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.
Chubby before (Above) - After (Below)
Chubby Checker - 7 yrs.
$200 -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
In the meantime, if you can help with a small
donation toward his gelding, dental work, antibiotics, shots, wormers, trims and
feed, we would certainly appreciate it. This little guy absolutely deserves a
second chance and the TLC he is gong to get.
Chubby has now had some work done and is now
ready to begin looking for his new home. He now has his 2014 Coggins, his teeth
were a mess and are now floated, he had some work done on his hooves and he had
a good de-worming. The best part of all this, turns out that he was not a
stallion after all! Yes, Chubby was already gelded. So, that means he can start
looking for his new home! He is shy and needs some work in trusting people, but
he is as cute as they come and will come around quickly with regular handling.
$600- Lola is a 14 year old Belgian mare. She's a
big girl at 17.1 hands tall, and is an easy keeper. We have known Lola since she
was a coming two year old filly, way back in 2002. Some of you "old timers" will
probably remember her. When she came to MHWF 12 years ago, she was barely halter
broke. Since then Lola has learned quite a bit. She is broke to ride and even
did some jumping for fun in her younger years. Lola has been ridden both English
and Western. She is sound, healthy and current on all her shots. She has had
good care her entire life. Lola has been in the same home for quite a few years,
but hasn't been used much the past few years, so she is back at MHWF looking for
someone who will enjoy riding a big girl. Lola is very likable and has always
been a joy to be around. She is a pretty special girl to MHWF and will be a
special girl to the right adopter as well.
Pecos before (Above) - Pecos looking better (Below)
Pecos - 11 yrs.
In Rehab - Not Yet Available
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.
If you can help him out by making a small donation
toward his care, we would greatly appreciate it. Thank you.
Now that Pecos has been trimmed twice and had his
teeth floated, he is not only moving around really well and trusting people, but
is also putting on weight really quickly. With a little luck on this feet, we
might be able to make him available much sooner than we ever expected. Time will
tell how his feet start to grow out now.
$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.
$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.
This past weekend, with all the
help and volunteers that came, Dakota got some one on one time with Dana. He did
exceptionally well. He stood well to be tacked up and groomed. Stood still to be
mounted and did very well under saddle. Walk, trot, canter and back down, stop,
back and turn, absolutely no questioning of cues, no confusion, no bucking,
rearing or bolting. Dakota is going to make someone a stellar partner!
Hour is an 11 year old registered Arab/Appy mare. She is 15 hands tall, sound,
healthy, well cared for and current on her all her 2014 shots. She just got her
teeth floated as well. Freedom leads, load, ties and is great for the vet and
farrier. She is also veteran show and trail horse. Freedom is a very well
trained horse, but has not been ridden a lot in the past few years, so she could
use a couple refresher rides, but did very well for us the day of her arrival.
We got a few small bucks when asking for the canter, but nothing to be scared of
and she settled in eventually. This is a very nice horse with a ton of
potential. She is smart, nice looking, has some good training and is still young
enough to do well in whatever discipline you prefer.
Freedom has now had some time to settle in and has
been a pleasure to have around. She has also gotten out to be ridden a few times
and continues to rider better each time. While she is not a horse for a beginner
rider, she is a very well trained horse who was just a little rusty when she
first came in, but she is doing well and is an exceptional horse. easy to catch,
leads, loads, ties, good for the vet and farrier, well broke, veteran trail and
Talullah is a 10
year old Belgian/Paint cross 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 10
years old, is healthy and is very nice looking, big,
strong and stocky. She stands at just over 16 hands tall. We do not know much
about Talullah or what she knows. We have been told she is barely halter broke
and has never been vaccinated or trimmed. Right now all we can do is get close
to her, not quite touching her. It will take us some time to work with her and
we will update with more information as we get to know her better.
This big beautiful gal has been with us for almost a
month now and is finally starting to make some big strides. She now comes up for
grain twice each day and is not only allowing us to stand by her and let us feed
her, but she is now letting us touch her and scratch her. These do not sound
like big steps in most cases, but with this mare they are huge strides. It is
only a matter of time before she is ready to take the next steps, stay tuned
over the summer!
$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.
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.
In the three lower photos you can see her from the day we first
met her, with the auction sticker still on her rear.
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.
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.
Cherokee has not just bounced back from her tough
life, she looks and feels great and we are actually thinking about cutting her
diet back a bit. She is getting a little chubby. Cherokee is the sweetest horse
you will ever meet and we mean that most sincerely. You can trust her around a 3
year old and she gets along with everyone. She has no special needs, just a
scoop of grain each day and a buddy to hang out in the pasture with. Don't
overlook Cherokee. She came from a horrible life and deserves a permanent home
of her own. Every day that you spend with this horse will be a happy day we can
assure you. Offer this poor old gal a home, you won't regret it!
Sheba - 28 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.