Molly is a miniature mare (approximately 36″) who came to us in May 2021 from a Freeborn County humane case through MN Federated Humane Societies. She had been running loose for quite awhile with her owner unable to catch her. She was in desperate need of farrier care and veterinary care. Her hooves have now been trimmed and we are pleased to say she is not showing signs of laminitis at this point. Her foster home says she is already beginning to trust people as well. She will need some more recovery time before she is available for adoption so we can be certain there will be no ongoing lameness issues. Watch for updates!
Carter is a larger pony (approximately 18 years old, 14hh) who came in as a stallion on 04/26/21 from a Carlton County humane case. He was living in horrible conditions with no turnout whatsoever. We want to thank Investigator Oquist from the Animal Humane Society of MN for assistance in this case. We also want to thank everyone at Anoka Equine Veterinary Services for their care and for the “makeover” Carter received. He has now had a dental float (he had some extremely sharp, painful points–see photo) and he has been gelded. he is putting weight on nicely and will soon go for a training assessment.
Update October 2021: Carter started training with Sarah Helms of Step Up Horsemanship but on her recommendation we pulled him out of training so he could continue to gain strength and muscle tone. As of February 2022, he has not been back under saddle but he is doing well and could certainly continue his training!
Appaloosa mare Storm came into our program the last week of April 2021. Her owner was tragically killed in a car accident, leaving Star with nowhere to go. This is a sad and important reminder to everyone to make sure they have a plan in place for their animals and to leave instructions with a trusted friend or family member in case of emergency. We were glad to be able to give Storm a safe place to go. She’s a nice mare who was foaled in 2007 and who stands approximately 14.3hh. As of May 2021 Storm is in training with Sarah Lemke at Step Up Horsemanship. Sarah reports that though it appears Storm may have been saddled and backed previously, she doesn’t seem to have had any work beyond that. Watch for updates as Sarah continues her training!
Molly has been Adopted!
Molly is a pinto mare who came to MHARF in March 2021 along with her daughter Poppy because their owner had passed away and they had no one to care for them. Molly was foaled in approximately 2000. She has had little handling in the past and is currently with trainer Anna Hill.
Update 03/08/21: Tana has been ADOPTED!
Tana (also known as Princess Tana) is a 2004 15.1hh dark chestnut Tennessee Walking Horse mare who originally came to MHARF in 2008. She competed in our 2009 Trainer’s Challenge with trainer Mitch Carson and was adopted at the event. Sadly, her adopter can no longer keep her and we are looking for new placement. Tana has received excellent care and training over the years. This is what her previous adopter has to say about her: “Tana is a major sweetie, she is super gentle and kind with both adults and children, is a pleasure for all of the staff at the barn where she is, gets along well with other horses, and is not pushy at all. While we used to do jumping and eventing, she has had a history of early onset arthritis (in her hocks which she no longer needs injections for) as well as laminitis. We switched to just dressage and pleasure riding. She competed consistently at first level scoring in the high sixties. We were going to hit second level but I chose to leave the show circuit as I find the most joy just being with her and riding for fun. Tana is one of the most amazing horses.”
Tana is looking for a home where her diet will be managed to keep her from having a relapse of laminitis (dry lot, no lush pasture), regular competent farrier care, and plenty of exercise without strenuous work like jumping.