• Bessie on arrival at Hope Pastures

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,’ 95p 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

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Find out what has been going on, in and around Hope Pastures.

 Our latest 3 posts:

Show time!

Bobby and Bessie (and Sophie and Danny!) were stars yesterday in the Showing Coloureds Ribbons And Dreams evening performance, show-casing the difference Hope Pastures makes for ponies like them. Their visit raised almost £200 in donations from competitors, the audience and the Show’s team. Gemma Louise Piper also sponsored the Championship class for Hope Pastures, […]

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Conker & Eeyore

Conker and Eeyore have returned to Hope Pastures from their foster home. When they were here when they were first rescued they were so fat. This is because their previous owner had fed them the wrong sort of food. Being fat is very bad for a donkey (or any equine) and we are pleased to see more […]

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Easter and Moses

You may remember two years ago we rescued a one day old foal on Easter Monday. We called him Easter and for some time we reared him by hand round the clock. As he started to get a bit older it soon became apparent that he needed a foal his own size to play with. […]

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Fun Dog Show 17 Jul



Wed 2 Jun Pony 1to1s & Family Fun

Thu 3 Jun Pony Day

Knitting Group – Weds

Meet all our team

Our staff, trustees and over 100 fantatsic volunteers – all motivated by saving and improving the animals’ lives.

Sophie – our yard manager

Sophie and Easter“My favourite part of my role is rescuing neglected animals and seeing them blossom with all of the care and commitment they get here.”

Do we do a good job?

Check out what others say about us and about our work

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National Equine Welfare Council (NEWC) Member

BETA International 2016

Chosen Charity 2016