Since 2005, the Animal Humane Society’s Humane Investigations team has seen a 50% increase in cases affecting horses. In response, we initiated the Minnesota Horse Welfare Coalition (MNHWC).
Minnesota Hooved Animal Rescue Foundation
Animal Law Committee
North Ridge Veterinary Services
RIDE of Rochester
University of Minnesota Extension
University of Minnesota College of
Sundown Horse Farm
Minnesota Horse Council
In conjunction with an established AHS board committee, the coalition determined the downward turn of the economy, the recent horse slaughter ban, and the lack of quality, affordable hay to be the root causes of the dramatic increase in cases. MNHWC is looking at what can be done, both long- and short-term, to create a positive impact for horses across the state.
Plans include a pilot program that will provide short-term assistance when needed to horse owners with a strong history of good horse care. They also include development of educational materials for current and potential horse owners and law enforcement.
The Minnesota Horse Welfare Coalition is dedicated to educating new and seasoned horse owners on the care of their horses. Please review the horse care resources information provided to learn more about how to care for your horse and available resources.