Enjoy this gallery of photos of recently adopted MHARF horses with their new owners!
Daybreaks Abbey Road
Weiser (fka Diego)
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MHARF alumni JoJo, Banner, Lakota Bay and Dreamer (formerly Gretzky) are all enjoying life out in South Dakota where the climate is a little warmer! Jojo and Lakota Bay will be featured along with some of the kids from the Pine Ridge Reservation in a documentary for Swedish Public Television in the spring of 2019 (and you may recognize Thomas, Banner’s trainer from the 2018 Trainer’s Challenge). JoJo and Lakota, both mustangs, love the attention they receive from the kids. Thank you to Nicole and Thomas for the update and the pics!
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Since we announced Twilight’s adoption in October, we have had several people contact us who knew all of the horses when they were at the St. Cloud Children’s Home. We just want to let everyone know they have now all found great adoptive homes! It has been just over two years since we took all 6 of the senior horses in when SCCH had to close their equine program. These horses spent many years providing comfort to kids during troubled times. We often hear from those kids (now grown up) about how much having the horses there meant to them. We are very happy to have been able to help SCCH when they could no longer keep the horses. Thank you so much to our adoptive and foster homes, our donors and our volunteers! We could not do this without the support of people like you!
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Thank you to Jess and Dan for this update on Uno the cat!
And once again, thank you to everyone who donated to cover the cost of the amputation surgery (he had been caught in a trap and needed all but one toe amputated on a front paw), and thank you at All Pets Vet in Zimmerman for their care!
“Uno has settled into his new family! He loves to be petted and is learning how to play! Watching nature from the inside is one of his favorite activities! He also gets along with his cat “siblings.” Thank you to the caring community that gave Uno a chance to enjoy his life!”–Jess
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Thank you to Laurelyn for these pics of Edgar Allan Poe along with this update:
“I’m told Edgar Allan Poe was saved by MHARF four years ago today. He is celebrating by showing off his bravery. The dump trucks, skeletons, witches and semi trucks are nothing, but the tall grass with unknowns lurking on the side of the road still need to be conquered.”
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Thank you to Michelle and Margaret for these pics of Faith in her new home! Faith has had quite a year. She originally came to us with a large group of horses in late 2017. She was pregnant at intake. She spent the winter and early spring at Lanoux Stables being pampered by the boarders and students there. In May she gave birth to a premature colt and they were rushed to Stillwater Equine. Unfortunately, the colt had come way too early and despite the amazing efforts and care by the doctors and staff at Stillwater Equine, could not be saved. Faith returned to her foster home and after having enough time to recover sufficiently physically and mentally from foaling, she was assessed as a riding horse by Jamie Moeller and her students and was deemed ready for adoption. Anna Hill spotted her and decided she would be perfect for Margaret, one of her students, and that led to adoption and a happy ending for this beautiful palomino mare. Michelle says Faith and Margaret are “soulmates”!
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Thank you so much to Deb and family for this wonderful tribute to Max, for giving him a great life, and for making the right decision for him when the time came. Rest in Peace, Max.
“We started fostering Max from MHARF in April 2010. It took the people who were temporarily caring for him a few hours to get him into the trailer to bring him to us, our little red foster gelding who arrived so timid and shy. It took months and months before Kaitlin was able to touch his ears, he‘d tremble in fear and it made us wonder what kind of life he had had before coming to live with us.
His vet guessed he was in his late teens to early 20’s at the time, he was a bit stiff and had retinal scarring in both eyes. We watched him for Uveitis, using a UV fly-mask on him and watched his eyes for any discharge.
Whenever we tried to bring him in from the pasture, he couldn’t be caught. We finally decided to bring every horse in the pasture into the indoor arena, leaving him alone and pacing the fence-line, only then did he allow us to handle him.
Slowly, he began to gain trust in us and allowed us to groom him, give him hugs and kisses. Kaitlin was the first to ride him. She was calming and gentle, talked to him softly and gave him lots of pats and scratches. (Kaitlin works at Complete Equestrian Company). He would ride in a halter with a lead rope attached, we never put a bit in his mouth. Always on the narrow side, we had trouble finding a saddle that would fit him. Peanuts pony saddle fit him just right or the kids would ride him bareback. My granddaughter Madi’s friends loved grooming and riding our sweet old boy. Over the next couple of years, Max took care of a lot of kids. He was a very gentle and safe ride. We all grew to love him so much.
A few years ago, we started feeding him senior feed to keep his weight up. The slightest change to his feed had to be done a little at a time or he’d walk away from his bowl. Last year, he started losing weight and we tried new things to help him gain. He was separated from the other horses at feeding time because he ate so slowly, but he’d finish it all if you gave him the time.
This year, he’s separated from the other horses for several hours while he still eats all his food, loves his alfalfa mix hay but he’s not gaining and his arthritis is making it more difficult for him to move around.
Our hearts are breaking because we know Max, now about 30 yrs old, won’t do well this winter and we won’t ask him to stay because we don’t want to say goodbye to our dear sweet old gentle red gelding that we’ve grown to love so much.
Max will be leaving us today, crossing the Rainbow Bridge to join Sage and Milo with Dallas waiting to meet him. Our hearts are breaking and we’ll be there with him, petting and kissing his nose as we say goodbye to our dear old friend. We love Max so very much.
Thank you for allowing us to give him a home for the past 8 1/2 yrs.”
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