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UPDATED October 18, 2014

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If you see an animal on our website that catches your interest, call the shelter and set up an appointment to see the animal in person and to get more information on that animal's current status. Adoption fees are not posted as they can change during the time the animal is being evaluated.

Prospective adopters are interviewed face to face (no application) and a farm inspection is set up so that we can check out the place where the adopted animal will be kept. Please follow the link below to review the guidelines that will help get you qualified for adoption.


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.

We also have need of foster homes for the animals in our care. If you are intersted in fostering, please click the following link to read the guidelines.


To contact the Minnesota Hooved Animal Rescue, you can do so via e-mail at info@mnhoovedanimalrescue.org or by phone at 763-856-3119. The best time to call is between 7:30 and 8:30 AM. We cannot return long distance calls, so if calling long distance please call back. Please remember that appointments are necessary as there are many, many animals to be taken care of and we must plan/schedule our time to get everything done each and every day.

Horses Available for Adoption | Horses in Rehab
Animals Available for Adoption | Animals in Rehab



October, 2014 - Esperanza, Isis

September, 2014 - Sonny, TOH Hope, TOH Johnny, TOH Raayna, Edison, Gallant, D'artagnan, Ki, Jo Jo, Crouching Tantrum - Hidden Agenda, Liberty, Bugsy Malone (aka the Unicorn)

August, 2014 - Wyatt, Ames Fanfare, Charlie Brown

June, 2014 - Flurry, Chief, Quinn, Clancy, Costello, Ebony, Lahab, Maggie

May, 2014 - Flyn, Tonio, Peter, Casey, Raggedy Ann

April, 2014 - Thor, Doc's White Gold, Rozlyn, Ruben, Lookit

March, 2014 - Princess, Chukapava, Cisco, Blossom

February, 2014 - Kachina

January, 2014 - Trudy, Amber, Eleanor the Donkey

December, 2013 - Lady Flash, Leo Precious Justice, Daisy Mae

November, 2013 - Chino, Unnamed Black Mare, Unnamed Black Pinto Mare, Hot Damn Ellesafire

October, 2013 - Dandy, Quincy, Bandit

September, 2013 - Queen Mab, Hurricane, Amigo

August, 2013 - Gem, Bristol Bomber, Cash, Casey Tibbs, Dolores, Hawaii-Phive-O, Norma, Porcha, Ramona, Roger Dodger, Sparrow, Trickery, Boone's Bandito, Freya, Coki, Merlin, Buffy, Thriller, Bella, Gaston

July, 2013 - King of Spots, Blackberry, Cranberry, Radar, Indy, Fareed, Carey's Black Opal, Cricket, Pearl

June, 2013 - Gilda, Gordon, Flikka, Sherman


Check the sections below for more information on these recent arrivals at the Minnesota Hooved Animal Rescue. Horses are broken into two sections - "Available for Adoption" and "In Rehab" so be sure to check both sections.

New horse(s) added: September 13, 2014
Bugsy Malone - minature gelding

Other animal(s) added/updated: October 18, 2014 (on the Animals page)
Baby Girl - standard donkey jenny

Updates to existing horses made: October 18, 2014
Arizona - sabino pinto mare

Earl - bay Mustang gelding
Katya - pinto pony mare
Monroe - sorrel gelding
Tater Chip - pinto pony gelding


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Horses Available for Adoption | Horses in Rehab

This is Ahzi, he is a 2005 model Registered Appaloosa that stands 14.1 hands. Ahzi is broke to ride, and like so many of us is ready for his Spring tune-up. He is very much looking forward to finding a wonderful human to be his partner.


Arizona was foaled in 2002 and stands 15.3h. She is a beautiful and friendly mare who stands for the farrier and loads and unloads easily. She is currently being assessed by a trainer for training level. If you have questions you can e-mail Jean at vbengston@aol.com

Blackberry is a black mare who stands approximately 14.2 hands and was foaled around 2005. She was part of the 2013 Brainerd humane case. Pregnant when she came in, she was adopted along with her foal but had to be returned. We have not assessed her training level yet and she will possibly be a candidate for the 2015 Trainers' Challenge. We don't know her breeding but she is a stock-type mare. She has a sweet personality and is not dominant in a herd.

Blackbird is a beautiful, you guessed it - black, Warmblood-looking mare. She was foaled in 2010 and stands over 16 hands. She is not currently broke to ride and will be a candidate for a future Trainer's Challenge. She is a very sweet girl and is looking forward to having a forever home of her own.

Named in the same fashion as her mother, Wyldfyre, Bonfyre is a mare that was foaled in 2008 (see her young photo here) while her mother was at the Rescue. Bonfyre had an unfortunate accident that broke her olecranon (point of the elbow). She's was placed in the capable care of the veterinarians at the U of M who fitted her with a plate so that she was able to grow up big and strong (surgery photo 1 and photo 2 here). Because of the plate, Bonfyre will be unable to participate in high-impact sports like jumping and cross-country, but she can be a great riding horse. As you can see she has grown into a beautiful young lady!

Also, this is a great example of why it's so important to halter-break your young horse as soon as possible. Even though she was in considerable pain from the break, she was an angel to work with thanks to her halter training.

Student of the 2014 Trainer's Challenge
Buena is blossoming into a beautiful little mustang mare who stands around 14 hands. Her current foster home describes her as "smart, athletic, alert and brave" and says she is dominant with other horses and that she also loves cats. She has come a very long way with her ground work and has recently been saddled but has not yet had a rider on her. She requires an experienced handler/trainer.


This is Bug, a palomino filly foaled in 2010. Bug and her mom came to MHARF from a humane case in Southern Minnesota. Bug stands 14.1 hands, but being part Morgan is expected to mature slowly so may continue adding height. She has a very laid back, mild temperament. Bug has not yet been started under saddle. For more info on Bug please contact Jean at (651)261-3428 or vbengston@aol.com

Foaled in 2004, Christa is a Paint cross, but you would only know that if if you knew her mother was a Paint. She's a quiet girl, and rather easy to handle, but does not enjoy a lot of affection (such as hugs) so may not be a suitable horse for children). She has a very nice trot, and takes both leads at the canter but could improve her canter with some work. She was trained to drive in 2009 and seemed to really enjoy it. She has some scarring on her back legs, but it's more cosmetic than anything. Christa was the 2009 Trainer's Challenge Champion, trained by Natalie Payne. Since that time, Christa has been shown in other events and has been used as a lesson horse for beginner and intermediate level riders.

Foaled in 2006, Daybreaks Abbey Road is a very nice chestnut mare who gave birth to a beautiful filly, Penny Lane, on July 20, 2011. Abbey is a registered American Saddlebred mare, who is athletically built and has very pretty ears. Daybreaks Abbey Road is a very pretty dark liver chestnut and came to us from a Pine County humane case. She is very friendly and extremely interested in people.

Denny-TruHaven DENNY - TruHaven Ranch
Student of the 2014 Trainer's Challenge
Foaled around 2005, Denny is a handsome, solidly built dark bay and white pinto Arabian-cross gelding who stands approximately 14.2hh. He is a friendly horse who is halter broke but has no other training. Denny is joining the Trainers Challenge from TruHaven Ranch.

Dolly is a flashy 33" miniature horse who was foaled in 2007. Registered with the AMHR as Summit Dazzling Dolly, she also has temporary papers with the AMHA under the same name. She is a show quality mare with Hall of Fame and National/World Champions in her pedigree. Dolly has proven this recently by begin named Grand Champion Horse in Training at the 2014 Sherburne County Fair! Dolly has a lot of energy and her training is still limited, so she is recommended for an experienced handler at this point. For more information about Dolly, please visit her FaceBook page by clicking here.

Earl is a very handsome 14hh mustang gelding who was foaled in 2004. Earl has been in training again this past summer and has proven himself an excellent trail companion. His trainer says he may seem wary with new people at first, but once you gain his trust he is a loving and loyal friend with an outstanding work ethic. She is able to pull him in from the pasture, quickly groom, and be off in minutes. He's always eager to learn and keep moving towards the next task or lesson. He has occasional moments of hesitation where he will need reassurance, but the loyalty he has for those he trusts will motivate him to attempt any task. He will be a true friend to anyone willing to earn his trust.

We would love for Earl to find his own person yet this fall! He is currently in foster care near Rochester but we will need to move him before winter to either an adoptive home or a new foster home.

Emma is a very sweet bay mare foaled sometime in the late 1980's. She came to us as part of a 2013 humane case and was severely underweight. She is a wonderful girl, who is well broke to ride. She neck reins and does best with a curb bit. Her breeding is unknown, but she is very friendly. This mare is very solidly built and definitely has some power and speed. She definitely does not look, act, or feel her age. For more information, or to meet Emma, please contact Cindy at 320-983-2954 or 320-223-4908.

Meet Esme, a pretty black breeding stock paint type mare who stands around 14.1 hands. She was foaled in 2009. She has just recently been halter broke and has no other training.

Fletcher is a buckskin pinto gelding in his late teens who stands 14.2 hands. He has spent the last year on lease to a therapeutic riding program, but the program director feels he is bored with the arena work and would really love to go out on trails, so he is once again available for adoption (with the benefit of just having had a good 5 months of solid work as a therapy horse). Fletcher would be suitable for a child or small to medium size adult. He loves trail work and goes along nicely with other horses. He prefers someone with light hands who will not hang on the bit because he likes to walk out on a loose rein.

Full of Spice FULL OF SPICE
Graduate of the 2012 Trainers Challenge
This is Full Of Spice, a registered American Saddlebred mare foaled in 2001. She is an intake from a Pine county humane case and is a very kind and sweet mare. Spice was a student of the 2012 Trainers' Challenge and is broke to ride. She has had some trail experience but will need a training refresher. She is much more comfortable when riding out with another horse. Like most Saddlebreds, Spice is a sensitive horse and requires a gentle person with some experience.

Hans is a chestnut National Show Horse (Arab x Saddlebred) gelding who was foaled in November of 2011. He stands approximately 15.2 hands and may have some growing to do yet. He has not been started yet but has nice manners and is sweet and friendly. He has potential for show, distance, eventing--you name it. Hans recently cleared a 6' gate at the farm from a stand still--so we are hoping an eventing career may be in his future! Hans has been with us since he was a baby and he would LOVE to have attention from his very own person!

Honey is a red dun quarter horse type mare who was foaled around 1993. A very recent intake, we don't have a lot of info on her yet. She needs to have all of her vet work done, including a pregnancy check because she was pastured with several young stallions. She will then be available for adoption after she gains some weight.

Ivan is a bay POA cross colt who was born in mid-May of 2014. His dam, Sochi, is a 12.3 hh POA (appaloosa x Shetland) from the 02/2014 Wadena County humane case. Ivan is a very curious and friendly colt who is quite athletic. He is learning about haltering, leading, picking up his feet, and all of the other things a colt needs to know to be a good citizen. Even though we don't know who Ivan's sire is, due to his conformation, size, and athleticism we are guessing he may have been a quarter horse--meaning Ivan may mature around 14 hands or taller. This extremely handsome and well-built colt is now ready to find his forever home since hshas now been weaned.


Diamond in the Rough Challenge Graduate
Katya came to us from the February 2014 Wadena County humane case. She was foaled in 04/2013 and she already stands 11.2 hands. We expect she will mature around 13 hands. She is sweet girl who recently competed in the 2014 Diamond in the Rough Challenge. Having spent this past summer with a trainer she has had a lot of ground work and has learned all about obstacles, saddles, and many other things a pony needs to know!

Student of the 2014 Trainer's Challenge
Keno is a very nice buckskin and white pinto gelding who stands around 15 hands. He was foaled around 2007 and is not broke to ride. He is very friendly and has a sweet personality.

Diamond in the Rough Challenge Competitor
This is Lester. He is a 2009, 12.2 hand pony mule gelding from the Fillmore County humane case. As you can see, he has gained some weight and filled out nicely. He has recently been gelded and is ready to find a new home. Being a mule, he very much has a mind of his own, but he still has a very sweet temperament. To meet Lester, or learn more about him, please contact Truhaven Ranch at (320) 224-5454.

Student of the 2014 Trainer's Challenge
Levi, foaled in 2006, came in as a stallion from the 2013 Crow Wing County humane case. He has been gelded and is back to a nice healthy weight. He is a good boy on the ground but is not yet broke to ride. This handsome approximately 14.2hh palomino quarter horse is now looking for his new forever home!

Marin is a beautiful bay medium-pony-size hackney pony mare who came to us from the "Fillmore 55" humane case. She was foaled in approximately 2001. Marin is broke to drive and has that great snappy hackney pony trot as you can see from her photo. Marin would not be suitable for children at this point as she has a lot of "go" and was not handled as much or as kindly as she should have been in the past. For another lovely photo of Marin standing in harness, please click here.

Student of the 2014 Trainer's Challenge
Medora Miss Medora is a registered AQHA red dun mare foaled in 2002. She stands approximately 14.2 hands and is a very sweet girl.

Rescued from the brink of death in the winter of 2009-2010, Ming is a Sheldon Mustang that was foaled in 2009. After spending some time at the University of Minnesota, she regained her health and has finally grown up to be one very large young lady.

Diamond in the Rough Challenge Competitor
Monroe is a sorrel stock-type gelding who was foaled in 2012. He spent the summer with a trainer and recently competed in the Diamond in the Rough Challenge. He has not been started under saddle but has been ponied and has had a lot of ground work and desensitization work. He has plenty of experience with obstacles and saddling and has been calm throughout. His trainers say he would make a very good mounted patrol horse. He is bold, intelligent, and has a great work ethic. He will need an experienced handler, however, because like most bold and intelligent horses--he thinks he needs to be in charge.

This handsome guy's name is Moose, and he is a lovely 16.2+ hand Tennessee Walker, who was foaled in 1996. Moose is a very nice, well broke to ride horse who can be ridden by anyone who feels comfortable riding a large horse. He is extremely friendly and loves attention and grooming. He does best in the paddock with other geldings. For more information about Moose, or to meet him in person, please contact Jean at 651-261-3428 or via e-mail at vbengston@aol.com.

Approximately 14 hands, Olivia is a very nice black and white pinto mare who we believe was foaled in 2008. She has recently been halter broke and has no other training.

Meet Ollie, he is a beautiful POA pony gelding foaled in approximately 1993. He is a very sweet fellow, who is broke to ride but has not recently had a child "pilot" him off lead.

Pearl is an appaloosa miniature pony mare, foaled in 2005. She is a very sweet little mare who came to us from an abandonment case. She is sound at this time but does have a history of laminitis so needs to be on a restricted diet for the rest of her life.

Graduate of the 2011 Trainers Challenge
Meet Penny Candy, foaled in 2007 she is the daughter of Mia, and sister of Crouching Tantrum. Penny Candy is as sweet as her name, very friendly and loves people. She is broke to ride and is small, under 14 hands. Penny Candy's temperament makes her a good candidate for a hunter pony as she is a beautiful mover.

Meet Pickles, a stock-type mare foaled in 2010. She's a pretty little girl, standing approximately 14 hands. We will have more information about her soon!

Student of the 2014 Trainer's Challenge
Given the distinction of being the first MHARF baby of 2010, Polka Dot (or "Dotty" to her friends) was born in the first part of March to her mama Nona. As you can see from her baby photo she was born a blanketed bay Appaloosa! Dotty is 1/2 Arabian and 1/2 Appaloosa and ALL sweetheart! She has definitely grown into a beautiful, large lady at 15.2 hands.

Raven is a lovely mare foaled in 2005. She is 1/2 Oldenburg, 1/4 Trekhner, and 1/4 Arabian and we can honestly say she got the best of all worlds. She has a shiny black coat, lovely floating gaits, a beautiful head, and that amazing warmblood chest. Raven is best suited for a very experienced rider or trainer at this time.

Meet Rikki, a dark bay Hackney pony gelding who stands 11.2 hands. Rikki, foaled in approximately 2008, is very sweet and easy to handle. As you can see from this intake photo he has been working on gaining some much needed weight while he waits to find a loving home.

Serena is a wonderful sorrel mare, foaled in 2009, with lots of chrome! She has a white strip on her face, 2 high white behind, and 2 ankle white on her front legs. She stands approx 13 hands and has a very sweet temperament and lovely forward floating trot. We believe she would make a beautiful driving pony or dressage pony. For more information about Serena, or to meet her in person, please contact Candy at (320)224-5454 or via email at phillips1020@yahoo.com.

Sheba is a very sweet Paso Fino mare, foaled in 2004. she is very easy to be around and rides very nicely in a bitless bridle. As you can see by clicking here, she has no issues with getting her feet wet out on the trail. Any human would be lucky to have Sheba as their equine partner.

Spirit, registered with AQHA as Watch PB N J, is a gelding foaled in 2011 that stands 14.3 hands. He can be double registered as a Palomino. He is a quick learner and is very friendly, loving his "people time." He will make some lucky person a very nice equine partner.

Diamond in the Rough Challenge Competitor
Tater Chip is a very handsome 2004 12hh bay pinto pony gelding. He spent the summer in training and competed in the Diamond in the Rough Challenge. He has had a lot of ground work, is broke to drive and is doing very well. He does need a handler who is experienced in driving. His trainer says he could be a major competitor in either carriage driving events or open pleasure driving.

Diamond in the Rough Challenge Competitor
"Monte" is a gelded bay pony, foaled in 2005. He's a super-cute fellow that stands a solid 40 inches (10 hands) high. Very precocious - needs to play a lot and may not do well with children right now.

Student of the 2014 Trainer's Challenge
Thorn is a 14.3 hands pinto gelding who was foaled around 2000. He was still a stud when he came in as part of a humane case, but he had obviously spent time among other horses because he hasn't shown any particularly studly behavior. He has now been gelded. We have determined that Thorn is not currently broke to ride.

This little guy is Wiley a pony mule gelding from the Fillmore County humane case. He was foaled in 2009 and stands 10 hands high. Wiley (as you can guess by the name) has not had a lot of handling yet. He was recently gelded and is now at Truhaven Ranch--so that will change real quick! For more info, or to meet this adorable little fellos, please call (320)224-5454.

Looking for a distance prospect? This is Zafir--a 2008 Arabian gelding who stands approximately 14.2hh. He was originally adopted from MHARF as a weanling back in 2008 (his name then was Gimi) and was returned this summer because his adoptive owner could no longer keep him. He is a beautiful horse with a wonderful temperament. He is green broke and very willing, has had some trail experience with other horses but has not been ridden since last spring. He is pretty level-headed and loves to go! For more information on adopting Zafir please call his foster home at (320)223-4908.


Horses in rehab
(Not yet available for adoption)

The horses presented in this section have either recently arrived and are waiting for an examination, or have a medical condition that prevents them from being immediately available for adoption. In the case of the latter, there are often excessive medical bills that need to be paid. Thanks to the generosity of sponsors, these horses can continue to receive care. Unfortunately, there are usually more horses than there are sponsors.

If you or your organization would like to sponsor one or more horses at the Hooved Animal Rescue, please review the information needed on this form and send an e-mail to info@mnhoovedanimalrescue.org or contact MHARF at (763) 856-3119.

We're always trying to think of new ways sponsorship can benefit the sponsors as well as the horses, so the sponsorship program is currently being re-vamped and tweaked. All sponsors will be sent letters and photos of "their horses" that they can show of to their friends and co-workers.

Horses Available for Adoption | Horses in Rehab

Bill is a Haflinger gelding who had been abandoned in a park reserve. He is approximately 3 years old and 13 hands high. He has some swelling, infection and scar tissue above his front coronary bands. His x-rays are clean, he is sound, and everything is healing. We will assess his training level once he has had a little more time to recover. To assist with Bill's care or to sponsor him please click here to donate now through Network for Good, or click here to donate through Paypal.

BJ Angel is a registered pinto mare. She is currently scheduled to have surgical repair of an abdominal hernia and will not be available until after her recovery period. We will have more information on her soon. To assist with Angel's care or to sponsor her please click here to donate now through Network for Good, or click here to donate through Paypal.

This handsome and very thin (body score 1.5 / 2 on Henneke Scale) is Rake and he is a recent intake (07/2014). It's hard to believe by looking at him now but he is reportedly part draft horse. He does have nice solid legs with some feathering and a build that suggests some draft (again hard to tell in the pics--but it's there!) He is currently a stud and will be gelded as soon as he gains enough weight. He has a very nice temperament, stands approximately 15 hands, and was reportedly foaled in 2010. We were told he was started under saddle last year as a 3 year old but we will not be assessing his training until he is out of rehab. He will then be made available for adoption. To assist with Rake's care or to sponsor him please click here to donate now through Network for Good, or click here to donate through Paypal.

Sochi is a sweet POA (appaloosa x Shetland pony) mare who came in during the February 2014 Wadena County humane case. She was foaled in approximately 2006, stands 12.3 hands high and is blind in her left eye (which may require removal). She has also lost the tip of one ear to frostbite. Sochi was pregnant on intake and she foaled in mid-May of 2014 (see "Ivan"). Sochi is very smart, friendly and easy to catch. She does get a little pushy and nervous if she is being handled on the side on which she is blind. We have no other information at the moment about her training level under saddle and will not be doing an assessment until after her foal has been weaned. To assist with Sochi's care or to sponsor her please click here to donate now through Network for Good, or click here to donate through Paypal.

Will is a 2011 POA (Shetland x Appaloosa) gelding who stands approximately 13 hands. Will needs some time to rest and gain weight before he is available for adoption. Pictures coming soon. To assist with Will's care or to sponsor him please click here to donate now through Network for Good, or click here to donate through Paypal.






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