Why Should I Adopt a Mini?

We are thrilled that you are interested in possibly adopting one of our minis! We take the adopting of our minis very seriously. Please review our adoption information below and contact us if you have any questions.


  • How do I adopt a pony?

If you are interested in adopting one of our lovely ponies, we ask that you contact us, and we will discuss the adoption with you and answer any of your questions.

We will ask that you visit our ranch and meet the ponies in person. Each of our ponies has their own personality and you might be surprised as to which pony you will click with or who might pick you in the alternative.

Then we will email you an adoption application for you to fill out.

  • Are there any adoption requirements?

 YES! We take the adoption of our ponies very seriously. Many of our ponies were rescued from poor living conditions and we want to ensure that they never return to that standard of living and care. As such, Tiny Hearts Rescue will conduct a home check.

Additionally, you must meet the following criteria:

  • You must have prior experience with horses and their up keep or agree to spend several weeks as a volunteer at the rescue to learn horse care.
  • You must be 21 years of age or older and have a steady income.
  • Your income must be sufficient to provide for the appropriate hay and nutritional supplements daily as well as veterinary and farrier care on a regular basis. (Emergencies such as colic can reach several hundred dollars). Typical out of pocket monthly expenditures can range anywhere from $100.00 to $250.00 per month.
  • You must have another companion animal such as another pony, donkey, or small horse.
  • You must have a shelter to provide shade and protection from the elements as well as coyotes, mountain lions and other wild life predators.
  • Barb wire fencing is not acceptable.
  • The area the pony is kept in must be clean and clean water must be available at all times.
  • You may not breed any mare adopted from Tiny Hearts Rescue.
  • You must have an emergency evacuation plan in place.
  • You must agree to allow Tiny Hearts Rescue to complete random home checks.
  • You must agree not to sell or transfer the pony without the approval of Tiny Hearts Rescue. If your circumstances change so you can no longer afford or are physically unable to take care of the pony, Tiny Hearts Mini Equine Rescue will be happy to arrange transportation of the pony (s) back to the rescue.
  • We have the right to refuse adoption to anyone.
  • Additional requirements are spelled out in the adoption contract.


Vet Q&A: Are the ponies for adoption healthy?

Absolutely. While many of our ponies come to us in dire medical need, we will never put up for adoption or adopt out a pony that has not had all the necessary and needed medical attention. You will notice we have a section on our site for mini sponsor and adopt. Ponies may always be sponsored to help cover the cost of their medical care, food, grooming, and housing, but only ponies we feel are ready for adoption will be available for adoption. As such, all of our adoptable ponies have been:

  • Dewormed
  • Vaccinated
  • Gelded


Can I return a pony if it does not work out?

 YES! Absolutely. While we do our best to ensure that every pony adopted goes to a wonderful stable home, we understand that things change, life circumstances change including job loss, divorce, et al. If, for whatever reason, you need to bring your pony back, we will gladly bring them back into our fold, no questions asked. Remember, we are a rescue first and a sanctuary.