Welcome to Hope Pastures
What we do… Hope Pastures uses your donations to prevent suffering and to improve and save lives. Thanks to your support we rescue, rehabilitate and re-home horses, ponies and donkeys in need and give people the chance to meet these animals and learn about them and how to look after them.
Our team of supporters, volunteers, staff and trustees all ‘go the extra mile’ to make a real difference and to help your donations do the same.
Because we’re a small charity with few ‘overheads,’ 98p of every £1 you donate goes directly to help the animals.
You can visit everyday free of charge 10am to 3pm (2pm in Winter). Our visitor centre is open at weekends and bank holidays, with activities for you to do, information, souvenirs and refreshments.
Some of the things we offer:
- Pony Days
- Birthday parties
- ‘Meet the ponies’ with ‘hands on’ brushing sessions
- Events and fairs
- Corporate volunteering
- Group visits eg for schools and brownies
The power of a pony should never be underestimated – and we’re not talking physical strength here. Cloud visited Lighthouse School in Leeds today and met some lovely new friends. The young people at Lighthouse School have an autistic spectrum condition (ASC) or related communication disorder and Cloud was the first pony many of them […]
The knitted ponies were all glued to the TV this evening when the first episode of the BBC’s new ‘Clangers’ series was aired. The iconic pink, long-nosed, inventive and loveable mouse-shaped creatures who live on a small blue planet out in the starry stretches of space have been revived and updated, but their basic knitted […]
5th June is World Environment Day and, uncannily, it was also the day we received the results of our Sustainability Audit. A big thank you to Leeds University Union Green Exchange Project for including us – we could never have afforded to pay for an Audit like this. Sorry, we don’t have any ‘environment’ pics […]
Another great pic of fabulous old me, I’m sure you’ll agree – this time taken by Lucinda Dransfield. How white are my legs!? I don’t get much chance to view them ‘full on’ and they’re stunning! I’m surprised my field mates don’t spend all their time wearing sunglasses. Thank heavens the donkeys are rather dull […]
Fly-grazing is where someone leaves horses to graze on land without permission. In recent years stray and abandoned fly-grazing horses have become a huge welfare problem. Several of the large equine charities formed a coalition which estimated that there are currently at least 3,500 horses being fly-grazed across England. In reality there are probably many […]
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Our staff, trustees and over 70 fantatsic volunteers – all motivated by saving and improving the animals’ lives.
Jo – Assistant Yard Manager
“My favourite part of my job is seeing the difference we make to horses lives”
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Chosen Charity 2016