Minnesota Hay Bank

“For now I ask no more than the justice of eating.”  – Pablo Neruda

The Minnesota Hay Bank’s mission is simple – to feed horses in need.  

Well fed, healthy horses

Our program is an equine feed assistance program that works to keep horses well fed and healthy. We serve individuals and Minnesota Horse Council-certified horse rescues who satisfy certain eligibility requirements. Applicants are interviewed and must consent to an on-site visit to verify need and horse health. (See Letter to Applicant.)

Funded through grants and individual donors

Funded through grants and individual donations, the Minnesota Hay Bank is a valuable resource that has served hundreds of horses since its founding in 2012.

Working with reputable suppliers to provide high-quality feed

The Minnesota Hay Bank works with reputable hay and feed suppliers throughout the state to secure hay and distribute to horse owners who qualify for assistance.

You can help

Minnesota horses are particularly vulnerable because of hay scarcity, high prices and cold temperatures. You can help in the following ways:

  • Make a cash donation in any amount.

    The Minnesota Hay Banks with reputable hay suppliers to ensure that horses receive nutritious, safe feed.

    The Minnesota Hay Banks with reputable hay suppliers to ensure that horses receive nutritious, safe feed.

  • Pledge a donation of hay or other feeds.
  • Include the “Minnesota Hay Bank” on your club’s membership renewal form.
  • Include a mandatory donation on show entry forms.
  • Organize and hold a fundraiser for the Minnesota Hay Bank.


Applying for Assistance from the Hay Bank (click on this link to open application)

Eligibility Guideline Policies:

    1. Eligibility for Hay Bank assistance will be evaluated on a case-by-case analysis of need, including, but not restricted to the following guidelines:
      • The number of horses you own.
      • Whether you are engaged in breeding practices (you must be willing to geld any stallions).
      • You cannot be involved in the regular sale of equines (this does not include the need to sell your horse(s) due to the economic or financial situation you are currently in).
      • The condition of the equines and equine facilities on your property, including but not limited do, hay storage and all areas accessible to equines.
      • Whether you have a regular relationship with equine professional(s).
    2. You must be 18 years of age or older.
    3. You must have a workable plan developed to avoid future need and be willing to share that.
    4. You must be a private horse owner or an established, reputable, verifiable rescue with references. No applications from equine businesses (such as boarding or training facilities) will be considered.
    5. Situation and need must be short-term.
    6. You must have owned your equine(s) for a minimum of 6 months.
    7. Applicant must agree to no breeding of any kind for a minimum of two years.
    8. A site visit is mandatory for applicants.
    9. You must provide a vet or other reference.
    10. MNHWC assistance is provided by donations from the public to a registered charity. MNHWC has the SOLE RIGHT TO DETERMINE ELIGIBILITY. No assistance is granted without a complete application submitted and a site visit is completed.

Horse ownership is a privilege and a responsibility we do not take lightly. Our goal is to give you the tools necessary to be a successful owner, with horses that will thrive in your care.