The process of adopting a horse from MHWF
is simple, print out the application. Send that in along with a $5.00 processing
fee and photos of your farm. Once it is received we will get in touch with you
via telephone and will answer any questions you might have, whether they be
about our program and policies or a particular horse in our program.
If after that phone call both parties feel like one or more of the horses is a
possible match, we will set up an appointment for you to meet the horses. If the
horse is a match, you may choose to adopt it and take it home after a little
1. You must have an application on file to inquire about adoption horses, no
2. You must call during our posted hours and not on off hours.
3. You must set an appointment via telephone with us before planning on coming
to the MHWF farm. Calling or emailing to let us know you are coming is not
setting an appointment and will not be honored.
4. You must be at least
18 years old to inquire about adoption horses or to file an application.
We try our best to make adoption as easy and fun as we can make it. It is for
that reason that we have set these policies. Everyone at MHWF has a regular
daytime job and we must make good use of our limited time as this is a volunteer
job and the people who take their time off to spend with the horses and
potential adopters do it because they love it and believe in it.
This page is always
current and updated immediately after an adoption takes place.
Spirit - 6 yrs.
$500 - Spirit is a 6 year old grade paint gelding.
He stands at a hair under 15 hands tall and is sound \, healthy, well-behaved
and very pretty. He loves people and attention and is easy to catch, leads,
loads, ties, good for the vet and farrier, stands nice for being fly sprayed.
Spirit is broke to ride but is very green. He had 30 days training two years ago
and was ridden in the arena twice since then, so he will need some refresher
work under saddle and will need some time to take him the rest of the way into
his training. Other than being green, he is a very nice looking horse and is
pretty laid back. Spirit is pretty outgoing in the pasture and likes to be near
the top of the herd here at MHWF.
$500 - Chester B is an 8 year old STB gelding,
retired from a pretty good racing career. He is current on his dental work,
shots, trims, wormers, etc. Chester stands at 15.2 hands tall. He leads, loads,
ties, cross ties, bathes, is perfect for the vet and farrier, he obviously
drives very well, but has also been used as a buggy horse from time to time on
the roads. Chester has had 59 racing starts and has earned just under $18,000,
all of that at small county fairs, pretty good. He even holds a track record or
two and was the WI Trotter of the Year in 2014 and top 10 Trotter of the Year
the three years previous. He has stunning good looks, excellent manners, he is
sweet, super easy going and if someone wanted to turn him into a saddle horse,
these STBs are about as simple to train to saddle as it gets, simply hop on and
put 5 to 10 hours on them under saddle and you are ready to hit the trails.
Sadly, Chester fractured his right front coffin bone in 2014 which ended his
racing career. He can now move on to his next career as a pleasure driving horse
or someone's trail partner.
$500 - Star Runner is a 5 year old Appy mare that is
sound, healthy, current on her trims, shots, de-wormers and Coggins. She stands
at 14.1 hands tall. Star came to us from Missouri and has a lot of very good
training, including 5 months professional training in Oregon. She leads, loads,
ties, stands for the farrier, all the things a good horse should be able to do.
She is also a pretty laid back gal who likes people, but prefers to get to know
you a little bit first. Once she does, she is a hard worker, smart and reliable.
Even though she has a lot of good training, she is a 5 year old, so she is not a
horse for a green or timid rider and not for kids....adults with some riding
experience only. Star has always had great care and she is a nice little horse
with the true Appy mane and tail.
$400 - Lefty is a 3 year old QH gelding. He stands at 14.2 hands tall and is still very much a
growing boy. He is current on his trims, shots, Coggins and de-wormings and is
ready to go for 2017. Lefty was a true rescue and now that he is back to 100%,
he can begin his look for his new, forever home. He is super easy going and has
had a ton of handling and de-sensitizing, even has had a saddle on his back. He
is an open book for whoever wants to finish his training and everyone who meets
him says he will be an easy one to finish with his training because he has had
so much handling and he easy going personality. He is still in that awkward
looking 3 year old stage, but he is going to be a real looker and we think he is
going to be a good sized horse when he is done growing. Lefty had both of his
back pasterns fused at the UW Madison and was cleared last year by multiple vets
to now be trained and ridden. He has no special needs other than we want to see
him become a trail horse. Because of the fused pasterns, he should not be used
for competitive events like barrels, jumping or endurance and should be a big,
beautiful, sound trail horse for many years to come. No complications from the
fusing of his pasterns is expected.
$400 - If you have been a fan of MHWF for long
enough, then you will remember Baby Cakes. She came to us as a starved yearling
from the rescue case in Trempealeau County 9 years ago that involved 27
untouched horses that we in terrible shape. Baby Cakes was one of those horses
and was in the worse shape of them all. She was rehabbed, worked with, and
eventually was adopted and has been in that same home for the past 8 years,
where she got more training, some riding and was a very loved friend. Baby Cakes
is now back at MHWF due to family health problems and we can once again look for
a new home for her. If you search 27 Horses in Trempealeau County on the MHWF
discussion forum, you will be able to find a ton more info and photos of her
when we first met her, so Baby Cakes holds a very special place in the hearts of
the volunteers at MHWF. She is now a sound, healthy 10 year old mare. She is
current on her shots, trims, wormers and Coggins and although she is still a
little green under saddle, has been ridden and just needs some more time under
saddle and some finishing touches. She can be very shy with new people at first,
but once she gets to know you, she adores people and attention. She is good for
the vet and farrier, leads, loads, time, etc. Baby Cakes is a little thing at
13.3 hand tall, so she will need a light rider, under 120 pounds, someone with
the skills and time to take her the rest of the way. She is very sweet and
stunning to look at.
$500 - Laci is an 11 year old APHA registered mare.
She is very sound, healthy and is broke to ride. Laci has all her shots and
everything she needs for 2017 She is in excellent shape and stands at 14.3 hand
tall. We have not yet received her write-up from her donor, but are told she has
been used for show halter and western riding. We are also told that she has not
been ridden in a few years, but will get her test ridden very soon and will
update her listing. Laci is a sweet horse and has a lot to offer the right
Both Abby and Laci are now out to pasture with the
rest of the herd and are doing very well, loving life and the giant pasture,
which is now green. We have gotten a few answers on their training etc. to share
as well. Both horses went in for professional training about 6 years or so and
were ridden a great deal after training, out on the trails, arena riding, road
riding, creeks, bridges, you name it. They were both once again taken in for
some refresher training in 2013 and were ridden for a season after that
refresher training. We are told that they are both very solid, experienced trail
and arena horses and with a few refresher rides, with be that way again. Neither
horse has ever been sick or lame and they have always been healthy and
well-cared for. We will get them both test ridden soon and will update again
then to report how it all went.
Laci got her first ride since coming to MHWF
tonight. Some visitors elected to hop on and rode her bareback. She was a little
worked up and unsure of herself at first, but eventually softened up and did ok.
There was no bucking, bolting or rearing and no sign that she even considered
it. She will need a good 8 to 10 short rides for some refresher work, but has a
ton of potential.
Cheyenne is a 25 year old QH/TWH or STB cross mare.
She came from a local farm where they did the best they could for her, but
sadly, her owner has cancer and was having a very hard time. They did the right
thing and reached out for help. The Clark County Sheriff's Dept. then called us
and asked us for our help. Cheyenne is now here and will probably live out her
remaining years here with us, unless the perfect home and situation comes up for
her. Even though she is an old gal and is very thin, she is still peppy, in good
spirits, loves people, has near perfect manners and is a true sweetheart. We are
glad her owners decided to give her up so that we all do not have to go through
what happened with Roy again. We will get her teeth done, feet trimmed, get her
on a de-worming program and work slowly to get her back to good weight, along
with a Coggins and her vaccinations. This will be a long road ahead of Cheyenne,
but we do not see any reason that she cannot bounce back like Faith did. She is
a joy to be around and has a great outgoing personality. We are excited to share
the beginning of her journey with all of our website readers and followers and
will keep her listing updated as we move forward and watch her progress.
If you would like to make a
donation toward the cost of her feed, hay, dental work, hoof care, de-worming or
vaccinations, donations are accepted and appreciated.
Cheyenne has been moved to the
front paddock and is currently living with the minis until we feel she is
healthy and strong enough to live in the pasture with Sheba, Faith, Dahlia, Mack
and Big Dan. She is doing very well and has a great appetite. She is super smart
and has our routine down and is now showing us her sweet side. This is a very
well-behaved and very sweet mare and we hope to be able to share her after photo
with her chubby, happy and out to pasture eventually.
Cheyenne now has her
teeth floated, once molar pulled, has been started on a de-worming program and
has all of her shots. Tomorrow she will get her feet trimmed. She has a great
attitude and an excellent appetite.
$500 - Ruffian is a 5 year old grade QH mare. She
stands at 15 hands tall, is very healthy, sound, put together very well, quiet,
easy going and raised the right way. She is current on all her shots, a brand
new Coggins, de-wormed and just had all her dental work. This is a very nice
mare who actually come from a rescue situation when she was a young filly. In
fall of 2015 she was worked for a few days by Ray Ainsworth, then last summer
had 60 days of professional training at Pine Dance Ranch in Lodi, WI where she
learned walk, trot, canter, trailer loading and even did some riding around the
ranch. She was ridden Western, mostly bitless, but also with a snaffle. While
this horse has some very good training and a great start, she is still green and
will require an adopter with some experience. We will not entertain inquiries
for new or green riders, a horse for the kids or grandkids. This horse needs to
be ridden by an experienced adult who can take her the rest of the way, the
right way. This is one heck of a nice mare with the manners and personality to
$400 - Miss Copper Robin, or Rosie as we know her
by, is a 19 year old registered APHA mare.
She stands at 14.3 hands and is sound and healthy. Rosie is broke to ride and
has been used as a lesson horse and trail horse. Rosie has not been used as a
lesson horse for a very long time, but will make the right person a very solid
trail horse, something she enjoys. Rosie is not a horse for a very green or
timid rider, but someone with a little time in the saddle will do very well with
her. She is sweet, healthy, easy to catch, loves to be groomed, leads, loads,
ties, great for the farrier, etc. We have known Rosie for many years now and
want to assure anyone interested in her that the reason she is back has nothing
to do with her at all. Her last adopter used her as a trail horse and did very
well with her.
$400 - Dahlia is a 16 year old OTTB mare. She is 16.1 hands tall. She
could use a few extra pounds, but that will come soon. Dahlia had a short racing
career then was passed around a bit as a brood mare. While we do not have a ton
of info on her distant past, the past year and 1/2 or so, she has been used
exclusively as a trail horse. She is a reliable horse out on the trails and has
never bucked, bolted, kicked or reared. She is current on all her shots, trims,
de-worming and had her teeth floated in the fall. This mare will be the perfect
horse for someone with a little experience who wants to get out on the trails
ASAP on a safe, sane horse. Dahlia direct reins only, so if you want to neck
rein, you will have to teach her that.
While Dahlia still has a
little weight to put on, she has gained quite a bit and is looking better and
better every day. She has all her shot and a fresh Coggins. We can now make her
available for adoption. We want to see Dahlia go to a home where they will use
her for light trail riding, which is what she is beat sutied to. It appears that
she has very light arthritis in her hip, so we do not want to see her as a
lesson horse, barrels or jumping, but moves very well and will make someone a
fine trail horse.
$300- How many of you remember the
three Arabian stallions that were left abandoned in a barn with little or no
care for years......Mista, Mac and Silique? It has been a long time huh? For
those that do not remember, MHWF took these horses in, got them gelded,
vaccinated, trimmed, did Coggins, and found homes for two of them, keeping the
oldest one, Mista, here as a beloved Mascot until his passing a few years ago.
After all these years, Mac is back at MHWF with us. He is an old gent now at 24
years old, but is in good shape for his age. His adopter passed away recently
and we kept our word of giving him a safe place to retire, even well after his
five year adoption period was over.
So Mac is now back at MHWF. He
is a sound, healthy 24 year old Arabian gelding with exceptional breeding. He
stands at 14.2 hands tall. Mac knows how to lead, load and stand for his feet
being trimmed. Nothing more was ever asked of him and at 24, there really is no
point in asking more of him. While we will list him on our website, it would be
unrealistic to think that a 24 year old horse with little or no training would
get adopted, so we will consider him a permanent resident of MHWF, like we did
for Mista, who we still miss a great deal.
Welcome back Mac! You have a
safe place here with us to live out your golden years.
$400- Grace is a 13 year old Appy
from the Adoption day Event on Oct. 16th. She is in very good shape, other than
some nasty quarter cracks on her hooves. Other than her hooves, she is in good
weight, is sound, healthy and very smart. Grace is probably the horse out of the
whole bunch that grabbed us the most. Because she did not want to be touched or
caught and always had her ears back, nobody was very excited to get in her stall
and catch her for Coggins. Scott from MHWF did that and at the end of the day,
went back to see if anyone had yet claimed her. It did not look like she was
going to be claimed, so she was the last horse we added to our list of horses we
would take home. There seemed to be more to this mare than what you see at first
glance, plus she was too young and too healthy to not be claimed. We are very
glad we saved her in the end. Grace stands at 14.2 hands tall. She is built like
a tank, strong and very flashy when she moves out. She does not fully trust
people, but has a very good heart and if you are good to her, she is very good
to you. She wants to trust and is very appreciative of affection. Grace will
probably be the hardest horse to place out of this group, but for those willing
to look past her tough exterior, we believe there is a very loyal, confident
partner buried in there somewhere. We are told that Grace is broke to ride, but
that it has been at least a few years since she has been ridden. More info to
come and we get to know her better.
Yesterday was the day we
planned to do some more evaluation on the horses that came from the Adoption day
Clinic and with the help of Priscilla G., we did just that. Being that Grace is
pretty wary of new people and has been locked in the quarantine pasture since
coming to MHWF, we did take her out and saddle her up, but she was very nervous
and we opted to give her more time to settle in before asking too much from her.
Riding update to come soon!
Grace has come a long way since
first coming to MHWF. She was originally mislabeled as an aggressive horse. We
did not think she was aggressive at all and simply thought she was scared. That
turned out to be true and after doing some research on her, it became clear that
Grace had a very abusive past. She was terrified of people and nobody could get
anywhere near her. She now comes right up to us and has even started approaching
strangers. Today she wanted to be haltered and taken out for a walk, and we did
that. This is not the same horse that came to us last October. She is super
sweet, very quiet, respectful and put together very well. In all these months,
even when she first arrived, Grace never once tried to bite, bolt, kick, rear or
anything even close to aggression. It is good to see her confidence and
personality coming out now. We are very glad we took a chance on her and in the
end, someone is going to get a very, very nice horse who truly only wants to
please you, once she trusts you.
Primia Altantis, or Squeek as she is called, is a 18 year
old Paint mare. She is sound, healthy and
stands at 14.1 hands tall. Prima/Squeek was adopted just about 5 years ago, but
her adopter had to move out of state to go to school and decided that the best
thing to do for her is to bring her back so that someone else could enjoy her.
She is very well broke to saddle and has been ridden 3 to 4 times per week over
these past years. She has been ridden both English and Western, out on the
trails, in the arena and even bareback. She is not a horse for a brand new and
green rider, but is the dream horse for a smaller rider who likes to do a little
of this and a little of that. Prima Atlantis is a sweet little mare, sound,
healthy and experienced.
This past weekend it was discovered that Prima Atlantis needs a
fairly major dental surgery to remove a bad tooth that got infected. This is a
very large, live tooth with good strong roots, so this is not your ordinary
tooth extraction. We cannot make her available for adoption until that surgery
is complete and her after care is also complete. We will make her available as
soon as she is ready.
Squeak had her dental surgery a few weeks back and it was much
more extensive than we originally thought. Her tooth had been rotten for quite
some time and the infection ate through bone and soft tissue. Her rehab is
taking some time and will most likely require a few more months of after-care,
so we will not be able to make her available until she is back to 100%. Once her
after-care is done, she will once again be a great riding horse with no special
needs. It is just going to take some time to get there.
Yesterday began the next step
in Squeak's aftercare and treatment. We finally were able to remove the catheter
from the hole that was drilled into her nasal cavity. That means no more
bandages wrapped around her head and no more daily flushings and antibiotics.
She is as happy about this as we are and with a little luck, we are hoping to
turn her back out with the herd in a few days. This is also by far the most
risky and crucial part of her rehab. There is a much increased risk of infection
now that the hole will be closing back up and now that we will not be able to
flush her sinus cavity like we have been doing. We still have a plug in the hole
left by the infected tooth in her mouth to try to keep food from getting into
the nasal cavity. Now she needs time and some luck and hopefully there are no
The gaping hole in Squeak's mouth is not closing and is just as
big as it was several months ago. The hole is large enough to get two fingers
into it, not good. The vets have been coming out weekly to replace the plug,
flush her sinuses and keep food from packing up into the sinuses and causing an
infection. Poor Squeak is getting pretty sick of being poked and prodded and we
are slowly losing hope. There is only one other option left at this point and
that is to cut a skin flap from her cheek, stitch it over the hole and hope scar
tissue builds up fast enough and strong enough to hold. As of right now, this is
the tentative plan.
Prima Atlantis now has
her surgery scheduled for May 18th. Assuming there are no complications, we can
pick her up on the 19th and make her available for adoption a week or two after
her dental surgery. Squeak is a wonderful horse in every way and when she is
finally ready to be adopted, someone is going to get a fantastic horse.
Faith is one of the six horses rescued in the Clark county case
in August 2015. She was by far the horse that was the worst off, very, very
thin, covered in rain rot and sunburn, lice, infested with worms and in a lot of
pain from massive abscesses in her feet. Her age did not help either. Our best
guess is that Faith is in her mid-twenties. While she has shown a willingness to
fight and has gotten much healthier, her progress is very, very slow. With the
hoof problems she is having, it is hard to get any weight on her. She is still
much too weak to give any vaccinations or bute. Faith is by far the biggest
challenge MHWF has even taken on and to be honest, we are a little frustrated
and heartbroken by her lack of significant progress. This is maybe one of the
sweetest horses on the planet and we desperately want her last years to be ones
filled with love, good food and above all, comfort. We will keep working to help
Faith as much as we can, but in the end, we might have to make that terrible
decision to end her pain. Stay tuned and keep Faith in your thoughts.
Yesterday, thanks to a very generous vet, Dr. Suzanne and 6 vet
students from UW Madison, Faith got some x-rays of her feet done and we finally
felt that she was strong enough to be able to be sedated and get her teeth
floated. We are very happy to say that other than some major abscesses that
still need to work themselves out, Faith's x-rays show no, or very little
permanent damage to the bones in her feet. Her teeth were really bad though. The
good news on that is that she is only missing one tooth. Her teeth are now
floated and we are very hopeful that she will start to bounce back much quicker
now that she has good chewing surfaces in her mouth.
Faith has come such a long ways. She rehabbed slowly but surely,
put on all the weight she needs and looks good and even worked her way up to
being part of a herd and thriving in her new pasture with Teddy, Sheba, Dottie
and Bambi. Faith is really enjoying her golden years and is looking and feeling
Sheba is a 27 year old Arabian mare. We first heard
of her this morning (4/15/2013) and spoke with her owner immediately after
hearing about her situation. Sheba was owned by an elderly lady, who ran out of
work, money and now hay. When she called she was down to 2 small squares of hay
left and no money to get more. It was decided that this was not a situation that
could wait. Luckily, a great supporter of MHWF lives in the area and was able to
pick her up and bring Sheba to us this afternoon. Thank you Anna F!
As you can see Sheba is in really rough shape. Her
body score is a 1 and there is absolutely no fat over her ribs, her back is
sunken in, hips sticking out and all that comes with this kind of thing. She
seems pretty sweet, but is going to need absolutely everything, hoof trimming,
teeth floated, wormers, vaccinations, a ton of hay and grain, and a lot of
training. We are told that she was used as a brood mare and that she probably
has little or no training. So, we have our work cut out for us, but we will get
going on getting her healthy and fat right away and will post updates and
pictures of her progress all along the way. This will probably not be a short
rehab and it is our guess she will be here with us for quite a while.
Sheba has been here with us for a long time now. She
is 28 years old now and has led a really tough life. She likes it here and is
doing well, plus she has cancer. Because of all of these things, we feel Sheba
has earned her right to stay right here with her buddies. So, Sheba is now a
permanent resident here at MHWF and will remain so until her last days.
Danny is a 7 year old registered Friesian sporthorse gelding. His sire is a Friesian and his dam a Morgan, which makes him a Moresian.
Danny stands at 16 hands tall, solid black with the typical big Friesian head.
Sadly, Danny was born with very low pasterns which will prevent him from ever
being a riding or working horse. He is a pasture buddy only. He is still big and
beautiful. He loves to play and is very much a happy kid at heart. Danny will
make a very entertaining and beautiful pasture ornament for someone with a
little extra pasture space. Danny is current on all his shots and wormers.
We are no longer making Danny available for
adoption. Because of his poor conformation which is certain to shorten the time
we can keep him comfortable and pain free, we have decided that Danny will live
out his remaining time here at MHWF.