Oliver is a military veteran and "employed" by the Army to carry explosives into areas it was too dangerous to send Jeeps. He was stationed last at Fort Irwin and was going to go to the feedlot, then to auction, and then most likely to a slaughterhouse in Mexico or Canada. He's now living the life of luxury at a foster ranch next to Laughing Pony's site until he is adopted.
Duke and Dolly have been renamed Bambi and Moses and are home!!
Meet the Ponies
We give our horses as much love and care as possible and train them in basic skills. Despite the tragic circumstances some have come from, the results are happy, sweet, gentle, and loving horses.
At the Ranch
Bambi and her brother Moses recently came to us from a feedlot in Washington. (Their next stop would have been a slaughterhouse in Canada.) Bambi is about 2 years old and is a Snowflake Appaloosa filly. She is one of the sweetest horses you'll ever meet! She's halter trained and loves being with humans. Bambi will be a wonderful project for a beginner trainer. She's available for adoption or sponsorship.
Moses is a little over a year old and is a roan but we're not quite sure if he'll be a grey or blue roan. He changes every week! He was recently gelded and could not have handled the whole thing better. Like his sister, Bambi, he's one of the sweetest horses you'll ever meet. He's a quick learner and has beautiful action. He and his sister came to us from a feedlot in WA and were just a few days from being sent to a slaughterhouse. Can you believe that? Moses loves to have his neck rubbed and his ears scractched. When he's brushed, he falls asleep. He's been halter trained and we're working on getting him to pick up his feet. He's available for adoption or sponsorship.
Charity was dropped off at the feedlot in Washington the day before Moses and Bambi were to be trailered to Rancho Santa Fe. Her owner stated that she was lame and that he didn't want her anymore. She has 2 scars on her rear fetlocks and we think she may have been roped and dragged, resulting in her lameness. In any case, we had room in the trailer with Moses and Bambi so we brought her home too. She was very stiff and sore after standing for many, many hours in the trailer and spent a good part of her first few days lying in shavings. These days her lameness appears slight and she loves to kick up her heels and run around the paddock. We believe that she's about 2-3 years old. She loves apples, but carrots, not so much! Charity is available for adoption or sponsorship.
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 perfect pony. She and Ruby like to push a ball back and forth between them. She and Gypsy are currently available for adoption or sponsorship.
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 ligaments in her legs were damaged due to being hogtied, 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 now playful and happy and has turned into Houdini, trying to escape at any chance she gets. Gypsy is 3 years old, 10 hands, and is available for adoption or sponsorship.
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. He also loves having his chest and neck scratched. Amigo is currently looking for a sponsor.
Prima Prima was foaled here at the Laughing Pony Ranch by Princess (below).
Isn't she beautiful? Need we say more?
Gino was 3 months old when he was rescued from the Premarin ranch where he was foaled. (His mom is Barbie and Johnny is his half-brother!) He was covered in ringworm and was in very bad health. Now even six year olds can ride this shiny blue-eyed horse!
At three months old Johnny C was bitten by a skunk and quarantined for six months. He was then loaded 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, where he was fattened up and brought to the Laughing Pony. He's now full of energy and plays endlessly with the other horses. He loves attention and knows how to get it. His favorite game is "rip the fly mask". He's the ranch clown and loves putting anything in his mouth.
Barbie, mother to Gino, was also rescued from a Premarin ranch. The recommended age for a mare to be in foal for the first time is 3 years old but Barbie was only 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 doing wonderfully, and is currently looking for a sponsor.
Looking for Love (or a Sponsor)
Junior was 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 our foster ranch. Junior is teaching our young proteges to drive a cart which he lovingly pulls. Junior is currently looking for a sponsor.
Scarlett is a 7 year old chestnut Argentine Thoroughbred mare with white markings. She was abandoned by her child and family. Thankfully, she received food at the barn where she was living, but no care or attention for about a year. Scarlett is currently living in huge green pastures in Clovis where she's able to relax and hang out with other horses. Scarlett is available for adoption or sponsorship.
Found A Home!
Casper came to us severely underweight after a couple years of neglect. He was shaggy, covered in manure, his hoofs hadn't been trimmed and worst of all, his teeth were so long and sharp that he was unable to chew without experiencing severe pain. Once we had his teeth fixed, he quickly put on weight and became a beautiful, spirited horse. He was recently adopted and is now living out life as a "best friend" and trail horse in Poway.
Bonnie and Clyde
Bonnie and Clyde came to us untrained and scared to death of people. Their owner was no longer able to provide for them. Once they became comfortable at Laughing Pony, they were trained to pull a cart. Clyde was also used for pony rides. They were recently adopted by a family here in Rancho Santa Fe and live a life of comfort and love.
Bobcat is a 2 year old, about 15 hand Quarter horse that was abandoned by his owners along with his mother, another mare, and a pack of large dogs. When the dogs got hungry they killed his mother. The other mare tried to protect Bobcat, but the dogs managed to eat his tail before animal control stepped in. LPR has taken in Bobcat to rehabilitate and train. This sweet boy is now available for adoption.
Because of the issues he encountered, we're pretty sure he suffers from PTSD and will require an experienced rider.
Mitch was being fostered at a ranch in Barstow, CA. His previous owner became ill and was unable to care for him. He hired, in good faith, a person to feed, groom, and ride Mitch. After eight months the owner was finally well enough to visit his horse and found him 100-200 lbs. underweight, unkept, and was told that the caregiver had been riding him frequently in those unhealthy conditions. The caregiver pocketed the money and did nothing to help Mitch. The owner was unable to care for him and turned Mitch over to Laughing Pony Rescue to find him a wonderful home, which we have now done!
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.
Harlee was foaled at the Laughing Pony Rescue Ranch by Barbie. Harlee was Barbie's fourth foal from the Premarin facility. 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.
Dazzle has an amazing story. As a yearling he was playing and jumped on a stick and the stick 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. Dazzle could count to ten, bow so you could get on him, help you eat your lunch and give you a great back scratch! Dazzle recently passed away from complications of his EPM and age. He helped train many rescue horses through the years and gave them comfort knowing they would find a new forever home.
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