When I adopted Tee I was only 12 and he was 14 years old. He was extremely malnourished when he came to MHARF. He was distant and his training level was unknown. Over the last 10 years Tee has become my best friend and an important part of our family. On May 15 he will turn 23; however, everyone is shocked to hear his age. He is healthy and energetic with the biggest personality I have ever seen. He loves staring at his reflection in the mirror, learning new tricks, nodding for his nightly grain, and going on trail rides. He has been on trails, to game shows, and back and forth to friend’s houses, and has been the perfect horse to grow up with. Now that I am going to college in London, he stays at my family’s house where my nine year old sister looks after him while I am away. He is the perfect caretaker for her as she learns to ride and care for him. We couldn’t have asked for a better horse! Thank you! –Mikayla
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Sadly we received news that the great old mare, Honey, had to be put down. Honey originally came to MHARF from a 2013 case involving an abandoned herd from a failed breeding program. Honey was the herd matriarch. She went into foster care with Lynn Secord and Catherine Master, where Sara Sedgwick met her and adopted her. Honey had made new equine friends in her foster home and she was lucky enough to stay boarded there after Sara adopted her. We want to thank Sara (who also sent us a very generous donation in memory of this sweet mare!), Catherine and Lynn for everything they did for this old broodmare who certainly deserved to live out her last years in peace, health and happiness! We are truly blessed to have people like you involved in our program! The following is a portion of the email we received form Sara: ” I lost Honey last night. Catherine, Lynn and I were with her at Anoka Equine telling her how much we loved her as she passed… Monday morning she went down in her stall when I brought her in to feed her. Catherine dropped her whole day of work and we had the vet out early, tried some pain meds and we sat in the paddock all day. She got worse and we brought her to the hospital. Her symptoms were varied and perplexing as time went on. Blood tests, ultrasounds, multiple vets…they kept trying. Neurologic, skeletal, immune problems, blood clots??? We will never know. They called me last night–she was worse– they were kind enough to let us come and be with her.
Honey brought me so much! She was gentle, kind, funny, snuggly and a joy. How she came to me– I am sure she was a gift from my long term horse Dixon. I wonder if he knew he was giving me a wonderful friend in a horse and bringing me together with Catherine and Lynn and their wonderful horses who I could not possibly love more.
I have so much gratitude to you at MHARF and all you do. I hope you know the extent of the gifts the work you do brings? I hope you do.
I will spend extra time with Zicha (27 year old Saddlebred adopted from MHARF in 2016). Catherine and Lynn will let me continue to do some chores and spend time at their farm a couple times per week. We will spread Honey’s ashes in her favorite pasture and sit in the dirt and sip coffee or a cocktail remembering Honey and celebrating the silly group of girls that will likely be in our back pockets.”
Catherine sent us the picture of Honey under the flowering crab tree along with the message “I will miss this girl–she was the crowd favorite with visitors here. So friendly and gentle. She was very loved.”
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Here’s a message we received from Norman’s new family: “Norman is home! He is officially a cheese head! Norman also met the rest of the family today (pictured: Emily(Norman’s owner/rider), Gracie and Sarah.)”
Here is an update on Piper we received from her adopter, Wren. We want to say thank you to Wren for sticking with this very nice mare through the first more difficult months! We can never stress enough that horses, whether they are adopted or purchased, are all living, feeling beings with minds of their own. Most of them come with baggage from the past that they can’t tell us about. Responsible owners are those that are willing to give them the time they need to settle in, learn to trust, and learn just exactly what it is we want from them. If we are willing to give them this time and patience (and yes, it can often mean working with a trainer!) then they reward us by becoming our willing partners. Well done, Wren!
“One year ago I started a long eventful journey with my first horse. Piper has been a wonderful project who has taught me and continues to teach me more and more everyday we work together. Our journey started off quite rough. For the first two months I was terrified to ride her, let alone go and work with her as something usually went wrong. We had issues from rearing up to bucking under saddle due to her lack of wanting to work. She was unhealthy and out of shape, making exercise unappealing. Piper struggled with many trust issues as well as anxiety over lack of food stemming from when she was starved as a yearling. Piper’s favorite thing to do is jump, don’t let her size fool you, she clears 2’9 with ease. We enjoy jumping together and plan to go to attend a few schooling shows this upcoming summer. She has gained a huge amount of trust and respect for me over this past year. It amazes me how much of a different horse she is, she loves to work and enjoys giving kisses for peppermints. This past year has gone by quickly and I couldn’t have asked for a better horse!” –Wren
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We were told about the MHARF organization from a local barn that fostered horses for MHARF. My daughter was looking for a horse that she could grow and learn with after leasing different horses for lessons. We learned about the MHARF organization and all the wonderful things they do for abandoned and abused horses. Our trainer at the time told us about a Spanish Mustang named Bug that was going to be in the trainers challenge that may be a good fit for my daughter. We got the opportunity to meet with the trainer and Bug over the course of a couple months to see if the horse would be a good fit. The trainer gave my daughter opportunities to ride Bug and gave us information about her. We found they were a good match for each other and pursued adopting her at the trainers challenge. At the trainers challenge we were lucky enough to be the high bidder on Bug and to call her our own. My daughter cried tears of joy that day when she heard Bug would be going home with her. My daughter says, “Without Bug I wouldn’t have the opportunities I have had, and we both wouldn’t be where we are today without each other.” MHARF is a wonderful organization that does so much. Not only for the horses but the trainers. The trainers challenge gives the trainers an opportunity to work with these beautiful horses and gives the horses the opportunity to showcase their talents and show how much they are capable of. With a little love, good care, training, and proper nutrition these horses get a second chance at life. Without MHARF my daughter would of never met Bug and she wouldn’t be the person she is today. Bug and my daughter continue to bond and grow as a horse and rider team and this all started because of MHARF fostering Bug. We will be forever grateful for all that MHARF has done for us and for what it continues to do. Thank you!
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The lovely horse standing with such pride in this picture is Twizzler (Ian). He rocked his costume and he and his little girl won Most Elaborate in the costume class. They also won first place in their dressage class. Not too shabby! I think he thought he looked nice in his flower garden costume! -Sarah R.