All I Want is a Horse for Christmas!

Horse for xmasJoy, happiness, and the spirit of Christmas are spread through each individual into other’s lives during the holiday season and the weeks leading up to it. With holiday parties and holiday events this time of year, the hustle and bustle of the season is all around us.   For children, a holiday break from school is just what they are waiting for to allow time to enjoy the snowy outdoors. These same children have sat down and created their sometimes VERY long Christmas list for Santa; which may or may not include a pony. For many of us, including a pony on our Christmas list was something we had done as kids and we are now seeing it on our own children’s lists. This year, we would like to highlight a small list of horses who are wishing for a new home this holiday season. There are many horses (and other animals) available in our very own state of Minnesota for adoption. It is a great opportunity to give an animal a second chance at a forever home.

If at this time your pastures cannot expand, consider making a donation to the MN Hooved Animal Rescue. Donations can be made here.

Horses change lives. They give our young people confidence and self-esteem. They provide peace and tranquility to troubled souls, they give us hope!

                                                ~ Tony Robinson
Chicken Soup for the Horse Lover’s Soul

This is Ahzi, he is a 2005 model Registered Appaloosa that stands 14.1 hands. Ahzi is broke to ride, and like so many of us is ready for his Spring tune-up. He is very much looking forward to finding a wonderful human to be his partner.

This beautiful 1999 14.2hh bay Arabian mare is Amari. She is very sweet, well broke to ride, and is suitable for an advanced beginner. She is healthy and sound and just recently had extensive dental work done (so she will now be able to put on the last few pounds she needs as you can see by her photo).

Arizona was foaled in 2002 and stands 15.3h. She is a beautiful and friendly mare who stands for the farrier and loads and unloads easily. She is currently being assessed by a trainer for training level. If you have questions you can e-mail Jean at

Bill is a 2011 Haflinger gelding who came to MHARF after having been abandoned in a park reserve this past summer. He is approximately 3 years old and 13 hands high. He had some swelling, infection and scar tissue above his front coronary bands, but he is doing well now and is available for adoption or fostering. Bill has not been started and he is a potential candidate for the 2015 Trainers’ Challenge (in which case–we could really use a winter foster home for him!)

Angel is a 1998 registered pinto mare. She came to us in need of surgery to repair an umbilical hernia. We have had the surgery completed and she is now healed and ready to start riding again. She has not been ridden for at least the past year and will need some refresher training. She is a nice mare with a good temperament and will require a rider with experience. However, we are told that once she has some refresher training she should be suitable for and advanced beginner on up. She has been ridden almost exclusively in a sidepull in the past.

Blackberry is a black mare who stands approximately 14.2 hands and was foaled around 2005. She was part of the 2013 Brainerd humane case. Pregnant when she came in, she was adopted along with her foal but had to be returned. We have not assessed her training level yet and she will possibly be a candidate for the 2015 Trainers’ Challenge. We don’t know her breeding but she is a stock-type mare. She has a sweet personality and is not dominant in a herd.

For a complete list of available horses click here.

If one of these horses caught your eye, please call the rescue at 763-856-3119 if you would like additional information on their current status. For complete information on adoption guidelines please click here.