These sweet horses received hay from The Minnesota Hay Bank.

Horses We Help

The horses we feed can’t send us thank you notes, but their people sure can (and they do!). Here we will feature some of the horses we’ve helped, with pictures and notes received from the folks that care for them so. Here are just a few:

“I am so relieved and thankful for the Minnesota Hay Bank.”

A thank you letter the Minnesota Hay Bank received on May 19, 2014 from a recipient of hay bank assistance:

Dear Minnesota Hay Bank:  I am so relieved and thankful for the Minnesota Hay Bank. After suffering an injury in August of 2012 and having 5 surgeries so far, we had come to the end of our resources.

We have significantly reduced out herd, but it had come to a point that we were rationing hay.  When our horses started to lose some weight we were in a panic.  My daughter was looking online and found the MN Horse Welfare Coalition website.  We completed the application and someone was in contact with us the very next day!  Within 3 days we have hay in our barn and are able to feed our horses a full portion.  What a huge relief!  I don’t know what we would have done if the hay bank did not come thru to help us during this period of hardship. The thought of our horses suffering was terrifying, I could never express enough gratitude.

My thanks,

Ms. Wood

“Having the Minnesota Hay Bank is a true blessing.”

A thank you letter the Minnesota Hay Bank received on May 15, 2014 from one of our applicants:

To everyone at the Minnesota Hay Bank,

We would like to thank all of you so much for your quick response during our time of need.  Your response from the time I emailed until we had the hay in our yard was about 48hrs. We were desperate and in need of help and didn’t know what to do until a friend recommended the Minnesota Hay Bank. We didn’t even know you existed and now we are so grateful that you do.  Knee problems and eventually surgery put us down to a one income (part-time) family for about 8 months.  We’ve been struggling trying so hard to keep our 2 horses in the family, each month we were faced with a decision what to do now. So thank you all so much for returning my calls promptly and genuinely caring about our situation — nobody likes to face tough situations and the trials and errors of life. Having the Minnesota Hay Bank is a true blessing.

–Mr. and Mrs. Soest

“These horses came to Sundown Horse Shelter in pretty rough shape.”

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Bailey and JD at Sundown Horse Rescue in Hugo, Minnesota (Photo provided by Sundown Horse Rescue)

These two stunning horses came to Sundown Horse Rescue after their owner turned them over, realizing he could no longer properly care for them. They were in pretty rough shape, and the Minnesota Hay Bank provided feed assistance to Sundown. This feed assistance allowed Sundown to use its other very limited resources to provide long overdue veterinary and farrier care Bailey and JD so badly needed.

“These horses are my children.”

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This little helper is part of the Peters’ family, and he rec’d food from the Minnesota Hay Bank in late December 2013.

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Peters family horses Dolly and Liberty Run (mother and daughter).

“It is such a comfort to know there are those out there who are understanding and offer a helping hand. I am 70 years old and was working every other week in the Twin Cities caring for an elderly gentleman until he passed away. Now I get social security and repair clocks here and there. I hope to get caught up with everything very soon, and do some selling on eBay. These three horses are my children. I hope I can do what you’re doing to be helpful. I donate to the Humane Society some and Paralyzed Vets, and church. Bless you all for helping, and may God reward you back.”  ~Mrs. Peters (December 2013)

“Thank you for helping make our days brighter.”

Left to right: Hank, a 12 yr. old Morgan gelding, Fuzzy is a 19 yr. old Saddlebred gelding and Tesoro is a 13 yr. old Peruvian Paso. Their family calls them the "Southern Gents," as they all came up from the beautiful State of Georgia.

Left to right: Hank, a 12 y/o Morgan gelding, Fuzzy is a 19 y/o Saddlebred gelding and Tesoro is a 13 y/o Peruvian Paso. Their family calls them the “Southern Gents,” as they all came up from the beautiful State of Georgia.

“The end of October 2013, our horse Fuzzy took sick and we came so close to losing him. Without the emergency treatment from our veterinarian, Fuz would have died!  Who would’ve thought, from a tick bite!? [The horse was diagnosed with Anaplasmosis.] The overwhelming burden this put on our family was too much financially.

“Thank you for your help in making our days brighter in fulfilling the boys’ need for hay. We all are very thankful today to The Minnesota Hay Bank, God and many others who have helped us along the way, including our hay supplier, who held onto the supply for us, and our neighbor, who helped us get by when we ran short. We picked up the hay purchased on our behalf by the Minnesota Hay Bank just in time — we were down to one bale and now we have 45! Thank you!” ~The Cains (December 2013)

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“We are truly grateful for the assistance of the Minnesota Hay Bank.”

Four of the seven Kuehn family horses that received temporary assistance from The Minnesota Hay Bank.

4 of the 7 Kuehn family horses that received temporary assistance from The Minnesota Hay Bank. (What happy horses!)

“We are truly grateful for the assistance of the Minnesota Hay Bank. Earlier this year one of our family members had a sudden illness and was unable to work. We found ourselves seriously struggling to feed our 7 horses. I don’t know what we would have done without the Minnesota Hay Bank’s help. We strongly encourage ALL horse lovers to contribute to this wonderful organization. You might find yourself needing emergency help one day too!  A huge THANK YOU!”  ~ The Kuehns (August 2013)

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(We will continue to add more here in the coming months. Come back soon!)