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.
Hurricane's Izabelle - 12 yrs.
$450 - Hurricane's Izabelle, Izzy, is a 12 year old PMU Draft
cross mare. She stands at 16 hands tall and is sound, healthy and well broke.
Izzy has been a part of MHWF for a long time and has been in the same adoptive
home for the past 5 years. When her adopter ran into financial issues, it was
time to bring Izzy back to find her new home. Izzy is not only big and
beautiful, she is also super sweet and laid back. Leads, loads, ties, great for
the vet and farrier, rides in the arena, out on the trails and even bareback,
what else could you possible ask for.....Izzy is going to be someone's dream
horse for sure.
Izzy was adopted a few weeks back, but is now back with MHWF. For
whatever reason, Izzy was not happy at her new place. Her adopters liked her
very much and worked with her quite a bit, riding and ground work, so she is now
in a little better shape. We are happy to report that she stayed sound through
her workouts as well, so no lameness issues to worry about either.
$500 - Red Hot Democracy, or
Peanut as she is called, is a 6 year old Paint/APHA cross mare. She is 15.1 hands
tall, sound, healthy and really nice looking. Peanut is only green broke, but
her donor described her as embarrassingly easy to back and ride. After being
ridden a handful of times, Peanut then went in for 90 days of training. So while
she is still green, she is laid back and very cooperative. She came in
with Lena and Corey.
$500 - Lena is a 9 year old
Arab/QH cross mare. She stands at 15.1 hands tall and is sound, healthy and
broke to ride. Lena has a ton of training on her and is a former reining
champion. Lena came in with Peanut and Corey. We will update her listing and we
learn more about her and get to know her better.
$400 - Corey is a 15 year old
Arab mare. She stands at 14.2 hands tall and is sound and healthy. She is broke
to ride, but is still a bit green, so she will require a rider with some
confidence. Corey came in with Lena and Peanut. We will list more info on Corey
as we learn more and get to know her better.
$600 - Two Socks is a 4 year
old Rocky Mountain Horse gelding. He stands at 14.1 hands tall and is sound,
healthy and very well-behaved, plus really nice looking. He came to us through
the court system and was part of a very well-known court case in the Fox Valley
area. Many people will probably remember Two Socks and even recognize him. He is
now officially part of MHWF and we can begin to look for his new permanent home.
Two Socks was a stallion up until May 6, 2015. He is now a gelding, but will
need to be quarantined for another month or so to make sure we do not end up
with any unwanted pregnancies and to give him time to shed some of his more
manly desires...hehehe. He is now in good weight, has his feet trimmed, has been
on a normal de-worming program and will be fully vaccinated in the next couple
of days. So far we have found him to be very sweet, likable, respectful of his
handler and of course, beautiful to look at. His adopter will need to be someone
who can take him the rest of the way in his training and break him to saddle.
Right now he leads, loads, ties and seems to have his ground manners in place.
Someone with the right experience and willingness to put a little training into
him will end up with a stellar horse for sure.
Two Socks is doing very well
and he is looking and feeling good. The reason for this update is to say how
impressed we are with this guy. He is sweet, loves attention and is about as
easy going as they get. Since arriving here, he had not once done a single thing
wrong. We can lead him anywhere by simply holding onto his halter. You can walk
under, over and around him with no worries. He has never nipped, bitten, kicked
out, pulled away or done anything other than show what a wonderful horse he is
going to be for the right person. In about two more weeks it will be safe to
turn him out with the other horses. We do not expect any trouble with him at all
and are really happy he ended up here. We like him very much.
$400 - Clyde is a TWH gelding
that will turn 19 on May 15th. He is sound, very sweet and friendly and as broke
as well as a horse can be, having been ridden by kids, adults and countless
trips in the mountains out west. Clyde stands at 15.1 hands tall, has all his
shots and is sound. He is one of those sweet and comical horses that you like
the minute you meet him. Not only is he easy going, very people friendly and
very experienced, but he seems to us like one of those happy go lucky guys with
a good sense of humor. He's also a really good boy, good manners, parks out when
you ask, loads, leads, ties.....all the things a horse should do. We will update
more on Clyde as we get to know him better.
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.
$450 - Bella is a 16 year old
Belgian mare, sound, healthy, very, very nice looking, sweet and built like a
tank. She is not super tall at 16.1 hands, but is still a big stocky girl. Bella
just got her feet trimmed, brand new Coggins and we will be vaccinating her and
de-worming her ASAP. We will also be checking her teeth to confirm her age in
the next few days. We are told that Bella worked at a small zoo in the Madison
area, pulling a cart. She does have the old marks from where the harness rubbed,
so we have no reason not to believe she is broke to harness. We are also told
she has been abused in her past and it took her quite a while to trust people
again. So far so good. She arrived, calm and cool, her manners are good and she
seemed pretty relaxed for being in a new place with so many other horses. She
has been alone the past few years so it looks like she is really enjoying the
big pasture and tons of new friends. Don't let her size fool you either. She
moves like the wind and we have never seen a draft horse move as fast as this
girl did when she wanted to get the other horses to notice her in the pasture
today. So far we do not know much more about her, but we already like her and so
will her adopter. We will update her listing as we get to know her better and
try ground driving and maybe even riding her to see how she does and what she
knows. Stay tuned!
$500 - Dark Chocolate Kisses,
or Petey, is an APHA registered 8 year old gelding. He is sound, healthy, in
great shape and is current on everything he needs for the season. Petey stands
at 14.3 hands tall and is even better looking in person than in a photo. He is
put together very well and has a big muscular neck and body. Petey has had one
home his entire life and is only here at MHWF now because his donor has gone off
to college and can no longer be with him. He has always had top notch care and
lots of love. He also has lots of very good training and has always been ridden
Western. He has done a little of everything from a few local shows to short
trail rides, plus tons of time in the indoor arena. Petey leads, loads, ties, is
good for the vet and farrier and has very good manners and no special needs. He
is toward the top of the pecking order and is a big confident boy. Petey is
wonderful with leg and voice cues and is very responsive under saddle. He does
need someone who can ride though and is not a beginners horse. His rider/handler
should have soft hands, quiet legs and know how to properly cue a horse, no
kicking or heavy hands. With the right rider, Petey is going to be that once in
a lifetime partner. We will not entertain inquiries on him for green riders or
$400 - Scotch N Zan is a double
registered AQHA and Buckskin Horse gelding. He just turned 20 years old and he stands at 15.2 hands tall.
Scotch is super mellow and gets along with everyone. He has no bad habits, no
kicking, no bucking, biting or acting up. He is about as well broke as a horse
can get and has been ridden by kids as well as adults. Not only that, but he is
stunning to look at as you can see. Scotch has all his shots for the year, was
just trimmed and reshod, de-wormed and is ready for the summer. Some of you
already recognize Scotch, as he has been part of MHWF for quite a while now. He
was diagnosed with the beginning stages of Navicular a couple of years ago, so
he needs to be kept shod with his Navicular shoes, which he does great with and
is not a big deal at all for such a safe, reliable horse. Scotch is back with us
because it was asking a little too much of him to keep doing 3 and 4 hour trail
rides up and down hilly terrain anymore. For someone who likes to go out on the
shorter, one hour rides or cruise around the neighborhood, Scotch might be the
perfect partner for you. A very calm, reliable and very likable guy for sure,
who never gives his partner trouble or cause for worry.
$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.
KC finally got his first, and second test ride
today. He was absolutely perfect in every way. He came out of the pasture calm
and cool, stood nice to be groomed, tacked up and mounted and under saddle he
was even better. He did not question a single cue, walk, trot, canter and back
down, like a pro, stop, back up and right back to work just like that. All this
from a horse who has not been ridden in at least two years. You would never know
it. He was ridden by adults today and even a 14 year old. When we were done test
riding him, he got put away and a few hours later, one of the girls pulled him
back out and ride him bareback for another 1/2 hour or so and even gave a 9 year
old a pony ride on him. What an amazing horse in every way!
$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- 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.
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.