Plenty Ponies rescues abused, neglected, troubled, unwanted, or abandoned equines and provides rehabilitation, retraining, and placement, where indicated, or retirement within an environment of physical and spiritural well-being and trust..

Neglect cases are often the result of owner inexperience or lack of concern or in some cases, divorce, family illness or physical injury. Financial setback such as unemployment and other aggravated family troubles, have trickled down to impact the horses in an adverse way. In these cases, helping the family is a win–win situation.

Unwanted horses represent a subset of horses within the domestic equine population. These may be healthy horses that their owners can no longer afford to keep or feed; horses that are dangerous to handle and have injured (or are likely to injure) people; horses with an injury, lameness, or illness for which their owners are unwilling to unable to provide care; or horses that are no longer able to perform as their owner desires, whether that be for racing, pleasure riding, or some other purpose. In many cases, these horses have had multiple owners, have been shipped from place to place, and have ultimately been rejected for any sort of responsible, long-term care. Within the horse industry there will always be unwanted horses. If you think about it, whenever a horse is sold, the seller no longer wanted the horse. If the sale is successful then that horse is no longer unwanted, but if not sold the horse remains unwanted. Nat T. Messer IV, DVM, DABVP (Equine)Animal Welfare Committee

Since 2009, records show, trainers at United States tracks have been caught illegally drugging horses 3,800 times, a figure that vastly understates the problem because only a small percentage of horses are actually tested.        


Signs of abuse:
Untreated injuries
External Parasitic Infestation
Poor or lack of hoof care
Lack of food and water
Untreated injuries
Parasitic infestations
Unsanitary living conditions
Lack of shelter

The American Horse Council argues that the unwanted horse problem has worsened dramatically…The primary reason cited for owner relinquishment of horses is the economy and their inability to afford their horse(s)' care… the number of horses being abandoned and neglected or abused has increased significantly.

​On average, 24 horses die each week at racetracks across America. .. These deaths often go un-examined, the bodies shipped to rendering plants and landfills.

With few exceptions, it is the backyard horse that is most often neglected. The backyard horse is just what it sounds like. A giant, hay burning lawn ornament that is either grossly overweight or grossly underweight but rarely in the shape he should be.