Rest in Peace Benny Hill

Thank you to the Hempel family for this wonderful tribute to Benny Hill! The Hempel family has been a great friend to MHARF over the years!

“Dear Minnesota Hooved Animal Rescue Foundation,

It’s with heavy hearts that I am writing you to let you know that we, along with our vet, had to make the tough decision to put Benny Hill down due to issues with old age.

Benny will be greatly missed. When Benny first came to my Grandpa’s farm ( Marlyn Hempel) in 2010, he had a lot of trust issues. The husband of the couple from MHARF that brought Benny to us had grass stains all over his jeans from Benny‘s antics to try and get away. It took a long time for Benny to trust my Grandpa and I. Around this same time I starting dating a girl, who eventually became my wife. When she started coming with me to Grandpa’s that was our turning point with Benny. Benny warmed up to Jess and they soon became very close. With Jess as a bridge Benny slowly started to trust my Grandpa and I as well.
Benny was a very social guy, he loved being with other horses at Grandpa’s farm. He especially bonded with our other mule Hannah. Benny participated in a few mule shows throughout the years. Where he got to expand his horizons from halter class to egg and spoon games to an obstacle course where he did great except for that scary plastic roping steer that he wasn’t so sure about.
In 2011 we adopted Benny. Then in the spring of 2015 he and Hannah moved to our place from Grandpa’s. It was great having both of them at our place and seeing and working with them every day. He and Hannah enjoyed their new home and enjoyed visiting with the big percheron neighbors on the other side of the fence. He also accepted a new addition of Colby the mule to the family in the summer of 2016 and enjoy Colby him as a new friend.

The companionship and joy that Benny brought into our lives is something we will never forget. He was a once in a lifetime mule that we were blessed to be able to give a forever home to for the last seven years of his life.
Thank you for all that you do for equine and finding them perfect matches for their forever home!
Aaron and Jessica Hempel”

Double the Hope!

Thank you to Joyce M. for this update!
“Both of my wonderful Hopes gave pony rides at the Western Fest rodeo in Granite Falls and did great. They gave many, many rides and put smiles on lots of kids faces. Both horses have been on several trail rides and we are looking forward to going trail riding in the Black Hills in August. Little Hope (adopted last fall) is now a lesson horse, she stays calm and is very forgiving. The picture titled Little Hope is of a gal in her early 60’s who after a few weeks is riding on her own and loving every minute of it. Again, I can’t say enough about my two Hopes, they are wonderful horses. Thank you!”
Thank YOU Joyce! “Big” Hope was formerly known as Trickery and was trained by Katie Hembree for the Trainer’s Challenge before being adopted by Joyce. “Little” Hope was one of Truhaven Ranch’s entries in last year’s Challenge, trained by Marirose Berner and then adopted by Joyce.


Sonny and Keno join a June wedding party!

MHARF alumni Keno and Sonny participated in their adopter Katlyn’s wedding in June! Katlyn says the flower girl pictured with Keno is his “favorite little human” and that they have an incredible bond. Thank you to Kaylyn (and her new husband!) for making Sonny and Keno part of your family!


Marigold and Sarah: a perfect match!

Here is a well matched pair:  Marigold and Sarah. Marigold came to MHARF during a December 2015 Hubbard County humane/abandonment case. She competed in the 2016 Trainer’s Challenge with trainer Lauren Novak and was adopted by Sarah and her family that day. Sarah’s mom says, “Sarah loves her so much! They have done a few schooling shows together and have done clinics/lessons with Rochelle Wrisky, Julie Christie, Sasha Kohlhase and Jane Braddock.”
Thanks so much to the Carlson family for this update. Sarah and Marigold look great together!


Stormin’ Norman!

Thank you to Emily M. for this wonderful update on Norman!

“My name is Emily and I am Norman’s owner/rider. I thought I would contact you to give you an update on how Norman is doing. Norman has been an absolute blessing. He is a complete different horse from when I met him back in November of 2016. He is such a kind boy with a heart that wants to please. He has grown so much with his training in only 4 months of being with me. He is now confident in himself and works extremely hard. I work him 5 days a week, and am out at the barn everyday taking care of him. We have done trail rides, arena work, western pleasure, dressage, horsemanship, showmanship, barrels, poles, even drill team. He loves his job for sure. Norman loves that he finally has a job and he knows when I’m with him its time to work and have fun. We are taking everything day by day, being very patient with him. He has made friends with all the other equines in his pasture, and everyone at the barn adores him. They all know him by Stormin’ Norman. Storms are unexpected but beautiful at the same time. And after every storm there is a rainbow. That is why his name is Stormin’ Norman. He has been a challenge at times, but he one day will be a magnificent horse. He never seems to disappoint me! He has been a pleasure to work with and I am tickled pink to see how far he will go in his career. He melts my heart every time I see him. I am so honored to say I am the lucky girl that gets an amazing horse like him. Thank you MHARF for helping Norman and I find the perfect match and giving Norman a deserving life and second chance!”