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We’re a non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation located in Rancho Santa Fe, California and are dedicated to rescuing and rehabilitating all breeds of sick
abused, abandoned and slaughter-bound horses; including wild horses and mustangs, ponies and donkeys. All horses pictured on this website have been rescued, or were born of a rescued horse. We want you to see these majestic animals and to fall in love with them as we have.

Laughing Pony Rescue, Inc. is a tax-exempt,
non-profit 501(c)(3) organization



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Josephine has been adopted by the amazing Molly Lovlyn!!!


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Thank You Molly!



We are so excited to announce that Jacky Streck has adopted this beautiful bay!




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Recent Rescue

Meet Magic

We recently brought in a mare. Her name is Magic. Magic is underweight and needs medical attention. She needs her teeth and hooves taken care of and she will need shots. She also needs lots of good supplements to get her body healthy and stable. Its hard to tell how malnourished she is because she is so very very furry. But pictures comparing her with Ruby, a very healthy pony, helps to show the difference. If you’d like to help us care for Magic, you can donate directly to her below. Thanks!

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You can Sponsor Dynamite or any of our rescue equine today through a monthly or one time donation. It costs between $300 – $500 per month per horse to maintain their rehabilitation. Some horses can take years to nurse back to good health after being rescued from abusive homes and slaughterhouses. Laughing Pony Rescue is dedicated to giving the highest quality of care available.

About Us

Our Mission


Laughing Pony Rescue, Inc. is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization whose purpose is to rescue and rehabilitate unwanted and abused horses of all breeds. Our long term goal is to have a facility where disabled children and adults can take part in therapeutic riding programs featuring rescued horses.

As a California 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, all contributions to us are fully tax-deductible. We use every penny that we receive to care for our horses. We have no paid staff and run month-to-month depending solely on donations and grants. Although we are located in Rancho Santa Fe, we are in no way a show barn. We’re dusty and ramshackle but we love our horses and they have the best possible care.

Premarin farm mares – mares are impregnated and kept in stalls during the last 6 months of pregnancy so their urine can be collected. This urine contains estrogen that is used to produce Premarin for women’s hormone therapy. The mares are kept pregnant so the estrogen can be harvested. Rescuing mares from these farms requires paying certain fees, so we cannot take every horse. Barbie was a Premarin farm mare, thus her brand.
Feedlot horses – these are lots where horses are stored before sending to the slaughterhouse. If they are too skinny, they are fattened up until ready to send to the slaughterhouse. Rescuing requires paying current slaughterhouse prices, transportation fees, and any other applicable fees. Amigo was rescued from a feedlot in New Mexico.
Neglect/Abuse – when an owner cannot take care of the horse due to finances or inexperience or other situations that will put the horse’s health at risk, they can donate the horse to us. Our 2 ponies came from these conditions.

· If a horse appears to be neglected or in a poor state of health, call the San Diego Humane Society or San Diego County Animal Services. The legal network needs to be notified first before any rescue can start. If you take it upon yourself, it’s called theft or horsestealing!


Celia has been instrumental in rescuing more than 3000 horses, nursing them back to healthy mind, body and spirit, and adopting them out to loving homes.

At ten years old, she got her first horse, Hot Foot Honey. She used to ride her bareback through the streets of New York. She later got a job breaking, training and exercising horses for the racetrack, and riding in the fair races.

Her first rescue was an Appaloosa stallion named Don, who was on his way to the feed lot to get fattened up and then sent to the slaughter house for meat.
Celia was among the first to go to Nevada to help rescue their wild Mustangs. Celia would take on what others would deem the “untrainable” horse. She often helped other rescues to train difficult horses so that they could be placed in good homes. She helped individual owners with similar problems as well.

Celia is the President of Laughing Pony Rescue, Inc., founded as a non-profit in 2009. Each day she and her team of volunteers take care of up to 20 horses at the Laughing Pony Rescue Ranch. There are other rescue horses in their network being fostered at ranches around Southern California. The rescue operation, rehabilitation, training, and sponsorship/adoption efforts take hard work, and money, but its all well worth it when an amazing animal that has been given a second chance finds a loving home.



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Education + Resources




While our love for these beautiful animals is free, it costs between $300-$500 per month per horse to help them. We operate solely on donations and grants. Some horses can take years to nurse back to good health again after being rescued from abusive homes and slaughterhouses. In order to help pay for the medicines, feed, boarding, hoof care, tools and other horse care items, we graciously accept donations of any size. We also accept used horse tack and ranch supplies. You can view our wish list on And while you’re there, sign up to with (with Laughing Pony Rescue as your charity) so that .05% of every dollar you spend (on anything!) is donated by Amazon to LPR! It costs you nothing!

Please CLICK HERE to make a donation, or send check or money order made out to: Laughing Pony Rescue, Inc., P.O. Box 32, Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067

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Online Fundraising
You can help Laughing Pony Rescue raise money by shopping at Ralph’s using your Ralph’s rewards card. Register your rewards card online at and click on community, community contributions, and enroll. LPR’s non-profit code is 93973. A percentage of your total each time you shop will be donated to the Laughing Ponies through your rewards card.

You can donate to Laughing Pony Rescue by shopping on Amazon through their community smile program.

You can donate to Laughing Pony Rescue by shopping online through Igive. A percentage of your online purchases with participating organizations will add up for a great cause. Sign up at:

Coffee for a Cause Our friends at have launched a line of Rescue Roast Gourmet Coffee in our honor and are donating ALL proceeds directly to us!

Laughing Pony Rescue has chosen Cars 4 Causes to process all of our vehicle and boat donations. C4C is America’s 1st vehicle donation charity, so rest assured they have the experience to get the most for LPR and our cause! Donate your car today and help us continue to dedicate our efforts to rescue and rehabilitate unwanted and abused horses of all breeds, as well as continuing to build our therapeutic program for children and adults. To Donate Call: 800-766-2273 or visit

Contact Us
Laughing Pony Rescue Ranch is located in Rancho Santa Fe, CA. We currently have horses available for adoptions and sponsorships. If you would like to visit our ranch or help with our cause by donating or volunteering please contact us.

Phone: 858.759.9039






Laughing Pony Rescue is looking for Volunteers to join our cause & join in the fun! Shifts run from 7 am – noon and 2:30 pm – 5:30 pm all 7 days of the week.

Volunteer projects include mucking stalls & barn, feeding & watering horses, grooming, preparing daily supplements, keeping the ranch grounds tidy among other things. We also need volunteers to help us with fundraising, marketing, phone calls, grant research, etc. These non-phyiscal jobs can be done on your own time and in lieu of being at the ranch.
(Please note: Not all volunteer opportunities will involve riding.)

We are looking for individuals with horse experience, but it is not required. Must be 18 or older and be able to lift 30 lbs. if you want to work on the ranch.

Please email us to schedule a meeting time:


Documents for Prospective Volunteers:

Volunteering FAQ

Volunteer Info With Sample Schedule

Volunteer Application

Volunteer Waiver




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Meet the Ponies
Sponsor or Adopt



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.

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Meet Our Horses



We brought in a mare. Her name is Magic. Magic is underweight and needs medical attention. She needs her teeth and hooves taken care of and she will need shots. She also needs lots of good supplements to get her body healthy and stable. We are inviting you to come to the ranch and meet her. She will surely steal your heart. If you are interested in visiting Magic please email

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Ruby is a 5-year-old Shetland Pony. She was given to a 12-year-old girl to learn to ride. The girl lost interest, and Ruby was left alone in the backyard. The family could no longer care for her properly and turned her over to LPR. Ruby is 12 hands.

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Gypsy is a pony. She was taken from her mother at only two weeks old! Three months should be a minimum that a foal stays with their mother; six months is average. Friends of Laughing Pony rescued Gypsy at a year old. Her owner, who was days away from sending her to auction, was mistreating her. She was being used as a roping calf. Gypsy was found hogtied with the ligaments in her back legs damaged, a fractured jaw and a cut eye-lid. When Gypsy first came to the ranch she trusted no one. She needed a lot of rehab mentally and physically. Her treatment included chiropractic work and vitamins and medications for her damaged ligaments and jaw. Just like others that have been abused, she had to earn trust from every person that handled her.The doctors say she will have medical problems later on, but right now she has lots of fun running with her best friend Ruby. Gypsy is 5 years old and 10 hands.

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Lefty and Poncho


Lefty and Poncho are from Arizona and are pretty wild. They are coming along great in training but still have work to do.

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Barbie was rescued from a premarin ranch in Canada. She was in foal to her fourth foal when she was brought to LPR. Barbie was 6-years-old when she had her baby. She was hogtied and branded like a cow, put in a cow squeeze and flipped on her side to get her hooves done. Barbie’s nose was fractured from being tied. She was kept dehydrated to concentrate her urine so that it could be collected for it’s estrogen to produce women’s hormone therapy. Barbie still checks her water bucket everyday to make sure it is full. She loves her water. Learn more about premarin ranch horses here.

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Amigo was rescued from a feedlot in New Mexico. He was undeweight with cuts all over his body. He was very afraid of humans when he came to LPR with a particular aversion to having his ears touched. Amigo can only eat Giant Bermuda hay or he has digestive problems. Amigo is prone to allergies and certain things can cause him to get very sick and break out in intense hives all over his body. He will always have special requirements and has since recovered from his mistrust of humans. Amigo is such a nice horse.

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Reba was brought to LPR becasue her family was going through some changes. She was no longer being ridden and they could no longer find time for her. The family needed help with her care so they called Celia, LPR’s founder. Celia felt that Reba was so nice she could easily find a perfect home for her. After being placed, Reba’s new family lost their income so they brought Reba back to us. Now at LPR’s ranch she is the horse that the theurapeutic group loves to brush. Reba has cushings and ringbone and takes daily dosages of medications, supplements and vitamins to help with her condition. Reba is going on 28.

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Prima was foaled here at the Laughing Pony Ranch by Princess (below).
Isn’t she beautiful? Need we say more?

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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!

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Johnny C

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.

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.

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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.

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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.

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.