State officials in the Upper Midwest are cautioning horse owners about a virus that spreads easily among the animals and can lead to breathing problems, abortions and nervous system disorders.
Just 30 minutes outside of Minneapolis, rolling hills and the Luce Line trail offer escape from city living. Rather than a run or walk the winding trails, I had a different mode of transportation in mind. Suzy Mernik takes a unique approach to her horse-back tours. You choose your favorite trail and Suzy brings the horses
Investigators found 15 dead horses on a Nobles County farm Tuesday afternoon. According to the Nobles County Sheriff’s office, the animals were found at a farm in Reading, which is near Worthington. Nine horses on the farm are still alive and in good condition.
At the stables of We Can Ride — a nonprofit that provides horses as riding therapy for people with disabilities — keeping a healthy herd is vital to the operation.
A longtime jockey at Canterbury Park was paralyzed in a freak accident at a Phoenix horse racing track. Anne von Rosen, who has ridden at the Shakopee track’s summer meet since 2001, suffered a severed spinal cord Wednesday when a horse she was riding at Turf Paradise collapsed, trapping her underneath.
Formal charges have been filed against two Pine County women who are accused of the neglect and abuse of more than 100 animals on a farm near Pine City. According to the Pine County Sheriff’s office, Kathleen Mary Doenz, 65, and her mother, 86-year-old Gloria Irene Carlson, were each charged Friday with five felony counts, five gross misdemeanor counts and four misdemeanor counts related to the abuse and neglect of horses, dogs, cats, chickens, ducks and other animals on their property.
His name is shared with a mythical Greek hero. He’s a mascot and he saves lives every year. Meet Hercules, a 2,000-pound horse blood donor. Not only is Hercules tall in stature, he’s become quite the celebrity.
After a difficult summer, Minnesota farmers are confronting a new challenge as colder weather moves in. The price of hay has more than tripled in the past six months, fueled by a shortage caused by a drought-plagued autumn and wet spring that diminished yield.
Two-year-old Lila has cerebral palsy and finds working with horses helps improve her mobility. Allie is a teenager who heard Lila’s story, and raised close to $3,000 to help pay for her horse therapy session. With Allie’s help, WCCO’s Aristea Brady was able to surprise Lila and her mom with the Christmas of their dreams. Watch the video above to see this heartwarming story of hope.
The Polk County Sheriff’s office is investigating accusations of animal neglect on a farm owned by a Wisconsin family. Milltown Township officials say they found nearly two dozen horses malnourished, and several were dead when they were called to Otter Creek Ranch last week. Polk County Town Chair Harlen Hegdal says it was a disturbing sight. “I knew it had to be serious because the sheriff’s deputy said ‘We need to have you out here ASAP,” Hegdal said. “There were dead horses, there were horses eating their stalls. There were horses just sitting rocking, back and forth.”
Sheriff’s deputies in Wisconsin are investigating a horse farm where neighbors say the animals are starving.
The Washington County man accused of killing two horses was released from jail Friday morning. Authorities said they are still reviewing the case against William St. Sauver, Jr., adding that they are not able to charge him at this time.
The Washington County Sheriff’s Office is investigating what appears to be the shooting death of two horses. Deputies found their remains on a Scandia farm, and the man deputies arrested for the crime has been in the news before.
This winter could be particularly difficult for Minnesota horse owners after drought and disease have led to a shortage of hay. That makes it extra expensive for owners, and animal rescue groups are saddling up for a tough road ahead. It’s all due to alfalfa crops not faring well in the last year.
One week after 135 horses, dogs, chickens and ducks were taken from a rural Pine county farm, the animals are showing signs of improvement. Chocolate labs and golden retrievers that appeared underweight and hungry are eating bowls of food and putting on pounds.