Rescuing and re-homing equines since 1974

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Hope Pastures

We rescue, rehabilitate and re-home horses, ponies and donkeys. The sanctuary is open to the public every day free of charge and we run fun and educational activities for families and groups.
Hope Pastures
Hope Pastures
We are all really sad to bring the news that Sandy,one of our lovely Donkeys lost her battle with arthritis and hoof problems last week.

Sandy was incredibly gentle, kind, friendly and loving. She had been with us for two years and was closely bonded with Nosey, who she had been a companion to for many years.

Although we had managed to keep Sandy comfortable for the majority of her time with us using a combination of pain relief, supplements,physiotherapy and remedial hoof care, Sandy gradually stopped responding to treatment in more recent weeks. Lots of thought was put into exploring other methods of making her comfortable but after a sudden lameness arose at the end of the week we had to make the difficult but necessary decision to prevent Sandy from suffering.

Nosey is coping well but is certainly missing his friend. We are closely monitoring him and he’s been getting to know Toby the most recent donkey arrival. We hope that over time they will also form a bond and become friends.

Positive thoughts would be appreciated for Nosey.

Rest in Peace Sandy. You have touched all of our hearts with your gentle nature and will be missed 💕
Hope Pastures
Hope Pastures
It’s lovely to get updates on our re-homed horses! We think this video of Sully enjoying his training is so great 💚
Hope Pastures
Hope Pastures
We still have a few tickets left for this event which is on Sunday 🍲
Please book before Thursday if you are interested as we need the food choices in advance.

As well as the yummy food and good company, there’s a raffle with some lovely prizes and a stable yard with some beautiful rescue ponies and donkeys to meet 🐴

We are on the bus route from Leeds city centre- the number 28 goes right past.

Looking forward to seeing everyone there 💚
Hope Pastures
Hope Pastures
Two more of our most recent intakes are Tommy and Toby 💕

These two cute little friends have lived together for twenty years, since they were young.

Very sadly their owner, whose large garden they had lived in right behind the house, had developed severe health issues.

After struggling for a while they realised that these two pals needed the security of a rescue centre to ensure their good care and safe future.

It was a very emotional intake. They had clearly been a huge part of their owners life & part of the family. To let them go was extremely difficult.

As always, we made careful plans and notes to make their transition to a new place went as smooth as possible.
Considering their routine, diet, personalities, history and health status is crucial in ensuring that any relocation is as stress free as possible.

We also of course do our best to make the change as stress free for the owner,too. Providing updates and reassurance and anything we can to support them.

We are happy to say that after the first few hours (when they were a little trembly at the sudden change) they began to come out of their shells.

Tommy the pony is very playful and always interacting with the other ponies and donkeys. Toby is so friendly and calm. He didn’t seem to realise he was a donkey at first but is now learning from the others.

As they have now had some important dental work done and had their vaccinations they are now just socialising and settling so we can get to know them better.
So far, it’s hard not to fall in love as they are so adorable 💚
Hope Pastures
Hope Pastures
If you are coming to see us this weekend - due to road works the dual carriageway access to Weetwood Lane will be closed. However we are still open and looking forward to seeing you, for a toasted tea cake and to meet the equines! Please follow the directions below - see you soon!


You may have seen the signs at the Weetwood Lane/Ring Road junction, but there are going to be roadworks on 9th and 10th October and the entrance to Weetwood Lane where it meets the Ring Road will be closed. You can still gain access from Headingley. If coming from North Leeds you'll need to go down Otley Road and turn left at Glen Road and then left again into Weetwood Lane, and from South Leeds you'll need to turn right from Otley Road at the start of Weetwood Lane by the Three Horseshoes Pub.
Hope Pastures
Hope Pastures
Come and join the fun! We are looking for a new team member to join our dedicated and hard working yard team, one day a week, (2 x Thursday 2 x Sunday per month) 7.30 to 4pm minimum but with the opportunity to cover for holidays etc.

We offer the opportunity to work with rescue horses, retraining and rehabilitating, and working towards the rehoming of equines we bring into our charity.

You need to be

Experienced in horse care and husbandry, and exercising in hand.
A confident horse handler
Able to work flexibly depending on the routine and the animals on the yard
Physically fit to manage the role
Customer focussed to help our visitors and volunteers
Able to work as part of a team.

The ability to run the yard shift would be an advantage.

Fantastic opportunity for the right person to learn about horse rescue and rehabilitation.
Please apply with CV and covering letter by email or in writing to Leonnie Martin, Sanctuary Manager, Hope Pastures, Weetwood Lane, Leeds, LS16 5PH - email
Closing date for applications Wednesday 27th October 2021
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