10th January 2018
Today we suffered a huge loss as we had to let Maggie, our beautiful old piebald mare trot over rainbow bridge.
Maggie had five happy retirement years here at Hope Pastures having worked hard all of her early years pulling scrap metal carts and also pulling a bow-top caravan to Appleby horse fair every year.
She was the sweetest, most genuine and gentle horse anyone could wish to meet, with her beautiful mane and soulful eyes, she was loved by very many people.
From those who cared for her on a daily basis or once in a while, groomed her on pony days, mucked out her stable and filled her haynets to those who never met her but adopted her from afar… her loss will be felt by us all, her empty stable will be a very difficult sight to get used to.
Sadly wear and tear on her old joints and sheer old age meant that Maggie had begun to feel too tired and weary to live a happy life, and as a final act of love we knew that we must let her go with some dignity.
Rest in peace Maggie, we are sure that you will be getting a lovely groom from Jim and greeting all your horse and pony friends who were waiting to walk into the sunset with you.
Adopt one of our residents – it makes a brilliant Birthday, Christmas or Anniversary present.
The dude with the crazy forelock. Well-behaved, the opposite of his mane
Our most inquisitive (AKA nosey!) donk
The one-horse job-creation scheme, always rolling in mud
Terrified when he came to the sanctuary, now growing in confidence
£5 buys a bale of hay for your adoptee
£10 buys a bale of hay and two bags of carrots
£15 buys a bedding bedding bale.
Donate to our wish list... every little helps.
Ponies need their feet trimming every 4-6 weeks.
Quality haynets with extra-small holes
Makes hair more pliable for easier grooming
Integrated, multi-modality method of equine massage.
Non invasive holistic technique.
Gives optimum levels of vits, mins and amino acids for our ponies.
We always need these in stock.
Our ponies love these licks.
Low in sugar, our ponies eat this every day as part of their dinner.
Essential annually for every pony to keep them healthy.
Not nice to talk about, but essential.