Ma Barker (Fillmore County Red Dun Mare)

This red dun mare came to MHARF during a late March 2019 Fillmore County humane case. She was extremely emaciated at intake and had an older bay colt at her side. The colt has now been weaned and she is able to put all of the calories she is receiving towards gaining weight. This poor older mare (in her late teens) is not so sure she wants much to do with people right now. She has been coming around very nicely with kind handling and regular feeding. We are hoping to find a foster or adoptive home for her–some place where she can have her own safe space and access to her own food without having defend it from other horses for now. She has some trust issues and definitely needs a place with experienced horse people. To read more about this case, please see the links to media coverage on our Home Page.


Fillmore County Bay Gelding (Deceased)

This bay gelding (now DECEASED)came to MHARF from a late March 2019 Fillmore County humane case. He was extremely emaciated and dehydrated and was taken directly to Anoka Equine Veterinary Services. Unfortunately due to his extremely poor condition he went down and even though the staff and veterinarians at Anoka treated him and cared for him throughout the night and the following day, he continued to decline to the point where we needed to make the decision to euthanize him to alleviate his suffering. For more information on this case, links to media coverage can be found on our Home Page.


Pine County Black Mare

This old mare (foaled in approximately 1996) was surrendered to MHARF in an October 2018 Pine County humane case. She had a ruptured pre-pubic tendon, a large hernia, and a severe rupture in her abdominal fascia. A full veterinary work-up and ultra sound was done at Anoka Equine Veterinary Services. After viewing and discussing results with the entire veterinary team, it was determined that surgical correction was not an option as the mare would not have survived the surgery. We made the sad decision to have her humanely euthanized. Thank you to the entire staff at Anoka Equine for their wonderful care of this old mare in her final days!


Update 12/08/18: Hurricane is experiencing some ongoing lameness in one of his front feet. We will have more info after a complete vet workup.

Hurricane is a blue roan gelding who originally came to MHARF in 2012 as a transfer from the ASPCA after a large humane case in Missouri. Hurricane competed in our 2013 Trainer’s Challenge and was adopted by his trainer. He came back to us in 2015 because his trainer could no longer keep him. In 2016 he went back into training and was adopted again. Unfortunately, he had to be returned again in January of 2018 because his second adopter could not keep him. Hurricane is a beautiful and sweet horse with a lot of  under saddle training. However, he does have a pretty substantial issue with the farrier so he is going to need a home with someone knowledgeable and patient who can help him work through this. One thing we have learned is that he is terrified of anyone wearing chaps (especially farrier chaps) and does much better if the farrier removes chaps and handles him slowly and patiently. We are pretty certain this has to do with some very bad experiences in his past handling before being seized in the ASPCA humane case. He also tends to get nervous if there are 2 or more people working around him–as though he’s suspicious that something bad is going to happen to him (again, probably due to bad experiences from life on the Missouri ranch). He did spend the winter and spring of 2018 in training and was ridden on trails by a youth rider. He is an excellent trail horse and is the type to just go along with other horses–not much will bother him. He will test his rider a little bit if taken out alone but will get over it right away if the rider shows him he won’t get away with it. He will require front shoes or boots if ridden on hard or rocky ground (and will need patient handling to learn to tolerate those things). Hurricane is a special horse who will be looking for a special person! He was foaled in 2009 and stands 14.2hh. He came from a large quarter horse ranch but there were mustangs on the property as well–so he could be either or a cross. He does look a lot like a mustang and is extremely smart!


Elle (Registered name Eloquent Echo) is an Arabian mare who came to MHARF during a July 2018 humane case. She was foaled in 1996. Elle has been diagnosed with Equine Wobblers Syndrome. Her caring foster home is doing a wonderful job of helping her regain her strength with good care and nutrition and she is now happy to trot around her pasture with her buddy.