Pearl (Companion Home Only)

Pearl is a young Appaloosa mare (foaled in approximately 2017) who was signed over to MHARF after she was purchased at a Long Prairie, MN, auction in September 2020 (thank you to Kym Garvey of Save the Brays Donkey Rescue and to everyone who donated towards her purchase). She spent several days at Anoka Equine Veterinary Services being closely monitored and receiving her intake care. Radiographs showed that she had an untreated jaw fracture that had become badly infected. Bloodwork showed that she was anemic and had been starved to the point that her body had begun to utilize protein from muscle tissue to survive. As soon as Pearl showed that she was able to eat and drink well, she was discharged form AEVS and went into rehab care at the farm (including antibiotics, careful feeding, hydration monitoring, treatment for rain rot, ringworm, and intestinal parasites).

In November 2020 Pearl had surgery on her fractured jaw at Anoka Equine Veterinary Services. The surgery was performed on the table w/ general anesthesia due to the extensive nature of what needed to be done and the pain factor involved. We waited nearly two months from intake time to have the surgery because we wanted to give Pearl enough time to gain the weight and strength needed to undergo the procedure safely. The surgery consisted of curettage of the infected pocket of the jawbone, removal of necrotic bone fragments (see photo below), and a dental extraction.

Unfortunately as of March 2022, Pearl has been diagnosed with juvenile onset arthritis and she should not be a riding horse. We are hoping to find Pearl a home as a companion horse only.

Rebel (Companion Home Only)

Rebel is a 14.3hh pinto gelding who was foaled in 1998. He was originally adopted from MHARF but his adopter can sadly no longer keep him and he is looking for a new home as a companion horse only. Rebel tore a suspensory tendon in 2009 which then calcified. The vet has determined he is not in pain but he should not be ridden due to this chronic lameness issue. Because he is not in pain, he can have a very comfortable life as a companion horse/pasture pet.

Quinn (Companion Home Only)

Quinn is a beautiful buckskin gelding who was foaled in approximately 2006 and who stands 14.3hh. He originally came to us from a 2013 humane case. We have reason to believe Quinn is an Akhal-Teke x quarter horse cross. He was very thin at intake and had been kept in a stall with another horse who had beat him up pretty badly. He had large hematomas and cracked ribs. He’d also not had much farrier care (and had possibly been handled roughly while having hooves trimmed) and was terrified of being trimmed. Luckily, with kind handling and training he has gotten over this fear.  Unfortunately, a more recent veterinary evaluation showed us that Quinn has a rare condition of the navicular bones in both front feet. The navicular bones have formed with a fibrous band holding the two halves together rather than a solid piece. Because of this, the vet feels (and we agree) that Quinn should not be asked to work as a riding horse. He is, however, very comfortable as a pasture pet/companion. He is a very sweet horse with a lot of personality and good looks!

Ava (Companion Home Only)

Ava is nice pony mare who is looking for a new home as a companion horse. Ava is approximately 23 years old and 13hh. She originally came to us during a 2019 Fillmore County humane case. She was adopted but her adoptive home can sadly no longer keep her. She is calm around people of any age and loves attention. She is not broke to ride but she would be great as a horse for kids to learn to handle, groom, etc. She does get a bit aggressive at feeding times, but otherwise gets along well with the other horses. She has mild stringhalt in both hind legs and is on daily Equioxx. She is current on vaccinations and dental work. As a senior pony, she does require yearly dental care.


Fannie Mae

Fannie Mae is a sweet sabino Tennessee Walking Horse mare who stands 14.2hh and was foaled in 2000. She was adopted but her previous adoptive family is hoping she can find a new home because life changes mean they can no longer spend the time with Fannie she deserves. She is broke to ride and is suitable for lighter trail riding.  Fannie did have a history of laminitis in both front feet when she originally came in. However, proper farrier care and diet have kept her sound since that time. Due to her history of laminitis, she should not be out on lush grass pasture.

This is the info we received from her previous adopters:
“Pros: Catchable,  Stands still for mounting,  Easy keeper.   Blankets fine.  Loads and unloads great.  Quiet in the trailer.  Ties perfectly.  Great for farrier and vet.  Bomb proof on the trail. Big walk.
A sweet girl.  More relaxed on trail than on the property.  Maybe a bit herd bound. Goes over bridges.
She is an outdoors horse year round with access to shelters.
She forges due to such big strides so boots to protect her heels in front and square toe trimming of rear feet is helpful.
 Cons:  She has a growth on her tongue that is scar tissue. Does not affect the bit, or eating and only found it on a teeth float.  We use a myler barrel snaffle bit with little shanks.
Even though a TWH,  she doesn’t gait readily and we haven’t gaited much at all.”