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 and 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.
- 12 yrs.
$250 - Festus is a 12 year old
Spotted Standard Donkey John. He stands at just a hair over 12 hands tall. We
found him for sale on Craigslist and had to bring him into the program. We do
not normally purchase animals, but with being on Craigslist, who knows where he
might end up. He is about as sweet as they come, very mellow, well behaved,
friendly and comes when called. He is sound and healthy, other than being a
little on the chunky side. We still have to get him blood tested, trimmed,
wormed and vaccinated. With his purchase price and the cost of getting him
caught up on the things he needs, we will have some money into him, explaining
why his adoption fee is a little higher than normal, but his adoption fee will
still be less than what we put into him. That's ok though, he will find a great
home and will be protected under MHWF policies and that is what we wanted for
him. If you meet this guy and do not instantly fall in love, you are probably
dead inside and should seek a doctor or coroner. Hehehe.
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.
$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
$400 - Miss Copper Robin, or Rosie as we have always
known her by, is a registered APHA
mare. She is sound, healthy and broke to ride. She has been used as a lesson
horse as well as trail riding. She has been ridden both English and Western, but
mostly Western. Rosie is current on
all her shots, wormers and trims. She leads, loads, ties, is
good for the vet and farrier and gets along well with her pasture mates. We have
known Rosie for the past 5 years and also know her original donors who live in
the neighborhood, so we know where Rosie has been and what she has done for a
good share of her life. Rosie stands at about 15 hands tall and will make
someone a great trail or arena partner.
$300 - Chloe is a 10 year old Paint Stock/QH
She stands at 14.2 hands tall. Chloe is sound, healthy, current on all her
shots, wormers and trims and is also well broke. She has been ridden by both
kids and adults in the arena as well as out and about. She is a nice looking
mare, put together nice, good manners and friendly. Chloe has had some issues in
her right eye which have not gone away with extensive treatment. It appears she
will lose the rest of the sight in that eye. No big deal, horses have a very
wide field of vision and one eyed horses do just as well as two eyed horses,
once they have adjusted. Chloe is a nice mare, the perfect size and has no
special needs. She will make someone a great trail partner.
We finally had a little time to get Chloe out of the
pasture for her test ride, as well as Karin H's first ride here since her
accident early this spring. Both horse and rider did very well. Chloe is a safe,
reliable and very well trained horse. She is really nice looking and put
together very nicely as well. She did not question a single cue, walk, trot,
canter, stop, back, turn and side pass. Yes, she will lose her sight in her
right eye, but there are a lot of horses out there with sight in one eye and do
great. Chloe will be one of those horses. We are pleased to see what a wonderful
riding horse she is, pretty, well trained and a very sweet gal.
It turns out that Chloe's original owner is a friend
of ours and was born right here in Marshfield, WI at her farm. Chloe was used
for several years as a lesson horse as well as a show horse for the 4H kids,
showing both English and Western many, many times. She has also been ridden out
on the trails, by kids as well as adults. She has never kicked, bucked, bolted,
reared or bitten and is a stellar kids horse, for the kid that has some riding
experience. While she is still struggling with the bad eye and will eventually
lose the eyesight in that eye, she will adjust and will make someone a wonderful
trail or show horse.
$150 for the pair - Star and Spirit are a pair of 7
year old mini geldings that have been together their entire lives. They are
current on all of their shots and are good to go until next spring. Both Star
and Spirit stand at about 37 inches tall. They have been in the same home their
entire lives. Their donors are moving and these two little cuties need a new
home. They are cute and smart and are easy keepers. Star and Spirit are not
broke to ride or drive. They have simply been pets and companions. We are hoping
to find them a home together.
Romeo is a 10 year old registered AQHA
gelding. He stands at 15.1 hands tall and is sound, healthy and well-cared for.
He has all his shots for 2014 and looks great. Most of you will remember Romeo
and that he was just adopted about 2 months ago. He came back to MHWF for
personal reasons that we feel should stay that way, but will say that his
adopter liked him very much and the reason he is back had absolutely nothing to
do with Romeo. We normally do not post information that comes directly from a
donor or adopter, but in this case, we left Heather covered it all very well, so
we will share what she wrote about Romeo.
"Due to unforeseen, personal circumstances, I
have to bring Romeo back to MHWF. He is is as sweet as they come. He is
definitely an "in your pocket" type of horse who absolutely loves people. Broke
out as a 3 or 4 year old, Romeo has sat for the last few years, but has shown
that he has a great memory and is a very trusting and willing to please. He
will lounge both directions and picks up his leads. We have ridden him a
handful of times, both bareback and with a saddle, and were using an O-Ring
snaffle or riding him with just a halter and lead. He direct reins
well and was starting to pick up on neck reining. Needs some help working off
the leg. He is still very green. He stops well and backs. He is a little lazy
and will kick out a little when asked to lope at first, but aside from that, he
is a willing boy. He stands great for the farrier and loads in the trailer
nicely. He is smooth and soft and won't take much time at all to be that
"go to, anyone can ride" type horse. I will miss him very much.
He is HYPP N/H. We were feeding him oats, grass hay, and Nutrena Safe-Choice. He did have one very mild HYPP episode while here. We lounged him and gave him
60CC of Karo syrup and the episode ended. We believe it was brought on by the
humidity. 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
We have some very sad news to share about Romeo and
why we took him off the list of available horses. Over the past few weeks Romeo
has not quite seemed himself and has been dropping weight very quickly, despite
eating almost a five gallon pail of extra feed each day. We assumed that it was
a dental problem and set up an appointment for last Friday to get that
corrected. We were surprised to see that his teeth looked great. After doing
some blood work and listening to his heart and lungs, it was discovered that
Romeo has a very bad heart murmur. We are aware that lots of horses have a heart
murmur and live many years this way, but Romeo's is worse than most and his
outlook does not look good. We will put him on selenium, hoping for a miracle,
but will have to keep him here until his condition either improves or continues
to decline. We will not be showing Romeo for the time being.
We are now pretty sure we have a good grip on
Romeo's health and can make him available for adoption to the right home. He is
almost all the way back to the weight he should be at, he had his teeth floated
and has been getting a large amount of our grain mix every day. Because of his
heart murmor, we cannot really consider him a riding horse and will have to call
him a pasture buddy only, but if someone does adopt him and wants to ride him
around the yard or property at a walk, there is no reason he cannot do that. He
simply should not be used for any hard work. He will also need to be kept on a
good amount of grain at least once per day, at least until he is back to full
weight, possibly forever, depending on how things go for him in the green spring
and summer months. He is as sweet and mellow as they come and someone will
really enjoy having him around as a buddy to their other horse.
$100 -Chubby Checker is a 7 year old registered mini
stallion, soon to be a mini gelding. He is as cute as they come, has a really
outgoing personality and is put together really well. He looks like a full sized
horse shrunken down to a big teddy bear size. Chubby came to us with the help of
Dean and Tracy last night (July 31, 2014). Thank you both! He needs a little
help. First, he is a stud and that needs to change right away. He also chipmonks
his food, so he is gong to need some major dental work. His halter was grown
into his nose and pole and is infected, he needs his Coggins, shots, wormer and
a trim. Once he is gelded he will need to stay in quarantine for about 60 days
until he is safe to be around the ladies. Besides all this, he is pretty much
untouched and will need a lot of handling and training. So, we anticipate that
it will be at least a couple of months before he can start to look for his new
$400 - Pecos is a 11 year old Belgian gelding. He is a big
boy at about 17.1 hands tall. He is a rescue and will need some time and work
before we can give an honest opinion on what he will or won't be able to do.
Right now he cannot put weight on his front left leg and needs to be de-wormed,
trimmed, vaccinated, Coggins tested, teeth need to be floated, wolf teeth pulled
and needs some weight. This will probably not be a quick rehab and we anticipate
at least a few months before we will truly know how much of a problem that front
leg and his feet will be. In the meantime, he is sweet, pretty easy going and is
a really nice looking horse. We are told that he used to pull a sleigh, but that
was quite a while ago, so we will get him in shape before we worry about riding
or driving. Pecos is a good boy and will need a lot of time and work. We will
keep his listing current and update as often as there is news to share.
Now that Pecos has been trimmed twice and had his
teeth floated, he is not only moving around well and starting to trusting people, but
is also putting on weight. We can now make him available for adoption. Whoever
does inquire about Pecos should know that he still has a little weight to put on
yet and still needs a little more practice for trimming. If he knows and trusts
you, he will pick up his feet for you no problem, but if he does not know and
trust you, he needs to be shown patience and needs the farrier to take a few
minutes to assure him that it is ok. As far as training goes, we are told that
Pecos was once an excellent driving horse, giving sleigh rides to the locals.
With his history and fears of people, we can safely assume that he needs to
start over, building trust first, then move forward from there. If you are
interested in Pecos, it might be a good idea to inquire ASAP as there has been a
lot of interest in him since he first came into MHWF.
$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.