To find horses and ponies to adopt locally, use online resources such as The Horse or Rescue Me, which both sort results by state. You may also use other online tools including EquineNow and DreamHorse, which allow users to narrow the search by region or radius.
Both The Horse and Rescue Me are organizations that aid in placing horses and ponies who may be old or neglected in homes with new owners looking to adopt a free or inexpensive equine. Rescue Me features listings that require adoption fees to finalize new ownership, whereas The Horse allows current horse owners to list them as free to a good home, removing the need for a middleman.
EquineNow narrows searches by distance, breed and color, if desired, to provide a listing of equines for sale or adoption. After the initial search, results can be further narrowed by sex, skills, height and more. DreamHorse's advanced search function allows potential horse owners to choose multiple breed options as filters and also to exclude undesired breeds. Other detailed search options include a temperament range of calm to spirited, height and weight ranges and specifications about the skills learned by the equine, such as barrel racing, halter training or working equitation.