2013 Year in Review

The support our community has provided the Minnesota Horse Welfare Coalition in 2013 has been incredible. Working together we have improved the welfare of horses in Minnesota.

As the year draws to a close, we look back at what we have accomplished working together. We also ask you to consider including the Minnesota Hay Bank in your year-end charitable giving. After all, this is the perfect time to give the gift of food to horses.

We start with the biggest accomplishment of all, however, which is helping horses receive adequate feed. The Minnesota Horse Welfare Coalition’s Hay Bank provided significant feed assistance funds to Minnesota Hooved Animal Rescue Foundation, who has been taking very good care of “Edison” since his seizure from a Fillmore County horse owner.

This horse was one among 55 that were seized from a Fillmore County horse owner. MNHARF took this horse in and provided outstanding care. The Minnesota Hay Bank provided feed assistance to MNHARF for this and other Fillmore horses.

This horse was one among 55 that were seized from a Fillmore County horse owner. MNHARF took this horse in and provided outstanding care. The Minnesota Hay Bank provides regular feed assistance to MNHARF and did so for this and the other neglected Fillmore horses.

See other horses we’ve helped here.

It’s been a busy year of other big accomplishments:

Castration Clinic: The Coalition hosted its 5th Annual Castration Clinic in the spring, bringing total castrations in the past five years to 106 stallions.

  • We provided valuable field-experience and training 111 vet students and 30 veterinary tech students.
  • We saved financially strapped MN stallion owners over $26,500 in castration fees.
  • Most importantly, we eliminated 2,650 potential foals.

Minnesota Hay Bank: Launched one year ago on December 18, 2012, the Hay Bank has been a tremendous success:

  • Distributed approximately $20,000 in feed assistance.
  • Your donations help the Hay Bank provide direct support to several Minnesota horse rescues.
  • We have refined our application and include an introduction letter to all applicants.
  • We’ve purchased two semi-loads of hay (valued at $10,000) to stockpile for winter to help in emergency situations this winter. Canterbury has offered important in-kind support to help store this hay. These purchases will feed 100 horses for 80 days.
  • Because of our success, we have received phone calls from California, Idaho, New York and South Dakota seeking help to start hay banks in their states.

Advocacy: Serving as advocates for horses is a critical component of our work.

  • The Coalition was the recipient of a $15,000 grant by the ASPCA to help provide critical care for the state’s largest humane case arising from Fillmore County.
  • We carefully monitor criminal complaints brought against horse owners.
  • We provide support to sheriffs and county attorneys.
  • A William Mitchell law student provided to us from the Minnesota Justice Foundation is conducting legal research of animal welfare laws and analyzing criminal cases so we achieve stronger, more consistent prosecution for crimes against horses.
  • Coalition members were invited to present “Resources and Support for Effective Enforcement of Horse Cruelty and Neglect Statutes” at the Minnesota Sheriffs Associations Annual Conference.

We are grateful for the opportunity to work on behalf of horses, and we are equally grateful for all your support. Please consider the Minnesota Horse Welfare Coalition’s Hay Bank in your year-end charitable giving.

Working together, we continue to advance the welfare of horses.

Very truly yours,

The Minnesota Horse Welfare Coalition