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UPDATED December 13, 2014

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If you see an animal on our website that catches your interest, call the shelter and set up an appointment to see the animal in person and to get more information on that animal's current status. Adoption fees are not posted as they can change during the time the animal is being evaluated.

Prospective adopters are interviewed face to face (no application) and a farm inspection is set up so that we can check out the place where the adopted animal will be kept. Please follow the link below to review the guidelines that will help get you qualified for adoption.


Upon qualifying, an Adoption Contract is signed by both parties. This contract is a co-ownership that lasts for the life of the animal. An animal adopted from MHARF cannot be sold, traded, or given away. If for any reason the adopted animal is not wanted, at any time, the animal must be returned to MHARF. We do not adopt out stallions and it is usually a policy that mares are adopted with a no breeding clause in their adoption agreement. Furthermore, only under very special circumstances does the Rescue adopt out an animal outside the five-state area - that is, Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin and the Dakotas.

We also have need of foster homes for the animals in our care. If you are intersted in fostering, please click the following link to read the guidelines.


To contact the Minnesota Hooved Animal Rescue, you can do so via e-mail at info@mnhoovedanimalrescue.org or by phone at 763-856-3119. The best time to call is between 7:30 and 8:30 AM. We cannot return long distance calls, so if calling long distance please call back. Please remember that appointments are necessary as there are many, many animals to be taken care of and we must plan/schedule our time to get everything done each and every day.

Horses Available for Adoption | Horses in Rehab
Animals Available for Adoption | Animals in Rehab



November, 2014 - Polka Dot, Joe, Thor, Rake, Baby Girl

October, 2014 - Esperanza, Isis, Moose, Sochi, Dolly, June Bug

September, 2014 - Sonny, TOH Hope, TOH Johnny, TOH Raayna, Edison, Gallant, D'artagnan, Ki, Jo Jo, Crouching Tantrum - Hidden Agenda, Bugsy Malone (aka the Unicorn)

August, 2014 - Wyatt, Ames Fanfare, Charlie Brown

June, 2014 - Flurry, Chief, Quinn, Clancy, Costello, Ebony, Lahab, Maggie

May, 2014 - Flyn, Tonio, Peter, Casey, Raggedy Ann

April, 2014 - Thor, Doc's White Gold, Rozlyn, Ruben, Lookit

March, 2014 - Princess, Chukapava, Cisco, Blossom

February, 2014 - Kachina

January, 2014 - Trudy, Amber, Eleanor the Donkey

December, 2013 - Lady Flash, Leo Precious Justice, Daisy Mae

November, 2013 - Chino, Unnamed Black Mare, Unnamed Black Pinto Mare, Hot Damn Ellesafire

October, 2013 - Dandy, Quincy, Bandit


Check the sections below for more information on these recent arrivals at the Minnesota Hooved Animal Rescue. Horses are broken into two sections - "Available for Adoption" and "In Rehab" so be sure to check both sections.

New horse(s) added: November 29, 2014
Sally's Omage - black pinto mare

Liberty - bay pinto mare

Other animal(s) added/updated: December 9, 2014 (on the Animals page)
Gus - donkey gelding
Mrs. Attenburro - donkey jennet

Updates to existing horses made: November 29, 2014
BJ Angel - pinto mare
Rikki - dark bay pony gelding


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Horses Available for Adoption | Horses in Rehab

This is Ahzi, he is a 2005 model Registered Appaloosa that stands 14.1 hands. Ahzi is broke to ride, and like so many of us is ready for his Spring tune-up. He is very much looking forward to finding a wonderful human to be his partner.


This beautiful 1999 14.2hh bay Arabian mare is Amari. She is very sweet, well broke to ride, and is suitable for an advanced beginner. She is healthy and sound and just recently had extensive dental work done (so she will now be able to put on the last few pounds she needs as you can see by her photo).

Arizona was foaled in 2002 and stands 15.3h. She is a beautiful and friendly mare who stands for the farrier and loads and unloads easily. She is currently being assessed by a trainer for training level. If you have questions you can e-mail Jean at vbengston@aol.com

Bill is a 2011 Haflinger gelding who came to MHARF after having been abandoned in a park reserve this past summer. He is approximately 3 years old and 13 hands high. He had some swelling, infection and scar tissue above his front coronary bands, but he is doing well now and is available for adoption or fostering. Bill has not been started and he is a potential candidate for the 2015 Trainers' Challenge (in which case--we could really use a winter foster home for him!)

Angel is a 1998 registered pinto mare. She came to us in need of surgery to repair an umbilical hernia. We have had the surgery completed and she is now healed and ready to start riding again. She has not been ridden for at least the past year and will need some refresher training. She is a nice mare with a good temperament and will require a rider with experience. However, we are told that once she has some refresher training she should be suitable for and advanced beginner on up. She has been ridden almost exclusively in a sidepull in the past.

Blackberry is a black mare who stands approximately 14.2 hands and was foaled around 2005. She was part of the 2013 Brainerd humane case. Pregnant when she came in, she was adopted along with her foal but had to be returned. We have not assessed her training level yet and she will possibly be a candidate for the 2015 Trainers' Challenge. We don't know her breeding but she is a stock-type mare. She has a sweet personality and is not dominant in a herd.

Blackbird is a beautiful, you guessed it - black, Warmblood-looking mare. She was foaled in 2010 and stands over 16 hands. She is not currently broke to ride and will be a candidate for a future Trainer's Challenge. She is a very sweet girl and is looking forward to having a forever home of her own.

Named in the same fashion as her mother, Wyldfyre, Bonfyre is a mare that was foaled in 2008 (see her young photo here) while her mother was at the Rescue. Bonfyre had an unfortunate accident that broke her olecranon (point of the elbow). She's was placed in the capable care of the veterinarians at the U of M who fitted her with a plate so that she was able to grow up big and strong (surgery photo 1 and photo 2 here). Because of the plate, Bonfyre will be unable to participate in high-impact sports like jumping and cross-country, but she can be a great riding horse. As you can see she has grown into a beautiful young lady!

Also, this is a great example of why it's so important to halter-break your young horse as soon as possible. Even though she was in considerable pain from the break, she was an angel to work with thanks to her halter training.

Graduate of the 2014 Trainer's Challenge
Buena is beautiful little 2009 mustang mare who stands around 14 hands. She was in training during the summer of 2014 for the Trainers' Challenge but was unable to compete because of a schedule conflict for her trainer due to school. She has been under saddle but is definitely still quite green. She is very bold and smart and also likes to be dominant--so she does require a handler with a lot of knowledge.


This is Bug, a palomino filly foaled in 2010. Bug and her mom came to MHARF from a humane case in Southern Minnesota. Bug stands 14.1 hands, but being part Morgan is expected to mature slowly so may continue adding height. She has a very laid back, mild temperament. Bug has not yet been started under saddle. For more info on Bug please contact Jean at (651)261-3428 or vbengston@aol.com

Foaled in 2004, Christa is a Paint cross, but you would only know that if if you knew her mother was a Paint. She's a quiet girl, and rather easy to handle, but does not enjoy a lot of affection (such as hugs) so may not be a suitable horse for children). She has a very nice trot, and takes both leads at the canter but could improve her canter with some work. She was trained to drive in 2009 and seemed to really enjoy it. She has some scarring on her back legs, but it's more cosmetic than anything. Christa was the 2009 Trainer's Challenge Champion, trained by Natalie Payne. Since that time, Christa has been shown in other events and has been used as a lesson horse for beginner and intermediate level riders.

Foaled in 2006, Daybreaks Abbey Road is a very nice chestnut mare who gave birth to a beautiful filly, Penny Lane, on July 20, 2011. Abbey is a registered American Saddlebred mare, who is athletically built and has very pretty ears. Daybreaks Abbey Road is a very pretty dark liver chestnut and came to us from a Pine County humane case. She is very friendly and extremely interested in people.

Denny-TruHaven DENNY - TruHaven Ranch
Graduate of the 2014 Trainer's Challenge
Foaled around 2005, Denny is a handsome, solidly built dark bay and white pinto Arabian-cross gelding who stands approximately 14.2hh. Denny is a very nice horse who competed in the 2014 Trainers' Challenge. For more info on Denny please contact Truhaven Ranch at phillips1020@yahoo.com or (320)224-5454.

Earl is a very handsome 14hh mustang gelding who was foaled in 2004. Earl has been in training again this past summer and has proven himself an excellent trail companion. His trainer says he may seem wary with new people at first, but once you gain his trust he is a loving and loyal friend with an outstanding work ethic. She is able to pull him in from the pasture, quickly groom, and be off in minutes. He's always eager to learn and keep moving towards the next task or lesson. He has occasional moments of hesitation where he will need reassurance, but the loyalty he has for those he trusts will motivate him to attempt any task. He will be a true friend to anyone willing to earn his trust.

We would love for Earl to find his own person yet this fall! He is currently in foster care near Rochester but we will need to move him before winter to either an adoptive home or a new foster home.

Emma is a very sweet bay mare foaled sometime in the late 1980's. She came to us as part of a 2013 humane case and was severely underweight. She is a wonderful girl, who is well broke to ride. She neck reins and does best with a curb bit. Her breeding is unknown, but she is very friendly. This mare is very solidly built and definitely has some power and speed. She definitely does not look, act, or feel her age.

Meet Esme, a pretty black breeding stock paint type mare who stands around 14.1 hands. She was foaled in 2009. She has just recently been halter broke and has no other training.

Fareed is a beautiful15hh 2007 bay Arabian gelding who successfully competed in the 2010 MHARF Trainers' Challenge. This very nice gelding has a wonderful temperament, is broke to ride (suitable for an advanced rider) and would make a great trail or competitive trail/distance horse!

Fletcher is a buckskin pinto gelding in his late teens who stands 14.2 hands. He has spent the last year on lease to a therapeutic riding program, but the program director feels he is bored with the arena work and would really love to go out on trails, so he is once again available for adoption (with the benefit of just having had a good 5 months of solid work as a therapy horse). Fletcher would be suitable for a child or small to medium size adult. He loves trail work and goes along nicely with other horses. He prefers someone with light hands who will not hang on the bit because he likes to walk out on a loose rein.

Full of Spice FULL OF SPICE
Graduate of the 2012 Trainers Challenge
This is Full Of Spice, a registered American Saddlebred mare foaled in 2001. She is an intake from a Pine county humane case and is a very kind and sweet mare. Spice was a student of the 2012 Trainers' Challenge and is broke to ride. She has had some trail experience but will need a training refresher. She is much more comfortable when riding out with another horse. Like most Saddlebreds, Spice is a sensitive horse and requires a gentle person with some experience.

Hans is a chestnut National Show Horse (Arab x Saddlebred) gelding who was foaled in November of 2011. He stands approximately 15.2 hands and may have some growing to do yet. He has not been started yet but has nice manners and is sweet and friendly. He has potential for show, distance, eventing--you name it. Hans recently cleared a 6' gate at the farm from a stand still--so we are hoping an eventing career may be in his future! Hans has been with us since he was a baby and he would LOVE to have attention from his very own person!

Honey is a red dun quarter horse type mare who was foaled around 1993. A very recent intake, we don't have a lot of info on her yet. She needs to have all of her vet work done, including a pregnancy check because she was pastured with several young stallions. She will then be available for adoption after she gains some weight.

Ivan is a bay POA cross colt who was born in mid-May of 2014. His dam, Sochi, is a 12.3 hh POA (appaloosa x Shetland) from the 02/2014 Wadena County humane case. Ivan is a very curious and 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 we don't know who Ivan's sire is, due to his conformation, size, and athleticism we are guessing he may have been a quarter horse--meaning Ivan may mature around 14 hands or taller. This extremely handsome and well-built colt is now ready to find his forever home since hshas now been weaned.

Diamond in the Rough Challenge Graduate
Katya came to us from the February 2014 Wadena County humane case. She was foaled in 04/2013 and she already stands 11.2 hands. We expect she will mature around 13 hands. She is sweet girl who recently competed in the 2014 Diamond in the Rough Challenge. Having spent this past summer with a trainer she has had a lot of ground work and has learned all about obstacles, saddles, and many other things a pony needs to know!

Graduate of the 2014 Trainer's Challenge
Keno is a very nice buckskin and white pinto gelding who stands around 15 hands. He was foaled around 2007. He is very friendly and has a sweet personality. Denny was in training during the summer of 2014 for the Trainers' Challenge but was not able to compete due to a stifle injury. Denny is broke to ride and has been cleared by the vet for lighter riding but can not yet participate in more high-impact activities.

Diamond in the Rough Challenge Competitor
Lester is a 50" pony mule gelding who was foaled in 2009. Like all mules, Lester has a mind of his own, but he's also got a great temperament, has been saddled and ponied, and certainly has a bright future ahead of him! Lester successfully competed in the 2014 Diamond in the Rough Competition at Truhaven Ranch and has had plenty of desensitizing and obstacle work.

Graduate of the 2014 Trainer's Challenge
Levi, foaled in 2006, came in as a stallion from the 2013 Crow Wing County humane case. He is now a gelding standing 14.2hh and as you can see by clicking here for another photo--he is drop-dead gorgeous. Levi competed in the 2014 Trainers' Challenge with trainers from Truhaven Ranch. Levi is a wonderful horse who loves trail riding. He has trail and some show experience and would love to hit those trails with his very own person!

Graduate of the 2014 Trainer's Challenge
Liberty is a 2006 bay pinto mare (with one blue eye) who stands 14hh. She originally came to MHARF with her foal from a 2013 Crow Wing County humane case. Liberty successfully competed in the 2014 Trainers' Challenge. She has had extensive ground work, desensitization and obstacle work, and is green broke to ride. She adored the little girl who assisted in her training for the Challenge so we expect that she will be a great kids' horse. We are happy to announce that she has just gone back into training with Jamie Moeller, our 2014 TC Grand Champion trainer!

Loretta is a miniature mare who originally came to MHARF from a larger humane case in 2008. Her original adopters are moving and unfortunately can't take her along so she needs to find a new placement. She is a 2004 chestnut mare who stands 32". She and her best friend Patsy have been extremely attached to each other since the very beginning of their time with MHARF so we prefer to place them in the same home.

Marin is a beautiful bay medium-pony-size hackney pony mare who came to us from the "Fillmore 55" humane case. She was foaled in approximately 2001. Marin is broke to drive and has that great snappy hackney pony trot as you can see from her photo. Marin would not be suitable for children at this point as she has a lot of "go" and was not handled as much or as kindly as she should have been in the past. For another lovely photo of Marin standing in harness, please click here.

McKayla is a 2004 mare who stands14.3hh and is looking for a new home after being returned to MHARF because her adopter could no longer keep her. She is a super nice mare with a lot of trail experience. She neck reins, leg yields, goes happily down the trail in the lead, middle, or back, click here for another photo. She has a nice walk and jog but her lope is a little strong. McKayla is currently at Truhaven Ranch in Winstead, MN. To meet McKayla please contact Truhaven at (320)224-5454 or phillips1020@yahoo.com.

Graduate of the 2014 Trainer's Challenge
Medora Miss Medora is a registered AQHA red dun mare foaled in 2002. She stands approximately 14.2 hands and is a very sweet girl.

Rescued from the brink of death in the winter of 2009-2010, Ming is a Sheldon Mustang that was foaled in 2009. After spending some time at the University of Minnesota, she regained her health and has finally grown up to be one very large young lady.

Diamond in the Rough Challenge Competitor
Monroe is a sorrel stock-type gelding who was foaled in 2012. He spent the summer with a trainer and recently competed in the Diamond in the Rough Challenge. He has not been started under saddle but has been ponied and has had a lot of ground work and desensitization work. He has plenty of experience with obstacles and saddling and has been calm throughout. His trainers say he would make a very good mounted patrol horse. He is bold, intelligent, and has a great work ethic. He will need an experienced handler, however, because like most bold and intelligent horses--he thinks he needs to be in charge.

Approximately 14 hands, Olivia is a very nice black and white pinto mare who we believe was foaled in 2008. She has recently been halter broke and has no other training.

Meet Ollie, he is a beautiful POA pony gelding foaled in approximately 1993. He is a very sweet fellow, who is broke to ride but has not recently had a child "pilot" him off lead.

Patsy is a miniature mare who originally came to MHARF from a larger humane case in 2008. Her original adopters are moving and unfortunately can't take her along so she needs to find a new placement. She is a 1998 palomino mare who stands 34.4". She and her best friend Loretta have been extremely attached to each other since the very beginning of their time with MHARF so we prefer to place them in the same home.

Pearl is an appaloosa miniature pony mare, foaled in 2005. She is a very sweet little mare who came to us from an abandonment case. She is sound at this time but does have a history of laminitis so needs to be on a restricted diet for the rest of her life.

Graduate of the 2011 Trainers Challenge
Meet Penny Candy, foaled in 2007 she is the daughter of Mia, and sister of Crouching Tantrum. Penny Candy is as sweet as her name, very friendly and loves people. She is broke to ride and is small, under 14 hands. Penny Candy's temperament makes her a good candidate for a hunter pony as she is a beautiful mover.

Meet Pickles, a stock-type mare foaled in 2010. She's a pretty little girl, standing approximately 14 hands. We will have more information about her soon!

Raven is a lovely mare foaled in 2005. She is 1/2 Oldenburg, 1/4 Trekhner, and 1/4 Arabian and we can honestly say she got the best of all worlds. She has a shiny black coat, lovely floating gaits, a beautiful head, and that amazing warmblood chest. Raven is best suited for a very experienced rider or trainer at this time.

Meet Rikki, a dark bay Hackney pony gelding who stands 11.2 hands. Rikki, foaled in approximately 2008, came to us from the 2012 Fillmore County humane case. As you can see from this intake photo he has been working on gaining some much needed weight while he waits to find a loving home. We are happy to announce that Rikki has now gone into training with 2014 Trainers' Challenge trainer Dustin Freiheit! This fancy pony should be a great driving pony someday soon!

This 2011 standard molly mule is Rosebud. She is a very nice young mule who originally came to us in a 2012 humane case. She has no training beyond the basics on the ground and is a possible entry in the 2015 Trainers' Challenge.

We call this beautiful 2010 pinto Saddlebred mare Sally-O. She originally came to MHARF as one of the orphaned foals in the 2010 Pine County humane case. She was adopted but has been returned because her owner could not keep her. She is not yet broke to ride and will be a possible candidate for the 2015 Trainers' Challenge.

Serena is a wonderful sorrel mare, foaled in 2009, with lots of chrome! She has a white strip on her face, 2 high white behind, and 2 ankle white on her front legs. She stands approx 13 hands and has a very sweet temperament and lovely forward floating trot. We believe she would make a beautiful driving pony or dressage pony. For more information about Serena, or to meet her in person, please contact Candy at (320)224-5454 or via email at phillips1020@yahoo.com.

Sheba is a very sweet Paso Fino mare, foaled in 2004. she is very easy to be around and rides very nicely in a bitless bridle. As you can see by clicking here, she has no issues with getting her feet wet out on the trail. Any human would be lucky to have Sheba as their equine partner.

Spirit, registered with AQHA as Watch PB N J, is a gelding foaled in 2011 that stands 14.3 hands. He can be double registered as a Palomino. He is a quick learner and is very friendly, loving his "people time." He will make some lucky person a very nice equine partner.

Diamond in the Rough Challenge Competitor
Tater Chip is a very handsome 2004 12hh bay pinto pony gelding. He spent the summer in training and competed in the Diamond in the Rough Challenge. He has had a lot of ground work, is broke to drive and is doing very well. He does need a handler who is experienced in driving. His trainer says he could be a major competitor in either carriage driving events or open pleasure driving.

Diamond in the Rough Challenge Competitor
"Monte" is a bay pony gelding, foaled in 2005. He's a super-cute fellow that stands a solid 40 inches (10 hands) high. Monte competed in the 2014 Diamond in the Rough Challenge at Truhaven Ranch and is now broke to drive. He has also had a lot of desensitization and obstacle work. Monte is energetic and loves to play and would be most suitable for someone with driving experience.

Graduate of the 2014 Trainer's Challenge
Thorn is a 14.3 hands pinto gelding who was foaled around 2000. He was still a stud when he came in as part of a humane case, but he had obviously spent time among other horses because he hasn't shown any particularly studly behavior. He was a participant in the 2014 Trainers' Challenge,has had plenty of ground work, and is started under saddle. Thorn is a nice solidly built horse and has a great temperament.

This little guy is Wiley a pony mule gelding from the Fillmore County humane case. He was foaled in 2009 and stands 10 hands high. Wiley (as you can guess by the name) has not had a lot of handling yet. He was recently gelded and is now at Truhaven Ranch--so that will change real quick! For more info, or to meet this adorable little fellos, please call (320)224-5454.

Looking for a distance prospect? This is Zafir--a 2008 Arabian gelding who stands approximately 14.2hh. He was originally adopted from MHARF as a weanling back in 2008 (his name then was Gimi) and was returned this summer because his adoptive owner could no longer keep him. He is a beautiful horse with a wonderful temperament. He is green broke and very willing, has had some trail experience with other horses but has not been ridden since last spring. He is pretty level-headed and loves to go! For more information on adopting Zafir please call his foster home at (320)223-4908.


Horses in rehab
(Not yet available for adoption)

The horses presented in this section have either recently arrived and are waiting for an examination, or have a medical condition that prevents them from being immediately available for adoption. In the case of the latter, there are often excessive medical bills that need to be paid. Thanks to the generosity of sponsors, these horses can continue to receive care. Unfortunately, there are usually more horses than there are sponsors.

If you or your organization would like to sponsor one or more horses at the Hooved Animal Rescue, please review the information needed on this form and send an e-mail to info@mnhoovedanimalrescue.org or contact MHARF at (763) 856-3119.

We're always trying to think of new ways sponsorship can benefit the sponsors as well as the horses, so the sponsorship program is currently being re-vamped and tweaked. All sponsors will be sent letters and photos of "their horses" that they can show of to their friends and co-workers.

Horses Available for Adoption | Horses in Rehab

Edgar is a bay pinto Friesian x Saddlebred colt who was foaled in June of 2014. He came to us extremely emaciated and with a very high fecal egg count (meaning he was loaded with parasites). He is currently at a veterinary hospital and requires assistance in getting up and iv fluids. His attitude is great, he is eating well, and he has an incredibly strong will to live. If you would like to donate to help with Edgar's veterinary bill or to sponsor him please click here to donate now through Network for Good, or click here to donate through Paypal.

This beautiful girl is Jazzy--a 1997 Paint mare who came to MHARF as a surrender because her owner could no longer care for her. Jazzy is not available for adoption yet. She has had some very poor hoof care in the past and will require corrective trimming and shoeing to make her sound. She is definitely worth it, however, as she is a very nice mare! We will keep you updated on her progress. To assist with Jazzy's care or to sponsor her please click here to donate now through Network for Good, or click here to donate through Paypal.


Panama Jack is a pinto gelding who was foaled in 1999 and stands 16hh. We are told he has had extensive training and show experience. Unfortunately he has also had some pretty bad hoof care and is now requiring corrective trimming and shoeing. We will assess his training and make him available for adoption once we are certain he will remain sound To assist with Panama Jack's care or to sponsor him please click here to donate now through Network for Good, or click here to donate through Paypal.

Will is a 2011 POA (Shetland x Appaloosa) gelding who stands approximately 13 hands. Will needs some time to rest and gain weight before he is available for adoption. Pictures coming soon. To assist with Will's care or to sponsor him please click here to donate now through Network for Good, or click here to donate through Paypal.






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