Welcome to The Big Purple Barn in Bowie, Maryland!


We provide a permanent home with a lifetime of compassionate care for special needs horses and ponies.

Our residents, in turn, provide opportunities in our community for people to make meaningful connections with horses.

We are a nonprofit organization that is dependent on the generosity of our friends and donors; and with YOUR help, we can keep our commitment to the horses and ponies in our care.

Please come on in and explore the variety of residents that call us home and see the different ways YOU can help!

Covid 19 Updates

We know everyone is anxious to get back to the barn for visitations and saddle time and we are anxious to have you back! However, in order to do our part in fighting the virus, we are operating under MODIFIED guidelines. Please read below to see how we are keeping our herd, our family and our community safe!


We continue to need YOUR SUPPORT so consider donating to help the herd!

Modified Operational 



in accordance with state and county guidelines:

  • We are operating under ESSENTIAL DESIGNATED VOLUNTEERS for all animal care. We are NOT accepting new volunteers at this time. Please email us at thebigpurplebarnbowie@gmail.com in order to be added to the list and be notified when we can take new volunteers!

  • Current volunteers that are NON ESSENTIAL will be worked into the schedule before new volunteers will be added and trained.

  • Lessons for current students will resume the week of June 1 under new operational guidelines provided to students and families.

  • No NEW students are being accepted at this time. You can email us at theigpurplebarnbowie@gmail.com to be added to our student list. We anticipate being able to welcome new students in July.

  • No pony play dates are being scheduled at this time. We anticipate being able to resume pony play dates in July.

  • Guided barnyard walk through visits can be scheduled at this time for a donation fee of $5 per person with a 6 person group maximum. Please email us at thebigpurplebarnbowie@gmail.com for details, instructions and scheduling.

  • WHEN VISITING: please be sure you are feeling well, use our hand sanitizing station as you arrive and as you depart, and be prepared with a face covering for use in close proximity to our staff when needed. Disposable gloves are not required and we prefer you do not wear them.


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We have NEW residents!

The barn is excited to welcome Bugatti, all the way from Connecticut!

All visits are by appointment ONLY. $5 per person guided barnyard walk through with a 6 person limit.

 Call 301-674-3155 to schedule.


Welcome Bugatti, aka Bug!

He came to us in December of 2019 all the way from Connecticut and Rising Star Equine Rescue. Bug has some special challenges from conformation that we are working to help him with and having a neglectful past, he is learning to trust in the care of the humans around him. 

The first order of business was a name change! He came with the name, Bubba, but he let us know he wanted to feel more important with a more fitting name. What is fancier and more fitting than a HAND MADE European sport car!? 

Bugatti, we are SO glad you are here and part of the herd! You are joyful and generally personable, a real class clown and we can't wait to see the great ways you will contribute to our programs!

We need farrier sponsors!

Click above OR the photo to sponsor a hoof trim! Just $35 covers this routine, preventative care for our horses, ponies and minis!



Connecting 'retired' horses with veterans in need

by Paul Gessler

Tuesday, December 12th 2017

Miles and Tara
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The Big Purple Barn, Inc
6407 Hillmeade Road Bowie, MD  20720
Cell (240) 687-3449 (VM or Text)

We are an IRS approved 501(C)3 Organization FEIN #45-5022618