosed areas should be constructed or modified to allow free flow of air to control temperature, humidity and prevent air stagnation.
- Equines kept in stalls must be allowed a minimum of 4 hours of daily turn out in a suitable and safe fenced area large enough for the equine to exercise.
- Fencing shall be well maintained and in good repair at all times. Fencing adequate for equine needs to be highly visible and of a minimum of 4 feet. Barbed wire fencing is not acceptable. All steel t-posts must be capped.
Equines are herd animals and are very social. We require a potential adoptive home to have at least one other equine on the property for companionship.
Upon qualifying, an Adoption Contract is signed by both parties. This contract is a co-ownership that lasts for the life of the animal. An animal adopted from MHARF cannot be sold, traded, or given away. If for any reason the adopted animal is not wanted, at any time, the animal must be returned to MHARF. We do not adopt out stallions and it is usually a policy that mares are adopted with a no breeding clause in their adoption agreement. Furthermore, only under very special circumstances does the Rescue adopt out an animal outside the five-state area – that is, Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin and the Dakotas.
Interested in Adopting?
Click here to fill out and submit an adoption application. A MHARF representative will contact you within 72 hours of receiving your application. Thank you!