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.
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.
Hershey - 8 yrs.
$500 - Hershey is an 8 year old
grade QH mare. He is sound, healthy and broke to ride. She
stands at 14.2 hands tall and is an easy keeper. Hershey has been kept with
goats for her entire life, so it might take her a few days to adjust to herd
life now that she is here, but so far she seems to be a very sane, well-behaved
horse. She is respectful of her handler, loaded like a pro, picks up her feet,
good for the vet, leads perfectly, she should make someone an outstanding
partner. She was clicker trained by her owner who had Hershey her entire life.
Hershey has been ridden on some trails and bareback in her pasture. We will
update and build on her description as we get to know her better. A huge thank
you to Jennifer and Joe M. and family for donating their time and gas to pick
Hershey up and bringing her to MHWF.
Breezy is a 7 year old QH mare.
She stands at 15.1 hands tall, is sound, has had very good care, very sweet,
likeable, pretty and has been ridden, but is still a little green, needing some
more time under saddle. We are told that in the 15 or so times she has been
ridden in the past three years, she has not once offered to buck. She just needs
some more rides under her belt. Breezy leads, loads, ties, is good for the vet
and farrier and has very good ground manners.
The story on how we ended up
with Breezy is a long one that we are happy to share with anyone who inquires
about her, but won't bore you with here. The important information we need to
share here is that Breezy needs a fairly expensive surgery in her mouth,
involving opening up the bridge of her nose, removing a piece of bone and a very
deeply impacted tooth which goes up and into her nasal passage with the roots
getting very close to her brain. This condition threatens her health and future
if we do not get it fixed. To help it drain, Breezy had a small hole drilled
into her nose, as you can see in the photo.
This is a very nice mare,
young, strong, healthy and good breeding. Her situation was one that we either
took her or she was going to have to be put down, being that her owner could not
afford the surgery and the board anymore and that every other rescue or adoption
program she contacted turned Breezy down. Knowing the quality and hearts of the
people we call our supporters, we took Breezy in, hoping for your help and
support with her surgery and aftercare. You have always come through for an
animal in need and we know you will once again. Please consider making a
donation toward Breezy's care today so we can get her surgery done as soon as
possible and eventually make her available for adoption to some lucky family or
$400 - Jacoby is a 17 year old
QH gelding. He is sound and well broke to saddle, having been ridden on trail
rides, a few shows and even just bareback riding around the neighborhood. He
stands at 14.3 hands tall and sheds out to a beautiful dappled palomino in the
spring. Jacoby is not a horse for a totally new rider as he will test you to see
if you are worthy at times, but is a safe, reliable ride that has been ridden by
kids and adults. His ground manners will probably need a little refresher work,
but nothing to worry about and nothing major. With someone who is assertive,
Jacoby is a great riding horse and will be a wonderful addition to their family.
We opted to use some older photos of him from last year because when he came
back to MHWF it was very cold out and almost dark. We will update his listing
with new photos when the chance comes up sometime very soon.
$400 - Sophie is a 17 year old
Draft cross mare. She is sound, healthy and sweet as they get. She stands at
15.2 hands tall and we have known her for quite a few years. Her ground manners
are nearly perfect, she is always on her best behavior and she gets along
wonderfully with her pasture mates. Sophie is current on all her shots and
wormers and is a very easy keeper, no grain needed. She is great for the vet and
farrier and has those sweet eyes to go with her sweet disposition. This is a
horse absolutely anyone can ride, kids, adults, experienced, green, you name it.
She is trustworthy and safe. Sophie's only real flaw is that she has always been
down on her pasterns, which has never given her any problems at all, but she is
probably not well suited to long hard riding. If you go for shorter rides, a
couple of hours long, she will be a great partner for your green friends or even
the kids. We cannot say enough good things about Sophie and whoever gets her
will certainly fall in love with her. The only reason Sophie is back with us is
because her adopter got a job in Idaho and is moving there the end of January.
She could not take her two horses with her. Sophie came back here and her other
horse went to her best friend.
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.
In the three lower photos you can see her from the day we first
met her, with the auction sticker still on her rear.
$400 - Sawyer is
a 16 year old Arabian gelding. He is sound, healthy, current on his shots,
wormers and trims and is well broke to saddle. Sawyer has excellent ground
manners, loves people and rides very well. He is not a horse for a new or green
rider though, he relies on his rider/handler to be his leader and his confidence
comes from the person he trusts. Sawyer is an amazing horse and will make
someone who has been riding a while a great partner. He is very likable, good
looking, friendly and is a joy to have around, not to mention a bit of a
character. If your looking for a good all around horse that can do just about
anything with, here he is. Sawyer has been used primarily as a trail horse and
is a solid, sure-footed horse for sure.
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.
$400 - Sully is a
4 year old registered Arabian gelding. He is sound, healthy and stands at 14.3
hands tall. Sully is current on all of his shots, wormings and trims and is
ready to go for the rest of the season. He is stunningly beautiful and has some
very good breeding as well. He has that very refined, halter bred Arab look to
him and he has the movement to go along with it. Sully is not broke to ride, so
he is an open book for someone to teach him what they want him to do. He would
make an excellent show or dressage prospect or would even make someone a
wonderful, flashy trail horse. He is ultra smart and loves playing with his
pasture mates. Sully leads, loads, ties and is a great horse in every way. Now
all he needs is someone to teach him to ride. With how smart he is, it should
prove to be as easy as it is fun.
$400 - Ruby is
an 9 year old Haflinger mare. She is sound, healthy and stands at 14 hands tall.
She is a very nice looking mare and has a strong build and a beautiful long
white mane and tail. Ruby is also well broke to ride. She has been ridden quite
a bit, has done some trail rides and has even done some jumping and a lot of
barrel racing. She leads, loads, ties and has very good ground manners. About
the only negative thing we can say about Ruby is that she needs some work on
de-sensitizing. We are told she was not treated very nicely by her original
owner (not the same people as her donors) and because of that, she can be a
little spooky at times. This is something that is one of those things that are
fun to work on and she should get past it with some consistent work. She has
been ridden by both kids and adults. She is not a horse for a timid or green
rider, but someone with a little confidence and know-how will find Ruby to be a
blast. She is sweet, good looking, has some time under saddle and is a very easy
keeper. We do not know if she was ever driven, but suspect she may have done
some driving at some point in her life. This is an exceptional mare for the
right person. As soon as she arrived, we had her tacked up and ridden and she
did very, very well..
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.
Tango is a
15 year old Belgian/Clydesdale cross gelding. He is a very big boy at 17.2 hands
tall. Tango is a true gentle giant and
is a beautiful horse to look at as well. He is good for the vet and farrier, he
leads, loads, ties and gets along well with his pasture mates. He is kind of a
big kid at heart and is a very likeable guy. He has all his shots for this year
and has had good care. Tango is a
wonderful and fun horse and will be an excellent partner for his next adopter.
Sadly, it has become apparent that Tango should no
longer be ridden and should be considered a pasture buddy only. He is very
likable, easy to handle, good for the vet and farrier and gets along very well
with his pasture mates. He will make someone a beautiful pasture pet.
we named him 4 years ago is now known as Zeke. He will be 5 years old in
October. For those who have been watching our website for a while now, Flash is
the son of Chloe, an Appy pony that we rescued from auction 5 years ago. Chloe
was pregnant at the time and gave birth to a cute little stud colt, Flash.
Sadly, Chloe passed away here at the MHWF farm when she cast herself at the edge
of a fence and twisted her intestine. We had no choice but to put her down.
Flash is Chloe's legacy. Shortly after Flash was born and was weaned, he got
adopted and has been in the same adoptive home all these years. The family fell
on hard times and Flash is now here back at MHWF. He is sound, healthy and
stands at 12.2 hands tall. He has good ground manners and is a pretty sweet and
laid back guy. Oh yes, he is a gelding now too and has been since he was two
years old. Flash has been started as a driving pony and comes with his training
harness. He is a really fun and very likeable little guy and will be a fun
project for someone. We will also share one of his baby pictures here from when
he first came into this world.
Friend and long time supporter of MHWF, Anna F. has
very generously taken Flash to her farm to train him to ride and make him more
adoptable. We are certain Anna will do it the right way and when Flash is done
with his training, we can offer him up for adoption as a pony that is broke to
ride. We are not setting any time limits on his training. He and Anna will have
as much time as they need and we will make him available once he is back at MHWF
and ready for his new home.
$400 - Thunder Bey
is an 18 year old Arabian gelding. He stands at 15 hands tall. Thunder is sound,
healthy, well broke and has a lot of great personality. He gets along with just
about anyone, horse or human. He is current on all his shots, wormers, trims
etc. and is ready to go. As we all know, Arabs live forever and
at 18 years, Thunder still has a lot of good riding seasons ahead of him. He
has been used for some dressage, lessons and even some trail riding. He was
donated by a good friend of MHWF and we are happy to share all the info we have
about him with his potential adopters. If you like the intelligent, playful,
people-friendly personality of the Arabs, you will love Thunder Bey.
Thunder Bey is a great horse, super sweet, adores
people and will follow you around in the pasture very politely for no other
reason than he wants to be near you. He does get a little nervous when he comes
out of the pasture because he wants to be back by his herd mates and will dance
around while you tack him up, but once you have him tacked up and get on his
back, he is all work and listens and rides exceptionally well and he is getting
better each time we take him out. He has always been super sensitive about his
ears being touched and we have been working on that as well. He now does not
mind having them touched most times and even enjoys it on some days. He is
getting better and better at that every time we work with him as well. His
adopter will have to continue the work on his ears if he gets adopted before we
are done with that small issue.
$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.
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.
We have legal ownership of her, which does not sound like a big deal to some
folks, but if you remember back to last year and the situation with Rebel,
getting this far is a big deal. With Rebel it took months and months and some
legal action to get ownership of him. Thanks to the good work of the Clark
County authorities, we did not have to go through all that this time around. So
that is a really big step. Cherokee now has a fresh trim on her hooves, has all
her shots and has been de-wormed twice now. She is eating well and has already
gained quite a bit of weight. Now for the bad news...
We are basically working on a one legged horse. Her front left leg is normal,
but all three of her other legs and hooves have some pretty major issues.
Starting with her right front leg, which is the leg she will put little to no
weight on. Her fetlock joint is fused and has very little range of motion. This
is from an old injury and there is really nothing we can do about it. She also
has an abcess or abcesses deep within that hoof, most likely now one giant
abcess. This we can treat and with some time should be able to get it to heal up
nicely. Only then will we know how much of the pain in that leg is from the
joint and how much of it is from the abcesses. This is the leg that is most
likely going to determine whether or not we can make her comfortable or not.
Her back left leg has a very loud and very noticeable cracking/grinding
sound coming from it. It is quite disturbing to hear. It turns out that what the
noise is causing the noise is that her splint bone has been torn away on one end
and it is grinding against tendons and cartilage. Again, there is really nothing
we can do for this. This is probably a very old injury.
Last but not least is her back right leg. This is the leg that is hard and
swollen all the way up, almost to her stifle. She has two very old and deep
scars on her canon bone on that leg, one higher up and one lower down. It looks
as though these went untreated and the infection was trapped inside the leg
causing lymphedema. There is not a lot we can do for this leg either. There is
no longer a live infection in that leg. We are looking into some meds that might
possibly help bring the swelling down, but it is a long shot.
In the end Cherokee is going to be a long shot as well. It all comes down to
whether or not we can get her feeling good enough to live a comfortable life. if
we can, she will spend her remaining years here at MHWF as a pasture buddy. If
after we have exhausted all our options and still cannot give her a pain free
life, we will have to make a tough choice. We will give her every possible
chance. She will need some time, some feed and meds and a lot of luck, but she
deserves that chance and we will give her that chance. Cherokee has been through
a lot of neglect and pain and we will do our best to end her pain and certainly
her neglect. Through it all she is still a very sweet mare who loves
people...how I do not know, but she is. We will keep working on her until we
know for certain we have done what we can for her. Hopefully she will end up
being a nice retired old mare who is comfortable and can live out her days in
the pasture, pain free and with a herd full of friends.
Sheba - 27 yrs.
Free to a good home:
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 now has her first round of shots, her Coggins
done, her wormer and has her teeth floated. It turns out that she is a little
older than we originally thought. Sheba is between 25 and 30 years old. For the
sake of her listing here on the website, we will put her right in the middle at
27. She is also missing a few teeth, so surprise at her age. Sadly, we also
discovered that she has some cancer under her tail. This is also pretty common
for an older gray horse.
Sheba has now put on almost all of the weight she
needed to gain, has learned to trust and even like attention from people and is
now ready to start looking for her new home!
Danny is a 6 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.