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"Whenever an animal is somehow forced into the service of men, every one of us must be concerned for any suffering it bears on that account. No one of us may permit any preventable pain to be inflicted, even though the responsibility for that pain is not ours. No one may appease his conscience by thinking that he would be interfering in something that does not concern him. No one may shut his eyes and think the pain, which is therefore not visible to him, is non-existent."
-- Albert Schweitzer --
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1) To rescue horses and other hooved animals in distress, treating each animal with compassion and respect while acting in the animal's best interest; and

2) To educate the public on the welfare of hooved animals.

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MHARF Summer 2014 Newsletter

The summer newsletter is now available for your viewing pleasure. Please click here to download the PDF and enjoy reading about:

  • Trainer and Students gearing up for 2014 Trainer's Challenge
  • The healthy foals born to ponies from the Wadena County case
  • Roswell the Painting Horse donating proceeds to help rescued equines
  • MHARF horses and ponies competing in the first "Diamonds in the Rough" Competition

2014 Trainers Challenge
Saturday, September 20, 2014

To view and print a color poster click here or to view and print a black and white poster click here.

The date for this year's Trainer's Challenge is Saturday, September 20th. The doors open at 9:00am and the event begins at 9:30am and will be held at the U of M Leatherdale Equine Center between Fairview Ave. and Cleveland just south of Larpenteur Ave. in St. Paul.

Thanks again to our generous sponsors Blattner Energy, Cinch Chix, an ASPCA Grant, Valley Equestrian Newspaper, and Siete Leguas Equine Vet Services the prize money will once again be $10,000!

We are also happy this year to welcome horses from Truhaven Ranch, Inc. and This Old Horse, Inc. into the 2014 competition!

Again this year we will have a silent auction of equine art, a MHARF store with logo apparel, quality used tack and other great items. Lunch will also be available on-site again this year.

For more information about the Challenge, to see the horses and trainers list, access the trainer's blogs and links to their Facebook pages please click the image above or click here.


Dolly Named Grand Champion Horse in Training
2014 Sherburne County Fair!

Summit Dazzling Dolly has been doing her part to show people how valuable rescued equines can be!

Dolly (along with her foster provider, Aimee) was named Grand Champion Horse in Training at the 2014 Sherburne County Fair!

Dolly is a 2007 33" AMHA/AMHR mare who is available for adoption!

To learn more about Dolly, please visit her FaceBook page by clicking here!

For more info please email us info@mnhoovedanimalrescue.org

 


Foster Homes Needed for
Healthy Horses & Ponies!

MHARF is in desperate need of qualified foster homes for healthy horses and ponies. Please click here to read our fostering guidelines (in Adobe PDF format).

Due to an increase in humane cases this time of year we have a number of horses in great need waiting to come in. We need to find placement, temporary or permanent, for several of the healthy horses we now have.

Some are slated for the 2015 Trainer's Challenge and only need foster care until April. We need to make room at our main facilities for several thin and ill horses that need to come in ASAP.

Fostering or adopting one of the healthy, sound horses we have available helps save the life of another horse in need!

If you can help please email us at info@mnhoovedanimalrescue.org for more information. Thank you!


Mother's Day Baby - Sochi & Ivan

Sochi, one of the 3 pregnant pony mares from the February 2014 Wadena County humane case, had a Mother's Day baby!

Ivan, Sochi's foal, is a beautiful, healthy colt. However, the foaling was not without complications. Sochi had what is known as a "Red Bag"--meaning the outer placental membrane failed to rupture during labor. Luckily, the folks at Sochi's temporary foster home and the staff from Siete Leguas Equine Veterinary Services were keeping a close eye on her and were able to step in and correct the problem by opening the membrane before the foal suffered any damage from lack of oxygen.

Had Sochi not been under supervision, her foal would not have survived. This is why we feel it is so crucial to check any incoming mares for pregnancy before making them available for adoption. We also do not adopt out pregnant mares. We are very fortunate to have foster homes with foaling facilities that are willing to take in mares for foaling! We understand that not everyone can have special foaling stalls with cameras and 24/7 surveillance. However, anyone who has a mare expecting a foal CAN learn as much as possible about foaling so they know the signs that a mare is getting close. That way they can keep an eye on her and when the time comes they can be there to step in or call the vet in case of trouble.

Ivan is now a very happy, 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 his mother is a POA standing only 12.3 hands, we believe he may mature around 14 hands or taller because of his current size (we don't know who Ivan's sire is because his mother was an intake from a humane case). This extremely handsome and well-built colt will be available for adoption after he is weaned and gelded. Sochi will also be available for adoption after weaning and after she has surgery to remove her damaged eye.

 


Roswell "the Painting Horse"

Roswell "the painting horse" and his owner Jen have been donating half of his profits to MHARF since early 2013.

Roswell is an off-the-track thoroughbred (he didn't quite cut it as a racehorse, or a jumper, or a dressage horse.... Jen says a trainer once described him as "put together with spare parts"). When his career under saddle was sidelined due to a knee injury, Jen needed to find something else to keep this very intelligent gelding busy. She had the idea to introduce him to painting and as it turns out--he's a pro!

Now Ros uses his passion to help other horses! Roswell's painting and other merchandise featuring his designs can be found on eBay, etsy, and Cafe Press. Roswell also has his own facebook page. You can also watch Roswell on YouTube by clicking here.

Watch for the MHARF summer newsletter in which we will have the full story on Roswell Originals!


Update - Helen & Wait

Remember Helen and Wait? Helen came in last fall so thin and with such long hooves she could barely walk. Her tiny, malnourished baby was at her side. We are happy to announce they are doing very well and are now available for adoption! Helen has required quite a bit of careful farrier care to regain soundness and she will definitely require careful and regular care in the future. However, she is so sweet and has been through so much--we are sure there is someone out there who would love to pamper her! Wait is a healthy and curious boy who has now been weaned and gelded.

We would like to say THANK YOU to the sponsors who helped with Helen and Wait's care throughout the winter and spring!

At Intake Now
Helen (Updated) Wait (Updated)

CSDEA Article Regarding MHARF Horse

The Central States Dressage & Eventing Association (CSDEA) included a wonderful article by Jennifer Selvig about an amazing horse, Fred (fka Chief Concerto) and his human partner, Lisa, in their recent newsletter. Fred came to MHARF as a 2-year-old stud colt after they were nearly starved to death at their race trainer's farm in the winter of 2004. At that time Fred was 748 pounds and 16 hands.

Fast forward several years and Fred is now a well muscled 1,240 pounds, is confident and loves his job in eventing. He has collected many accolades at preliminary horse trial, one-star events, and intermediate horse trials. He is pointed toward several two-star events and maybe an advanced horse trial.

Please click here to read the full article by Jennifer Selvig entitled Ready Freddie! Three-Peat Silks Champ has a Cinderella Story to Tell

Then...At Intake
Now... Happy at Work

MHARF Winter/Spring 2014 Newsletter

In the event you don't receive one in the mail, or want to read it sooner, please click here to view our Winter/Spring Newsletter.


MHARF February 2014 Humane Case
Wadena County

MHARF's latest humane case (February 2014) in Wadena County, MN, involved 3 pregnant pony mares, a nine month old filly, and a 6 month old colt, as well as 3 more ponies found dead on the property (one we believe is the mother of the orphaned colt). These ponies have been living all winter in an open area with basically no shelter (unless you count the 3 ft. high plastic sheet that was rigged up in the middle of the pasture). There was no house or barn on the property--so no water all winter, and apparently no hay or feed of any kind for at least the past week.

We would like to thank Investigator Hanson from the Animal Humane Society and also the Wadena County Sheriff's Dept. for assisting us in this case and we urge Wadena County to bring prosecution in this case. We would also like to thank Siete Leguas Equine Veterinary Services for their care of the ponies upon intake. They are all now enjoying nice warm stalls with plenty of hay and water.

If you'd like to donate to help us cover costs for these ponies please see links to PayPal and Network for Good on the left hand side of this page, or you can send a check to MHARF, PO Box 47, Zimmerman, MN,55398. All donations are tax deductible!

And, as always, we are in need of qualified foster homes. These particular ponies will need to stay at our regular facilities for the time being but in order to make room for them we need to place some of our healthy horses and ponies. There are several who only need a place to go until the Trainer's Challenge begins this spring. You can find our foster and adoption guidelines, as well as the list of available horses, here on our website. Thank you!

Again, if you'd like to donate to help us cover costs for these ponies please see links to PayPal and Network for Good on the left hand side of this page, or you can send a check to MHARF, PO Box 47, Zimmerman, MN,55398. All donations are tax deductible!


KMSP-TV News Report
Minnesota Hay Bank Donation

MHARF is a recipient of the Minnesota Hay Bank this winter, and Fox9 News did a very nice story about the Hay Bank and how it is helping horses, and MHARF, this winter.

Click here to watch or read the story.


2013 Trainers Challenge
Photo Gallery Now Online!

The photo gallery has been uploaded to the website for your viewing pleasure! We hope you enjoy what we could capture of this successful event!

Click Here to View the Photo Gallery!

Thanks again to everyone who helped with the event and attended!


In the News

The Valley Equestrian, has a very nice article about the 2013 Trainers Challenge in their current online edition. Please click here to check out page 17 to read about the event.


Fillmore County Case Update

All of the horses have been removed from the Fillmore County Fairgrounds. Some of them have been transported to MHARF, some are still at the U of M, and some are at Truhaven Ranch. We are working hard to get back to everyone who has contacted us about fostering!

We want to say THANK YOU to everyone who has helped get these horses to safety: Truhaven Ranch, all of the Deputies at the Fillmore County Sheriffs Dept., Bill Meyer of Carisbrooke Transport, and all of the 4-H groups that have helped out. We'd also like to thank The Animal Humane Society for spearheading the investigation.

We are currently working on getting all of the animals vet-checked and in stable condition. This is a very large case. We appreciate all of the offers of help!

The best way to help at the moment is to make a monetary donation--and remember--no amount is too small! Even if you can only afford $10.00--it all adds up! You'll find links to PayPal and Network for Good in the left menu bar of this webpage.

Even though some animals are at other locations, they are all currently property of MHARF and we are responsible for all costs. Please keep watching for further updates.


Casual for a Cause + Horse Lover = Generous Donation for MHARF!

Cora, age 5, loves horses - as you can see from the photo of her and her best friend Oreo. She discovered MHARF and immediately started saving money to donate. Cora even asked for donations instead of presents for her 4th birthday and also attempted an art sale.

Then, Cora really got excited when she heard her dad talking about "Casual for a Cause," a fund-raiser at his work. Every quarter, employees take turns choosing a charity. Individuals that choose to participate pay $25 and are allowed to have casual Fridays for the quarter. When her dad announced that it was his turn to choose the charity, she declared that it needed to be MHARF.

So, Cora's dad obediently turned in his selection, on the condition that Cora needed to make a video appeal to his coworkers. Cora's effort raised $1,500!!

Cora was able to go down and visit with Drew and the horses at the Rescue to present the money (even though she was a little too shy to talk to Drew, and had her mom hand over the envelope).

All the horses, donkeys, chickens, and other animals currently awaiting their forever homes at MHARF send out a HUGE THANK YOU to Cora, her family, and her dad's very generous co-workers!


The Humane Society of the United States Threatens Suit Against USDA if Court Order Not Followed Before Horse Slaughter Resumes 

WASHINGTON (Feb. 3, 2012) – The Humane Society of the United States cautioned the U.S. Department of Agriculture in a letter that the agency must comply with a 2007 ruling from the D.C. District Court prior to resuming the inspection of horse slaughter facilities—a crucial matter because such inspections could open the way to new horse slaughter plants in the U.S. The HSUS warned that it will consider taking aggressive legal action against USDA to enforce those obligations if the agency fails to follow the court's order.

Although Congress chose not to renew a prohibition on USDA funds being used for horse slaughter inspections, those inspections cannot recommence automatically, according to The HSUS. In The Humane Society of the United States v. Johanns, the D.C. District Court enjoined USDA from restarting horse slaughter inspections without first conducting an environmental review of the environmental impacts of horse slaughter operations, which can include a persistent noxious stench and the presence of horse blood in the plumbing of neighboring areas. USDA must comply with that order before restarting horse slaughter inspections, and before any horse slaughter plant can open in the U.S.

"The court's decision is crystal clear," said Jonathan Lovvorn, senior vice president of animal protection litigation for The HSUS. "USDA must undertake an environmental review before inspections begin, and The HSUS will take appropriate legal action to ensure the agency carries out the court's directives."

In 2005, Congress voted to prohibit the use of federal funds to pay for salaries and expenses of personnel to inspect horses being slaughtered for human consumption. By defunding horse slaughter inspections, horse slaughter facilities could no longer operate, and by 2007, all U.S. slaughterhouses were closed. Prior to congressional action, more than 100,000 horses were being slaughtered each year in the United States for consumption abroad. Horses are not bred or raised for food production, but were swept up in the pipeline of "killer buyers" who export horse meat or profit.

In a troubling decision, a congressional conference committee stripped the defunding provision, which had been in place for five years, from an FY 2012 agriculture spending bill, giving USDA the discretion to once again resume horse slaughter inspections, which could cost an estimated $5 million in taxpayer dollars annually. A poll conducted in January by Lake Research Partners for the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals found that 80 percent of Americans are strongly opposed to horse slaughter.

"At a time when our nation is looking to cut spending, it is deeply disappointing that Congress added millions of dollars to the federal budget to enable the needless slaughter of America's iconic horses to resume," Lovvorn said. "Americans don't eat horses, and don't want them butchered, shrink-wrapped, and sent to France or Belgium as a high-priced appetizer."

The HSUS's letter also noted that USDA will have to make extensive changes to its existing regulatory framework to comply with new regulations for the export of horsemeat to the European Union, a top U.S. export destination in the past.

A full copy of the letter can be read by clicking here.


MHARF In the News

Due to the recent Anoka County Humane Case, MHARF has been in the news quite frequently. Below are links to some of the news stories, both in the local papers and on local TV stations. We thank them for covering this case and making the plight of these horses common knowledge

StarTribune article January 13, 2012 - For starving horses, rescuer offers last gasp of hope.

KARE 11 TV January 12, 2012 - East Bethel rancher charged with 35 counts of animal mistreatment.

KSTP TV January 12, 2012 - East Bethel horse owner charged with animal cruelty.

Pioneer Press article January 10, 2012 - East Bethel: Breeder can't have horses back, judge rules.

For more information about adopting, fostering, sponsoring, or MHARF in general, please contact the rescue at 763-856-3119, email us at info@mnhoovedanimalrescue.org, or visit us on FaceBook at Minnesota Hooved Animal Rescue Foundation.


Dental Work Important?
Patty says "Definitely" - but you be the judge...

These photos were taken in the mouth of Patty - a teenaged Percheron/Saddlebred cross mare from the recent Anoka County Humane Case. As you can see from the below photos (click on each of them to see a larger image) she had severe dental issues and was in extreme pain. She is MUCH more comfortable now, and her eating style has changed dramatically after her dental work. She still has some work to be done, but the sharpness is gone and the "fangs" are dramatically reduced so she can eat without discomfort. She is now a much happier horse! Check out the rehab section of the Horses Page and see how lovely this mare is.

Both "fangs" Left side
Patty's Molars showing both sides Patty's Left side first Molar
Tongue Lower left damage
Damage to Tongue from "fang" Damage to lower gingiva left side

Anoka County Humane Case

IrisSeveral horses were seized in an Anoka County Humane Case at NV Arabian Horse Ranch having been evaluated with body scores of 1 and 2 on the Henneke scale. The horses were released to MHARF this weekend after spending time at the U of MN for evaluation and care.

The Pioneer Press printed a very heartwarming article about Lizzy, an 18-year-old Arabian mare taken in this case, and the family that is doing what they can to help her. You can find the article by clicking here.

Iris, shown here in a recent photo to the left, was one of the horses seized in this case. She is doing much better as you can see from her photo. You can see from the photos of her back (photo 1) and her hips (photo 2), her incoming condition was severe. Below are a few of the additional intake photos of these horses. Click on the image to see the larger image. Sponsors are appreciated to assist in the rehabilitation of these horses.

Intake - Anoka County Horse Pinto Intake - Anoka County
Body Condition was Severe Another Example of Condition
Intake - Anoka County Horse Example of Hoof Condition

Please call 763-856-3119 if you would like to become a sponsor. More information will be coming soon to the website regarding these wonderful horses.


MHARF Yahoo! Group

A Yahoo! Group has been created for the MN Hooved Animal Rescue to keep everyone informed of events, alerts, and other time-sensitive information that may not be posted to this website. This group is certainly not a replacement for this website, but more to supplement the communication process for everyone concerned about the welfare of horses in Minnesota. To learn more about this e-mail list and what it does, you can visit the MHARF Yahoo! Group home page here. This list is carefully moderated by volunteers of the Rescue to ensure the privacy of the members and the content of the notices. In order to participate, you will need a valid e-mail address. For more information, please visit the MHARF Yahoo! Group


Assistance for Elderly With Pets

We wanted to share information we were given with regard to organizations who will assist the elderly keep and care for their pets if they have come upon financial hardship. Please view the attached Adobe PDF listing of resources, and feel free to share this information with others who may find it helpful.


EHV-1 Information

Here is the most recent information we have received regarding the recent outbreaks of EHM.

Although the majority of Minnesota horses will be unaffected by this outbreak, sensible precautions dictate that horses that have aborted or show signs of fever in conjunction with respiratory or neurological disease be isolated from other horses and evaluated by a veterinarian. Vaccines for control of respiratory disease and abortion due to EHV-1 are available, and many Minnesota horses receive them as part of their spring vaccination regimen, but the ability of vaccines to control the neurological form of the disease is unclear. If you have specific questions regarding the implications of this outbreak for your horse, or whether additional vaccination is appropriate, we recommend that you contact your regular veterinarian.

We urge owners to avoid bringing sick or suspect horses to shows, clinics, trail rides, etc. If you have any doubts about your horses health, stay at home.

Please click here to download a PDF of the USDA EHV-1 informational brochure.


Sign Petition to Keep Undercover
Humane Investigations Legal in Minnesota

Two bills (Senate File 1118/House File 1369) have been introduced in the Minnesota Legislature that would ban undercover humane investigations. These bills would make it a crime to take video without an owner's consent in factory farms and puppy mills in Minnesota, as well as to possess and distribute the images.

We ask that you please review these bills and consider contacting the governor and your Minnesota State Senator and Representative and also signing an online petition found here to help stop this legislation, or others like it.


Pet Points from Coborn's

Have you been collecting Pet Points from Coborn's but you don't know what to do with them? Do you have no idea what "Pet Points" are? Do you want to help the MHARF even more? Then read on!

Coborn's has been a local grocery store in the upper Midwest for several decades, with the first one opening in 1921 in Sauk Rapids, Minnesota. One of the promotional features at select Coborn's stores is "Pet Points". Pet Points are coupons given at Coborn's when you buy pet food. When you have enough points, you can convert the points into cash - 150 pet points = $10.00 that can be used for anything at Coborn's such as food for the animals in the care of MHARF or even gas for transporting horses to and from foster homes and veterinary clinics.

In addition to Coborn's stores, you can also drop your pet points off at Caseys General Store 810 N. Rum River Drive, Princeton MN 55371 (763)389-9923.

If you have extra Pet Points that you'd like to donate to MHARF, please visit these stores or contact us.


Nebraska 200 Mustang Rescue

Back in April (2009), we talked about a rather unfortunate state of affairs at the Three Strikes Ranch in Nebraska, where a collection of wild Mustang horses has come to be known as the "Nebraska 200". Quite simply, it was a herd of horses that had been left unfed and uncared for to a point where about 75 had already died and the remaining 200+ were in sorry shape. Well, we have some updates! Click here to read more!


Information from the MN Horse Welfare Coalition

An excellent program dedicated to the education of new and seasoned horse owners, the MN Horse Welfare Coalition (MNHWC) has posted literature on the AHS website that we feel is required reading. There are documents on "Evaluating a Horse's Body", "Horse Hay Resources", and "Humane Options for Unwanted Horses". You can download and view these documents here (Adobe Acrobat Reader required).


The Gelding Project

The Minnesota Horse Welfare Coalition, the Minnesota Horse Council and the Animal Humane Society in cooperation with the Minnesota Association of Equine Practitioners and the Minnesota Hooved Animal Rescue have launched an initiate to help control the equine population named "The Gelding Project". This two-part program is designed as a key step to reduce the number of unwanted horses in Minnesota. For more information on this project and how you can help make it a success, please visit the Horse Council website! There are PDF files available for download (Adobe Acrobat Reader required) that help detail the requirements and benefits of this project.

In addition, the first castration clinic was a great success! You can read the news release here (Adobe Acrobat Reader required) as well as some additional information here.


Wyldfyre MISSING!

On December 9th, 2008, one of our horses presently in foster care in the Rush City / Rock Creek area - Wyldfyre - disappeared from the farm where she was fostered. We do not know if she strayed away, is lost, or has been stolen - but we certainly would like to have her back and safe! Wyldfyre, is an Arabian sorrel mare that stands about 14.2 hands. She has very little white, with the only spot being a small star on her forehead. She also has a scar on her hind leg, but given the fuzzy nature of horses right now, that might be hard to see. Here is a flyer (99KB PDF) you can download and post if you are in that area or are attending any horse auctions.

We are offering a reward to anyone providing information that leads to the safe return Wyldfyre. If you have information on her whereabouts, please contact the Rescue immediately at 763-856-3119.


An important article has been posted at TheHorse.com that we encourage everyone to read! (Free registration required to view.)

How to Manage Starved Horses and Effectively Work with Humane and Law Enforcement Officials - "The role of the veterinarian in the community is very important (in equine welfare cases)," said Julie Wilson, DVM, Dipl. ACVIM, head of large animal medicine at the University of Minnesota's (UM) College of Veterinary Medicine during the 50th annual American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) Convention. Read More...

 
WHAT YOU CAN DO TO HELP

MHARF has an urgent need for trainers and/or training centers to foster and work with horses for 60 days. Currently, we have more horses than our staff can work. If you can help, please contact Drew at (763) 856-3119. Remember, all foster care cost are tax deductible.

 

OTHER STEPS YOU CAN TAKE
  • Never sell your horse at an auction nor to anyone whose background you haven't thoroughly checked.
  • Report suspected animal abuse to:
  • Animal Humane Society
    845 Meadow Lane North
    Golden Valley Minnesota 55422
    763.489.1570

    Minnesota Federated Humane Societies
    612-866-8663 or 1-877-8ANIMAL (1-877-826-4625)
    6613 Penn Ave. So.
    Richfield, MN 55423
    Email: tshields@isd.net

  • Become a Foundation volunteer by calling today.



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