Meet Our Summer Help

Throughout the summer you may have seen one of our “summer help” employees running around the clinic. Brianna, Maddy and Kaylin all spent their summers working for Anoka Equine in preparation for veterinary school. Their jobs entitled many different activities including: caring for hospitalized patients, cleaning up the barn, assisting with appointments, and much more! All three girls have intentions of going to vet school in their future. Maddy and Brianna have been accepted to the University of Minnesota and will be attending their first semester of vet school this fall, while Kaylin will soon be submitting her application to begin vet school in fall 2016.

Brianna recently graduated from the University of Minnesota earning a degree in Animal Science. She will be embarking on a new adventure as she starts her first year ofBrianna veterinary school this fall at Minnesota. Her love for animals and interest in veterinary medicine started at a very young age when the local vet would come treat the numerous animals on her parent’s hobby farm. She grew up riding multiple disciplines and caring for her horses in her own backyard. “My experience this summer with Anoka Equine has been simply amazing! The friendly clients, knowledgeable technicians, and excellent doctors all contribute to a perfect learning environment. From farm calls to surgeries, lameness exams to pregnancy checks, giving medications and running blood work, it’s never a dull day here at Anoka! I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to be a part of the team and learn about what running a busy equine hospital entails. The vast exposure to equine medicine I have experienced this summer has confirmed this is the area of veterinary medicine I want to focus in!”

maddyThis is Maddy’s third summer working for Anoka Equine. She has always been a horse person and grew up riding and caring for her own horses. After her freshman year of undergrad, she found an internship with the clinic and has been a part of the Anoka Equine team ever since. She will be starting vet school in the fall and will be specializing in equine. Maddy has specific interests in surgery and equine sports medicine. “Before starting at Anoka Equine, I knew I wanted to become an equine veterinarian from working with my own horses growing up. Working at Anoka has fueled that passion and reassured that this is the right career path for me. Thanks to my wonderful coworkers, I have learned so much about veterinary medicine and what it takes to be successful in this career. Everyone has been so willing to take time to explain things and to allow me to be involved with every aspect of the clinic. Working with various patients and clients from day to day has been so rewarding and I feel incredibly fortunate to be a part of this top notch clinic and people who work there. Moving forward into vet school, I am so grateful to have an immense variety of experiences and skills that I have gained here and the wonderful connections that evolved along the way!”

Kaylin will be entering her senior year as an undergraduate student at the University Kaylinof Minnesota Crookston this fall. She will be earning a degree in Equine Science this spring with hopes to continue on to veterinary school fall of 2016. Her list of prospective vet schools include University of Minnesota, Colorado State University, Louisiana State University, Washington State University and Oregon State University. “After spending a day shadowing the veterinarians and technicians at Anoka Equine this winter, I knew this would be the perfect place to spend my summer in order to complete my undergraduate internship. The staff has given me so many opportunities to learn and grow as a student, and I couldn’t be more thankful for it.  Working at Anoka Equine has not only given me the chance to learn a tremendous amount about equine medicine, it has given me even more passion for veterinary medicine.”

        We love to see the passion of Veterinary Medicine through students’ eyes and this summer has not been any different. The ladies we were able to spend our time with this year reiterate why we love teaching and sharing our own equine passion. We are very fortunate to have Bri, Maddy, and Kaylin this summer! These young women are exceptionally intelligent and we are excited to see them grow in their Veterinary Medicine careers. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for all of your hard work and dedication at the clinic this summer; we couldn’t have asked for a better trio!  If you are someone that would like to gain experience in the veterinary field like these ladies, either through shadowing or interning, please visit our website for more information.

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.