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How to Adopt a Horse from MHWF
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.
Pippin is a 16 year old Quarab
gelding. He stands at 14.2 hands tall. We have known Pippin for a few years now
and have always known him to be a great, safe and experienced ride. He has
excellent ground manners, loads, leads, ties, you name it. Pippin has been
ridden both Western and English and has been used primarily as a trail horse. He
is a very sweet, easy going guy who gets along well with his pasture mates. He
is the kind of horse that will do absolutely anything for you. Very well broke,
ultra mellow, experienced, sound, healthy, very likable...what else is there?
Pippin got trimmed, de-wormed and vaccinated the day he came back to MHWF.
$500 - Abe is an 18 year old
pony gelding that we have known and that has been part of MHWF since he was 5
years old. He is an old friend and a horse we have always liked very much. Abe
has been in the same home for the past 7 years, but they are now getting
completely out of horses and Abe is back with us again. He stands at 14 hands
tall, has always been very sound, healthy and an easy keeper. He is a horse that
just about anyone can ride. he is very polite, laid back, takes everything in
stride and is a very experienced trail horse. He leads, loads, ties, is good
fore the vet and farrier, no bad habits, no special needs. Abe is one of those
rare larger ponies that everyone wants, but are so hard to find. He is now
current on his hoof trims and got his de-wormer and vaccinations as soon as he
came in. Abe is ready for his new home.
$500 - Oreo is a 16 year old Appy gelding. He is 15.3 hands tall and and is as well broke as they come. He is
sound, healthy, well-behaved and has no special needs. He is blind on one eye,
but has been for a long time and if we did not tell you, you probably would not
even notice. Oreo is back at MHWF for no fault of his own and his previous
adopters truly liked him very much. He was simply being picked on by his pasture
mate and had to come back because he would not defend himself. Oreo is current
on everything and looks great. Upon his arrival back at MHWF he had a chance to
show us and the rest of the herd his moves, pretty impressive with a huge
extended trot that would have to be seen to be believed. Oreo is a horse that
just about anyone can ride, great manners, no special needs and very experienced
$500 - Onyx is a 7 year old
Missouri Foxtrotter gelding. He is 15.1 hands tall and and is solid black, not a
spot of white anywhere. He is sound and healthy and is current on all his shots.
Onyx is green broke and needs more time under saddle. He is unsure of himself
and will need someone who is experienced, confident and someone who can be a
leader without the use of a heavy hand to take him the rest of the way. He is
super sweet and has a very kind eye. His ground manners are excellent and as you
can see, he is a looker. This is a green horse, so we will not show him to kids
or first time horse adopters or owners, only someone with the time and knowledge
to build his confidence and finish his training. It will take us a week or two
to get a few more pounds on him and to get to know him, but we will make him
available very soon.
$400 - Clansye is a 20 year old
Arabian gelding. He is 14.2 hands tall and very well broke to saddle. Clansye is
great for the vet and farrier, he leads, loads, ties and has no bad habits. He
is sound and healthy and came from a donor we know and trust. Clansye has been
used for dressage and jumping and even some trail riding. He has also been used
for English riding lessons. He loves to work and loves being an English riding
horse and the work that comes with it. He is very respectful on the ground and
is very laid back and enjoyable to be around. He hates being in a stall, so his
new home should give him plenty of turn out time. Clansye is a wonderful horse
that will be a real gem of a find for the right person who wants to do some
English riding and some trail rides.
$450 - Brandie is a 12 year old
Morgan/QH cross mare. She stands at 14.1 hands tall, is sound, healthy and well
broke. Brandie is good looking and as sweet as they come. She was only donated
because her owner lost her farm and could no longer keep her. Giving her up was
very hard for her. Brandie has always been ridden Western and has always been a
reliable, safe trail horse. She loves being part of the herd and has already
made some friends. Sh eis blind on one eye, but you would never know it. Not
only is it not visibly obvious, but she does not even let on that she can only
see out of one eye. Her blindness in that eye should not be an issue for her at
all and to be honest, if we did not point it out, we doubt most people would
even be able to tell. Brandie is a real gem, the kind of horse that everyone
seems to always be looking for and we do not expect her to be here long. Brandie
got all of her shots and was de-wormed as soon as she arrived at MHWF, so she is
ready to go for 2016.
$450 - Valid Jaz is a 17 year
old registered TB gelding, soon to turn 18. He stands at 15.1 hands tall, is
sound, healthy and well broke. Jaz has been used for a little of everything,
some dressage, some jumping, some obstacles and even a few lessons. Jaz is
current on all of his shots, wormers and trims and is ready to go. He has always
been bottom of the herd in any group he has been in. He also has the typical low
TB heels and will need shoes or easy Boots in you plan to ride him on hard
surfaces. Jaz is an easy keeper, very personable, laid back and very sweet. He
is great horse and will make someone a wonderful trail horse. He has not been
ridden much for the past couple of years, but has not forgotten all his training
and experiences. He is a real gem for the right person and in the right herd.
$400 - Proxemo is a 15 year old Akhal Teke Sporthorse gelding. He
is 1/2 Akhal Teke and 1/2 Lippet Morgan. He has been part of MHWF for quite a
while now and had to be returned due to an very unfortunate death in his
adopter's family. He is sound and healthy. Proximo is broke to ride and has good
ground manners. His training has been toward dressage and jumping. So far he has
only done entry level dressage and his jumping has been free jumping without a
rider on his back. He is smart, super athletic and seems to enjoy regular
structured work. He should excel with the right person, someone willing to put
the time into bonding with him and continuing his training. He has never bucked,
bolted or reared under saddle. Proximo does have a very strong fear of vets, so
this is something his adopter should be aware of and will have to work on.
He enjoys work and looks fantastic
under saddle. This is one amazing horse. He transitions from walk to trot to
canter beautifully and comes right back down when asked. He is super athletic
and has striking looks. Someone who wants to get into the show ring will love
this horse, or maybe even some teen gal who is into 4H.
$450 - Premier Renegade is a registered 17 year
old Arabian gelding with exceptional breeding...Aladdin is his Grandfather. He
is sound, healthy and stands at 15 hands tall. Renegade has been part of MHWF
for 10 years now and we know him very well and have even ridden beside him out
on the trails. He is super easy going, easy to handle and anyone can ride him.
We cannot say enough good things about this horse and his willingness to do what
is asked, quiet, sweet, good looking and has probably been on more trail rides
than we have. Renegade will need some time to get his weight back up to where it
should be, but we do not expect that to take long and he will make someone the
trail horse and partner of a lifetime.
We have gotten quite a few inquiries on Renegade already, but are
not ready to make him available for adoption and will not entertain those
inquiries until he is ready and has been evaluated. If you are interested in
Renegade, please keep an eye on his listing for updates. If you do not yet have
your application in and approved, we strongly encourage you to send it in right
away. Even if you do not end up adopting Renegade when he is ready, there will
always be other horses coming in that you might have interest in and your
chances of getting to meet that horse go up a great deal if you are already
In a very short amount of time Renegade has already gotten
trimmed, de-wormed, vaccinated and has put on a considerable amount of weight.
We feel confident in being able to make him available now, but whoever ends up
adopting him will have to keep him here another week or two until we get him
back to 100% ready.
$450 - Primia Altantis, or Squeek as she is called, is a 17 year
old Paint mare. She is sound, healthy and
stands at 14.1 hands tall. Prima/Squeek was adopted just about 5 years ago, but
her adopter had to move out of state to go to school and decided that the best
thing to do for her is to bring her back so that someone else could enjoy her.
She is very well broke to saddle and has been ridden 3 to 4 times per week over
these past years. She has been ridden both English and Western, out on the
trails, in the arena and even bareback. She is not a horse for a brand new and
green rider, but is the dream horse for a smaller rider who likes to do a little
of this and a little of that. Prima Atlantis is a sweet little mare, sound,
healthy and experienced.
This past weekend it was discovered that Prima Atlantis needs a
fairly major dental surgery to remove a bad tooth that got infected. This is a
very large, live tooth with good strong roots, so this is not your ordinary
tooth extraction. We cannot make her available for adoption until that surgery
is complete and her after care is also complete. We will make her available as
soon as she is ready.
Our vet has been out for health reasons for quite some time, so
that is why we have not been able to get Prima in for her dental surgery. That
surgery needs to get done, so we scheduled it with another vet. Prima will get
that problem tooth removed on June 2nd and we will be able to make her available
$200 - Teddy is one of the six horses rescued in the Clark county
case in August 2015. At the time he was rescued, we estimated his age to be
around 2 to 3 months. He is at his mother's side (Lady) and will not leave until
he is old enough and weaned. When he came to us, he was covered in lice, had
ringworm all over and was getting pretty thin. His mother was not producing milk
because she was in rough shape herself. Lady is now producing plenty of milk and
Teddy is now a healthy, very likeable little guy who has really grown. He looks
great now and we are ready to make him available for adoption, with the
understanding that his adopter will have to keep him here until he is weaned and
ready to go, probably another couple of months. He is adorable, very
people-friendly, healthy and has a great future ahead of him. Any potential
adopter will be required to sign an additional contract requiring him to be
gelded when he is old enough.
For much more detailed info, updates and photos, follow the link
Teddy is now healthy and looking good. He has also grown a great
deal in the past couple of months. He is now old enough to wean from his mother
and we can start to look for a new home for him. He is a good guy, sweet, easy
going, but is still a youngster and has a lot to learn yet, plus whoever does
adopt him, will need to have him gelded before he is 2 years old. Other than
that, he is growing up to be a great horse, full of potential and an open book
for anyone to take in any direction that they see fit. What a great story it
will be to see little Teddy go from being a rescue to being a full grown man in
a home of his own.
Good news, Teddy is now a gelding and is ready to find his new
Faith is one of the six horses rescued in the Clark county case
in August 2015. She was by far the horse that was the worst off, very, very
thin, covered in rain rot and sunburn, lice, infested with worms and in a lot of
pain from massive abscesses in her feet. Her age did not help either. Our best
guess is that Faith is in her mid-twenties. While she has shown a willingness to
fight and has gotten much healthier, her progress is very, very slow. With the
hoof problems she is having, it is hard to get any weight on her. She is still
much too weak to give any vaccinations or bute. Faith is by far the biggest
challenge MHWF has even taken on and to be honest, we are a little frustrated
and heartbroken by her lack of significant progress. This is maybe one of the
sweetest horses on the planet and we desperately want her last years to be ones
filled with love, good food and above all, comfort. We will keep working to help
Faith as much as we can, but in the end, we might have to make that terrible
decision to end her pain. Stay tuned and keep Faith in your thoughts.
Yesterday, thanks to a very generous vet, Dr. Suzanne and 6 vet
students from UW Madison, Faith got some x-rays of her feet done and we finally
felt that she was strong enough to be able to be sedated and get her teeth
floated. We are very happy to say that other than some major abscesses that
still need to work themselves out, Faith's x-rays show no, or very little
permanent damage to the bones in her feet. Her teeth were really bad though. The
good news on that is that she is only missing one tooth. Her teeth are now
floated and we are very hopeful that she will start to bounce back much quicker
now that she has good chewing surfaces in her mouth.
We are very happy to announce that after months and months of
intense rehab, Faith graduated to the big pasture with Sheba and Cherokee today.
This is a big step for Faith and she was very excited to have room to move and
green grass to eat for the first time since arriving at MHWF.
For much more detailed info, updates and photos, follow the link
$400 - Annie is a 7 year old
grade QH mare. She stands at 15 hands tall, is sound, healthy, current on her
shots, wormers and trims. Annie is still a little green, but knows walk and
trot. She has done some trail riding and arena work and has always been ridden
bitless. She needs a little work on trailering, but leads, ties, great for the
vet and farrier and stands nicely for being mounted. Annie is located in
Waterloo, WI and will be shown there.
Very soon, Annie will be coming
to MHWF where she will have a better chance at getting adopted, since we have
many visitors here at the MHWF farm.
Hubert is a 17 year old
Belgian/Warmblood cross gelding. He is sound, healthy, current on his shots,
wormers and trims. He is a big boy and stands at an even17.2 hands tall. He has
also been in the same home for almost all of his life. Hubert came to us all the
way from New Jersey. He has always had good care and has been ridden 5 times per
week right up until the day he arrived at MHWF. This is not a horse for a green
or timid rider. Hubert is well behaved, but he is big and will need a confident
and somewhat experienced rider/handler. Hubert has always been ridden English
and has been used mainly as an English Pleasure horse. He has also done a few
schooling dressage shows.
Hubert has been here with us for quite some time now and has
totally settled into the herd life and is loving it. His personality has really
come out and he talks to us every morning at chore time. The tenderness in his
feet were do to a lifetime with shoes on and always being on hard surfaces. We
have now corrected all of that and can proudly say that Hubert is now a
barefoot, sound horse. He will never be a jumper, but will make someone a
wonderful ride. He now loves to run and play with his pasture mates. Hubert has
come a long way wince first arriving at MHWF and is a very comical guy.
$400 - Penny is a 13 year old
registered APHA mare. She is sound, healthy and stands at 14.1 hands tall. Penny
is current with all her shots, wormers and trims. She is broke to ride as well.
Most of her riding has been in the outdoor arena, but she has been on a few
short trail rides too. Penny is put together very well and is a very athletic
and nice looking horse that has had good care all her life. Penny is not a horse
for green riders, but has been ridden by adults and teens and does great. She in
one of those horses that knows what kind of rider is on her back and if they are
green or unsure of themselves, she will test them a bit. She does not buck,
bolt, kick or bite though, just not a horse for beginners. No bad habits, no
special needs, Penny is a very nice horse and will make someone a wonderful
Penny came to MHWF with a
slight limp in one of her front legs and was doing a strange thing with her back
leg on the same side, stomping it on the ground. We were not sure what to make
of either, but it is still going on and Penny has not been sound since she got
here. At this point we cannot make her available until we get to the bottom of
not only the stomping of her back leg, but even more so, the lameness on her
front leg. We will post more info as we get the answers.
It has now been a very long time since we have seen Penny take a
lame step and we feel as though we have got her all straightened out now.
Whatever was giving her some minor problems is obviously all healed up now. We
are very, very happy to finally be able to make Penny available for adoption.
She is very gentle and sweet, well broke and a nice girl with a friendly
Shamika is an 11 year old
Paint/Draft cross mare. She stands at about 15.2 hands tall and is in good
weight. She has never been trimmed, de-wormed, vaccinated or taught anything.
She is at least catchable, scared, but catchable. Her biggest issue is her feet.
Two weeks ago when we first found out about these two horses, Shamika's feet
were well over a foot long, curling up and she could not really walk on them.
Since then she was run into a barn where some of her long hooves broke off. They
are still a good 10 inches or more long and she can barely walk. Her feet and
the fact that she has not been handled are going to be the big issues in her
long term recovery.
Shamika has been at MHWF for a
couple of years now and while she will never be a riding horse, she is pasture
sound and the long, long, long process of fixing her feet is complete. She is a
very sweet mare and to see her go from the very neglected horse that she was
when she came in, to the happy, running, playing and trotting horse that she is
now has been very rewarding. She still needs some work on giving up her back
feet for the farrier, but other than that, Shamika is a wonderful horse in every
way and will make a wonderful pasture buddy for someone.
$400- Zany is a 13 year
old Paint mare that was part of a recent rescue by MHWF, with the help of some
very dedicated people. She was headed for slaughter until we were contacted
about her. She is about 13 years old, sound and healthy and broke to ride, from
what we are told. She stands at 15 hands tall. We do not know much about Zany or
what she knows. We do know she is friendly, comes right to you, is halter broke,
leads, loads and ties. We will update with more information as we get to know
her better. In the meantime, we will
need all the help we can get, whether it be time or donations.
We have gotten to know Zany very well
since she first arrived a couple of years ago. She has no special needs, is an
easy keeper, love attention, good for the vet and farrier, leads, ties and even
rides very well. It is now time to work on her trailer loading. It seems Zany
refuses to leave her and leave her friends and from where she came from, we
cannot blame her. We will get her loading and unloading like a pro as soon as we
make it a priority. In the meantime, if there is anyone interested in her, you
cannot ask for a more solid, sane and easy going horse. it is not her fault that
she was not treated well in her past life, but she has gotten past all that to
be one of the happiest, most playful horses we have ever had here.
Hope is an
8 year old QH mare that we have watched grow up into a beautiful horse over the
years. We first met Hope at a local horse auction where nobody would bid on her
because she was born with a birth defect, a crooked spine. She was a tiny little
yearling, scared but cute as can be. Hope is now a full grown mare, about 14.1
hands, very sweet and with the cutest face you ever saw. Because of her birth
defect, we have always considered Hope a pasture buddy only, but she is a great
friend to her pasture mates and has no special needs. She was named Hope in
memory of the mare that was the inspiration for this program, Just Hope NZ. Hope
has a special place in our hearts and hopefully someone out there will feel the
same way about her as we do and offer her a good home to live out her years with
her horse pals.
This mare came to us
today (5-25-2013) from the Clark County authorities. We do not yet know her
name, but will find out soon and will share that when we find out. She is a 20
year old AQHA registered mare and as you can see, she is in very bad shape.
Besides the obvious, she has a back leg that clearly was cut very deeply by
something and was left untreated. It is currently infected and her leg is badly
swollen from her hoof 1/2 way up her leg. She also cannot put any weight at all
on her front right hoof. We have her in a paddock where she can see the other
horses, but cannot be harmed by them and where she can eat and drink at her
leisure. We have her started on antibiotics and bute. We will worm and vaccinate
her in a few days, once we feel she is a little more stable. We can only guess
at this point as to what is going on in her rear le and her front hoof, but we
will get the vets out here ASAP and hopefully get some x-rays and some answers
quickly. Until then we do not have a whole lot more to share on this poor girl
other than to say she is happy to be here with other horses and plenty of food
and she is already nickering at us when we come out to her paddock. She is very
sweet and loves attention, even in her condition she still seems to have a good
attitude and still likes people...amazing. We will do our best to get her back
to health as best and as quickly as we can and will share her progress along the
We have to say that in the 13 years
this program has existed, this mare is in as bad of shape as we have ever seen,
and we have seen a lot over the years. We have little worries about getting her
weight back up, but have a lot of concerns on her injuries and lameness. This
mare is certainly going to be a challenge to bring back to health and it is
going to take some time. Her recovery will not be a short one regardless of what
we run into when getting her evaluated.
If you would like to make a small
donation toward the care of this poor gal, we can certainly use the help. With
shots, wormers, trims, x-rays bute, antibiotics, Coggins and dental work, there
is sure to be some huge vet bills coming soon.
Cherokee has been here with
us for a long time now, she has led a very rough life, likes it here and
is doing well. Because of all of these things, we feel Cherokee has earned her
right to stay right here with her buddies. So, Cherokee is now a permanent
resident here at MHWF and will remain so until her last days.
We are very sad to report
that Cherokee's arthritis seems to be catching up with her and we are closely
watching her and taking it day by day.
Sheba is a 27 year old Arabian mare. We first heard
of her this morning (4/15/2013) and spoke with her owner immediately after
hearing about her situation. Sheba was owned by an elderly lady, who ran out of
work, money and now hay. When she called she was down to 2 small squares of hay
left and no money to get more. It was decided that this was not a situation that
could wait. Luckily, a great supporter of MHWF lives in the area and was able to
pick her up and bring Sheba to us this afternoon. Thank you Anna F!
As you can see Sheba is in really rough shape. Her
body score is a 1 and there is absolutely no fat over her ribs, her back is
sunken in, hips sticking out and all that comes with this kind of thing. She
seems pretty sweet, but is going to need absolutely everything, hoof trimming,
teeth floated, wormers, vaccinations, a ton of hay and grain, and a lot of
training. We are told that she was used as a brood mare and that she probably
has little or no training. So, we have our work cut out for us, but we will get
going on getting her healthy and fat right away and will post updates and
pictures of her progress all along the way. This will probably not be a short
rehab and it is our guess she will be here with us for quite a while.
Sheba has been here with us for a long time now. She
is 28 years old now and has led a really tough life. She likes it here and is
doing well, plus she has cancer. Because of all of these things, we feel Sheba
has earned her right to stay right here with her buddies. So, Sheba is now a
permanent resident here at MHWF and will remain so until her last days.
Danny is a 7 year old registered Friesian sporthorse gelding. His sire is a Friesian and his dam a Morgan, which makes him a Moresian.
Danny stands at 16 hands tall, solid black with the typical big Friesian head.
Sadly, Danny was born with very low pasterns which will prevent him from ever
being a riding or working horse. He is a pasture buddy only. He is still big and
beautiful. He loves to play and is very much a happy kid at heart. Danny will
make a very entertaining and beautiful pasture ornament for someone with a
little extra pasture space. Danny is current on all his shots and wormers.
We are no longer making Danny available for
adoption. Because of his poor conformation which is certain to shorten the time
we can keep him comfortable and pain free, we have decided that Danny will live
out his remaining time here at MHWF.