Penny Ha’Penny has rescued more than 200 horses, ponies and donkeys over the years.

From neglect to abandonment, cruelty and owner ill-health, there are many reasons a horse will end up in our care.

Most rescue cases have physical and emotional problems caused by mistreatment.  Penny Ha’Penny treat the animal ensuring it is happy and healthy. Happy horses have a better chance of finding a new forever (loan) home.


Where a horse is suspected of being in danger, we respond to all reports. When a horse is not local, we suggest an alternative rescue closer to the animal, meaning they get help quicker

One case stands out involving a Shetland pony in Liverpool. We contacted a Liverpudlian rescue, but the lady we spoke to was couldn’t understand our Malvern accents – even asking us to speak slowly!

When a horse in need is reported to us, we will attend.  This can mean contacting the owner where possible, sometimes there can be a misunderstanding or an existing health condition which makes the horse look in need.

What happens if I’m not sure?

We have attended reports of horses that haven’t been fed for weeks…when we arrived on site we have met the owner, attending to the horses.

People like routine and regularly visit a field at a different time of day to the horse’s care-giver. Often by this point, the horse has finished eating and it may look like the horse hasn’t been fed, the concerned onlooker reports neglect. An easy mistake to make.

We are happy to help and prefer people report an innocent case to us than leave a horse suffering cruel treatment.

Large or small no case is ignored. Penny Ha’Penny have handled several cases where at least 10 animals were in need.

Where do we help horses?

Working mostly in Hereford and Worcestershire, we have previously attended horses in need further away. This depends on the individual situation and any lack of alternative options.

Given the current situation and lack of funds we can only attend new cases in an emergency.

Chestnut horse in front of orange skies