We give our horses as much love and care as possible, and train them in the basic skills. Despite the tragic circumstances some have come from, the results are sweet, gentle, loving animals.
Silver Raven is an adorable 7 year old dapple gray Connemara Mare standing 14.1 hands. She was dumped off at the feed lot by a therapeutic riding stable for being to "pushy." She may not have been right for therapeutic riding, but could have been right for another home. Her fate would have been the slaughter house had we not been able to save her. She is currently being fostered at a ranch in the desert. She is sound, knows english and western, but does need an experienced rider. With a lot of love and some training, Raven should be ready for adoption soon. She is currently looking for a sponsor.
Music was rescued at 8 years old from a Premarin ranch in Canada. She was in foal to a colt named Sammy (see below). She was extremely hard to control and severely distrusted humans. Celia took both Music and two-week old Sammy in, and within six weeks children were riding Music. She has been adopted out several times, most recently to the US Army at Fort Irwin. She spent a few years carrying the American Flag in parades and helping soldiers in trainings. She was sent back to us because of budget cuts. She is now 12 years old and at 16.5 hands, this beautiful Percheron/Quarter Mare is looking for a permanent home where she can live out the rest of her life. Music needs an experienced rider, she is currently up for adoption or looking for a sponsor.
Cinnamon is a Red Roan pony who is 18 years old, 12 hands, beautiful, and well behaved. She was alone for a long time after being a child's pony who grew up. She was not fed correctly while her owners were livng out of town and foundered. Cinnamon has recently been adopted.
Ruby is a 5 year old Welsh/Shetland Sorrel Pony. She was was given to a 12 year old girl to learn to ride. The girl lost interest and Ruby was left by herself in the backyard. The owners had little horse knowledge, but good hearts by turning her over to LPR knowing they could no longer care for her. Ruby is now looking for a new loving home with her best friend, Gypsy (below). She is 12 hands, sound, and sweet. With a little love and training, Ruby will be the pefect pony. She and Gypsy are currently up for adoption. We hope they can find a loving home together.
Gypsy was rescued by friends of Laughing Pony who found her being mistreated by her owner who was days away from sending her to auction. She was used as a roping cow, hogtied, and had her jaw fractured, along with her eye lid cut. The ligiments in her legs were dammaged due to the hogtieing, yet since she has been cared for at Laughing Pony Rescue and seen a chiropractor, we have been able to fix her body and mind. Gypsy is 3 years old, 10 hands, and is up for adoption with her best friend Ruby (above) to the perfect
Gretchen is a beautiful 6 year old, 16 hand Fresian, who's previous trainer put her on mind altering drugs because she was scared of her. The trainer told Gretchen's owner she was untrainable and to send her to pasture. Since being at Laughing Pony Rescue she has been allowed to adjust to the right state of mind off of drugs and is currently being retrained with much success. She has even learned a few tricks. Gretchen has been adopted to the US Army at Fort Irwin where she will be in training to participate in Army events.
Tucker is a quarter horse gelding who is 8 years old at 15.2 hands. This handsome bay came to us with major hoof problems. Two different vets said he would never be fit for riding. He has now been rehabilitated and is the perfect trail horse. Tucker has recently been adopted.
Tommy is an off-track thoroughbred looking for a loving home. He is 9 years old and 17 hands. This beautiful grey spent 3 years on the track and will now be best suited as an arena horse. He is sweet and could be a prospect for a show horse. Tommy has recently been adopted.
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Stanley & Mitch were recently rescued and are being fostered at a ranch in Barstow, CA. Their previous owner became ill and was unable to care for them. He hired a person to feed, groom, and ride both Stanley & Mitch in good faith. After eight months he was finally well enough to visit them and found them 100-200lbs underweight, unkept, and was told that the caregiver had been riding them frequently in those unhealthy conditions. The cargiver pocketed money and did nothing to help the horses. The owner is still unable to care for them and turned them over to Laughing Pony Rescue to find them a wonderful home. Both Stanley & Mitch are Quarter Horse Geldings at 15 and 14.3 hands and 7 & 8 years old. They are well mannered, sound, and quiet. Both Stanley and Mitch have recently been adopted to loving homes.
King is currently in foster care in Boron, CA. His previous owner was unable to care for him. He is an 8 year old off-track Thoroughbred who is 17.2 hands. Like many who have been on the track, King is a Cribber. We are trying to help this habit the best we can. He is a beautiful, gentle giant who is looking for a loving home. He would be a great prospect for Dressage. King has recently been adopted.
Jaxx is a 12 year old off-track thoroughbred. He was retired due to bone chips, which have since been removed. His owner has turned him over to Laughing Pony Rescue because of financial difficulty. He is sound, handsome, and at 16 hands has been retrained for the ring and trail. Jaxx has recently been adopted.
Junior was previously rescued by a Laughing Pony Volunteer. His previous owner was unable to handle him. This adorable mini horse who is all of 7 hands and 10 years of age is currently being cared for at the our foster ranch. Junior is teaching our young protege's how to drive a cart in which he lovingly pulls. Junior is currently looking for a sponsor.
Elvis was recently found by his previous owner uncared for and underweight after he was sold in good faith he would be taken care of. He was brought to the Laughing Pony Ranch to get back into good heath and after his recent training he is very happy at his new home.
When Amigo was rescued, he was in a trailer on the way to the slaughter house. He was underweight, had cuts all over his body and was very afraid of humans. Now he's the perfect trail horse and loves attention. Amigo is currently looking for a sponsor.
Prima was foaled here at the Laughing Pony Ranch by Princess (below).
Isn't she beautiful!
Gino was 3 months old when he was rescued from the Premarin ranch he was foaled at. He was covered in ringworm and was in very bad health.
Now even six year olds can ride this shiny blue-eyed horse! Geno has recently been adopted.
Barbie, mother to Gino, was also rescued from a Premarin ranch. Although 3 years is the recommended age for a horse to be in foal for the first time, Barbie was a yearling with her first. She was rescued at five years old, while in foal to her fourth foal. She had a broken nose and was emotionally run-down. She and all of her foals were rescued and all but one of her foals were brought to the Laughing Pony Ranch for love and training. Barbie is coming along, and is currently looking for a sponsor.
Dazzle has an amazing story. As a yearling he was playing and jumped on a stick and the stick went through and punctured a hole in his intestines, which caused an abscess and then turned into E Coli. Instead of getting the surgery he needed, his owners decided to euthanize him for the insurance money. Fortunately, Celia rescued him and brought him to the ranch. He was sick for another five years, having also contracted Equine Protozoal Myeloencephalitis (EPM). But he was a fighter and showed Celia that he loved life and is now a majestic....clown! Yes, he is the star of the show. Dazzle can count to ten, bow so you can get on him, help you eat your lunch and give you a great back scratch! Dazzle is looking for a sponsor.
At three months old Johnny C was bitten by a skunk and quarantined for six months. He was then loaded up into a truck with other babies and driven across the country over a period of thirty days. They were in the truck for thirty days! Finally, Johnny C and the others were left at another rescue ranch, who fattened him up and brought him to the Laughing Pony Ranch. He's now full of energy and plays endlessly with the other horses. Johnny has just recently been adopted.
Bullet was rescued from an auction in Canada when he was 3 months old. They took his mother away and, not knowing where he was or where his mother was going, he ran and screamed out of control. Luckily, he was bought and brought to Celia at the Laughing Pony Ranch. He was filthy, his hair was matted all over his body and both rear hooves were bleeding. After a lot of training and care, we're now able to ride him bareback with a halter. Bullet has just recently been adopted.
Music & Sammy
Music was a Premarin mare rescued at eight years old while in foal to Sammy. She was extremely hard to control and severely distrusted humans.
Celia took both Music and two-week old Sammy in, and within six weeks children were riding Music. Sammy has been adopted to the Santa Monica Police Department where he works patrol. Please see Music's story above.
Laughing Ponies who have gone to Greener Pastures,
they will be forever missed.
Randy was rescued from a "killer buyer" ranch, where he would be used as a rental until he was broken down and then shipped to a slaughter house. He was one of the best "people trainers" on the ranch. Randy lived a happy life for 35 years, his most memorable after he was rescued.
Before Princess was rescued, she had been beaten and neglected, her hooves were not cared for properly and she was left in a stall with fly bite scars all over her body. Her owners called Celia because they were too afraid to work with her. Celia spent time with Princess and had amazing results. The owners saw this and told her to pay the slaughter price and take Princess home with her. Princess lived for 24 years, and just recently passed away due to health issues.
Harlee was foaled at the Laughing Pony Rescue Ranch by Barbie. Harlee was Barbie's fourth foal from the premarin facility and gave her all she could. Harlee had very sensitive skin and a weak immune system. She came down with a horrible infection, which took her away from us too soon. She was a beautiful Bay at 15.3 hands and 7 years old. Her ride was as smooth as silk, she would bow for you, and everyone enjoyed her tricks at our fundraisers. Harlee will be greatly missed.