Individual Class Placings for 2015 Trainers' Challenge:
HALTER CLASS (sponsored by Mike and Marca Brubaker): 1st Place Dozer and Sid Zacharias; 2nd Place Blackberry and Truhaven Ranch Team; 3rd Place Nike with Jaimie Moeller and Morgan Sexe; 4th Place Misfit with Truhaven Ranch team; 5th Place Esme and Lindsey Zimmerman, 6th Place Jagger and Jamie Moeller
PLEASURE CLASS (sponsored by Animal Humane Society): 1st place Dozer and Sid Zacharias; 2nd Place Olivia and Emily Deiss, 3rd place Jagger and Jamie Moeller, 4th Place Nike w/ Jamie Moeller and Morgan Sexe, 5th Place Scout with Alexa Seidow and Rochelle Sandberg , 6th Place Houston and Amanda Schultz.
OBSTACLE/TRAIL CLASS (Sponsored by an anonymous donation in honor of Derek and Sasha Kohlhase): 1st Place Scout with Alexa Siedow and Rochelle Sandberg; 2nd Place Blackberry with Truhaven Ranch Team, 3rd Place Esme and Lindsey Zimmerman, 4th Place Dozer and Sid Zacharias, 5th Place Bug and Maddie Kanda, 6th Place Nike with Jamie Moeller and Morgan Sexe.
FREESTYLE CLASS (Sponsored by Horse Crazy Market): First Place Esme with Lindsey Zimmerman, 2nd Place Dozer and Sid Zacharias, 3rd Place Bug and Maddie Kanda, 4th Place Scout with Alexa Siedow and Rochelle Sandberg, 5th Place Nike eith Jamie Moeller and Morgan Sexe, 6th Place Jagger and Jamie Moeller.
VET/FARRIER CLASS: 1st Place Nike with Jamie Moeller and Morgan Sexe, 2nd Place Dozer with Sid Zacharias, 3rd Place Bug and Maddie Kanda, 4th Place Jagger with Jamie Moeller, 5th Place Misfit with the Truhaven Ranch Team, 6th Place Blackberry with the Truhaven Ranch Team.
MITCHELL CARSON MEMORIAL AWARD for Good Sportsmanship/Good Horsemanship WINNERS: Sasha and Derek Kohlhase with Ming
People's Choice: Bug and Maddie Kanda
Best Blog: Lindsey Zimmerman w/ Esme
Best Groomed: Nike w/ Jamie Moeller and Morgan Sexe.
Horses adopted at the event:
Thank You 2015 Trainers' Challenge
The MHARF Summer/Fall 2015 newsletter is out! Click here to download a PDF copy now!
If you also receive the newsletter by mail and would prefer to access it online, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you!
New MHARF Trainers' Challenge t-shirts are now available! These are short sleeve 50/50 shirts made by Gildan. Available in navy blue or heather gray.
The MHARF logo is on the front left chest and the Trainers' Challenge design is on the back. Click the images below to see a larger image.
Back & Front (behind)
Back of T-Shirt
Sizes small through XXL. $15.00 S-XL, $17.00 for XXL. We can accept payment through PayPal and will ship for the cost of $4.00 for first shirt, $2.00 for each additional shirt.
Please contact us at email@example.com to order.
The shirts will also be available for sale at the Trainers' Challenge on September 19th!
Recently MHARF has been getting many inquiries about the prevalence of feedlots offering horses for sale to the public before shipping them to Canada or Mexico for slaughter. This is not a new thing; it has been going on around the country for several years. Many people have been questioning the ethics behind this sales practice. What has surprised us, however, is the number of people who were unaware that U.S. horses are still being slaughtered for human consumption. Since the last U.S. equine slaughter plants were closed in 2007, many people have been under the impression that the slaughter of U.S. horses for human consumption had ceased. This couldn't be farther from the truth. Approximately 150,000 horses per year are still shipped across our borders to plants in Canada and Mexico where they are slaughtered for human consumption and exported to countries like Japan, France, Belgium and Italy.
As heart breaking as this statistic is, the selling of these horses out of "kill pens" to the public does nothing to address the core issue behind the enormous problem of the number of unwanted horses in this country. In fact, it only serves to perpetuate the problem. USDA statistics have reported that over 92% of horses that end up being shipped for slaughter are in "good" condition. It's a misconception that the majority of horses being shipped to slaughter are old or crippled. In fact, a high percentage of the horses shipped to slaughter have been culled from breeding stock or are unsold animals from "production" sales. Many people are astonished to see the number of younger, healthy, registered or registerable horses that end up in kill pens. This is understandably something that pulls at people's heartstrings. However, even though buying a horse out of a kill pen may save that one particular horse, it also gives breeders an incentive to keep completely overbreeding their stock. The practice of buying horses out of kill pens creates a built-in market for excess breeding stock and irresponsible breeding practices. In a way that is not much different from buying a puppy from a puppy mill breeder, it perpetuates an industry. As long as there is an outlet for irresponsible breeders to dispose of their excess unwanted stock, they will continue to produce many more horses than the legitimate equine sport/show/pleasure industry can support.
The only way to ensure that U.S. horses will not be shipped across our borders for slaughter for human consumption is for Congress to pass the Safeguard American Food Exports (SAFE) Act which will make this practice illegal. However, as much as we would like to see this enacted, this also does not address the issue of the unwanted horse. There will still be those tens of thousands of unwanted horses. The main thing equine advocates need to do is to address the issue of equine overpopulation in this country. We need above all to promote responsible horse ownership, responsible breeding practices, and stop giving breeders an easy outlet for disposing of their unwanted stock. The public also needs to keep supporting their local legitimate non-profit equine rescue organizations by adopting, fostering, volunteering and donating so that these organizations have the room, resources, and time to take in more of the unwanted horses in extreme need, give them the proper veterinary and farrier care, and the proper training, so that they may be placed in permanent homes. Please view the following links for more information:
As we approach the day of the Challenge, some of our trainers have made headlines of their own in local papers. Click below to read wonderful articles about our Trainers' Challenge competitors and their equine students!
Please CLICK HERE to go directly to the information on the horses and their trainers, including trainer contact information and Facebook links for the 2015 Trainer's Challenge.
For other information about the Challenge please click the image at the top of this page, and please remember to prequalify to bid on one of these amazing animals!
MHARF posters are now available! These beautiful posters are on heavy stock - click the images to see a larger image!
|On the Back of My Horse||In Their Eyes||The Horse|
There are three designs: "In Their Eyes" (pinto foal in color); "The Horse" (draft horses in blk/wht); "On the Back of My Horse" (dressage horse in color). All are approximately 11.25" x 14.25". Designed for MHARF by Victor Medina Photography.
Posters are $5.00 each or the set of all 3 designs for $12.00. Shipping is $2.00 for 1 poster, $3.00 for 2-6 posters (for larger orders please contact us for a shipping quote). We can accept payment by check or through PayPal.
Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to order!
The 2015 Winter/Spring newsletter is now available for your viewing pleasure. Please click here to download the PDF and enjoy reading about:
Please click here to read a wonderful article by our good friend Aimee on MHARF alum mini mare, Skip to My LuLu. What a journey they have had together!
Edgar is a 6 month old colt (Saddlebred or Saddlebred cross) who came to us on 10/21/2014. He had been injured somehow--we were told his head had been caught in a fence. He has damaged nerves in his face as a result of trauma --apparently he was injured back in July.
He had been slowly starving since then as he was unable to nurse and was not being cared for. Edgar's nerves are healing. He had no menace reflex in his left eye when he was picked up, now he blinks normally. Edgar's left eye looks funny/different because he has white sclera on that eye and not on the other, this is common in pintos. His bottom lip is droopy due to the nerve damage--the nerves on the right side work and the muscles pull the loose or damaged left side over--this causes his lip to flop open. We are optimistic that this is a temporary problem and have seen improvement already, but it will take time and diligent care to help him continue to heal and gain weight.
Edgar was also loaded with parasites at intake with an epg count of 2200. He spent 2 weeks at Anoka Equine Veterinary Services, requiring iv fluids and very careful parasite control tx. After release he went into foster care at a heated facility and is now doing quite well. He is a lively, curious and very friendly colt. We cannot post any specific details on his intake case at this time.
To follow Edgar's progress on FaceBook, please click here.
The Minnesota Hooved Animal Rescue Foundation has been named #9 in GuideStar's 2014 Philanthropedia Survey of the Highest Impact Non-Profit Animal Welfare Organizations in Minnesota. This list includes small animal, large animal, exotic animal, and wildlife organizations!
Thank you for helping us make this large of an impact on animal welfare in the state of Minnesota!
Donations to assist us in keeping this important work going are always welcome--especially coming into winter!
Thank you to everyone who attended the Diamond in the Rough Challenge at Truhaven Ranch.
The summer newsletter is now available for your viewing pleasure. Please click here to download the PDF and enjoy reading about:
Summit Dazzling Dolly has been doing her part to show people how valuable rescued equines can be!
Dolly (along with her foster provider, Aimee) was named Grand Champion Horse in Training at the 2014 Sherburne County Fair!
Dolly is a 2007 33" AMHA/AMHR mare who is available for adoption!
To learn more about Dolly, please visit her FaceBook page by clicking here!
For more info please email us email@example.com
MHARF is in desperate need of qualified foster homes for healthy horses and ponies. Please click here to read our fostering guidelines (in Adobe PDF format).
Due to an increase in humane cases this time of year we have a number of horses in great need waiting to come in. We need to find placement, temporary or permanent, for several of the healthy horses we now have.
Some are slated for the 2015 Trainer's Challenge and only need foster care until April. We need to make room at our main facilities for several thin and ill horses that need to come in ASAP.
Fostering or adopting one of the healthy, sound horses we have available helps save the life of another horse in need!
If you can help please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Thank you!
Sochi, one of the 3 pregnant pony mares from the February 2014 Wadena County humane case, had a Mother's Day baby!
Ivan, Sochi's foal, is a beautiful, healthy colt. However, the foaling was not without complications. Sochi had what is known as a "Red Bag"--meaning the outer placental membrane failed to rupture during labor. Luckily, the folks at Sochi's temporary foster home and the staff from Siete Leguas Equine Veterinary Services were keeping a close eye on her and were able to step in and correct the problem by opening the membrane before the foal suffered any damage from lack of oxygen.
Had Sochi not been under supervision, her foal would not have survived. This is why we feel it is so crucial to check any incoming mares for pregnancy before making them available for adoption. We also do not adopt out pregnant mares. We are very fortunate to have foster homes with foaling facilities that are willing to take in mares for foaling! We understand that not everyone can have special foaling stalls with cameras and 24/7 surveillance. However, anyone who has a mare expecting a foal CAN learn as much as possible about foaling so they know the signs that a mare is getting close. That way they can keep an eye on her and when the time comes they can be there to step in or call the vet in case of trouble.
Ivan is now a very happy, friendly colt who is quite athletic. He is learning about haltering, leading, picking up his feet, and all of the other things a colt needs to know to be a good citizen. Even though his mother is a POA standing only 12.3 hands, we believe he may mature around 14 hands or taller because of his current size (we don't know who Ivan's sire is because his mother was an intake from a humane case). This extremely handsome and well-built colt will be available for adoption after he is weaned and gelded. Sochi will also be available for adoption after weaning and after she has surgery to remove her damaged eye.
Roswell "the painting horse" and his owner Jen have been donating half of his profits to MHARF since early 2013.
Roswell is an off-the-track thoroughbred (he didn't quite cut it as a racehorse, or a jumper, or a dressage horse.... Jen says a trainer once described him as "put together with spare parts"). When his career under saddle was sidelined due to a knee injury, Jen needed to find something else to keep this very intelligent gelding busy. She had the idea to introduce him to painting and as it turns out--he's a pro!
Now Ros uses his passion to help other horses! Roswell's painting and other merchandise featuring his designs can be found on eBay, etsy, and Cafe Press. Roswell also has his own facebook page. You can also watch Roswell on YouTube by clicking here.
Watch for the MHARF summer newsletter in which we will have the full story on Roswell Originals!
Remember Helen and Wait? Helen came in last fall so thin and with such long hooves she could barely walk. Her tiny, malnourished baby was at her side. We are happy to announce they are doing very well and are now available for adoption! Helen has required quite a bit of careful farrier care to regain soundness and she will definitely require careful and regular care in the future. However, she is so sweet and has been through so much--we are sure there is someone out there who would love to pamper her! Wait is a healthy and curious boy who has now been weaned and gelded.
We would like to say THANK YOU to the sponsors who helped with Helen and Wait's care throughout the winter and spring!
|Helen (Updated)||Wait (Updated)|
The Central States Dressage & Eventing Association (CSDEA) included a wonderful article by Jennifer Selvig about an amazing horse, Fred (fka Chief Concerto) and his human partner, Lisa, in their recent newsletter. Fred came to MHARF as a 2-year-old stud colt after they were nearly starved to death at their race trainer's farm in the winter of 2004. At that time Fred was 748 pounds and 16 hands.
Fast forward several years and Fred is now a well muscled 1,240 pounds, is confident and loves his job in eventing. He has collected many accolades at preliminary horse trial, one-star events, and intermediate horse trials. He is pointed toward several two-star events and maybe an advanced horse trial.
Please click here to read the full article by Jennifer Selvig entitled Ready Freddie! Three-Peat Silks Champ has a Cinderella Story to Tell
Now... Happy at Work
In the event you don't receive one in the mail, or want to read it sooner, please click here to view our Winter/Spring Newsletter.
MHARF's latest humane case (February 2014) in Wadena County, MN, involved 3 pregnant pony mares, a nine month old filly, and a 6 month old colt, as well as 3 more ponies found dead on the property (one we believe is the mother of the orphaned colt). These ponies have been living all winter in an open area with basically no shelter (unless you count the 3 ft. high plastic sheet that was rigged up in the middle of the pasture). There was no house or barn on the property--so no water all winter, and apparently no hay or feed of any kind for at least the past week.
We would like to thank Investigator Hanson from the Animal Humane Society and also the Wadena County Sheriff's Dept. for assisting us in this case and we urge Wadena County to bring prosecution in this case. We would also like to thank Siete Leguas Equine Veterinary Services for their care of the ponies upon intake. They are all now enjoying nice warm stalls with plenty of hay and water.
If you'd like to donate to help us cover costs for these ponies please see links to PayPal and Network for Good on the left hand side of this page, or you can send a check to MHARF, PO Box 47, Zimmerman, MN,55398. All donations are tax deductible!
And, as always, we are in need of qualified foster homes. These particular ponies will need to stay at our regular facilities for the time being but in order to make room for them we need to place some of our healthy horses and ponies. There are several who only need a place to go until the Trainer's Challenge begins this spring. You can find our foster and adoption guidelines, as well as the list of available horses, here on our website. Thank you!
Again, if you'd like to donate to help us cover costs for these ponies please see links to PayPal and Network for Good on the left hand side of this page, or you can send a check to MHARF, PO Box 47, Zimmerman, MN,55398. All donations are tax deductible!
Cora, age 5, loves horses - as you can see from the photo of her and her best friend Oreo. She discovered MHARF and immediately started saving money to donate. Cora even asked for donations instead of presents for her 4th birthday and also attempted an art sale.
Then, Cora really got excited when she heard her dad talking about "Casual for a Cause," a fund-raiser at his work. Every quarter, employees take turns choosing a charity. Individuals that choose to participate pay $25 and are allowed to have casual Fridays for the quarter. When her dad announced that it was his turn to choose the charity, she declared that it needed to be MHARF.
So, Cora's dad obediently turned in his selection, on the condition that Cora needed to make a video appeal to his coworkers. Cora's effort raised $1,500!!
Cora was able to go down and visit with Drew and the horses at the Rescue to present the money (even though she was a little too shy to talk to Drew, and had her mom hand over the envelope).
All the horses, donkeys, chickens, and other animals currently awaiting their forever homes at MHARF send out a HUGE THANK YOU to Cora, her family, and her dad's very generous co-workers!
Due to the recent Anoka County Humane Case, MHARF has been in the news quite frequently. Below are links to some of the news stories, both in the local papers and on local TV stations. We thank them for covering this case and making the plight of these horses common knowledge
StarTribune article January 13, 2012 - For starving horses, rescuer offers last gasp of hope.
KARE 11 TV January 12, 2012 - East Bethel rancher charged with 35 counts of animal mistreatment.
KSTP TV January 12, 2012 - East Bethel horse owner charged with animal cruelty.
Pioneer Press article January 10, 2012 - East Bethel: Breeder can't have horses back, judge rules.
For more information about adopting, fostering, sponsoring, or MHARF in general, please contact the rescue at 763-856-3119, email us at email@example.com, or visit us on FaceBook at Minnesota Hooved Animal Rescue Foundation.
These photos were taken in the mouth of Patty - a teenaged Percheron/Saddlebred cross mare from the recent Anoka County Humane Case. As you can see from the below photos (click on each of them to see a larger image) she had severe dental issues and was in extreme pain. She is MUCH more comfortable now, and her eating style has changed dramatically after her dental work. She still has some work to be done, but the sharpness is gone and the "fangs" are dramatically reduced so she can eat without discomfort. She is now a much happier horse! Check out the rehab section of the Horses Page and see how lovely this mare is.
|Patty's Molars showing both sides||Patty's Left side first Molar|
|Damage to Tongue from "fang"||Damage to lower gingiva left side|
Several horses were seized in an Anoka County Humane Case at NV Arabian Horse Ranch having been evaluated with body scores of 1 and 2 on the Henneke scale. The horses were released to MHARF this weekend after spending time at the U of MN for evaluation and care.
The Pioneer Press printed a very heartwarming article about Lizzy, an 18-year-old Arabian mare taken in this case, and the family that is doing what they can to help her. You can find the article by clicking here.
Iris, shown here in a recent photo to the left, was one of the horses seized in this case. She is doing much better as you can see from her photo. You can see from the photos of her back (photo 1) and her hips (photo 2), her incoming condition was severe. Below are a few of the additional intake photos of these horses. Click on the image to see the larger image. Sponsors are appreciated to assist in the rehabilitation of these horses.
|Intake - Anoka County Horse||Pinto Intake - Anoka County|
|Body Condition was Severe||Another Example of Condition|
|Intake - Anoka County Horse||Example of Hoof Condition|
Please call 763-856-3119 if you would like to become a sponsor. More information will be coming soon to the website regarding these wonderful horses.
We wanted to share information we were given with regard to organizations who will assist the elderly keep and care for their pets if they have come upon financial hardship. Please view the attached Adobe PDF listing of resources, and feel free to share this information with others who may find it helpful.
Here is the most recent information we have received regarding the recent outbreaks of EHM.
Although the majority of Minnesota horses will be unaffected by this outbreak, sensible precautions dictate that horses that have aborted or show signs of fever in conjunction with respiratory or neurological disease be isolated from other horses and evaluated by a veterinarian. Vaccines for control of respiratory disease and abortion due to EHV-1 are available, and many Minnesota horses receive them as part of their spring vaccination regimen, but the ability of vaccines to control the neurological form of the disease is unclear. If you have specific questions regarding the implications of this outbreak for your horse, or whether additional vaccination is appropriate, we recommend that you contact your regular veterinarian.
We urge owners to avoid bringing sick or suspect horses to shows, clinics, trail rides, etc. If you have any doubts about your horses health, stay at home.
Please click here to download a PDF of the USDA EHV-1 informational brochure.
Two bills (Senate File 1118/House File 1369) have been introduced in the Minnesota Legislature that would ban undercover humane investigations. These bills would make it a crime to take video without an owner's consent in factory farms and puppy mills in Minnesota, as well as to possess and distribute the images.
We ask that you please review these bills and consider contacting the governor and your Minnesota State Senator and Representative and also signing an online petition found here to help stop this legislation, or others like it.
Have you been collecting Pet Points from Coborn's but you don't know what to do with them? Do you have no idea what "Pet Points" are? Do you want to help the MHARF even more? Then read on!
Coborn's has been a local grocery store in the upper Midwest for several decades, with the first one opening in 1921 in Sauk Rapids, Minnesota. One of the promotional features at select Coborn's stores is "Pet Points". Pet Points are coupons given at Coborn's when you buy pet food. When you have enough points, you can convert the points into cash - 150 pet points = $10.00 that can be used for anything at Coborn's such as food for the animals in the care of MHARF or even gas for transporting horses to and from foster homes and veterinary clinics.
In addition to Coborn's stores, you can also drop your pet points off at Caseys General Store 810 N. Rum River Drive, Princeton MN 55371 (763)389-9923.
If you have extra Pet Points that you'd like to donate to MHARF, please visit these stores or contact us.
An excellent program dedicated to the education of new and seasoned horse owners, the MN Horse Welfare Coalition (MNHWC) has posted literature on the AHS website that we feel is required reading. There are documents on "Evaluating a Horse's Body", "Horse Hay Resources", and "Humane Options for Unwanted Horses". You can download and view these documents here (Adobe Acrobat Reader required).
On December 9th, 2008, one of our horses presently in foster care in the Rush City / Rock Creek area - Wyldfyre - disappeared from the farm where she was fostered. We do not know if she strayed away, is lost, or has been stolen - but we certainly would like to have her back and safe! Wyldfyre, is an Arabian sorrel mare that stands about 14.2 hands. She has very little white, with the only spot being a small star on her forehead. She also has a scar on her hind leg, but given the fuzzy nature of horses right now, that might be hard to see. Here is a flyer (99KB PDF) you can download and post if you are in that area or are attending any horse auctions.
We are offering a reward to anyone providing information that leads to the safe return Wyldfyre. If you have information on her whereabouts, please contact the Rescue immediately at 763-856-3119.
An important article has been posted at TheHorse.com that we encourage everyone to read! (Free registration required to view.)
How to Manage Starved Horses and Effectively Work with Humane and Law Enforcement Officials - "The role of the veterinarian in the community is very important (in equine welfare cases)," said Julie Wilson, DVM, Dipl. ACVIM, head of large animal medicine at the University of Minnesota's (UM) College of Veterinary Medicine during the 50th annual American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) Convention. Read More...
MHARF has an urgent need for trainers and/or training centers to foster and work with horses for 60 days. Currently, we have more horses than our staff can work. If you can help, please contact Drew at (763) 856-3119. Remember, all foster care cost are tax deductible.
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