Gretzki (Graduate of the 2012 Trainer’s Challenge)

Gretski is a 2009 mustang smokey black/ buckskin gelding who stands approximately 14.3 hh.  He originally came to MHARF in a humane case with his mother Ramona. He competed in our 2012  Trainer’s Challenge with trainer Chris Walz. He was adopted by Chris after the Challenge but sadly Chris can no longer keep him because of relocation. He was ridden consistently between 2012 and 2016 but has not been ridden for over a year now. He does have trail experience. Gretzki has never been ridden by anyone but Chris and right now he does require an experienced rider and really needs a person he can bond with.  Chris says he is very smart. Gretski is an “easy keeper” and tends to be on the heavy side–so ideally he should be on a dry lot or restricted diet unless he is getting worked regularly. He has had some issues with heaves in the past and has been on the supplement Lung EQ and that seemed to work well for him. He has also had abscesses in both front feet but has not had an issue with that for over a year.

Jiminy Cricket

Jiminy Cricket is a chestnut grade Arabian colt who was foaled on April 29th, 2018. His mother, Della, came to MHARF pregnant during a December 2017 case.  Jiminy Cricket was premature and showed failure to thrive and both mare and foal were admitted to Anoka Equine Veterinary Services so he could receive i.v. fluids and plasma. Bloodwork showed infection so he was also started on antibiotics. Within 48 hours Jiminy Cricket was doing well enough to be released. He does need to stay on stall rest for 30 days–but he is proving to be a feisty and energetic colt.


Full of Spice

Full of Spice is a 2001 15hh chestnut American Saddlebred mare who originally came to MHARF during a 2011 Pine County humane case. Spice was pregnant at intake and gave birth to her colt Spot in October of 2011. After he was weaned in 2012, Spice competed in the 2012 MHARF Trainer’s Challenge of the Unwanted Horse with trainer George Walker and she is broke to ride.  She was adopted a few years later but is now being returned because her adopter can sadly no longer keep her. Spice did spend 90 days of refresher training at Dart Ranch during the summer of 2017.  Her previous adopter says she is very smart and can be a bit lazy and resistant to move out. She feels Spice gets really bored with arena work and would do great on trails or obstacle work (but she does not have experience with these at this point). She is not spooky or reactive but is not suitable for a beginner because she is super smart and will take advantage.  She has great ground manners and is easy to catch.



Banner (Student of the 2018 Trainer’s Challenge of the Unwanted Horse)

Banner is a 2003 15hh black and white pinto gelding who was originally born at MHARF after his pregnant mother, Kite, came in from a large 2002 Pine County humane case. Banner was adopted as a youngster but was never started under saddle. He has now been returned because his original adopter could no longer keep him. He is currently a student of our 2018 Trainer’s Challenge of the Unwanted Horse with trainer Thomas Smittle. Because Banner  will spending the spring and summer in training and will compete in the Challenge on September 22nd, he will not be available for adoption until that date. If you would like more information on becoming pre-approved to adopt banner at the Challenge on 09/22/18 please see Adopting a Trainer’s Challenge Horse.

You can follow Thomas an Banner’s training journey throughout the spring and summer on Banner’s Facebook page HERE!


Photo Credit: Elizabeth Schultz

Graduate of the 2016 Trainer’s Challenge
Nikita is a 2007 buckskin and white pinto draft cross mare who stands approximately 15.2hh. She competed in our 2016 Trainers’ Challenge with trainer Amanda Schultz. Nikita then continued her under saddle training with Julie Brady of Lanoux Stables in Stillwater, MN. Nikita was adopted but has now been returned because her adopter could not keep her. She is suitable for an intermediate to advanced rider.