Minnesota Hay Bank

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

– Pablo Neruda, Chilean Poet, Noble Prize Winner.

Update: The Minnesota Hay Bank’s year-end fundraiser was a HUGE success!! In 31 days, we raised $10,600, which will be distributed to five (5) Minnesota horse rescues: Hightail Horse & Rescue, Minnesota Hooved Animal Rescue Foundation, Sundown Horse Shelter, This Old Horse, Inc. and Truhaven Ranch, Inc.

A heartfelt THANK YOU to all who donated to this important fundraiser. You have made the Minnesota Hay Bank a huge success, a model for other states to follow, and a critical resource horses.


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

The Minnesota Hay Bank is a cooperative effort of bringing caring citizens together, through the Minnesota Horse Welfare Coalition, to help keep horses well-fed and healthy, even in hard times.  We do this by providing support for struggling, but responsible horse owners. (See our letter to applicants: MHB Introduction Letter to Applicant.)

We also provide significant support to certified rescues. Learn more about our year-end fundraising campaign to raise $10,000 for rescues by visiting our Donate page.

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.

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.
  • 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.

Donate to 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.