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Rescuing Rojo: Teen spends summer training rescue horse - Brainerd Dispatch MN

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Published on Aug 24, 2012

Rojo came up behind 14-year-old Hannah Welch, nuzzling the side of Welch's face as Welch spoke affectionately about where Rojo was just a mere three months ago to the calm and rideable state he is in now.

The 4-year-old horse has come a long way from being unwanted, untrained and underweight before being rescued by the Minnesota Hooved Animal Rescue Foundation located in Zimmerman. Now, with Hannah's help, Rojo is set to be auctioned and adopted into a new home on Saturday at the Leatherdale Equine Center on the University of Minnesota campus.

"It's been a lot of fun (training Rojo), but of course there have been challenges," said Hannah, who hails from Sartell but spent the summer on her grandparent's, Bob and Holly Welch, Harmony Ranch in St. Mathias. "And you have to have patience, that's for sure and really just know the horse and go slow until you work your way up until they are ready.

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