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Congratulations on the canter!  It is always a win when you get it!  
Anna WI
The weather over the last week has been less than spectacular so Willow had a full week off. I'm excited to say, the week off resulted in the best session thus far!! Oh, and she remembered the loping lesson and was eager to do it without getting bunched up. My tail bone is very sensitive yet but thankfully riding is one thing that doesn't hurt odd enough. Tonight I let her graze before leaving the field for a job well done.

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I think horses enjoy time off just like we do!  Glad she came back into work so nicely and remembered her lessons.
Anna WI
We've been catching up on rides since having 2 weeks of horrible weather and this girl is coming around!!
Anna WI
Willow went on her first little trail ride last night. Was a little concerned about what might jump out behind her but overall not too bad. Loose rein the whole time. We had partridge fly out from next to us 4 different times and she barely batted an eye. Walked over the bridge going over the river and didn't care either. Ill be bringing her back this weekend and I really hope someone will give her a chance.

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Update: 10-21-2018

Willow is now back from training and Anna did an excellent job with her, mellow, leads, loads, ties, stand for the farrier, not to mention rides, walk, trot, canter very well. We can now make Willow available for adoption and someone with a little experience is going to get a really nice, laid back, healthy horse with some very good training.


As it says above, Willow is back at MHWF and now the journey to find her person begins!  Anna did such a fabulous job with her and Anna was also kind enough to not only deliver Willow back to us, but also stuck around and rode Semper and also rode Willow.  We got some video of both and I will get to posting Semper's video soon.  

Willow is coming along sooooooo nicely, and she is one of the sweetest horses you could ever want to meet.  Here is a video of Willow being ridden, her first time in our indoor arena.  

This was just roughly 30 days training. In a new environment, what a rock star!
Willow did awesome in the arena!  Good job, Anna!
Anna WI
Anyone out there interested in this girl? She has an excellent start and winter is the perfect time to build a relationship with her! I honestly miss riding her and having her around!
Andrea L G.
I've been keeping an eye on Willow & Belle these last few months. Not sure which one I like better. I can only have one horse, 1.60acre property. If either are okay with being by themselves and with our Labrador mix dog & love & attention everyday, please let me know. I'll be sending you my application & pictures as soon as possible. Thank you! Great job with all your horses! Andrea ❤
Hello Andre, 

I am sorry to tell you that MHWF does not allow horses to be kept alone. Horses are herd animals and need the companionship of other horses or donkeys.
This is Willow here.  So I did a thing tonight... they called it ADOPTED!  I got adopted!  I still live here with all my buds at MHWF, but these super nice people will be coming back for me soon and I get to meet two horses who were adopted from MHWF back in 2011 too!!  We love this adopted thing!!  We feel so loved and special when someone decides to adopt us.  I can't wait to meet the new family, and I hear there will be some pictures taken when my new family comes back for me.  
Congratulations Willow! Very exciting news!!!
Barb S
Yes! Great for Willow and it sounds like she’s hit the jackpot on homes🥰
Donna R
Great news!  Congratulations Willow and your adopters!
Great news!  I hope more adoptions will follow (thaw, snow and ice, shine, sun).
Congrats to Willow and her new family! Willow is one that really stuck with me. She is so pretty and just something about her photos stood out to me about her. I'm excited to hear about her future journey
Anna WI
Im so excited Willow finally found a home!! I can't wait to see some adoption pictures.
Congrats to Willow and her new family!!  So exciting!
As Willow has already announced, she got adopted!  Willow left today for her home, on 3/13/2019. 

We are so thrilled that Cathy and Maddie came and met Willow a couple of times and they did great together!  Cathy and Maddie, mother and daughter team, adopted two horses from MHWF back in 2011 named Shiloh and Mercedes (links to their threads below if you want to refresh your memories), their first horses.  Shiloh was 19 when they adopted her, now 27 and Mercedes was 12, now 20.  It is so wonderful that they have chosen adoption again!  Willow will be going to live with those two beautiful MHWF alumni.  Willow has trail riding in her future, and I hear there may even be a little bit of therapy work.  We hope to hear some updates along the way here on the forum about Willow's new life! 

Willow was a completely untrained horse that was part of the Lucky 13 herd that we took in back in June of 2018, and we are forever grateful to Anna F. for the absolutely wonderful training that she put into Willow that made this adoption possible!!  Thank you Anna!!!  

Unfortunately, Cathy and Maddie could not come and pick Willow up today, so Willow went with a hauler.  I snapped a few pics of Willow before she left, but we will have to count on Cathy and Maddie to take a couple of adoption pictures of them with Willow for us.  😉  
Picture below of Willow today before she hopped on the trailer for her new life.  

Thank you Cathy and Maddie, and congratulations!  

Shiloh's thread:  

Mercedes thread:  

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We got word (and a photo) that Willow made the trip and is settling in well!  

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Congratulations all around!
Donna R
Great Photo!  I love to hear about people who come back to add another lucky MHWF equine to their herd.  Big congratulations!
Super exciting! Glad she made home and is doing well.
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