Trevor and Darcey the goats

Thank you to Shelby on this update on the 2 rescued goats she adopted from us in 2019!
“I wanted to give a 2020 update on Trevor and Darcey. Trevor had a breakthrough and over the past week or two found out that he enjoys scratches and will let me approach him without getting scared!
Darcey wasn’t enjoying the cold on her non-hoofed foot so we bought her some winter dog boots for added warmth and protection to her pad. She has had the boot on for about a month and hasn’t tried to take it off at all!
We had a winter vet check the beginning of December and all the goats are in great health and ready to brave the cold!”

“We love her so much!”

Thank you to Dani for this update on Cactus Katie (now called “Candy”):

“Candy has been awesome! We love her so much; she’s so sweet and calm. Plus Candy and Fancy are the best of buds already! I think she’s feeling right at home and we think maybe soon we will take her on her 1st ride since the move (and setup a lesson w Anna Hill). We cannot say enough good things though! Everyone’s calmer and Fancy is putting great weight on.
Adopting Candy felt like when 12yo me got purchase my 1st horse, Fancy, I am just over the moon about these mares. They are both more short and stout Arabs, calm but ready for adventure. Plus they both love to be groomed and just hang out. She is sweet as Candy. Thanks again for everything!”

A Ton of Personality in a Small Package!

Thank you to Brandy for this update on Esperanza! “Essie” is one of our most recognizable alumni, being known as the “sled filly”. She and her mother Dolores came in during a humane case in December of 2012. Esperanza was so weak she couldn’t stand and had to be taken from the trailer into the clinic by sled. Thank you to the emergency care of Dr. Nicole Eller and staff, Esperanza was able to recover from extreme hypothermia, dehydration, malnutrition, and parasite infestation. She also had one badly injured eye which we had to remove. Within a couple of weeks she was happily cantering around with her mother during turnout time. Brandy met her when we paired them for the In-Hand division of the Diamond in the Rough competition at Truhaven Ranch in 2014. Luckily for Essie, Brandy and family decided they couldn’t part with her after the competition and they adopted her. We have received many updates on Essie over the years and it’s apparent she is Brandy’s pride and joy. Here is the latest:

“Esperanza is a ton of personality in a small package. I absolutely adore my little Nugget. She makes me chuckle every time I work with her. Some days I just do groundwork, some days I do groundwork and ride, and some days I just bring her in and groom. No matter what, she always makes my heart happy. Essie is smart and sassy. I play with some liberty work with her. She can park at the mounting block hands free and then turn so her other side is to me as well. She was used for beginner summer camp and was one of the favorites.
Big successes this year for Essie. My main goal this year was positive off farm experiences for her. We did a couple off farm trail rides, one ended with me riding her bareback in a lake. My daughter rode her at the fairgrounds over the summer several times for 4H and then jumped her during our county fair. I did a couple of clinics with her. Jaycie is doing a jumping clinic with her in couple weeks. Jaycie and I both did some off farm lessons with her as well. All these wonderful experiences has helped to grow her confidence.
Essie has been turned out in the big herd for about 1.5 years now. Only having one eye doesn’t seem to faze her. She’s a smart cookie and stays clear of trouble.
I am so grateful to MHARF for giving her a fighting chance at life.”

Thank you to Brandy and family for giving this girl such a great home!



“Grateful I get to have him as a partner.”

Thank you to Laurelyn for this update on one of our favorite horses! Edgar Allan Poe, who is a Saddlebred x Friesian, came to MHARF 5 years ago today from a humane case. He was 6 months old at the time and had several injuries from being caught in fencing, including injuries to his mouth and lips that kept him from nursing. He was severely dehydrated and malnourished. Edgar was an “in-patient” with guarded prognosis for quite awhile at Anoka Equine Veterinary Services. His recovery was slow, but as you can see–the effort put into him was well worth it! here is what Laurelyn has to say:
We have focused a lot on our relationship through groundwork and experiences in the past year as he continues to fill out and get stronger. Edgar’s sense of humor, intelligence and sass still shine as he is becoming more confident with himself and me. He keeps me on my toes and we both love being busy busy busy together. you saved this special horse, and grateful I get to have him for a partner.

We have focused a lot on our relationship through groundwork and experiences in the past year as he continues to fill out and get stronger. Edgar’s sense of humor, intellegence and sass still shine as he is becoming more confident with himself and me. He keeps me on my toes and we both love being busy busy busy together.

He met his match in color, sass and playfulness in my 11 y.o Icelandic gelding last fall and they are two peas in a pod! I’ve dubbed them “The Tobianos”, and they have quite the sibling relationship-rivalry. I’m pretty sure that Edgar thinks he is part Icelandic now as he was quite comfortable in their private pasture with a run in shed last winter [even with me constantly bugging him to make sure he was plenty warm enough!], and got really crabby when the heat and bugs arrived this summer.

Edgar has opinions and isn’t shy about expressing them He kind of ground ties (until he gets bored…), is quite alarmed by kids swinging at the playground, and can’t understand why I’m not even remotely concerned. He would rather play in a puddle than walk through it, and insists that I open the door so that he can look around when we stop to fuel up (much rocking of the trailer ensues if he can’t check a place out!) Weird objects are definitely things to be investigated, while tall grass must be avoided at all costs. Cows are interesting, but following one is not nearly as much fun as watching the herd or the photographer. Edgar has no problem wearing silly hats for holidays, has quite the wardrobe of fleece, fly and rain gear, but will remove any front boot or legging within minutes. Trail rides are grand adventures, but deer flies are awful. Hoses aren’t as scary as they first appear, but standing to have his [lovely] mane combed is just awful.

We worked all summer towards playing at liberty, and when the leadrope came off, he really found his stride! This fall, we participated in a demo day promoting partnerships with ur horse. Despite the distractions of spectators, photographers and extra horses, it was fun to turn up a high-energy mix and dance with Edgar. He really enjoys having a say in what we do!

I’ll try to be better about more frequent updates during the next twelve months. Hopefully many more adventures await!

Pictures and video to follow. I hope that everyone who was instrumental in Edgar’s rehab and upbringing enjoy a virtual visit with him. Share as you like. Thank you again for all you do, and I have fun “discovering” his baby album on your site last month


“She’s an absolute gem!”

Thank you to Lori for sending us this photo of Emma (formerly known as Meena), the Friesian mare she adopted from MHARF this past summer. Lori says, “She is an absolute gem!”.