|Humbug was rescued as part of an RSPCA cruelty case some years ago where many ponies were found dead and in appalling conditions. She was extremely weak and thin, and unable to stand. As well as of this to contend with this she was in foal! Things didn’t look promising for little Humbug at all and the Vet seriously considered putting her to sleep..Humbug was fortunate that a kind lady took her in to her stables as an emergency and constructed a sling to support her and enable her to stand. After months of TLC Humbug gained weight and once back to full health needed a safe place to have her foal. We were approached for help and having seen the photo’s and heard about Humbugs terrible ordeal we decided to offer her a safe place to have her foal, and then prepare her for her forever home. Humbug seemed to take forever to have her foal, we waited anxiously for months but every day we were disappointed to find just a very fat looking Humbug stood there and no foal. Even our Vet was surprised at how large she became and they predicted that she would have her foal any day, but it wasn’t until 5 weeks later that Hope Bluebell finally arrived into the world. Bluebell was a healthy happy foal and once she was weaned, Humbug found a great home with a couple and was kept as a companion to their old Shetland, Charlotte. She lived there happily for 3 years until very sadly Charlotte had to be put to sleep due to her health problems. The couple were unable to take in another pony so very sadly they arranged to send Humbug back. It was lovely to have Humbug back at Hope Pastures, and she even attended a few fundraising events at local school fairs. We searched for a forever home and a family came to meet Humbug and knew that she would fit in with their family perfectly. So Humbug now lives with a beautiful Cob called Patch where they get along well and Humbug even goes out on the lead rein whilst Patch is ridden out. It’s a happy ending to such a sad start in life for Humbug and we are happy we were able to send her on her way to her new life.|
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.
Flies are a real bother for all ponies and donkeys.
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.
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.