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.
Peacock El Silmac (Mac) - 24 yrs.
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.
$500 - Skipper is a 16 year old
Fjord/QH cross gelding. He stands at 15.1 hands tall but looks much bigger in
person because he is built like a tank, as you can see. Skipper has great ground
manners, is well-behaved, sound, healthy and well broke, having been on numerous
trail rides and a few clinics. He is very easy going with people and is pretty
mellow. Being that he just arrived, he has not yet been turned out with the rest
of herd, so we cannot attest to how he will fit in or how he will be with the
other horses, but we will find out very soon and will update soon. Skipper was
brought to MHWF, not because he was not loved and cared for, but because he has
been lowering his head and walking right through pasture fences lately, hence
the reason we have not yet turned him out. That will happen very soon. In the
meantime, Skip is a big boy and knows it, so he is not a horse for a very green
or timid rider, but will make a great trail partner for someone with a little
experience and confidence to be the leader.
Skipper is now adopted. He will
be staying here with us for a few more weeks while his adopters go on vacation
and we will share his adoption day photo when he leaves for his new home.
Grace is a 12 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!
$400 - Ann is an 18 year old QH mare.
She stands at 14.3 hands and is absolutely beautiful, inside and out. She is
quiet, polite, put together very nicely and is about as sweet as horses come.
She will follow you around the pasture simply to be by you and loves to be
talked to and petted. She is also super smart and knows how to communicate with
her owner/adopter/handler, letting you know that she wants to thank you or if
something is bothering her. Someone must have truly loved this girl and took
really good care of her, as well as had a really tight bond with her. She is so
in tune with her handler and so easy going that you cannot help but be drawn to
those big soft eyes. Ann does not have a mean bone in her body and we adore her.
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. Ann is a very
affectionate mare who loves people and has striking good looks. She is also very
confident. Under saddle, Ann
acted like she did not know what she was doing at first, but after a little
refresher, it seemed as though it was coming back to her pretty quick. Our guess
is that it has been a long time since she has been ridden, but that she is well
broke and just needs a few refresher rides. We can start to look for their new adoptive homes now.
$500 - Aspen Springs Annie, or
Tequila, as she is called, is 14.3 hand, 10 year old solid black Arabian mare with that finely
sculpted look that fairy tales are made of. She is sound, healthy and green
broke. She is a bit thin, but that will be a quick fix. Tequila is a little shy
until she gets to know you are ok, but is smart and has come around to us
already. She is young, beautiful, has a start under saddle and has endless
possibilities in front of her. This is the horse little girls dream of their
entire lives. She needs a little weight, but holy smokes, what a stunning horse.
When she came into the Adoption day Event, everyone turned their heads and oohed
and aahed. She came in with her main braided and a strut that you have to see to
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. Tequila is a very
quiet, peaceful and shy mare, but has a big heart and a willingness to please.
She is completely sound and drop dead beautiful. She also has some pretty good
training on her. While she is still green and a little unsure of herself, she
did exceptionally well under saddle. She is a not a horse for kids or green
riders because she is still young and green herself, but she has a great start
and did fantastic under saddle. These horses need to stay in quarantine until at
least 11-19-2016, but we can start to look for their new adoptive homes now.
$400 - Annie is a 7 year old
grade QH mare. She stands at 15.1 hands tall, is sound, healthy, current on her
shots, wormers and trims. Annie is still a little green, but knows walk and
trot. She has done some trail riding and arena work. She leads, ties, great for
the vet and farrier and stands nicely for being mounted. Please keep in mind
that Annie is still a bit green and is not a horse for a beginner rider.
$300 - In honor of Roy's story (see
below), his passing and in honor of all the people who showed their love and
support for Roy and his story, MHWF promised to take on another horse that
needed a little help. Please meet Big Dan. Dan is a 22 year old Percheron gelding.
He is a very, very big boy. Are you ready for this, he is 18.3 hands tall, the
biggest horse that we have ever had come into MHWF. You have to see him to
believe him. His size is striking, even to people used to big drafts. Having
said that, Big Dan is ultra sweet and very laid back. He gets along with his
herd mates very well and is a big old giant baby. Why Dan? Other than the reason
we mentioned above, Dan's owner had a pretty horrible family tragedy and has
been struggling lately because of it. It is not cheap to feed Big Dan and as
much as she loved him, the cost of his senior feed was just too much lately, so
she reached out for help, like we wish Roy's owner would have done. So Dan comes
to us pretty thin and in need of a lot of hoof work, but he does have all his
shots, has been kept on a de-worming program and other than needing to put on
some pounds, is in pretty good health. We commend this person for reaching out
before things got too bad, a very nice person who simply had a run of bad luck.
Big Dan was originally a horse
for competition pulling. After he was retired from pulling, he has been mostly a
pasture pet who has been ridden a little here and there. A giant teddy bear with
a ton of personality, wait until this mountain of a horse fills out a bit, what
a sight he will be!
Big Dan got his feet trimmed
today, he has a current Coggins and is current on all of his shots. Even though
he still has weight to gain, he is putting it back on at a pace that we have
never seen before, so we are ready to make the giant available for adoption.
Anyone looking at Big Dan should be aware that he will need large amounts of
grain until he is back to his full weight. Once he is, then he can be brought
down to a much smaller amount of grain. He will also need his adopter to work
with him on picking up his feet. If you are not used to handling large, high
energy horses, this is not your guy. He still has plenty of get up and go and a
little anxiety, so he is not for the faint of heart or someone not strong enough
to handle him.
We decided that just to be
safe, we would extend Dan's medications a couple of extra weeks and in a few
short days, those will be done. We are happy to say that Dan has made a full
recovery and is not only feeling good again, but has even more pep and vigor
that when we first met him. We can now make him available for adoption to the
right home. He is very big and high energy though, so anyone asking about him
should be aware that he is not for everyone.
$400 - Armeria is a 19 year old
Trakenehner/Holsteiner cross mare. She stands at 15 hands tall and has done many
4H shows and some dressage. She has been part of MHWF for a long time and has
been in the same home for the past 6 years. Sadly, due to circumstances that had
nothing to do with horses, Armeria had to come back to MHWF. She is in excellent
shape, very sound, very well broke and has very good manners. She is current on
all her shots, wormers and trims and is ready to go. Armeria is a fairly easy
keeper and moves like a horse half her age. The bandage on her leg in the photos
is simply a small cut that she got a short while ago and it will be healed very
quickly with no lasting issues. No tendons or ligaments were affected. Armeria
has been ridden English exclusively, as far as we know and has been ridden a
great deal. She even got worked by Smokie Brannaman recently and has been shown
by a teenager in her distant past. Armeria is a big, strong horse and is not a
horse for a complete beginner, but she does have a lot of good training and many
hours in saddle for someone who can ride and has a little experience.
Yesterday Armeria got taken out
of the pasture and test ridden for the first time since coming back to MHWF.
Being that she has been in her adoptive home for the past 5 years, we were not
sure what to expect. Armeria did excellent under saddle and Priscilla had a
blast riding her. No limitations on this girl. She can do it all and she is in
the shape of a 10 year old. Ameria did come back to MHWF with a pretty nasty cut
on her left rear pastern which is almost fully healed, but it will take a little
more time to finish healing. What an amazing mare this is, and a blast to ride.
$400 - Ladd is an 18 year old
double registered Morab gelding. He is sound, healthy, broke to ride and stands at 14.3
hands tall. We have known Ladd for 6 years. He is now back at MHWF because his
adopter is having some health problems and can no longer ride. he has been on
trail rides and has done arena work as well. He is not a horse for a beginner
rider. Ladd is current on all of his shots and is ready to go for 2016. The only
special needs he has is that he has an allergy to bug bites and must be kept
fly-sprayed or stalled when the bugs are bad. He is super sweet, very
well-behaved, comes when called, good for the vet and farrier, loves treats,
loads like a pro and is an all-around likable guy who never gets into trouble.
Since coming back to MHWF, Ladd
has been a model student, gets along really well with his herd mates, always
friendly and well-behaved and no issues with allergies or bug bites. We have had him out for a
few rides now and he has been wonderful, nice easy going, smooth gaits and
listens to his rider really well. We have always thought Ladd was one of the
more likable horses we have ever met.
$500 - Molly is a 9 year old AQHA registered mare. She is sound, healthy and stands at 14.3 hands tall.. She has
been on quite a few trail rides, her manners are excellent and she is obviously
a very nice looking horse. Molly gets
along with her pasture mates, comes when called, loves to be doted on
and loves her treats, of course.
Molly has finally gotten her
chiropractic work done and we saw immediate and dramatic results. Our first
impressions were correct and her neck and back were a mess. That is behind
Molly now and she is ready to start riding again.
Molly had more chiropractic
work done as well as acupuncture done on Vet Day at MHWF on 11/12/2016. She
is all straightened out and doing fantastic. Molly also had her teeth floated
on 11/25/2016. Molly is ready to move on to her adoptive home now!
$400 - A coming 2 year old Appy, Chilly is a little different than most horses in the fact that he is a
hermaphrodite, meaning he is both a male and a female. To be very blunt, Chilly has a vulva with a penis that comes out of it when he
hermaphrodites die shortly after being born because their plumbing does not work
right, but Chilly's does, so he is a lucky that he has no complications, very
rare. He is stunningly beautiful. He is also
going to be a big boy, he has really long legs. Hopefully someone will offer up
their home and heart to him.
Chilly went into surgery
mid-December and is now 100% gelding. All testicular tissue was removed and
Chilly is finally done with his after-care. We can start to look for his new
home now! Chilly will have no special needs or considerations and will live a
long, healthy, happy life.
Primia Altantis, or Squeek as she is called, is a 17 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.
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.