Welcome to Happy Rascal Ranch

 

Pena Blanca & Placitas, New Mexico

This grassroots mother-and-daughter-founded sanctuary is held together by community and an unwavering passion for animals. They have saved and offered sanctuary to many equines including horses that were once wild, seniors, some with special needs, and donkeys. Many of their rescues suffered from neglect, but now they have a forever home at Happy Rascal Ranch. We appreciate your support!

Make a Donation

Welcome to Happy Rascal Ranch

 

Pena Blanca & Placitas, New Mexico

This grassroots mother and daughter founded sanctuary, is held together by community and an unwavering passion for animals. They have saved and offered sanctuary to many equines including horses that were once wild, seniors, and some with special needs. Many of their rescues suffered from neglect, but now they have a forever home at Happy Rascal Ranch. We appreciate your support!

Make a Donation

How You Can Help

Donate

Happy Rascal Ranch is a 501(c)(3) non-profit and all donations are tax deductible. All donations go toward the Hay Fund for our horses and donkeys. We are Grateful for the support of the local community and beyond. All donations help, be it $10 (which covers one bale of hay), $20, $100, $500 or more. Anything is appreciated. We also accept artwork, photography, jewelry, etc. which we can use for fundraisers toward the Hay Fund.

Sponsor a Senior

We currently have 6 senior horses who require timothy grass pellet mash, senior grain, and supplements. When you sponsor a senior for $100 a month, which covers their feed, you receive a packet with a photo and a description of the equine you’re sponsoring and monthly updates. If you’re local, we invite and encourage you to come visit and spend time with “your” horse. If you’re not local, we will share info via email about your horse, and keep you in the loop.

Volunteer

Please contact us directly if you’d like to volunteer. There is always plenty of work to be done at Happy Rascal Ranch and we can use all the helping hands we can get! If you’re interested in volunteering your time or expertise, we have a variety of jobs including mending fences, unloading hay, dispersing food, cleaning, and shoveling manure.

Workshops

We invite and encourage artists, photographers, nature and horse lovers to visit our wild horse pastures in Pena Blanca. To get outdoors, enjoy the fresh air, and embrace your passion, being motivated and inspired by the herd. Contact us directly to set up a visit.

Sponsor a Senior

Jacob - Sponsored!

Sweet Jacob has been with us for five years now. The man who owned him in the neighboring pasture was going to let him go because he needed more TLC…we have taken him in and provided that. With a tattoo inside his lip, he’s identifiable as a retired race horse. We’re looking for a sponsor for him to help keep his pellet Senior diet up.

Read More

I am a 35 year old retired race horse. When my previous owner was going to turn me out in the Bosque to fend for myself, Happy Rascal Ranch took me in. Although I am somewhat of a star, since my appearance in the documentary Sacred Land Sacred Water, I remain a humble horse. I am sensitive. I enjoy giving back to those who help me. I am always there with a gentle nudge to remind people to slow down and enjoy a beautiful sunset.

Eclipse & Lily

Eclipse (L) with her daughter Lily (R). As their person’s health went downhill, so did the care they received and ultimately they ended up being neglected. We inherited these two plus one other and they were in very rough shape. The gelding, Peepers, passed away last year, but these two girls are hanging in there. Eclipse is blind and Lily has laminitis. They both need a sponsor to help keep up with their senior diet.

Read More

Eclipse (L): I am an 18 year old Appaloosa mare. Our person died a few years ago and Happy Rascal Ranch took us in. I lost my sight, being white and vulnerable to the sun. Despite my loss of vision I am able to navigate my everyday world with the help of my daughter, Lily. What I cannot see I feel with my other senses and my heart.

Lily (R): I am an Arabian Appaloosa mare in my teens. My nature is quiet, trustworthy, and dependable. Despite my own physical ailments (I am prone to laminitis), I am a devoted daughter to my mother, Eclipse, who has lost her vision. She’s the main reason I’m still here. In other words, I am a mature mare you can count on. If you need a shoulder to lean on once in a while I am the girl for you. We love it here, as we are safe in our corral, yet can witness everything that’s going on at the ranch, and a lot goes on! We appreciate help with our special feed needs and would love for you to visit our beautiful home.

Bonito

I am a sturdy, rideable 20 year old quarter horse. My weight started dropping so they put me in with the seniors, which I thoroughly enjoy, as food is my favorite. I have herded cattle out of these mountains. I ground tie. I let people open gates while on my back. I stop to eat on trail rides to steal bites of weeds, and trot to catch back up. Hold on, I’m coming, as the song goes.
Read More

I am gregarious and love giving and receiving affection. Being the adventurous type, I enjoy being out on the trail with any human companion, and another horse of course!

Get Involved

There is always plenty of work to be done at Happy Rascal Ranch and we can use all the helping hands we can get! If you’re interested in volunteering your time or expertise, we have a variety of jobs including handyman work, unloading hay, dispersing food, cleaning stalls, and shoveling waste.

Upcoming Events

June 15 - Teen Workshops

All Day Due to precautions resulting from COVID-19, we do not have any upcoming workshops and will let you know when they are rescheduled.

July 18 - Fundraiser

11am – 2pm Due to precautions resulting from COVID-19, we do not have any upcoming events and will let you know when they are rescheduled.

Get In Touch

11 + 13 =