Hello everyone,

ottoIt has been quite a while since we adopted Otto from the Rescue in October and I wanted to take a minute to update everyone on the unofficial mascot of the Rescue. Otto is doing WONDERFUL at his new home. He is in the pasture with our other geldings and is doing great. He is not the high man on the totem pole, but he sure does try! He is now loping under saddle and is very sensitive to his rider. We still have not overcome the “Pine County pull”, but he LOVES baths (as long as there is only one person touching him). He has been clipped, bathed, trailered, and hauled all over to horse shows as an observer and mascot for the farm. Everyone loves him (including us of course!). Otto is often front and center for equine therapy sessions at True Balance for individuals with mental health disorders. It is not a riding program, so he does great with children and adults alike. His personality lends a great hand to the therapy process.

Thank you for this wonderful animal. He is very original and special.

Dr. Leslie Russell-Martin LMFT

Chico the “Homely Horse Poster” Pony

“I can take another foster,” I said to Drew. She said “Well you could take Chico… ”

So I went to Karen Murray’s to get him. He had a rat tail, a sunken rump, countable ribs and a long projection from his chest that looked like a dorsal fin – thin and long. Turns out that was his neck, to which was attached the homeliest face you could ever find. A big boxy head housed two pink-rimmed eyes, prominent scleras and two mule-like ears.

chicoChico was a two year-old, two-dimensional horse that was found chained in a barn. The chain had tangled around his hind leg and caused horrible scarring. He was a stud (whom the Rescue quickly gelded) and we were told he was a POA.

He didn’t want to get in my trailer, and he didn’t like a stall. You couldn’t catch him to halter him. He was EXCELLENT at being tied, however. And he would hide behind his handler if he was nervous in new situations.

That winter, Chico got a large deep gash in his chest. Either my husband or I would soak it twice daily and then put scarlet oil on it. Eventually, due to me being gone for copious hours at the hospital with my mom, the task fell solely on Joe. Soon Chico would just come up for his “doctorin” – he’d stand with his head over my husband’s shoulder while the hot packs were applied.

He was great with the kids too. Never acted goofy when they were in the paddock, never startled or jumped about when they were around.

Several people came to see Chico when he was three. My husband kept asking who they were interested in adopting, as we had several fosters at that time. “Chico,” I’d tell him. That seemed to concern him and he finally said “Tell Drew he HAS a home.” And we adopted him.

He grew nearly two full hands between age two and age four. Chico started under saddle at four. Much like his mule-like ears, Chico’s personality in the training pen was equally mule-like. Nothing but someone leading him would persuade him to walk about with a rider on his back.

Late that summer, some friends decided to go for a ride at Crow Hassan. I decided it would be Chico’s first trip away from home. I finally got him loaded in the trailer and we got saddled at the park. That horse rode away from the trailer like he’d been broke for years. Neck reined, leg pressures, and picked up any gait I asked him for. Led the pack of riders and horses. No fear.

He’s filled out into a great horse now. He’s a pig (aren’t all greys?), he still acts like he’s spooky once in a while just to see if he can get away with it, and he runs as #2 in our herd… everyone loves Chico. By spring of 2008 he will be my 11-year-old daughter’s horse and she can’t wait!

Katrina Becomes Bella

Dear Hooved Animal rescue:

katrinaLast summer I adopted this gorgeous Belgian mare that we named “Bella” (formerly known as “Katrina”). She had been in Drew’s tender care for quite some time, but it took her a while to trust us in her new home. Her wonderful, honest attitude made it very straightforward to begin to transfer her from a driving horse to a riding horse. She is an absolute delight to ride, and thoroughly enjoys a good trail ride. I am so grateful to the Hooved Animal Rescue for making it possible for us to bring this big lovely girl into our lives! Thanks for your important work!

Sincerely, Peggy Callahan


oberonOberon was adopted out in March of 2008, and has changed his kingly title more appropriate to his new trail riding skills. “Ranger”, as he is now known by, lives each day to the fullest, spending time amongst green pastures and excelling at defeating the “scary and horse-eating” creeks that wind through the forest.

Hoolie the Mule

December 28, 2006

Dear Minnesota Hooved Animal Rescue,

hoolieA month ago, Drew told me she got a very interesting pony mule in that she named “Hoolie”. Her age was late teens to 20 years old. Drew thought she was a great mule.

I own a Handicapped riding facility named Majestic Hills Ranch. We give free rides to children that have all sorts of special needs. They range in ages from two to 18 years old. I heard about Hoolie and was really interested in her. I asked if I could adopt her for the children and then brought her home to let her get used to my ponies. She loved the ponies, but they weren’t quite sure about her. Now she gets along with the ponies great!

I asked one of my boarder’s kids to help me see if she has ever been ridden. Well, as you can see, she is great with the kids! I can’t wait until the spring when I can use her in my riding program. She loves the attention that everyone gives her, so she’s going to work out just great for the program.

Thank you so much Drew for letting me know about her. She is truly a great mule and a hoot to be around.

Jodi Townsend