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deserves a life worth living.

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Office number: 0113 261 4344

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1.     Have a read through our equine’s profiles to find the most suitable match for you.

2.     Read through what we ideally will look for in a home for our ponies.

3.     Fill out the loan application form found on our website or e-mail us for a copy.

4.     Wait for our response and feel free to e-mail us with any additional questions.

5.     We will get in touch with you regarding your match and arrange a home visit before meeting the agreed equine.

6.     If your home visit goes well, we can then move forward to you meeting your chosen animal, making sure you are happy with the horse and the horse is happy with you.

We will do a settling in visit 2-4 weeks after you bring your equine home and again in 12 weeks. We are always only a phone call away for any questions or support you may need. From then on we will visit you every 9-12months and will keep in touch via phone call or e-mails.

We do this to ensure you are well supported with your new rescue while we are able to take help another welfare case. Ask for a copy of our newsletter for updates!

How much does it cost?

We ask every new home to donate a fee towards the cost of your equine’s care during their stay with us. The fees vary depending on training and the type of pet.

  • Non ridden/companion only £100 – £200
  • Project to bring on £200 – £300
  • Ridden £350 – £600

Please remember, these horses go out on loan with you. Legally the animal will always belong to the sanctuary. If you have any questions, please contact re-homing@hopepastures.org

For us to consider you as a potential loan home for one of our horses/ponies we ask that you can fulfil these requirements:

  • You must be over 18 years of age and financially secure enough to look after a horse and their health needs (Please see the table below to ensure you can commit to this).
  • Have experience at loaning or owning an equine or being fully involved in the day to day care and commitment of this with the ability to have calm, kind and patient handling at all times.
  • Offer land with a shelter, clean, fresh drinking water and forage available always. A stable, barn or suitable outbuilding available in case the pony needs to be enclosed at any time due to illness or vet visits etc.
  • Experience at dealing with health problems promptly and correctly should the need arise.
  • Ability to insure the horse for vets fees and public liability insurance.
  • Offer daily turnout on safe, well fenced land with a minimum of 1 acre per horse.  
  • Ideally, we will rehome your equine with another companion of a similar height to minimise the risk of injury. The equine should always have company except for short periods of time i.e. When a horse is being ridden out.
  • We do not rehome ponies to be kept singularly in paddocks or stabled for excessive periods of time. We believe that the equines need for mutual grooming and play are vital to his/her health and well-being and will only rehome ponies to homes where at least one equine companion is available in the same paddock.
  • Loaners should also contact Hope Pastures immediately if the animals becomes ill, is involved in an accident, is stolen or if advice is needed on any matter.
  • Hope Pastures reserve the right to visit the animal without prior notice to check on his/her progress and well-being.
  • All our horses come with a passport, microchip, up to date with vaccinations, de-worming, farrier and dentistry. We tend to rehome in the Yorkshire area but if you are nearby or within a 50 mile radius of our sites we will consider your application.

Health check criteria


How often?
Your equine should be on a regular de-worming programme with worm counts used to slow down chemical resistance.  A lot of vets do this and offer advice at a minimal charge.

By considering a faecal worm egg count you provide your new equine with the best protection against parasites and avoid unnecessary de-worming.


How often?
Minimum annually.

It is ideal to let a dentist check your equine every 6 months, a lot can change in this time especially if they’re a ridden or older horse.


How often?
Minimum of 6-8 weeks for shoeing and 8-10 weeks for a trim.

If this is left too long it can have a detrimental effect on the horses health and put unnecessary strain on the horses joints/tendons etc.


How often?
To cover an unvaccinated equine against Influenza and Tetanus an initial course of three vaccinations must take place;

  • 1st Vaccination: Flu and Tetanus.
  • 2nd Vaccination: Flu and Tetanus 21-92 days after the 1st vaccination.
  • 3rd Vaccination: Flu 150-15 days after the 2nd vaccination.
  • From this time a booster vaccination must be given no more than 365 days. 

If the vaccination is allowed to lapse the course must be restarted. Flu and Tetanus can kill. It is our policy and an absolute must that all our horses are offered the best protection by keeping this up to date.

Full dietary requirements met.

How often?
100 grams of feed balancer per kg of the horses body weight.
Access to forage at all times. .

Most of our horses can be fed on a high fibre/high forage diet with a vitamin and mineral balancer or supplement to ensure a balanced diet.