Here’s Vegas (formerly known as Reba) killing it in halter class (July 2016). She took third out of fifteen! –Andrea
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Because you were all part of her life, we wanted to let you know of the passing of our sweet Willow (aka Golden Girl). She had bad arthritis in her neck and up until recently, we were able to keep her comfortable with anti-inflammatory meds and massage therapy. With this management, she seemed content and able to do her natural “horsey” things and be a part of the herd. But ultimately, the arthritis progressed to a point where we could no longer keep her comfortable. We were watching her closely and we knew the time had come when one day, she didn’t want to go out in the pasture with her sisters. Something she had done with enthusiasm every day. With heavy hearts we called the vet and made an appointment for the morning. On July 9th Willow passed away peacefully in her favorite pasture surrounded by all who loved her. Including her sisters, Violet, Perdita and Honey, who stood silently watching over her until she was gone.
Although Willow had a quiet personality, she projected a powerful presence in our barn. Her passing left an empty space and we miss her dearly. But we are comforted by the knowledge that she was happy here, she was loved wholeheartedly and we did our best to give her the best care possible.
Thanks for bringing her to us, we will always be grateful for having that sweet mare in our lives.
Some pictures of happier times attached.
Catherine Master and Lynn Seacord
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Hey there! We have Daisy, formerly Rosie, adopted in 2015! (With the two donkeys, she’s in front – Donkey Odie is our other miniature donkey.) She is doing so well – such a funny girl! She’s a knock-you-down-for-a-hug kinda donkey. –Patti
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Sorry! I can’t stop with the updates! Last few shows Maya has been Champion and Reserve Champion in the Low Pony Jumpers! I just wanted to share the recent show photos! She’s just a peach and everyone she meets loves her – so much so that I was contact by a woman who makes her own custom model horses and wants to do a My Teenage Dream small run of models on her line! How cool!–Anna
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This is Syd’s Shadow (Syd), who was known as Weebay when he and Sid Zacharias were the People’s Choice and Co-Reserve Champions in the 2008 MHARF Trainers Challenge. Syd was rescued as part of a starving herd in Pine County when he was seven months old. I first met him when he was a two-year-old who was fostered over the summer by friends of mine. I fell in love back then with his goofy, playful personality–I am so lucky that he is now my horse! Syd lives with his horse buddies at a small boarding farm with horse trails in the back of the property and across the road in a regional park. He is the most cheerful horse that you could imagine and is firmly convinced that everybody is his friend!
Syd is so curious and smart, with a big heart and lots of “try.” He LOVES to learn new things, play games on and off line, and explore new places. Syd means the world to me, and I do everything I can to give him the best life possible! There aren’t enough words to thank everyone who has helped him survive his rough start and become the wonderful horse that he is now. But I will always be grateful to MHARF (Drew, Karen, and everyone else who played a part in helping him), the staff at the U of MN Equine Center, Sid Zacharias and the rest of the Zacharias family, Kem and Karla, John and Kelly, Robbin, and all the other people who helped Syd and me find each other! –Janet (all photos credited to Thou Yang)
After a heroic Christmas-time rescue by MHARF and friends, Dolores and her foal Esperanza (the Sled Filly) were cared for by Siete Leguas Equine. I was fortunate to adopt Dolores at the 2013 Challenge, in which she was trained by Maria Schaal. Without all of these people (more than I can name) and without the support and guidance of Jean Bengston, my happy days with my horse would still be just a childhood dream. I adore this smart and sassy little horse. If there’s anything I can understand, it’s a sensitive female who likes to do things her own way! She challenges me to learn and makes me laugh out loud. Thank you, MHARF and associates, for saving this mare and for preparing her to be adopted. I owe many thanks as well to the teachers and mentors who have helped to prepare me for the responsibility of her continuing care. Though having a horse was a childhood dream, it is an adult responsibility. Adopting from MHARF means that if I am ever unable to fulfill that responsibility, MHARF is there to ensure that this special horse is never neglected again. –Elisa H.
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Every horse deserves a little girl to love and here is Rio (Mighty CluCountry) with his! Quite a difference from his intake a year ago!
Rio at Intake: Spring 2015
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Greetings to all our MHARF friends, family and trainers! It’s already been a long journey, but it has just begun! Remember that little brat who always tried to …get in your pockets and would nearly maul you for treats? Well her name is Piper and she no longer tackles you to rip apart your jacket for a treat. Piper was born in 2009, she is 1/2 Percheron, 1/4 Clydesdale and 1/4 Thoroughbred. Don’t let her breed fool you, she is just under 15.2hh. I rescued Piper in December 2015, from the minute that I walked up to her pen to meet her, I knew she was the one. I’ve had a love and passion for horses all my life, from riding to leasing, I knew that someday I would own that special horse that I would call mine. I had started to look for a horse in November and came across Piper, I had always wanted a rescue but wasn’t planning on one for my first horse. I called up her foster home, Wrisky Ranch, and set up an appointment to go and see Piper. Of course the day before I went to go meet her, she had broke out of her stall and ate 2/3 of a bag of senior feed! I forgot to tell you, Piper is a food motivated girl! Thank goodness Rochelle had a vet out to get some drugs into Piper and she was just fine! I had gone out to see Piper a few more times before making my final decision on adopting her! I brought her home December 12th and was so excited to start our journey together. For the first few weeks things didn’t go as planned, my sweet mare wasn’t so sweet after all and decided that she was going to start a habit of rearing. For a while, I couldn’t even get her to walk with her halter and lead rope without rearing. We had gotten some help from Rochelle and a few friends to come out and give advice and monitor Miss Piper’s behavior. Within just 2 weeks, Piper was back to her normal self and she had learned that she needed to respect me, yet trust me at the same time. One of our biggest problems was her being pushy and like I said earlier, she always wanted treats out of your pockets. From then on I had set many ground rules for Piper and she was not allowed to come after me for a treat, she had to earn it. The weeks went on, I pretty much had started with her from square one because we weren’t sure what training she had had. Piper is a very fast learning and caught on to things quick! By March, I started doing light rides with Piper, asking her just to focus and concentrate on what she was being asked. Within no time, April rolled around and Piper was cantering under saddle with a nice collection. We would free lunge a few times a week to keep Piper’s mind busy, helping to build our relationship and trust! One of Piper’s favorite things to do is jump, not just tiny x’s, 2′ jumps are cleared with ease. I could go on forever, but I’ll stop here! We are looking forward to a few schooling shows during this summer! My goal for Piper is to finish her and compete in the Hunter ring! Our journey has just begun and we have already overcome great barriers! Please like and follow this page to stay updated on Piper! We will see you in the ring!