Happy 1st Birthday, Maven the Mustang

IMG_1528.PNGMaven the Mustang is turning one and we are celebrating!  Join us Sunday, April 24, 2016 10-6 as we host ASPCA’s 150th Anniversary Help A Horse Day by celebrating Maven the Mustang’s 1st birthday with family fun, demonstrations by equine professionals, and adoptable horses from Bar Double 9 rescue. Click here for more information and to RSVP. #HelpAHorse

Welcome home, El Chapo and Dominic

In the hustle and bustle of the move and setting up our new facility, we almost forgot to introduce the two boys who joined us the the last two months of 2015.

12244379_937769052926522_3285220796524732940_oMeet El Chapo and 8 year old OTTB, Chappy for short. Chappy was rescued from auction in 2014 as a stallion with a blown up knee. While we were not the rescue that pulled him, we helped connect them with his track owner and he promptly bought Chappy back.

A year later, now a gelding and with a new owner, Chappy found himself looking for a home once more. While neither the rescue that found him at auction nor TheraPony are responsible for him (he was bought by his former owner, not under rescue contract), we felt that since we had a hand in saving him once, we are not going to let him fall though the cracks again. This horse needed someone to be his safety net from here on out. He is now a TheraPony horse. Whatever the future brings, Chappy will always have a home here

What started our as “he can go straight to the trainer, get trail miles and find a home” turned into Chappy being a permanent resident of TheraPony. Chappy’s swollen knee, at 8 years old, is not just cosmetic. His joint has deteriorated over the last few years since his injury in 2010. We are glad we said yes to Chappy, he definitely should not be ridden ever again or go from home to home. There is no reversing the damage done to Chappy’s joint. All we can do going forward is provide the best care possible to extend his quality of life.


12346377_945221168847977_4726338590147562763_nMeet Dominic. He is a 30ish year old gelding who found himself in need of a new home or facing a grim end. The truck was literally coming for this one and he only had days left on his deadline.

Dominic wasn’t purchased from a feedlot, lingered in quarantine, and carted cross country costing thousands. He was literally around the corner.

The oxymoron in this situation is that while never abused or neglected and much loved by their families, horses like Dominic are regarded as farm animals, and slaughter is an acceptable end for them. Just think of them as any FFA animal raised with love knowing that they will be sold by the lb. and being ok with it. His owners are not heartless people, they put down an older horse when it was time and knew Dominic would not do well alone. This is, however, the country and killing a fat seemingly healthy horse and burying him in your back yard is considered a waste. They were grateful the rescue was able to offer him a spot and we are grateful for the opportunity to intercept this horse without having the extra costs of bail, quarantine, and transport.

In life, you always have two choices: do something or do nothing. In this case, doing nothing meant watching a horse at best head to auction and at worst, straight to Mexico. Dominic is now a TheraPony horse.

Spring Into Action Auction was a Success!

Thank you to all the sponsors who sent in items for the Spring Into Action Auction from near and far. We raised over $1,000!

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Mention TheraPony and a portion of your order will be donated to us!

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Special Thank You to Chaz Dean, Linda Cooper, Wen Dooters, Heather Charlic, Jessica Gregory, Ronda and Doug Van Rens, Vita Druker, Rebecca Leifkes, and Disneyland Resort

It’s time to start planning Splash Into Summer auction in June!

Welcome home, Shiloh

DSC_0858Two days before Christmas, we got a message that started with “You probably get tons of these requests but I have to try.” Shiloh was adopted from a not-so-reputable rescue by a novice with a big heart with a promise of being a future trail horse once she fattens up. After months of feeding the horse, treating her rain rot, worming her, vaccinating and providing farrier care, her new owner realized there is more going on with Shiloh than she can accommodate. She asked the rescue to take her back. They said no. To make matters worse, Shiloh was turned down by several other rescues. After taking one look at her and reading her story, we simply couldn’t say no. So, we started 2015 by opening our doors to the little paint mare. Welcome home, Shiloh!

Eat out, help horses

Rubios fundraiserUPDATE: We just got a check for $91.67 from this fundraiser!

In the past we have asked you to skip a dinner out and help the horses instead. Then, we came up with a better idea: go out to eat AND help horses! We are having our very first Rubio’s Fundraiser on December 6th at 1664 Main Street, Ramona, CA 92065  Stop by any time between 11 am and 9pm and show this flyer (either printed or on your phone) and 20% of your purchase will go to TheraPony. Invite all your friends out to lunch or order catering for a party (make sure to call and mention the fundraiser a few days before), and you will help feed our herd as well. Not local but would like to help? Click “donate” button on this page to send a tax-deductible donation directly to TheraPony. The horses thank you.

Four Years and Counting

IMG_4378It has been four years since a little girl’s dream of having a horse of her very own came true. The horse, as it turned out, was also dreaming of a girl of her very own. Together they have learned and grown so much. Their accomplishments are not measured in ribbons, of which they have a few, but in the difference they have made in the lives of many other horses. Today, TheraPony is a tiny but mighty organization, dedicated to helping horses in need and allowing even the youngest volunteers to contribute their time and skills. When you see TheraPony horses, you see happy, healthy, well rounded, loving animals. There are no sad stories here, only happy endings. As for the very special girl and her very special horse, they continue to grow together, taking on new challenges with open arms and open hearts.

On the Road Again

IMG_2330It has been two whole years since our last move and we are packing up and heading out once again. This time we are off to Ramona, CA with 8 horses in tow. The property we are relocating to has not only room for all our horses but also our whole family! We will be living in a tiny house, but we will be waking up every morning to these beautiful faces. This move is not cheap, but what we feared would be a $10,000 project is actually coming out to be only about $5,000. We still need help covering the moving costs and there is a GoFundMe page set up. Please stop by there, share it with your friends, and help us reach our goal if you can. No amount is too small and is greatly appreciated.


unlessHAPPY BIRTHDAY to our founder. Anika turned 14 on July 21st. For her birthday, she asked for donations to TheraPony instead of gifts. She worked a 3-day Lemonade Stand fundraiser. Her goal was to raise $1,400 since she is turning 14. We are well on our way to make that happen. We’d like to thank everyone who has stopped by, sent well-wishes, and donated . We can’t do what we do without you.

Horses for Lease?

Would you like a pony for Christmas? If your child has been asking for a pony, but your finances cannot support a 1,000lb pet, or your horse experience so far has been pony rides at the pumpkin patch, then leasing a horse is a great option and first step. Ok, well, not really the FIRST step, more like the second one… FIRST step should be taking at least a handful of introductory lessons. You can also do that with your “very own” pony. Leasing teaches children responsibility and accountability. While every little girl wants a pony, not many picture cleaning up, grooming, and feeding as part of the “fun”. Add to that tack and stall maintenance, scrubbing buckets and blankets, and showing up in the rain to take care of your horse, and you can pretty quickly come to a realization that a horse is literally a TON of work! A lease allows you to introduce your child to the joys of ownership without the long-term commitment.

Now several of you have asked WHY we, as a rescue, lease our horses. First, we are not leasing them out for any strenuous work. We are looking for families with kids, or very kind, light weight adults, to lease our horses. They so enjoy a trail walk or a run in the arena followed by a treat, and of course, human company as well. While the horses are regularly turned out, they still spend a significant amount of time in their stalls, making for some bored horses.  A lease allows them more time out of their stalls, individual attention, and a little help with our feed bill. We have turned away people who we feel is not the right fit, and are not afraid to pull out the scale for the weight limit. Be assured that everything we do is in the best interest of the horses and with the approval of their veterinarian and farrier. And it allows little girls to make a difference in an animal’s life and to have a pony of their “very own”

Happy “Gotcha Day”, Zoey!

Two years ago today, Zoey became Anika’s horse, officially, on paper. Since then, the two have grown and learned so much together. Together they also aim to help so many others. While the last two years have not been the easiest, they definitely have been the most fulfilling. Together with a wonderful and dedicated group of volunteers, who have become like family, TheraPony, lead by Anika and Zoey, has provided a loving home to 8 horses.  We face many obstacles and challenges daily, but we are determined to overcome them together. Here’s to another great year, great progress, and a great friendship. Here’s to a very special girl, and her very special horse!