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Welcome to Hope Pastures

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 What we do… Hope Pastures rescues, rehabilitates and re-homes horses, ponies and donkeys. We also provide the opportunity for people to meet the animals and learn about them and how to look after them.

We are open to the public everyday free of charge 10am to 3pm. Our visitor centre is open at weekends and bank holidays, with activities for you to do, information, souvenirs and refreshments.

Some of the things we offer:

  • Group visits for schools, brownies, toddler groups and pensioners
  • Pony Days
  • Birthday parties
  • Hope Pastures’ Experience
  • Events and shows
  • Corporate volunteering
  • Conference/training room hire

For more information see our What we do page.

 Donations of Goods

We are very grateful for donations of:

  • Horse/pony goods
  • New items for raffles, tombolas and prizes
  • Clothes, shoes & handbags which we can turn into cash through recycling
  • DVDs & CDs
  • Antiques, collectibles & jewellery
  • Clean & complete household goods, toys & bric-a-brac

We cannot take electrical items due to the legislation surrounding these and we can’t manage lots of dirty/broken goods, so we’d be very grateful if you could check items before donating them.

We’re now registered on eBay so you can sell goods on eBay on our behalf and eBay will send us the funds. eBay don’t charge fees for charity sales, so it won’t cost anything. Details on how to sell for us on eBay are on the Ways to Help page.

universal-wishlistWe now have an Amazon Wishlist. If you would like to buy something specific for the animals, have a look at our list.

We would also like to say A BIG THANK YOU to all of you that have already bought things for us or have donated in any other way! 

Money for nothing 

Most people buy things on-line these days, whether it’s Amazon, eBay or one of hundreds of other on-line suppliers.

If you buy your presents & gifts through HopePastures it will link to 100′s of your favourite sites and every purchase you make will earn money for the sanctuary, without costing you a penny more.

Just think, if we made, say 2%, on every purchase our supporters made on-line how much animal feed and bedding that would buy?


Donate by
Just text: ‘MULE00‘(zero,zero) followed by a space and the amount, to 70070

 To give £10, text MULE00 10 to 70070


Welcome to the new look Hope Pastures website.  


  • Session: 2013-14
  • Date tabled: 02.04.2014
  • Early day motion 1256

‘That this House congratulates the Leeds-based charity Hope Pastures, the Phyllis Harvey Horse and Donkey Trust, on its tenth anniversary; pays tribute to the fantastic work it does to rescue, rehabilitate and re-home horses, ponies and donkeys; commends that it opens every day, including bank holidays and weekends, free of charge to the public; notes that it provides a great environment for families to visit and take part in productive activities; recognises the opportunities provided by the charity for volunteers to participate and the excellent service provided by these volunteers to allow the charity to continue running; and wishes it further success in the future.’


Thank you to Greg Mulholland MP for putting the motion through on our behalf, it was the best 10th birthday present we could wish for. Well done to all the staff, volunteers and supporters for getting us to this point, it is very much appreciated.

 Next events…

Sunday 18th May. 


10:30am to 3pm

Sunday 22nd June


10am – 3pm

For more information go to ‘EVENTS’

For more information, call 0113 261 4344 or email

A sad goodbye


Sadly Flaxen had to be put to sleep on the 18th of January after suffering with incurable liver damage due to ragwort poisoning. It is such a waste of a horse’s life, and made so much worse because it was entirely preventable. If he had lived in a Ragwort free field before coming to Hope Pastures he would still be here today, following his best friend Ellie around the field.
We hope that Flaxen’s death won’t be in vain and are looking at ways of educating people on the dangers of ragwort. 
Rest in Peace Flaxen, you will be missed by us all  xx



Bobby on arrival May2013 feeling a bit sorry for himself


After a good meal inside him and a thick bed of straw, Bobby was ready for a rest

Bessie on arrival May 2013 after a warm shower and de-loused

Bessie on arrival May 2013 after a warm shower and de-loused

Showing Urine burns on Bessie's legs

Showing Urine burns on Bessie’s legs

Bessie in July. Her skin has healed and she is putting weight on

Bessie in July. Her skin has healed and she is putting weight on

Bobby and Bessie in August. They have have put some weight on and are enjoying the summer sun.

Bobby and Bessie in August. They have have put some weight on and are enjoying the summer sun.


Bessie looking good.
March 2014


Bobby looking good.
March 2014

Volunteers Needed:

Could you spare some time? We are in need of people to help with the following:

  1. Stable/yard work
  2. Manning our visitor centre, running tours & helping visitors
  3. Helping with group visits
  4. Gardening & maintenance
  5. Helping at events & shows
  6. Car boot sales
  7. Supermarket collections & bag packs
  8. Leaflet distribution

If you can help, please complete our Volunteer Registration Form and submit it to us. In the unlikely event of any technical probelms with this, please email your details to Once we have your form we’ll get in touch with you about the role(s) you’re interested in.

Feeding the animals

We kindly request that you do not feed the animals as this causes fighting and unnecessary stress within the herd. You are more than welcome to bring food for the animals and leave it in the box provided and we will ensure that it is given at feeding times. Thank you for your understanding and co-operation.

Hope Pastures would like to thank its website contributors, Sophie Kendrick, Josephine Tanser, Kim Pengelly and Philip Gawthorpe, for their combined effort in bringing you this website.