Hope Pastures horse and donkey sanctuary is a small rescue centre situated in North Leeds. With over 35 residents, it is expanding rapidly with the recession having a major impact on their intake. Hope Pastures rescue, rehabilitate and re home as many horses, ponies and donkeys as their capacity allows and they currently have over thirty horses out on loan to excellent, loving homes.
This rehoming scheme allows them to take on new rescues, most recently abandoned 3 month old colts that were too young to be away from their mothers, a young emaciated colt that was being beaten, a donkey on its way to the meat man and an emaciated mare with a foal at foot.
One of the centre’s recent success story is Happy, a 16.3hh Connemara x Thoroughbred 20 year old gelding who was due to be put to sleep when his owners could no longer care for him. Happy needed some TLC when he arrived at Hope Pastures and had a huge melanoma on his tail that needed removing, which also meant that he had to visit the vets for an operation and also the vets had to chop off his tail hair, so he was left temporarily without a tail. He was the first horse that Hope Pastures tested as a riding horse and when he was deemed suitable he was rehomed to a lovely family as a hacking horse in June this year. Happy is just one of many that Hope Pastures have rescued this year from a horrible fate and managed to rehome.
All of the equines in need cost the sanctuary a lot of money in vet care and treatment, feed and bedding; being a centre that receives no government funding means that this would not be possible without the generosity of the public. The sanctuary has also recently started renovating the stables that are over 40 years old. This is necessary work so that the horses can have secure stables that do not leak and have sturdy floors that are not rotten and full of holes.