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.
$450 - Brandie is a 12 year old
Morgan/QH cross mare. She stands at 14.1 hands tall, is sound, healthy and well
broke. Brandie is good looking and as sweet as they come. She was only donated
because her owner lost her farm and could no longer keep her. Giving her up was
very hard for her. Brandie has always been ridden Western and has always been a
reliable, safe trail horse. She loves being part of the herd and has already
made some friends. Sh eis blind on one eye, but you would never know it. Not
only is it not visibly obvious, but she does not even let on that she can only
see out of one eye. Her blindness in that eye should not be an issue for her at
all and to be honest, if we did not point it out, we doubt most people would
even be able to tell. Brandie is a real gem, the kind of horse that everyone
seems to always be looking for and we do not expect her to be here long. Brandie
got all of her shots and was de-wormed as soon as she arrived at MHWF, so she is
ready to go for 2016.
$450 - Valid Jaz is a 17 year
old registered TB gelding, soon to turn 18. He stands at 15.1 hands tall, is
sound, healthy and well broke. Jaz has been used for a little of everything,
some dressage, some jumping, some obstacles and even a few lessons. Jaz is
current on all of his shots, wormers and trims and is ready to go. He has always
been bottom of the herd in any group he has been in. He also has the typical low
TB heels and will need shoes or easy Boots in you plan to ride him on hard
surfaces. Jaz is an easy keeper, very personable, laid back and very sweet. He
is great horse and will make someone a wonderful trail horse. He has not been
ridden much for the past couple of years, but has not forgotten all his training
and experiences. He is a real gem for the right person and in the right herd.
$450 - Monte is a 19 year old
POA gelding. He stands at a hair under 14 hands tall, is sound, healthy and well
broke. Monte is super
laid back, very nice looking and has been trail ridden and shown. He has no
special needs and is an easy keeper with excellent manners and training. He has
been shown in 4H by the kids and has been trail ridden by kids and adults. This
is the horse that everybody and their brother wanted to adopt a couple of years
back when he first came in, but we took a lot of grief from some pretty ignorant
people who told us that "he was too good of a horse to be up for adoption".
Monte is only back at MHWF now because his adopter has to relocate to a
different state and could not take him with her. She adored him and took
excellent care of him. If you are one of those people who gave us hell last
time, no need to contact us, we won't bother, but if you are looking for a
superb trail and show horse, here he is.
$450 - Proxemo is a 15 year old Akhal Teke Sporthorse gelding. He
is 1/2 Akhal Teke and 1/2 Lippet Morgan. He has been part of MHWF for quite a
while now and had to be returned due to an very unfortunate death in his
adopter's family. He is sound and healthy. Proximo is broke to ride and has good
ground manners. His training has been toward dressage and jumping. So far he has
only done entry level dressage and his jumping has been free jumping without a
rider on his back. He is smart, super athletic and seems to enjoy regular
structured work. He should excel with the right person, someone willing to put
the time into bonding with him and continuing his training. He has never bucked,
bolted or reared under saddle. Proximo does have a very strong fear of vets, so
this is something his adopter should be aware of and will have to work on.
He enjoys work and looks fantastic
under saddle. This is one amazing horse. He transitions from walk to trot to
canter beautifully and comes right back down when asked. He is super athletic
and has striking looks. Someone who wants to get into the show ring will love
this horse, or maybe even some teen gal who is into 4H.
Premier Renegade is a registered 17 year
old Arabian gelding with exceptional breeding...Aladdin is his Grandfather. He
is sound, healthy and stands at 15 hands tall. Renegade has been part of MHWF
for 10 years now and we know him very well and have even ridden beside him out
on the trails. He is super easy going, easy to handle and anyone can ride him.
We cannot say enough good things about this horse and his willingness to do what
is asked, quiet, sweet, good looking and has probably been on more trail rides
than we have. Renegade will need some time to get his weight back up to where it
should be, but we do not expect that to take long and he will make someone the
trail horse and partner of a lifetime.
We have gotten quite a few inquiries on Renegade already, but are
not ready to make him available for adoption and will not entertain those
inquiries until he is ready and has been evaluated. If you are interested in
Renegade, please keep an eye on his listing for updates. If you do not yet have
your application in and approved, we strongly encourage you to send it in right
away. Even if you do not end up adopting Renegade when he is ready, there will
always be other horses coming in that you might have interest in and your
chances of getting to meet that horse go up a great deal if you are already
$500 - Alamar is a 9 year
old Quarab gelding. He is sound, healthy and
stands at 15.1 hands tall. He is a very nice looking horse, sweet, mild mannered
and has always had excellent care. Alamar has been a part of MHWF for about
three years and has been in his adoptive home the entire time. His adopter was a
good one, took great care of him and sent very regular pictures and updates. He
is not back at MHWF for anything he did, just a life change for his adopter. He
can now start to look for his new adoptive home. He is a great horse who has
done a little of everything, from trail rides to small shows. He is not a horse
for a beginner rider, but for someone who knows how to ride and can build on the
great foundation he already has, he will be that once in a lifetime horse. We
have a great deal more information on Alamar and will share that with qualified
and interested potential adopters. Don't drag your feet on this guy too long. We
do not think he will be around too long.
$500 - 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.
$400 - Romeo is an 11 year old QH gelding. He is sound, healthy and
stands at 15.1 hands tall. Romeo was in an adoptive home where they liked him
very much. Sadly, due to family issues, Romeo had to come back to MHWF and his
adopters will no longer have any horses. While Romeo was in their care, he did
very well, very, very sweet, easy going, beautiful and got along very well with
his pasture mates. He is good for the vet and farrier as well. Romeo has all of
his shots, was recently trimmed and de-wormed and also had his teeth floated
before coming back to MHWF. He is ready to go.
When Romeo came to MHWF originally, he had only 30 days of
professional training, then had a few years off with no work. Before going to
his adoptive home, he got another 30 days of training and it went really well.
While he does not have a ton of time under saddle, Romeo is the kind of horse
that can sit for some time and pick right back up where he left off, laid back,
smart and easy going.
He is HYPP n/h. As a
precaution, he should not eat anything with molasses or alfalfa, should only
have a salt lick, not mineral block. and a vet should be notified if needing to
use a sedative.
Romeo has been back for quite a
while now ands we have gotten to know him really well. He is a super quiet and
really easy going guy, very mellow, very polite. He also gets along with all the
other horses in the pasture very well. He gets handled here at MHWF every day
when he gets a small amount of grain and we have had absolutely zero issues with
him as far as his health or behavior. He really is a true gem and a really nice
$400 - Laney is a 19 year old TWH mare. She is sound, healthy and
stands at 15.1 hands tall. Sadly, Laney's adopter, who had her for the past 6
years, passed away recently and Lucy and Laney needed to come back to MHWF.
Laney is well broke, ridden mainly English. She is current on all her shots and de-wormers. Laney is gaited and is a good girl.
She is not a horse for a total beginner though. She will need someone who can
ride, not an expert, but someone who can be the leader. Laney is a great trail
horse. Because her adopter had some health problems, Laney has not really had
much work for the past two years, but has a lot of experience and will quickly
fall right back into her training. Laney is a dominant mare, not a bully, but
likes her space and respect.
$200 - Teddy is one of the six horses rescued in the Clark county
case in August 2015. At the time he was rescued, we estimated his age to be
around 2 to 3 months. He is at his mother's side (Lady) and will not leave until
he is old enough and weaned. When he came to us, he was covered in lice, had
ringworm all over and was getting pretty thin. His mother was not producing milk
because she was in rough shape herself. Lady is now producing plenty of milk and
Teddy is now a healthy, very likeable little guy who has really grown. He looks
great now and we are ready to make him available for adoption, with the
understanding that his adopter will have to keep him here until he is weaned and
ready to go, probably another couple of months. He is adorable, very
people-friendly, healthy and has a great future ahead of him. Any potential
adopter will be required to sign an additional contract requiring him to be
gelded when he is old enough.
For much more detailed info, updates and photos, follow the link
Teddy is now healthy and looking good. He has also grown a great
deal in the past couple of months. He is now old enough to wean from his mother
and we can start to look for a new home for him. He is a good guy, sweet, easy
going, but is still a youngster and has a lot to learn yet, plus whoever does
adopt him, will need to have him gelded before he is 2 years old. Other than
that, he is growing up to be a great horse, full of potential and an open book
for anyone to take in any direction that they see fit. What a great story it
will be to see little Teddy go from being a rescue to being a full grown man in
a home of his own.
Good news, Teddy is now a gelding and is ready to find his new
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.
We are very happy to announce that after months and months of
intense rehab, Faith graduated to the big pasture with Sheba and Cherokee today.
This is a big step for Faith and she was very excited to have room to move and
green grass to eat for the first time since arriving at MHWF.
For much more detailed info, updates and photos, follow the link
$400 - Astro is a 14 year old
TB gelding. He stands at 15.2 hands tall, is sound, healthy, current on his
shots, wormers and trims. Astro is sound, healthy and has always had excellent
care, and as you can see from his photos, he is a very nice looking horse as
well. He is broke to ride and has always been ridden English. Astro has done
some trail riding and arena work, but it has been about 7 years since he was
ridden and worked regularly. because of this he will need some refresher work
and someone with some experience to get him back up to where he was. He is a
sweet horse, get along with the other horses, happy with not having to be the
leader in the herd, very nice looking and very little wear and tear on his body.
For someone willing to put in a little time this is going to be a really
spectacular horse, capable of just about anything you want to do with him.
Astro came out of the pasture
this past weekend for his first test ride since coming to MHWF. He did perfectly
and we are happy to say that he rides as well as any horse we have seen this
year. Astro knows his stuff and is very willing to listen and do whatever it is
that you ask. He is really nice looking and has the training and abilities to
match. The possibilities with Astro are only limited to your imagination.
$400 - Annie is a 7 year old
grade QH mare. She stands at 15 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 and has always been ridden
bitless. She needs a little work on trailering, but leads, ties, great for the
vet and farrier and stands nicely for being mounted. Annie is located in
Waterloo, WI and will be shown there.
Very soon, Annie will be coming
to MHWF where she will have a better chance at getting adopted, since we have
many visitors here at the MHWF farm.
$400 - Hubert is a 17 year old
Belgian/Warmblood cross gelding. He is sound, healthy, current on his shots,
wormers and trims. He is a big boy and stands at an even17.2 hands tall. He has
also been in the same home for almost all of his life. Hubert came to us all the
way from New Jersey. He has always had good care and has been ridden 5 times per
week right up until the day he arrived at MHWF. This is not a horse for a green
or timid rider. Hubert is well behaved, but he is big and will need a confident
and somewhat experienced rider/handler. Hubert has always been ridden English
and has been used mainly as an English Pleasure horse. He has also done a few
schooling dressage shows.
Hubert has been here with us for quite some time now and has
totally settled into the herd life and is loving it. His personality has really
come out and he talks to us every morning at chore time. The tenderness in his
feet were do to a lifetime with shoes on and always being on hard surfaces. We
have now corrected all of that and can proudly say that Hubert is now a
barefoot, sound horse. He will never be a jumper, but will make someone a
wonderful ride. He now loves to run and play with his pasture mates. Hubert has
come a long way wince first arriving at MHWF and is a very comical guy.
$400 - Penny is a 13 year old
registered APHA mare. She is sound, healthy and stands at 14.1 hands tall. Penny
is current with all her shots, wormers and trims. She is broke to ride as well.
Most of her riding has been in the outdoor arena, but she has been on a few
short trail rides too. Penny is put together very well and is a very athletic
and nice looking horse that has had good care all her life. Penny is not a horse
for green riders, but has been ridden by adults and teens and does great. She in
one of those horses that knows what kind of rider is on her back and if they are
green or unsure of themselves, she will test them a bit. She does not buck,
bolt, kick or bite though, just not a horse for beginners. No bad habits, no
special needs, Penny is a very nice horse and will make someone a wonderful
Penny came to MHWF with a
slight limp in one of her front legs and was doing a strange thing with her back
leg on the same side, stomping it on the ground. We were not sure what to make
of either, but it is still going on and Penny has not been sound since she got
here. At this point we cannot make her available until we get to the bottom of
not only the stomping of her back leg, but even more so, the lameness on her
front leg. We will post more info as we get the answers.
It has now been a very long time since we have seen Penny take a
lame step and we feel as though we have got her all straightened out now.
Whatever was giving her some minor problems is obviously all healed up now. We
are very, very happy to finally be able to make Penny available for adoption.
She is very gentle and sweet, well broke and a nice girl with a friendly
Shamika is an 11 year old
Paint/Draft cross mare. She stands at about 15.2 hands tall and is in good
weight. She has never been trimmed, de-wormed, vaccinated or taught anything.
She is at least catchable, scared, but catchable. Her biggest issue is her feet.
Two weeks ago when we first found out about these two horses, Shamika's feet
were well over a foot long, curling up and she could not really walk on them.
Since then she was run into a barn where some of her long hooves broke off. They
are still a good 10 inches or more long and she can barely walk. Her feet and
the fact that she has not been handled are going to be the big issues in her
long term recovery.
Shamika has been at MHWF for a
couple of years now and while she will never be a riding horse, she is pasture
sound and the long, long, long process of fixing her feet is complete. She is a
very sweet mare and to see her go from the very neglected horse that she was
when she came in, to the happy, running, playing and trotting horse that she is
now has been very rewarding. She still needs some work on giving up her back
feet for the farrier, but other than that, Shamika is a wonderful horse in every
way and will make a wonderful pasture buddy for someone.
$400- Zany is a 13 year
old Paint mare that was part of a recent rescue by MHWF, with the help of some
very dedicated people. She was headed for slaughter until we were contacted
about her. She is about 13 years old, sound and healthy and broke to ride, from
what we are told. She stands at 15 hands tall. We do not know much about Zany or
what she knows. We do know she is friendly, comes right to you, is halter broke,
leads, loads and ties. We will update with more information as we get to know
her better. In the meantime, we will
need all the help we can get, whether it be time or donations.
We have gotten to know Zany very well
since she first arrived a couple of years ago. She has no special needs, is an
easy keeper, love attention, good for the vet and farrier, leads, ties and even
rides very well. It is now time to work on her trailer loading. It seems Zany
refuses to leave her and leave her friends and from where she came from, we
cannot blame her. We will get her loading and unloading like a pro as soon as we
make it a priority. In the meantime, if there is anyone interested in her, you
cannot ask for a more solid, sane and easy going horse. it is not her fault that
she was not treated well in her past life, but she has gotten past all that to
be one of the happiest, most playful horses we have ever had here.
Hope is an
8 year old QH mare that we have watched grow up into a beautiful horse over the
years. We first met Hope at a local horse auction where nobody would bid on her
because she was born with a birth defect, a crooked spine. She was a tiny little
yearling, scared but cute as can be. Hope is now a full grown mare, about 14.1
hands, very sweet and with the cutest face you ever saw. Because of her birth
defect, we have always considered Hope a pasture buddy only, but she is a great
friend to her pasture mates and has no special needs. She was named Hope in
memory of the mare that was the inspiration for this program, Just Hope NZ. Hope
has a special place in our hearts and hopefully someone out there will feel the
same way about her as we do and offer her a good home to live out her years with
her horse pals.
This mare came to us
today (5-25-2013) from the Clark County authorities. We do not yet know her
name, but will find out soon and will share that when we find out. She is a 20
year old AQHA registered mare and as you can see, she is in very bad shape.
Besides the obvious, she has a back leg that clearly was cut very deeply by
something and was left untreated. It is currently infected and her leg is badly
swollen from her hoof 1/2 way up her leg. She also cannot put any weight at all
on her front right hoof. We have her in a paddock where she can see the other
horses, but cannot be harmed by them and where she can eat and drink at her
leisure. We have her started on antibiotics and bute. We will worm and vaccinate
her in a few days, once we feel she is a little more stable. We can only guess
at this point as to what is going on in her rear le and her front hoof, but we
will get the vets out here ASAP and hopefully get some x-rays and some answers
quickly. Until then we do not have a whole lot more to share on this poor girl
other than to say she is happy to be here with other horses and plenty of food
and she is already nickering at us when we come out to her paddock. She is very
sweet and loves attention, even in her condition she still seems to have a good
attitude and still likes people...amazing. We will do our best to get her back
to health as best and as quickly as we can and will share her progress along the
We have to say that in the 13 years
this program has existed, this mare is in as bad of shape as we have ever seen,
and we have seen a lot over the years. We have little worries about getting her
weight back up, but have a lot of concerns on her injuries and lameness. This
mare is certainly going to be a challenge to bring back to health and it is
going to take some time. Her recovery will not be a short one regardless of what
we run into when getting her evaluated.
If you would like to make a small
donation toward the care of this poor gal, we can certainly use the help. With
shots, wormers, trims, x-rays bute, antibiotics, Coggins and dental work, there
is sure to be some huge vet bills coming soon.
Cherokee has been here with
us for a long time now, she has led a very rough life, likes it here and
is doing well. Because of all of these things, we feel Cherokee has earned her
right to stay right here with her buddies. So, Cherokee is now a permanent
resident here at MHWF and will remain so until her last days.
We are very sad to report
that Cherokee's arthritis seems to be catching up with her and we are closely
watching her and taking it day by day.
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.