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.

Welcome, Mezzanine!

DSC_0003Mezzanine the Thoroughbred was born December 16, 2014, a few months ahead of her due date. Through the dedication of her owners and determination of her vet, Mezzy pulled through and continued to thrive. Although she possesses some very impressive bloodlines, due to her health, Mezzy’s owners decided not to pursue her racing career. Instead, they looked for a home where she would be loved even if she can never be ridden. Although it is our hope that Mezzy will outgrow her condition, TheraPony is committed to this baby regardless of what her future hold. One thing for sure: that future includes no racing and no babies.

Mezzy and Maven have their very own Facebook page Two Worlds, One Family where you can follow their daily lives and adventures.


DSC_0190An easy way to help the horses without too much work: Take a Ziplock bag, empty your pockets of any change at the end of the day, help feed the ponies. It’s that simple. At the end of the month, either drop by for a visit with your baggie of change or cash it in at your local bank and make a donation to TheraPony via check or PayPal.

What’s in YOUR pocket?

Want to help a little more? Visit one of our fundraisers

Annie Mae’s Medical Fund         General Fund

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!

11115708_840519165984845_2806802321942073596_n WEN by Chaz Dean

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IMG_1144EZ Wash Wand, LLC

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happytrails-bracewhite1_largeIsland Cowgirl Jewelry

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picstitchIntegrity Horse Feed

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DSC_0012Adhara’s Custom Designs

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

DSC_0739Cakes by Connie

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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.

Gone But Never Forgotten

It has taken quite a long time to put this together. The pain of losing a loved one is overwhelming. We know that we can’t save them all, but it doesn’t lessen the pain. There is an empty space in our hearts. They may have only been here for a short time, but they were a big part of our lives. We lost two members of our herd this year. Levi in April and Fancy in August.

10252046_680096998693730_5707135236034657984_nLevi was found as a stray and brought to Riverside shelter. He was an untouchable stallion of unknown age, scheduled to be PTS when his stray hold was up because he was deemed dangerous. We took him in, gave him a name, a chance, and a home. Levi passed away April 26, 2014, less than 24 hours after his gelding surgery. We never got to meet Levi. He went straight to a trainer who had high hopes for him. His passing is a reminder that there is no such thing as a “routine” procedure. To look at Levi’s album click here



Fancy was a 16 year old Arabian mare whose owner passed away. She had several life threatening conditions, but was doing a wonderfully during the five weeks she spent with us. Her open sores were healing, her pressure sores were completely gone, she shed out her Cushing’s coat, and she was moving around a lot more comfortably. Unfortunately, she passed away August 19, 2014 due to colic caused by intestinal stones. To look at Fancy’s album click here


Rest easy, dear friends. You are forever loved and missed.