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.
Gamble On KC - 19 yrs.
$400 - Gamble on KC is a 19 year old registered TB
gelding. He stands at 15.3 hands tall and is sound, healthy, well broke, both
English and Western and is a really likeable guy. KC has been in the same home
for many years and because of a family health emergency, he is now here with us.
KC has always been well-cared for and it shows in his people friendly
personality. For the most part KC has been used as a trail horse and his donors
would like to see him remain a trail horse, as would we. KC loves people, easy
to catch, gets along with everyone and is a smart, good looking horse. He has
not been ridden for the past couple of years, but we have little doubt that he
will be great under saddle.
$350 - Jericho's Bold Lad is a
17 year old double registered Morab gelding. He is 14.2 hands tall, very well
behaved and well cared for. Lad is sound, healthy and broke to ride, having been
ridden English, Western and bareback. Lad has been part of MHWF for almost 5
years now and has been in the same home since he was adopted in 2010. He was
only brought back to MHWF because of financial reasons and his adopter was very
broken up about having to bring him back. In the past 5 years since he was
adopted, he has had excellent care and got quite a bit more training, riding and
experience. He has spent quite a bit of time riding and learning in the arena
and has been on some trail rides as well. He has been sitting and not working
for the past year or so, but should fall right back into things very quickly.
Lad is a very sensative horse and will require someone with riding experience
who can be his leader and the person he gets his confidence from. He is also a
horse that needs to know and trust his rider and handler and would be best
suited to someone soft spoken, who enjoys spending time with their horse bonding
and getting to know each other before expecting too much. Lad has proven himself
to be a very good, reliable horse in the right hands. The fact that he was not
broke out until he was 12 also means that he does not have a lot of wear and
tear on him and has many good years left in him.
$450 - Luna Bint Capitan is a
registered 14 year old
Arabian mare. She is a dainty thing and stands at 14.1 hands tall. She is sound
healthy, has no health problems and has been in the same home for her entire
life. Luna is stunningly good looking and put together as good as they get. She
is outgoing and confident as well. Luna is broke to ride, but is green and has
not been ridden in a few years. Whoever adopts this beauty should be someone who
can finish her training. If you are a fan of Arabians, then we do not need to
tell you what a stunning ride this horse will be. She has always had great care,
she leads, loads ties and is good for the vet and farrier. We will test ride
Luna as soon as time and weather allow.
Luna got kicked by another
horse shortly after arriving at MHW, preventing us from test riding her. Then
time and weather became a factor. But finally, the stars aligned and we got to
test ride Luna yesterday (Saturday). All we can say is it was well worth the
wait and we were all very impressed by her. Luna not only loves people and will
follow you around like a puppy dog, turns out that she rides very well too! She
is always easy to catch, just call her and she will come to you. She loved being
groomed and pretty much went to sleep while being brushed. When it was time to
tack her up, same thing, she could not have cared lass and napped while we put
the saddle and bridle on. She stood still to be mounted and waited for her cue
to move forward before taking a single step forward. Under saddle, she moved
out, stopped, backed and turned perfectly. She went from walk to trot with ease.
Luna quickly went from one of our favorites around here to our favorite just
like that. What a fantastic little mare with looks and personality to match.
$450 - Breezy is an 8 year old
AQHA mare. She stands at 15.1 hands tall and is sound and healthy. Breezy leads,
loads, ties and is great for the vet and farrier. She is also broke to ride and
has been ridden here at MHWF for most of 2014. She has always ridden very well
for us. She is still a bit green, but is low key most times and is a fun horse
to ride. Most of you already know Breezy, as she has been part of MHWF for a
while now. She is now back at MHWF. She was not working out in her new adoptive
home and for whatever reason she was showing aggression toward the folks in her
last home. We have never seen any of this behavior from Breezy before, but as
you already hopefully know, a new place, a new position in the herd, new
surroundings, sometimes means a different horse. It happens. Regardless, Breezy
is back and looking for her new home. She is and has always been one of the
favorites of the MHWF volunteers because of her sweet personality and
willingness to please.
$200 -Gracie is a 13 year old large
mini or small pony mare. He stands 39 inches at the withers. We do not yet know
much about Gracie other than she is a rescue and is severely foundered. Her feet
are a nightmare. We will get her feet taken care of and will have updates on her
soon. What we can tell you is that although it is clear that she has been
neglected as well as abused and she is shy with new people, she is already
coming around to us and is a very sweet little gal. We have little doubt that
with some time and hoof care she will make someone a wonderful friend. Stay
tuned for more info and updates on Gracie soon.
Gracie has been here long
enough to get her feet trimmed, de-wormed and handled and we are very happy to
say that this is one sweet little girl, a little shy, but sweet and fun to be
around. She was good for her trimming and is on the road to recovery as far as
her feet go. One or two more trims and she should be back to normal. Our guess
is that Gracie will need to be kept on a dry lot, like most other minis and
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 recently had her 4th
trim since coming to MHWF. Her feet are looking more and more normal with each
trim. We still have a ways to go on her willingness to pick up and trim her back
feet, but she is very good with her fronts. We are happy to share that today,
for the very first time, we got to see Shamika run. She went way out back in the
pasture to reunite with her old buddy Diamond and ran all the way back, several
hundreds yards, at full speed! Needless to say, we are delighted with her
progress and wish we would have caught it on video. It was quite a site to see
and is certainly the first time she has been able to run in many years. She will
be ready for her new home before we know it.
$400 - Diamond is a 12 year old
Arabian mare, about 14.2 hands tall, in good weight and she appears to be sound
and healthy. She is has not been de-wormed, vaccinated or trimmed in a very long
time, but we do not feel as though Diamond will be a long term project. One or
two trims and her feet should be back to normal. We are also told that she has
been shown. It has been at least a few years since she has been ridden, but
hopefully she has retained all that knowledge and can start to look for her new
home sooner rather than later.
Diamond had her first trip out
of the pasture and away from her buddy Shamika today, other than to be trimmed
when she first came in. She got test ridden today, got her wormer and was
vaccinated. To say she did well would be an understatement. She did very, very
well. We were not sure what to expect, but when we took her out of the pasture
and away from Shamika, she did not call out or panic, she was respectful on the
ground, took her wormer like a pro and the same for her shots. Under saddle we
took it real slow and easy with her and she looked like an old pro, maybe a tiny
bit rusty at first, but no bucking, bolting, rearing, kicking out and anything
that you could consider misbehavior. She stands still to be mounted, stops,
backs and even side passes very nicely. Just as we hoped, Diamond is a diamond
and we can now start to look for her new home. Someone is going to get a real
nice, well trained mare with a lot of good years left in her and a very likable
Diamond is back at MHWF
looking for a new home. Her adopter's were nice folks, but had to move to
Oregon. In the time they had her she was a complete sweetheart and proved
herself to be a very good, reliable horse.
$400- Apache has a long history with MHWF. For you
"old timers" out there, you will have to go way back to 2001 to remember Apache.
He was one of the first horses in MHWF. Back then he was a rescue who had been
abused, saddled up and tied to a tree for two weeks to "break his spirit".
Through all this, Apache was still an amazing horse, sweet, quiet, polite and
simply wanted to please. After some work, he was adopted and was taken through
the rest of his journey, learning to ride and trust people. He has been in the
same adoptive home all these years. His adopter does not ride much anymore and
Apache was not getting the time and attention he deserved, so he is here again
after 13 years. It is good to see an old friend again. He really left an
impression on us and it seems like only a few months that he was gone. Seeing
him again was a great reminder of why MHWF is here and still trying to move
Apache is now 17 years old. He looks exactly like he
did when he was only 4 years old and came to MHWF. He still has those giant
Mustang feet and soft, concerned eyes. He is current on all his shots, wormers
and trims and is ready to go for the season. He is broke to ride and is always
very in tune to his rider/handler. He is very sensitive and needs an adopter
with a gentle hand and spirit. Once Apache trusts you, he will go the ends of
the earth for you.
Apache is a Mustang/QH cross gelding, about 14.3
hands tall, very sound, healthy and strikingly good looking with beautiful
movement. He is a striking liver chestnut with some chrome! He is not a horse
for a beginner rider, but is a sweet, safe ride if he trusts you. This guy will
make some soft spoken adopter the partner most of us can only dream of, that
once in a lifetime horse.
Apache is quite possibly the sweetest horse we have
ever met. He absolutely adores people, likes to talk to you, is young at heart,
playful and is always in a good mood. If you have not called about Apache, you
are missing out on one of those once in a lifetime horses, he truly is and we
really, really like him. And, he is a total blast to ride, very well trained and
$300- Dakota is a
9 year old Appendix QH gelding. He is 14.3 hands tall, sound, healthy, current
on all his shots, wormers and trims and is also started under saddle. Many of
our readers know Dakota's story well, since we have known him for about 3 years
now. We encourage new readers to follow the link below for the full history on
Dakota, what he has been doing and what he has learned since first coming to
MHWF several years ago as a wild, untrained horse. Dakota has come a long way
and just needs someone to take him that last step.
$300- 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.
Over the past few days we feel like we have gotten
to know Zany much better. She is very friendly, comes to you willingly, easy to
catch, leads, loads, ties and is good with her feet being handled. She is also
broke to ride and is very well-behaved under saddle. So far the only flaw we can
see with her is that her back right pastern has a little swelling in it. It
appears to be an old injury and does not give her any pain that we can see. She
also has full range of motion in that joint, so although she will never be a
barrel horse, she will some someone a wonderful trail horse. She loved the
attention of being groomed and tacked up and did not question any of her cues.
Zany has turned out to be a very nice horse and will make someone a wonderful
partner out on the trails.
Sadly, Zany's adoption had to be cancelled. It seems
she refuses to leave here. After two separate days of trying to get her on two
different trailers, she still refuses to go to her new home. We had no real
choice other than to nix the adoption and give her some time and training on
trailer loading. She is back up for adoption, but before we can truly offer her
up to her new home, we are going to need to work with her over the next few
weeks getting her comfortable with loading and unloading. Stay tuned!
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.
an 8 year old mare, breed unknown. By now, most of you are already very familiar
with Gracie's story and the journey she has been through. If not, we strongly
urge you to follow the link below to her forum thread, where you can read all
about her from way back to when we first met and rescued her. Gracie is now 8
years old, sound, healthy and in excellent condition health. She stands at 14.3
hands tall and is current on her trims, wormers and vaccinations. Gracie is not
broke to saddle, for those of you that are not familiar with her, and she will
be a long term project for someone with the time and patience. That person will
be a hero to our website followers, as many people have been following her story
for a long, long time. She has trust issues and can be very fearful at times.
She really needs to get to know and trust her handler, then she can begin her
training under saddle. If you are looking for a long term project and enjoy the
groundwork part of working with horses, don't be afraid to ask about Gracie. She
is a very special girl who came from a terrible background. All she needs now is
someone to take her the rest of the way.
For the time being Gracie will not be available for
adoption because someone special has offered to take her in and train her to
make he more adoptable and give her the best shot possible at a good, long and
useful life. Once Gracie's training is complete, we will once again make her
available for adoption, but we are not going to hurry her training, so we expect
her to be gone for quite some time.
Dragon is a
16 year old STB gelding. He is sound, healthy, and current on all his shots,
wormers and trims. Dragon stands at 15.3 hands tall. He is very sweet and laid back,
has excellent manners and is a joy to have around. He has no special needs at
all. Dragon has been part of MHWF since 2002, so we have known him for 11 years
now. Dragon was never broke to ride because although he is sound, he has always
had a problem where he trips on his front left foot, making him unsafe to ride.
So he has been a pasture buddy all these years. Last month his pasture mate had
to be be put down and Dragon is now here with us, looking for home where he can
be a buddy to another horse. Dragon has a huge heart, never acts up, low
maintenance, funny, playful and very likeable. He has had two other homes since
being part of MHWF and both homes adored him for these same qualities. He does
not have a mean bone in his body and he loves everyone and other horses.
$300 - Chip is a
20 year old QH gelding. He is well broke, super easy going and is sound, healthy
and a really sweet guy. He stands at 15 hands tall. Chip has never really had
any true formal training, but has had people hop on him and ride him his entire
life. He loves people and has very good manners. He can even be ridden bareback
with just a halter and lead. Chip is current on his shots and wormers and is
ready to go for the rest of the summer. Don't let his age scare you away. Chip
does not have a lot of wear and tear and has a lot of good years left in him, no
health or soundness problems at all. Chip is easy going and gets along with
everyone, the kind of horse we all wish we had one more of.
Now that Chip has been back at MHWF for a few weeks,
he is starting to settle in and is turning back into the horse we remember so
well. His first few weeks here, he got nervous when you took him out of the
pasture and away from his buddies. He would not listed to his handler and was
kind of obnoxious. He is much much better already and is getting much better
every time he is taken out to be ridden. He will still dance around a bit when
being tacked up and will call out to his herd mates, but is now riding like the
horse we knew he always has been, super responsive, very obedient and a lot of
fun to ride. With a little more time to settle in and a few more rides he should
be back to that super easy going and very reliable trail horse we have always
known him to be.
We decided to give Chip some time off last year
because he was having some issues under saddle for whatever reason. It seems
that time off has really paid off. Chip was one of the true rock stars last
weekend when we finally had him out for his first ride of 2014. He did
exceptionally well and everyone who saw his first ride of the years was
impressed by how well he did and how good he looks. This horse does not look
like a 20 year old at all. We would call Chip a horse for an advanced beginner
or intermediate rider. You don't have to be a pro, but probably not the right
horse for someone just starting out either. We are so happy that Chip got his
time off and is happy to be ridden again. What a good boy, fun to ride, good
looking and sound as a dollar.
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.
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.