Rescuing Unwanted Horses Since 1994
Nashville first came to the Minnesota Hooved Animal Rescue Foundation (MHARF) in November of 2015 when we were called in to assist with a humane case by law enforcement and the Animal Humane Society of MN. This two-year-old quarter horse gelding was emaciated, infested with internal parasites and lice, and was in dire need of veterinary and farrier care.
For the next 16 months Nashville received the care and nutrition he needed through the rehabilitation program at MHARF. By spring of 2017 he was fully recovered and ready to start on the next phase of his life--learning to be a willing riding partner and hopefully finding a "forever" home! Nashville was placed with a trainer for our 2017 Trainer's Challenge of the Unwanted Horse. He and his trainer Jessica spent the spring and summer together and successfully competed in the Challenge on Sept.16th. Nashville now has experience as a trail horse and a show horse! As of now, Nashville is still looking for a new home!
Stories like Nashville's are not uncommon. Since its founding in 1994, MHARF has taken in over 2,000 horses, ponies, mules, donkeys, and other hooved animals in need. The majority of our animals come through humane cases in which they have been seized by law enforcement. When space permits, we also accept surrendered and donated horses from individuals who can no longer keep them for various reasons.
Every horse we take in receives all necessary vet and farrier care. We have a number of trainers we hire to do training assessments and also to continue with training for horses that require a “refresher” course. Horses that have not been started under saddle are generally placed in our yearly Trainers' Challenge of the Unwanted Horse before they are made available for adoption. We also provide resources and advice to people struggling with issues related to owning and caring for equines, assist law enforcement in making recommendations to help people improve care for their animals, and work to educate the public on equine welfare, including responsible ownership and care, responsible breeding practices, and making humane end-of-life decisions for their animals.
Rescuing, rehabilitating, retraining and re-homing horses is expensive. MHARF receives no government assistance and relies on donations and fundraisers to make this work possible - we are a non-profit, 501(c)3. Our greatest expenses are veterinary and farrier care, hay, bedding, and grain. Transport and training are also large expenses. Donors like you are our primary source of funding! Please donate today and give horses like Nashville a chance at a good life in a forever home.