Equine Center Helps Unwanted Horses Find New Homes

Updated: 08/16/2013 5:07 PM KSTP.com By: Jenna Jaynes

Unwanted horses find new homes.
Unwanted horses find new homes.

Photo: Photo Courtesy MHARF

The University of Minnesota Equine Center is looking to give unwanted horses from across the state new homes.

The Equine Center and Minnesota Hooved Animal Rescue Foundation (MHARF) are hosting a public event from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 17, at the Leatherdale Equine Center, 1801 Dudley Ave., St. Paul.

The 2013 Trainer's Challenge of the Unwanted Horse will help untrained horses donated to MHARF find new homes. Any horses up for adoption have never been ridden before but have spent time with horse trainers.

Each trainer submitted an application to take one of the rescued horses for about 100 days. During that time, trainers have been asked to teach their horses how to stand quietly for a farrier and veterinarian, load and unload quietly into a trailer, stand patiently for tack and untacking, trotting in hand and being able to be ridden on the rail and on the trail.

As part of the event, horses will compete in different challenges for $10,000 in prizes. Events include an obstacle course, an under saddle class and free-style event that can include a variety of tricks.

A silent auction will take place throughout the day for pre-approved bidders. Many of the horses are adopted at the event or within a few weeks of the event.

"This is a terrific event, it's amazing to see how talented trainers can take an inexperienced horse without a permanent home and turn it into a horse who is now a willing companion," said Stephanie Valberg, D.V.M., Ph.D., director of the U of M Equine Center and professor of veterinary population medicine.  

Admission is $5 or a non-perishable food item donation.

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