Isis is super friendly. She is the first to greet you in the pasture and loves people. She is well trained, and we had estimated her age to be much older based on her training level, until our vet told us different. She came in as a starved horse, and is recovering nicely, and although still needs a bit of weight, is ready to hit the trails.
Ginger Louise is just under 15 hands, and approximately 7 years old. She is quiet and well trained, suitable for beginners. We feel she may be sporting a "baby bump" so are placing her as possibly bred, and the foal can stay with her in her new home, or be returned to us for rehoming when weaned. Ginger Louise also has a coming two year old colt here for viewing, or adoption. He really is a very sweet colt as well.
Diamond is a well trained trail horse. He is gaited, and lots of fun to ride, but he will test his rider before he is ready to willingly go out. He likes to back up. Our solution is to continue backing him, well after he thinks he is done, and then back some more. When you finally ask him to move forward, he is generally ready, and once he has put you through the test he will readily ride out. He is not spooky, and has steps out nicely. He is approximately 14 years old.
Tex is a pretty little arab mare who came to us via a sheriff's seizure in November. She is now available for adoption. She is trained to ride, and is probably best suited for advanced beginner to intermediate level. She is honest, has not offered to do anything naughty, and is very light and responsive. She is a bit forward when you first get on, but settles nicely. We feel that with a bit of riding , most anyone who understands cues will be able to ride her. She was exposed to a stallion, and we do not know yet if she has been bred or not.
Brutus is an aged gelding, (20 something). Our veterinarian thinks he could be a Percheron. He is very sweet, loves treats and being fussed over. He came to us with a group via a sheriff's seizure, and is now ours to find a home for. We have had his teeth taken care of, and he will need to be on a beet pulp and equine senior diet, as his teeth are not good enough to allow him to gain nutrition from hay very well. Even though he has a special needs diet, he will be well worth the extra care-- he is an awesome horse. We think he is trained to drive. We are riding him here. If you are a heavy weight rider looking for a nice trail gelding, perhaps this guy is for you.
Andy is a 4 to 5 year old grade paint gelding. He is approximately 14.2 hands tall, and has a friendly willing personality. We have yet to find out if he is started under saddle or not, but he says he is (smile). Andy came to us as a sheriff's seizure, and is now availble and waiting for a new home. As we learn more about him, we will update his information both here and on our Facebook page. You won'd find a cuter little gelding that this!
Wanda came to us in November, a sherriff's siezure, along with 10 other horses. She is approximately 13 years old, and seems very quiet and well behaved. We will soon have the kids riding her out as well. It is our feeling that she has been a riding pony. She stands 35" tall. Some little gal is going to love playing beauty shop with this pony, she has an absolutely beautiful mane and tail..
Stellar appears to be well trained in the arena, and green but willing on the trails. She is honest, not spooky, and tries very hard to please, she needs lots of praise from her rider. She will make a tremendous horse for a confidant rider.
Butch is another pony ring pony. He is well behaved, quiet, and well traveled. He is very, very lead line safe, and we are also starting the kids with independent riding with him. He stands 36" tall.
Royal (shown here smooching Jordanne, our farrier) has come here from another rescue that has been innundated whith rescues. Royal was taken in as a sheriff's siezure in S.W. MN. He stands 14.3 hands tall, and is currently recovering from geld surgery. Royal has trust issues, especially with allowing the halter to be put on, but if you take the time to convince him that you will be fair with him, he is easy to handle. He is also very fearful of ropes and lunge whips. We are suspicious of some very unfair treatment in his former homes, but as you can see, he will be a very loving horse given kind treatment.
Update 2/12/13 TRAINER'S NOTES "I hope you enjoy the picture I snapped of Royal today. He is doing amazing! It took me a few minutes to catch him today, but once caught he was absolutely teriffic to work with! I took him to the round pen and lunged him a few times, then worked on giving to pressure in a rope halter. He is really soft in the face. Getting him to move his feet is another story. It takes extr a pressure to get him to move his feet over, so I will work on that. He took sacking out wit ha pad very well, so I threw a saddle on him and walked him in hand up and down the driveway. He was an absolute sweetheart. He is going to make someone an amazing horse! Once I get control of his feet, he should be ready to start under saddle shortly.
UDATE 2/23/13 Royal has now been ridden, and is moving out at a walk and trot very nicely.
Leo has just arrived from another rescue program. We took in three from another program in order to make room for the 40 some animals they took in that were in an emergency situation. Leo is underweight, but is gaining. He has been gelded, and has received a fall worming. This guy is 14.2 hands tall, and when filled out will be quite a looker. If you are looking for a nice size horse, check him out!
Izzy is well trained, but she has some zip. She has been a show horse, and would love to try her hoof at endurance. She is a fun little ride. She is about 14 hands tall, and very pretty! Izzy is currently being conditioned for endurance, look for her on the trails at the Maplewood Ride June 1st with a junior rider partner. Papers have been lost, so she will be placed as a grade horse.
This guy is halter trained, and ready to start under saddle. He is a quiet natured horse, and we are guessing will mature at around 14.2 hands tall. He has a sister here who is a nearly identical match to him if you are looking for a driving team. Trainer update 4/4/13 Burlington has had a handful of rides on him in the indoor pen and so far has proven himself to be an amazingly quiet gelding. He will make someone a really nice, steady trail horse. Trainer update 5/5/13 Burlington is proving us right, and seems to be ready for a rider with just a little experience. He is super quiet and very willing.
This cute little mare came in with the gelding listed above, she is also halter trained, and ready to start under saddle. Although she is a bit more cautious then her brother, she is very willing with a patient handler.
Mickey is well trained, and very honest with the exception of needing a little work on giving to the bit when asked to stop. We have had her out and down the trails and she was a nice ride. When I first started working with Mickey, she was quite rude, however, in less than 5 minutes in the round pen I had a very polite and willing horse. Her owner will need to have enough knowlege of horses to know how to command respect, or she will be an advantage taker. For this reason, we are seeking partner for Mickey that has some equine experience.
Dudley came here as an abused horse, but you would never know it. He absolutely adores people, and would love to be by your side constantly. He is a barn baby, loves to be indoors whenever he can, and is happy to help with chores if you will let him. We have seen this horse through recovery from his former home, west nile disease, and the subsequent loss of an eye, and through it all he has remained nothing but kind and loving! He has had ground work and desensitizing work done, and had been saddled. So far he has shown himself to be pretty much unflappable. If you are looking for that extra special horse friend, please consider this guy...
Beauty is a very pretty, very fancy moving pony. She has been to the amish trainer to work with riding and driving, but she can be a handful. She will need an understanding owner, with a gentle hand, as she does have trust issues. Currently being ridden a couple of times a week here by one of our 11 year old volunteers, and is doing great! Update 5/5/13 Beauty has begun a conditioning program and is getting ready to hit the endurance trails. She has a fancy trot and can keep up with the big horses just fine!
Zia is well trained under saddle, and a very fun horse to ride. She is competing in Limited Distance Endurance this year with a junior rider, and is doing very well. She is a very good camping buddy, and loves to go on camping trips and trail rides. She does have some heavy problems at times, but the more she is ridden, the better she gets. She will require a rider with some confidance as she can be forward at times, but she is honest, doesn't do any worse than pull to go faster and jig a bit. She readily loads and stands well for the farrier.
Sylvia is a very nice looking blue/red roan grade quarter horse mare. She is halter trained, but needs a bit of time to trust her handler. Her feet have been neglected, and because of it she has a turned out back foot, but she gets along just fine, and we are hopeful that with a regular trim schedule she will remain sound and be rideable. We have not yet started her training program.
Mateo was adopted, and has been returned so he is once again available. Beforre he left the first time he had a good start on his training, had had several rides on him in the round pen and one down the road. We have not had time to evaluate where he is at currently, but will update as we find out.
Buck is a registered 5 year old paint. He is recently gelded, and has been started under saddle. His conformation is excellent, he is approximately 14.3 hands tall, and very well built. He tends to test the boundaries, so will need an experienced owner. We have him started under saddle at this time, and his training is progressing nicely.
Update 5/12/12 As Buck is settling into being a gelding he is actually becoming a nice, quiet , very well mannered horse. He still "talks" to the mares, but he is trailriding nicely in group situations. He has very little spook, and is going to be a dandy horse. He is sturdy enough for a heavy weight rider, and could do cattle work, trail riding, or pretty much any discipline. Every now and then we come across a horse our trainer deems "a money maker". It is our hope that this horse will help provide us with much needed $$ to purchase hay to care for all the rescues we expect to provide shelter for this coming winter. Buck is pretty much ready to go to any home with at least some horse experience. We are entertaining offers, while at the same time screening. If you think this is the right horse for you, please make us an offer and request an adoption application.
This is big Joe. He is a 10 year old grade quarter horse gelding. In this photo he is helping us give a youngster a riding lesson. Joe is a gentle and willing teacher, as well as a fun trail horse. He is suitable for an advanced beginner, and is sound to ride. He does have a blind eye , but he has adapted and gets along just fine with it. This guy would be a super family horse.
Trina is an arabian filly. We were able to track down the breeder, and get her registered in the Arabian Horse Association. She has nice bloodlines, and is super friendly. We have her halter trained, her feet have been done, and spring worming is done. She is ready for a new home any time. Trina tells us through our animal communicator that she is going to be a champion horse, although in what discipline, we do not know. If you are looking for a winner, come and meet our little Trina. She truely is a joy!
UPDATE 2/21/13 Trina had an injury at a foster home, and has sustained some damage to a rear leg. It is healing nicely, but we have reduced her adoption fee due to the fact that we are not sure at this point if she will be sound enough to ride.
Missy is halter trained, and loves treats. She is learning to stand well for the farrier, and is friendly with people. She has the potential to be a great horse with a patient, confident person to guide her.
Cinder was taken in from the Devils Lake area, along with 3 others. We have halter trained her and trimmed her feet and wormed her, and she is now ready for a new home.
FOSTER HOME UPDATE 5/14/13 Cinder has been in her foster home since Dec. 22nd. When she arrived she was shy with people, especially men, and she didn't like having her face touched, but we have been working on that daily. She is doing wonderfully. She will now curiously approach people and offer to "help". She is making great progress with halter training, and with a confidant person, will be a wonderful horse.
Tony is one of the horses we aquired from a sheriff's siezure in Ottertail County. He has had a tough life, but now things are looking up for him. He is very sweet, and well mannered. We would like to find Tony a loving home as a pasture pet to live out the rest of his days. As you can see, he still needs a bit of weight, and we are working on that. He also has a swayed back, and should not be asked to carry a rider, other than perhaps to leadline a smaller child. Might you be able to make room for Tony? He would love to find a home for the holidays!
Red is calm, cool and collected! This photo was taken on his very first ride outdoors. Although he still has a lot to learn, he is a very easy horse to work with.
Shadow is very easy to catch and loves to be around people. He is now well trained for kids and driving.
Spencer is a 4 year old registered American Saddlebred gelding. He currently stands 16.3 hands tall, and he arrived here starving and full of parasites. We are working hard to get him back into condition, and, as you can see he still has a ways to go. He will most likely continue to fill out and possibly grow even bigger! He is very much a character, full of spunk, and best suited to an experienced handler. He has not been started under saddle, but we have done some ground work with him. Adoption fee is $700.
Spencer continues to make progress, both in his training program, as well as in his condition. Parasite cleanse, pasture and lots of groceries are starting to show! Notice how happy he is with his new person!
Thank you Jessica for giving our Spencer a chance to shine! We love our adopters!