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Muffin’s Monthly Musings for April
26 Apr
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Muffin’s Monthly Musings for April

Well it has to be said that this is a first – this month’s Musings are being sent to you via a tablet (thankfully not one the humans have to force me to take). This is because the tapping human, who helps me pen my inspirational thoughts (obviously, hooves are a bother for this)  is […]



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First Unicorn Foal in the UK
01 Apr
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First Unicorn Foal in the UK

We’re so excited to announce the birth of the very first unicorn in the UK here, at Hope Pastures. Our experienced team have been on a round-the-clock vigil for a week now, as his mother was clearly very close to delivering, and little Urwin was finally born early this morning. The birth was more difficult […]



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Muffin’s Monthly Musings for March
30 Mar
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Muffin’s Monthly Musings for March

It’s officially Spring and in honour of this I’ve let Coco show us his best smile as the pic for this month’s Musings – don’t worry, my handsome visage will be back next month. With the warmer weather, I’ve persuaded the humans to let my friends and me stay out in our field all day […]



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Muffin’s Monthly Musings for February
01 Mar
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Muffin’s Monthly Musings for February

1st March?!! What happened to the rest of February? There’s barely been time for me to put my hooves up after my January Musings – I may have to make a call to Mule Line, due to my excessive workload. I have to confess to having been caught on the backhoof here (28 days!?), but […]



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Our New Rescue – A Joyful Eager Child
22 Feb
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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
02 Feb
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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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14 Jan
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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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06 Jan
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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
31 Dec
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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
16 Dec
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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
02 Dec
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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
29 Oct
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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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27 Oct
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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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27 Oct
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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
01 Oct
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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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