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.
Roy - 20+ yrs.
(Sunday night) there was a horse running down the highway. He was in really
tough shape. He was caught and somehow they found his owners.
So, quick do chores, hook up
the trailer and off we went to go met Roy, the highway roaming Appy gelding.
To say that Roy is in rough
shape does not describe him very well. While he is super docile and very sweet,
he is as thin as any horse we have ever seen. He is covered from head to toe in
rain rot. What we saw of his paddock was a small swampy area where he stood up
to his knees in slop, no dry spots and one very moldy round bale for food.
This is not the time of year to
be an old, very thin, broken down horse. Cold nights are coming, pastures will
be depleting and freezing rains are coming. There is no way this horse was going
to survive the weather than will come soon.
So, tonight Roy is here at MHWF,
in a warm stall with fresh water and piles of clean hay in front of him. He
seems pretty happy about that. Being that it was dark by the time we got him
home, we did not have much time or light to really evaluate him, but it is very
obvious that he has a very long road ahead of him. His recovery, which we hope
is doable, is not going to be a quick one. He has at least 250 pounds to gain,
his teeth are almost certainly a disaster, his feet will need work, he will need
to be put on a de-worming plan, he will need his shots, then his boosters and
who knows what else we are going to find when we really get a chance to evaluate
him. Pretty tough time of the year to try to rehab a horse in this condition,
but we are going to do our very best.
In the meantime, we will update
again soon and will keep updating as we learn more and as he improves. If you
can spare a few dollars to help Roy out, we can certainly use the help as well.
We are still very much in the middle of trying to rehab Spirit, the 32 year old
rescue Saddlebred and Roy is going to need ever more special care than Spirit
In these cases, there are so
many things you want to say, so many questions about what is to come, but the
only thing that really matters is that we give Roy the best care we can and hope
for the best. So we are not going to spend our time ripping the people involved
in this case and we are not going to whine about the time of year and the work
it is going to take to help Roy. Our job is to get him looking and feeling good
again and that is all we truly care about.
Funny, the timing of this....Shamika,
a long time MHWF rescue horse who is a pasture buddy just got adopted yesterday
after being here for a few years, then Roy comes into our lives. This horse
would have gone completely unnoticed and surely died a miserable death if he had
not broken out and taken off down the highway. How he even had the energy to do
that is beyond me. Roy happily greeted us when we went to pick him up and
jumped on the trailer instantly. We are so glad that Roy busted out and made
himself known. Roy deserves better than this, and now he has it.
In the meantime, if you want to
send your best wishes for Roy or make a small donation toward his care, meds and
feed, we are happy to accept the help.
Everyone, please meet
Roy.......who is now safe and happily eating in his stall tonight and will not
go hungry again!
$400 - Armeria is a 19 year old
Trakenehner/Holsteiner cross mare. She stands at 15 hands tall and has done many
4H shows and some dressage. She has been part of MHWF for a long time and has
been in the same home for the past 6 years. Sadly, due to circumstances that had
nothing to do with horses, Armeria had to come back to MHWF. She is in excellent
shape, very sound, very well broke and has very good manners. She is current on
all her shots, wormers and trims and is ready to go. Armeria is a fairly easy
keeper and moves like a horse half her age. The bandage on her leg in the photos
is simply a small cut that she got a short while ago and it will be healed very
quickly with no lasting issues. No tendons or ligaments were affected. Armeria
has been ridden English exclusively, as far as we know and has been ridden a
great deal. She even got worked by Smokie Brannaman recently and has been shown
by a teenager in her distant past. Armeria is a big, strong horse and is not a
horse for a complete beginner, but she does have a lot of good training and many
hours in saddle for someone who can ride and has a little experience.
Ascending Spirit is a 31 year old
registered Saddlebred mare. She is the latest rescue that we have opted to take
in and try to help. She came from the Appleton area and the information we were
given about her is that she has been in pretty rough shape for quite a while
now. Spirit was given all her vaccinations and was de-wormed immediately upon
her arrival to MHWF. She also had major dental work done today (7-28-2016),
having had her teeth floated and 5 teeth extracted. We started her on
antibiotics and will keep a close eye on her, hoping to share her before and
after photos before winter comes. Let's be honest, when we took this horse in,
it was with the knowledge that MHWF would be her last home and hopefully we can
get her back up to weight and looking good so she can enjoy her final years
healthy and happy here living with Faith and Sheba.
Spiri has been here almost 6
weeks now and has truly settled in and is doing great. She has gained a
significant amount of weight, but still has a long way to go. She is very sound
and has a great appetite and a stellar outlook at life, a happy gal.
$150 - Nova is a 16 year old
Mini mare. She is very sweet and super easy going, cute as can be, healthy,
current on all her shots, etc. What else can we say about her. She has had one
home for almost her entire life. She is not broke to ride or drive, but has been
a wonderful friend and companion to her donor all these years. Good for the vet
and farrier, no special needs...everyone should have a mini in their life at one
time or another. As with almost all minis, Nova needs to be kept on a dry lot.
$300 - Watch Joes Gold, or Tego
as he is known as, is a 15 year old AQHA gelding. He stands at 16 hands tall. He
is super easy going, good looking, friendly and well broke. He has been used for
mounted patrol in La Crosse, WI and has been on trail rides, clinics, safe on
roads and in traffic, an all-around great horse with lots of experience and
training. He has always had good care and has been in the same home for most of
his life. He was diagnosed with the beginning stages of Navicular. Because of
this, his days of walking the pavement are over. He will always need be be
trimmed and shod a certain way and we will share that info with potential
adopters. Special shoes year round with ice pads in the winter, a small price to
pay to keep a great horse like this sound and comfortable. Anyone inquiring
about Tego should be willing to keep him shod the way we need him shod, which
will only cost about $50 every other month. Properly cared for, Tego will make a
wonderful trail horse for many years to come.
Tego has now been trimmed the
way we think he should be trimmed, has a fresh set of shoes and got his Osphos
shots today. Now all we have to do is wait a couple of weeks to see what happens
and what, if any special needs he will have before we make him available for
Now that Tego has had his
feet trimmed and shod the way we wanted to see them and got his Osphos treatment
we can finally say this his Navicular is not an issue for him anymore, but we
are sad to say that he does have some arthritis in his front left leg, which
will make him a light riding horse only. He is a spectacular horse that anyone
can ride, so hopefully there is someone out there who is looking for a horse to
ride around the property and neighborhood, but has no desire to trailer out for
rides or do any gaming or showing. Tego is an ultra well trained horse with a
ton of experience and a great story considering his years in mounted patrol.
$500 - Roxie is a 12 year old
Arabian mare and if you are into Arabs, like we are, wow, nice looking horse!.
Roxie is sound, healthy, broke to ride and stands at 14.3
hands tall. She has been ridden almost exclusively Western. She is very quiet
and respectful and is always at the bottom of the totem pole in the herd. Roxie
is current on everything she needs for 2016 and is in excellent shape. She is
not super experienced under saddle, but once you build her trust, she will give
you her all. She needs a little more work tying, but does great in cross ties.
No special needs, smart, good looking. We will post more info as we get to know
Finally some time to do some
test riding on a few of the horses and Roxie was one of them. As we suspected,
she did very well and is an awesome horse. Super sweet, well trained and looks
to match. She did not question a single cue and did walk, trot, canter and back
down, no problem. She is not a horse for a new or timid rider, but in the hands
of someone with a little experience, she is going to be a real gem of a find. No
bad habits, comes when called, put together beautifully, this is a very nice
horse and someone is going to be very glad they called to try her out.
$400 - Ladd is an 18 year old
double registered Morab gelding. He is sound, healthy, broke to ride and stands at 15
hands tall. We have known Ladd for 6 years. He is now back at MHWF because his
adopter is having some health problems and can no longer ride. he has been on
trail rides and has done arena work as well. He is not a horse for a beginner
rider. Ladd is current on all of his shots and is ready to go for 2016. The only
special needs he has is that he has an allergy to bug bites and must be kept
fly-sprayed or stalled when the bugs are bad. He is super sweet, very
well-behaved, comes when called, good for the vet and farrier, loves treats,
loads like a pro and is an all-around likable guy who never gets into trouble.
Since coming back to MHWF, Ladd
has been a model student, gets along really well with his herd mates, always
friendly and well-behaved and no issues with allergies or bug bites. We have had him out for a
few rides now and he has been wonderful, nice easy going, smooth gaits and
listens to his rider really well. We have always thought Ladd was one of the
more likable horses we have ever met.
Molly is a 9 year old AQHA registered mare. She is sound, healthy and stands at 15 hands tall.
Molly is current on everything she needs and is all set to go for 2016. She has
been on quite a few trail rides, her manners are excellent and she is obviously
a very nice looking horse. She is not a horse for a greener rider though. She is
only 9 and needs someone assertive and confident. Molly is an easy keeper, gets
along wonderful with her pasture mates, comes when called, loves to be doted on
and loves her treats, of course.
We are already getting lots of
inquiries on Molly, but we do not yet know how she rides and if she is sound.
Please give us time to evaluate her and we will entertain appointments to meet
$300 - Laney is a 20 year old
TWH mare. She is sound, healthy and stands at 15.1 hands tall. Sadly, Laney's
adopter, who had her for the past 6 years, passed away recently and Lucy and
Laney needed to come back to MHWF. Laney is well broke, ridden mainly English.
She is current on all her shots, de-wormers and has a fresh trim and Coggins.
Laney is gaited. She is not a horse for a total beginner though. She will need
someone who can ride, not an expert, but someone who can be the leader. Laney is
a great trail horse. Because her adopter had some health problems, Laney has not
really had much work for the past two years, but has a lot of experience and
will quickly fall right back into her training.
$200 - A 1 year old Appy, Cilly is a little different than most horses in the fact that she is a
hermaphrodite, meaning she is both a male and a female. Being that she is a
hermaphrodite, we get the choice to call her a he or a she, so for now, we will
call her a she. As of right now, she does not have any testicles and no ovaries,
so that is all good news. She does not go into heat and does not act studdish.
To be very blunt, Chilly has a vulva with a penis that comes out of it when she
pees. Ovaries and/or testicles may or may not form as she gets older. Most
hermaphrodites die shortly after being born because their plumbing does not work
right, but Chilly's does, so she is a lucky girl that has no complications, very
rare. She is stunningly beautiful, quiet, polite and very cute. She is also
going to be a big girl, she has really long legs. Hopefully someone will offer up their home and heart
$400 - 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.
Onyx has settled in very nicely
and has put on quite a bit of weight. He is now settled down, very sweet and
looks great. He is going to make someone a stunning ride!. Onyx will need
someone with the time and experience to start over with him. He has had some bad
training experiences and was handled a little rough at times. He does not have
any behavioral issues, just needs someone he can trust, that will give him the
time and training he needs. He is a very sweet, easy going guy with a lot to
$400 - 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.
Since Brandie had been kept
alone for a while, it took her some time before she settled in. Once she got
here, she was instantly herd bound and was very worried about getting back out
in the pasture by new new buddies. We are happy to say that it seems Brandie is
now settled in and is once again the horse we thought she was, very sweet, easy
going and people friendly with a lot trail riding experience. We knew it would
take Brandie some time to get acclimated, but are happy to say that she is now
ready to start looking for her new home.
Brand has finally settled in
here at MHWf enough for her ot be the horse we always thought she was, an
experienced trail horse with lots of hours under saddle out on the trails. No
more calling out for her pasture buddies, no more fussing about getting back to
the pasture and not working. Brandie did exceptionally well today and we are
very happy with what we saw. Her only real issue is that she did not stand still
to be mounted, but that was worked on and with a few more rides, is easily
fixable. Brandie will make a wonderful trail partner for someone and is ready to
hit the trails tomorrow. She is not a horse that likes to just meander down the
trail. She has energy and likes to cover some ground. She would also make
someone a killer little English or Western gaming horse. She is a safe ride with
some get up and go.
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.
Squeak had her dental surgery a few weeks back and it was much
more extensive than we originally thought. Her tooth had been rotten for quite
some time and the infection ate through bone and soft tissue. Her rehab is
taking some time and will most likely require a few more months of after-care,
so we will not be able to make her available until she is back to 100%. Once her
after-care is done, she will once again be a great riding horse with no special
needs. It is just going to take some time to get there.
Yesterday began the next step
in Squeak's aftercare and treatment. We finally were able to remove the catheter
from the hole that was drilled into her nasal cavity. That means no more
bandages wrapped around her head and no more daily flushings and antibiotics.
She is as happy about this as we are and with a little luck, we are hoping to
turn her back out with the herd in a few days. This is also by far the most
risky and crucial part of her rehab. There is a much increased risk of infection
now that the hole will be closing back up and now that we will not be able to
flush her sinus cavity like we have been doing. We still have a plug in the hole
left by the infected tooth in her mouth to try to keep food from getting into
the nasal cavity. Now she needs time and some luck and hopefully there are no
The gaping hole in Squeak's mouth is not closing and is just as
big as it was several months ago. The hole is large enough to get two fingers
into it, not good. The vets have been coming out weekly to replace the plug,
flush her sinuses and keep food from packing up into the sinuses and causing an
infection. Poor Squeak is getting pretty sick of being poked and prodded and we
are slowly losing hope. There is only one other option left at this point and
that is to cut a skin flap from her cheek, stitch it over the hole and hope scar
tissue builds up fast enough and strong enough to hold. As of right now, this is
the tentative plan.
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.
Faith has come such a long ways. She rehabbed slowly but surely,
put on all the weight she needs and looks good and even worked her way up to
being part of a herd and thriving in her new pasture with Teddy, Sheba, Dottie
and Bambi. Faith is really enjoying her golden years and is looking and feeling
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.
After all this time, Shamika
now finally lets us trim her back feet like a normal horse. Her trust issues are
almost completely gone now and she has come a very, very long way. Easy keeper,
no special needs, Shamika is now a good, healthy and well-behaved citizen. It
took a few years for her to get over her past, but she got there.
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.
Zany has been dealing with some major
health problems and the outlook is not good. Her lymph nodes are no longer
working properly and she swells up massively in various places for various
reasons. These flare ups are being treated with heavy antibiotics, but her body
also has a very bad reaction to the antibiotics. We will keep Zany as
comfortable for as long as we can, but the end result is that we have to start
to consider the fact that we may need to put her down soon.
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.
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.