• Bessie on arrival

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


Muffin’s Monthly Musings for September

Hi all – well what do you think of my new-found ability to take selfies? Good huh? One of my humans, Emma, has been helping me with this and she’s done a really good job, as here is my very handsome face in all its glory…..I knew you’d be impressed. We’ve had a lovely few […]

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Muffin’s Monthly Musing for August

It’s been such a busy Summer it hardly seems a month since I last updated you on what’s going on here at Hope Pastures. There’s been a lot of excitement about something called holidays. These seem to mean that more humans have more spare time to visit us and I’m told this is why we’ve […]

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Muffin’s Monthly Musings for July

Well, I have to start with an apology – it’s been so busy here at the sanctuary that I haven’t had a moment to muse let alone write. One of the benefits of all this wierd weather, though, is that there are times in the day when the wet blobs keep the small humans in […]

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Cloud sheds light for young people

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 […]

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Made from Wool and Love…..

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 […]

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Knitting Group – every Wednesday

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Meet all our team

Our staff, trustees and over 70 fantatsic volunteers – all motivated by saving and improving the animals’ lives.

Val – one of our yard team


I work part time at Hope Pastures. I enjoy spending time with the donkeys.”

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National Equine Welfare Council (NEWC) Member

BETA International 2016

Chosen Charity 2016