We regret to announce that MHARF will NOT be holding the annual Trainer’s Challenge in 2021. Upon review of the horses eligible for the program, we have decided that the majority are too young to benefit from a competitive training venue. We also have many older horses who have been started in the past and are therefore not eligible for the Trainer’s Challenge. We feel it would be in the best interest of these horses to send them into refresher training while keeping them eligible for immediate adoption. As many of you know, due to Covid-19 we were unable to hold the 2020 Trainer’s Challenge as the usual audience event and fundraiser. Because we don’t know yet what this year holds, we have made the difficult decision to suspend the event in 2021. Thank you!

Updated MHARF Archive Gallery

We are finally into the new year! 2021 marks MHARF’s 27th year in operation and we have been updating the MHARF Archive Gallery. We have added many new photos, including all of the previously published calendar pages, more rehabilitation success stories, testimonials, humane case photos and more. Check it out Here!

2020 Was a Great Year for Adoptions at MHARF!

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As of of 12/31/2020, seventy equines found great new adoptive homes through MHARF!  You can view the complete list of adopted horses Here!

Thank You to All of Our Give to the Max Day Donors!

Thank you so much to everyone who donated to MHARF on Give to the Max Day through our Give the the Max Day Campaign! With your wonderful generosity we were able to raise more than $13,000.00 for the horses in our program!

Pearl Receives a Birthday Sponsor Visit!

Thank you so much to Ava and her family for raising funds for MHARF for Ava’s birthday! Over the weekend Ava donated $500 to MHARF that she had raised in lieu of gifts to sponsor our recent intake Pearl. Read more about Pearl’s story here.

2021 MHARF Calendars Sold Out

2021 MHARF Calendars are SOLD OUT. Thank you so much to all who purchased them!

2020 Trainer’s Challenge and Promise of the Future Results!

Congratulations to all of our 2020 Trainer’s Challenge and Promise of the Future trainers on very successful event!                                       See 2020 Trainer’s Challenge Results and Gallery Here!

See 2020 Promise of the Future Results and Gallery Here!

See Full 2020 Event Facebook Photo Gallery Here!

2020 Trainer’s Challenge and Promise of the Future Update

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We wanted to share the program for the 2020 Trainer’s Challenge so our wonderful trainers, sponsors, event officials, and volunteers get as much recognition as possible. We were so sorry we were unable to welcome a general audience this year! As we announced in late August, attendance was limited to the trainers (allowed two assistants each), people pre-approved to bid and adopt at the event and our event officials and volunteers who have already signed up. We were really impressed with the dedication the trainers showed this year. Every one of them worked extremely hard to get their horse ready for this event, as well as having communicated and worked with potential adopters throughout the summer to make sure the experience was the best one possible for both the horses and the adopters. Thank you once again to everyone for all of the support!

July 2020 Humane Case Intake Update

07/23/20: We have a sad update on Benjamin, a 16-year-old gelding who came to MHARF from a July 2020 Carlton County humane case. After consulting with the veterinarians working with Ben, we made to decision to have him humanely euthanized.  You can read more details and view photos HERE.

Thank you very much to Investigator Oquist of the Animal Humane Society of MN for all of her timely assistance in getting Benjamin out of the situation in which he was discovered, allowing us to minimize his suffering as much as possible.

Don’t be Afraid to Foster or Adopt an Older Horse!

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Thank you so much to Judy for this wonderful article about her experiences adopting and fostering some of the senior horses at MHARF!

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Our popular “Geld ‘Em” bumper stickers are back! 11.5″ x 3.75″ stickers are great for cars, trucks, trailers and more.

MHARF in Need of Foster and Adoptive Homes!

MHARF is always in need of Adoptive and Foster homes! The majority of horses in our program come to us from humane cases through law enforcement. We also get frequent requests to take in horses from owners who can no longer keep them for various reasons. Although we do our best to help, due to space constraints we simply cannot help them all.  We would love to find some new foster and adoptive homes! If you think you would like to help, please check out our Foster Home Information  and our Adoption Information. You can view all of the horses in our program Here!

MHARF Purchases New Animal Ambulance Thanks to Grant from the Douglas and Louise Leatherdale Foundation!

In 2019 MHARF was able to purchase a new “Animal Ambulance” trailer thanks to a generous grant from the Douglas and Louis Leatherdale Foundation! This trailer, custom-designed with all of the safety and convenience features we need, will make it possible for us to safely haul rescued animals for many years to come. Thank you to the Leatherdale Foundation for this wonderful gift!

November 2019 Chisago County Humane Case Media Coverage

Sad Update on October 2019 Kanabec County Humane Case

This  coming two-yr-old colt came to MHARF from Kanabec County humane case in which we worked with the Animal Humane Society of MN. He was suffering from severe malnourishment, hypothermia, and dehydration at intake. He was taken directly to Anoka Equine Veterinary Services for emergency care but sadly he did not survive. We want to thank Investigator Oquist from AHS,  everyone who donated towards his care, and the excellent doctors and staff at Anoka Equine.

MHARF Trainer and Horses Featured in Town Life Magazine

Town Life Magazine recently an article on Marirose Berner of MJB Horse Training and her MHARF training horses. Marirose has been working with us for several years and has been instrumental in the adoption of many horses! To read the full article Click Here!

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Media Coverage of the 2019 MHARF Trainer’s Challenge

Thank you to Bill Hudson and WCCO for their story on Luta and her trainer Shaylor Alley! Back in March Bill had covered the story of the Fillmore County humane case when Luta originally came to us (you can find the original story Here.) We were thrilled to have WCCO back to do a follow up!

From Rescue to Recovery; Maltreated Horses Ready for Adoption

Thank you to George Mallet and KIMT3, a WCCO affiliate out of Rochester, MN, for picking up the story and doing a follow up about Luta and Shaylor, our 2019 Trainer’s Challenge Grand Champions!

Rescued Horse Wins Competition and Gets Adopted

MHARF 25th Anniversary Edition Newsletter

So far 2019 has been a busy year for MHARF! It is also a special year for us–as we are celebrating our 25th year in operation! We have put together a 25th Anniversary Edition of our newsletter featuring an interview with MHARF founder and executive director Drew Fitzpatrick. Please consider making a donation to help MHARF celebrate 25 years of rescuing, rehabilitating and rehoming horses and other hooved animals in need! The need is always ongoing so your support will help us continue this important work. ( Click Here for links for easy and secure online donation options and info on how to donate by check. All donations are tax-deductible!) We want to say THANK YOU to the countless people who have helped with this mission over the years by donating, adopting, fostering, volunteering, and sharing our information! We could not do this without all of you! Please view our newsletter for a lot more information about current activity at MHARF (for those of you on our print newsletter list–it is currently at the printer and will go out next week!). Thank you!

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July 2019 Carlton County Humane Case

MHARF is recently assisted the Animal Humane Society of Minnesota by taking in three horses from an ongoing Carlton County humane case.  Sadly, we did have to make the decision to euthanize the 3 year old mare. You can read the details and see photos and radiographs Here. We also had to make the decision to euthanize the 8-9 year old gray stallion (click on link for more info).

The yearling colt was treated at Anoka Equine Veterinary Services for pneumonia. He is severely malnourished but is improving. He has now been released from the in-patient clinic and has moved to the MHARF farm. Please Click Here if you would like make a donation to help us cover veterinary bills and care. Thank you!

MHARF is not an investigating organization in this case. We are the receiving organization and our role is to take in the horses that are signed over to us and provide care for them and provide forensic evidence to the investigators. Questions about this case should be directed to the Carlton County Sheriff’s Department and the Animal Humane Society of MN.

March 2019 Fillmore County Humane Case Update

Read about the updates regarding the charges in the March 2019 Fillmore County humane case here:

Charges Files in Horse Deaths  -John Molseed, Rochester Post Bulletin

Smaglik Makes First Appearance in Horse Deaths  -John Molseed, Rochester Post Bulletin

Horses, Donkey Recovering After Winter of ‘Extreme Neglect’ -Bill Hudson, WCCO News

Once again we want to thank the MN Horse Welfare Coalition, the Animal Humane Society of MN, the Fillmore County Sheriff’s Deptartment, and the Fillmore County Attorney’s Office for their work on this case! We also want to thank everyone who has donated towards the care of these horses, everyone at Anoka Equine Veterinary Services, all of our foster and adoptive homes, and all of our trainers and volunteers!

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Owners of Horses from 2018 Brown County Humane Cases Found Guilty on 17 of 19 Charges

We are so thankful to the Brown County Attorney’s Office and the Brown County Sheriff’s Office for their work in this humane case. MHARF became involved in this case in spring of 2018 when we were called in to remove the horses from the property. We are also very thankful for the help of Dr. Zach Lappnow and everyone at Anoka Equine Veterinary Services, Dr. Kirk Smith, and all of the volunteers, foster providers, and trainers who helped in the rehabilitation of these horses.

Mertezs Found Guilty on 17 of 19 Counts of Animal Neglect  -Fritz Busch, The New Ulm Journal

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April 2019 Clay County Humane Case

MHARF has been working with the Clay County Sheriff’s Department in a recent humane case. You can read media coverage on this case here: Malnourished Horses, Sheep, Lambs Found in Minnesota; Owners Face Felony Charges – Raju Chaduvula

March 2019 Fillmore County Humane Case

MHARF has been working withthe MN Horse Welfare Coalition, the Animal Humane Society of MN,  and the Fillm ore County Sheriff’s Dept. in a Fillmore County humane case involving 7 horses and a donkey (two additional horses were found dead on the property). We transported the equines to Anoka Equine Veterinary Services where they are receiving  the best of care. Sadly, we had to make the decision to humanely euthanize one horse (the big bay gelding). The remaining horses and donkey continue to improve. We will have more details on individual horses soon!

Horses Recovering After Enduring Severe Abuse, Starvation (Bill Hudson, WCCO)

Despite Tough Road Ahead, Fillmore County Horses Continue to Make Progress (Iris Perez, Fox 9 News)

Horses Found Neglected in Fillmore County Now Recovering in Elk River, MN (Fox 9 News)

Third Horse Dies in Fillmore County Neglect Case (John Molseed, Post Bulletin)

Two Horses Found Dead on Rural Chatfield Property ( Shannon Rosseau, KTTC)

Sheriff: Two Horses Found dead in Neglect Case in SE MN (KIMT 3 News)

Two Horses Found Dead on Chatfield Property, Fillmore County Sheriff’s Office Investigating (Fox 47)

Officials Investigate Alleged Neglect of Horses Near Chatfield (D. Phillips Bluff County Newspaper Group)

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Reporting Possible Humane Cases

Do you have questions about what to do if you suspect possible neglect or abuse of animals? You can find our recommendations for reporting humane cases in our latest newsletter! Click Here to read our Winter/Spring 2018 Newsletter