Agnes (Deceased)

Agnes was a young mare who was recently purchased at auction and signed over to MHARF. She was emaciated, dehydrated, and anemic. Sadly, she lost her battle just a few days later despite receiving the best possible care at Anoka Equine Veterinary Services.

Thank you to Kym and Cindy for transport, to Candy W. for generously sponsoring this little mare’s treatment, and to everyone at Anoka Equine Veterinary Services who tried so hard to reverse effects of long-term neglect that, in the end, were irreversible.

Sable (Companion Home Only)

Sable is a thoroughbred mare ( foaled in approximately 2001) who is an intake from a September 2021 case in which we are assisting Equine Allies, Inc., in northern Minnesota to place horses whose owner is no longer able to provide the care they need. Thank you to Anoka Equine Veterinary Services, to Jenna and Rick-A-Shay Ranch, and thank you to Equine Allies, Inc., for facilitating the assistance and rehoming for these horses.

Sable is not broke to ride and is in need of a home as a companion horse only.


Rooster is a young quarter-pony (approximately 5 years old) who was signed over to us in March 2021 after being purchased at a livestock auction by a kind and conscientious person who saw he was in desperate need of the veterinary care he had been denied. He was a stud at the time (has now been gelded) He had multiple badly infected wounds, abscesses above both eyes, ulcers in both eyes, severe trauma to the left side of his face, several broken and missing teeth. He had a fracture above his left eye that thankfully did not  require surgical repair. As of 04/17/21 he was discharged from the hospital and went to the MHARF farm to continue his rehab. Despite having had no handling in the past, Rooster is a nice young horse who is now learning to trust people. Thank you very much to Anoka Equine Veterinary Services for their excellent care, and also to Gayle and Cindy for helping to get this guy to a safe place where he is getting the treatment he needs.

Update 06/24/21: Rooster has now out of rehabilitation and has gone into training with Sarah Lemke of Step Up Horsemanship.  Sarah reports that he is still settling in and still working though his trust issues so she will be taking it slowly with him. Watch for updates! You can watch a video of Rooster getting some treats from a friend at the barn on our Facebook page Here.

Sophie (Now deceased)

We were contacted by several people who had seen this poor teenaged mare listed for sale in southern Minnesota. Some volunteers arranged to purchase and transport her. From the photo and description in the listing it looked like she needed some help, but it was in no way obvious what her true condition was until they arrived to pick her up. When she nearly went down during loading, we set up an emergency appointment at the vet clinic (thank you so much to the veterinarians at Anoka Equine for allowing us to bring her in on a Sunday). Radiographs showed severe arthritis in the large hock joint of both hind legs, possibly caused by septicemia as a foal or some other untreated infection. She was in extreme pain and after conferring with the veterinarians the decision was made to have her humanely euthanized. You can view a video of Sophie walking HERE.



UPDATE 07/23/20: we have a sad update on Benjamin.  After consulting with the veterinarians treating Ben, we made the decision to humanely euthanize him last night. His pain level had risen to a point where pain meds were no longer able to control it. A venogram showed that there was no longer blood flow to the right front toe and the hoof had begun to slough off at the coronary band. Once again we want to thank everyone at Anoka Equine for their excellent care of Benjamin. He was a really sweet horse and quickly became a favorite among the staff. We are still gathering forensic evidence for charges in this case. Thank you to everyone for their support and kind wishes for Benjamin over the past 5 days!

UPDATE: 07/22/20: Benjamin is still at Anoka Equine and his blood work looks better. His appetite is good and he is still bright and alert, but he is also still very weak. He had initial farrier work yesterday to make him more comfortable (he has some rotation in his coffin bones and very thin soles) and was fitted with front padded clogs (the blood on the right front is from an abscess on the coronary band). His temperament remains very sweet and he is definitely a fighter. Thank you to Dr. Snyder, farrier Mark Thorkildson, and to all of the wonderful staff at Anoka Equine for the excellent care, and thank you to everyone who has donated towards his care. We will post updates as we have them.

Original Intake Post: Benjamin came to MHARF on 07/16/20 from a Carlton County humane case (thank you to Investigator Oquist from the Animal Humane Society of MN!).  He is currently hospitalized at Anoka Equine Veterinary Services where he is receiving i.v. fluids for dehydration and i.v. antibiotics for a high white blood cell count. He is also severely malnourished but he is eating and is bright and alert–so he is definitely a fighter! Watch for updates.