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Our New Rescue – A Joyful Eager Child

Meet our Most Recent Rescue This poor young pony was cruelly abandoned in a field in North Yorkshire and left to fend for himself in feeezing cold conditions in the beginning of February. He’s only a baby aged between 6-8 months old! He is extremely underweight with a condition score of just 1 out of […]

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Muffin’s Monthly Musings for January

Sad, sad, sad news this month. Normally I can keep my spirits up, but this month we’ve had to say goodbye to one of my best and oldest (in both senses of the word) friends, Sparky, and I can’t tell you how much I miss him. It’s made me very grumpy. The first day he […]

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SPRING FAYRE

Just to let you all know the date for our SPRING FAYRE. It is SUNDAY 7th MAY which is slightly earlier than usual. More details to follow soon!

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A sad farewell to Sparky

A very sad post today, as we have to let you know that Sparky was put to sleep yesterday after a sudden illness. Sparky was very fit and well for his age and always full of beans, so him going downhill so fast between tuesday and wednesday was a shock to us all, and quite […]

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Muffin’s Monthly Musings for December

So excited – my Monthly Musings have been nominated for the UK Blog Awards 2017! Thank you to everyone who voted. I have all hooves crossed that I make it to the Final…….there’s a Gala dinner (fame AND food!!) so I’ve already organised the humans to spend extra time brushing my coat, just in case. […]

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Managing Winter Weight Loss for Horses and Ponies with Cushing’s Syndrome

Many of our older ponies at Hope Pastures have Cushing’s Syndrome, including the lovely Gypsy, our pony ambassador. There’s a lot of research work being undertaken on Cushing’s right now and we’re constantly able to improve how we manage it, working closely with our vets, farriers and feed partners to ensure our ponies have the […]

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Muffin’s Monthly Musings for November

How handsome? No need to answer – it’ll just embarass the donkeys. Good view of my rather smart whiskers, don’t you think? Top marks to the humans for being artistic, though I know you’ll be missing seeing my full glory. One slight concern TBH – I’m not sure whether it was cold when this pic […]

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Muffin’s Monthly Musings for October

So, who’s painted the trees to match me? Good job – although you’ve missed my white bits, the general brown-look is great. A conker-coloured mule the humans say – more like mule-coloured conkers, if you ask me. My pony friends (not the donkeys) and I have been growing our winter coats ready for the cold […]

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Rescued & Re-homed

Fab day yesterday meeting Rescued & Re-homed Series Champions, Marnie and Debbie, to present their prizes, sash and rozzies, with Lisa from R & R Country, Rosemary from Sculpture to Wear, Georgina from Global Herbs Ltd and Philip from Paintings with Essence, 3 of our very generous sponsors for 2016. MASSIVE THANKS to them and […]

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Amazing teams

Some amazing teams have been busy raising money for Hope Pastures this Summer. Today we received £556.38 from Pets at home Meanwood and £368.38 from Stairfoot Pets at Home, raised as part of the Support Adoption For Pets and Pets at Home #KeepingCool campaign this Summer. Hannah Broderick and the Hollingley Farm Charity Ride have just sent […]

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Muffin’s Monthly Musings for September

A very tranquil month here at the sanctuary after such a busy Summer. The herds of foals have been replaced with herds of fully-grown humans, all doing very useful things such as painting our fences, adding new stone in the gateways to stop us getting muddy, clearing weeds and generally making sure the sanctuary is […]

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Muffin’s Monthly Musings for August (yes, really)

Dear all, just a very, very quick Musing this month to let you all know I’m safe and well, since I know how worrying it is when you don’t hear from me. Unfortunately, when I originally came to pen these Musings, the Hope Pastures website had decided to take a short holiday, so I couldn’t […]

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Muffin’s Monthly Musings for July

Another month in the manic life of your favourite mule (me, obviously!) You’ll be pleased to note that I’ve managed to take some time out and put together these Musings so you know what’s been going on at the sanctuary. I have to say, I hope you’re as pleased as I am with the more […]

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2016 Hope Pastures Dog Show

What a day we had on Sunday – a really brilliant and busy Fun Dog Show!! Many, many thanks to all who brought their ‘best friends’ – it was fantastic to see so many wonderful dogs. The weather was amazing and the team put on a really good variety of activities and games, as well as […]

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Job Vacancy at Hope Pastures

That’s right, we have a job vacancy up for grabs here at Hope Pastures.  We are looking for a part time Assistant yard manager and volunteer coordinator Do you think that you are the right person for the job? Find out more at http://www.hopepastures.org/assistant-yard-manager-volunteer-coordinator/ Shortly we will also be looking for someone to fill a full time […]

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Top Equine Rescue

THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU to everyone who voted for Bessie as the Top Equine Rescue: http://www.horsemart.co.uk/…/the-uk-s-top-equine-rescu…/4199. Voting is now closed and Bessie’s is the winning story, with 64% of the votes (more than double any other rescue!) We’re so proud of her – it’s fantastic to know you feel the same. As well […]

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Muffin’s Monthly Musings for June

A lovely pic this month from Hannah Moore – me and my adoring public! Just as it should be. With the glorious ‘donkey weather’ (or so they say) we’ve been having recently, I’ve been out in my field pretty much all day and all night. I’ve allocated my limited stable-time to contemplative thought, though, so […]

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Friends reunited

Today Timmy went off to his new forever home…to be reunited with his friend Ernie! Ernie was rehomed last month by a lovely family who adore him. They were so taken with Timmy and didn’t want to see the pair separated, so as soon as a stable became available they also rehomed lovely boy Timmy. […]

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Goodies galore!

Wow look at all these treats and necessities that the residents received last week! The animals thought Christmas had come early 🙂 thanks a million to the Medical Records Team at Pinderfields Hospital. The residents are absolutely loving their salt and mineral licks, they are fly-free and smelling fresh thanks to the fly repellents and […]

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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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