• Bessie on arrival

Welcome to  Hope Pastures

What we do… Hope Pastures uses your donations to prevent suffering and to improve and save lives. Our team of supporters, volunteers, staff and trustees are all passionate about making a difference and helping your donations to do the same. We’re a small charity with few ‘overheads’, so 98p in every £1 you donate is spent on the animals.

As well as rescuing, rehabilitating and re-homing horses, ponies and donkeys, we give people the chance to meet these animals and learn about them and how to look after them.

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 end of ‘fly-grazing’?

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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The HP team invent brilliant boredom busters

Our newest arrivals are two Welsh Section A ponies called Rafael & Merlin. They’re currently in quarantine and have recently been gelded, so are also recovering from their ops. Today we made them some vegetable kebabs to cheer them up. The boys thought these were pretty scary at first but they soon got the hang […]

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Hope Pastures Goes International (!)

Can you believe we’ve been chosen as one of BETA International’s charities for 2016? Having the chance to build links with the equestrian trade is a fantastic opportunity for a small charity like us. Thank you to the BETA International team for selecting us.

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A Day of Firsts – our Foal and our Fresher

What an exciting day of firsts for us yesterday – our first foal for 2015 and Cloud’s first trip out on an ‘official’ visit. Lovely Buttercup, rescued 2 weeks ago, gave birth to a gorgeous filly foal who was up and about when the team came in  in the morning. She’s doing very well and […]

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Muffin’s Monthly Musings for April

Happy April all. What do you think of my new pic? I thought I might try a different one each month I’m told this is a particularly attractive shot of me (I can’t be sure as I can’t see that bit!) News Buttercup was rescued last week, from appalling living conditions on a dealer’s yard. […]

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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.

Sophie – Yard Manager


It has been a life changing journey for me.”