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PASTURES NEW is operated by JACQUI TAYLOR at a small 25 acre farm in Littleborough, Lancashire, to provide a safe and secure future for retired racehorses.  

Pastures new is dedicated to the rehabilitation, retraining and re-homing of retired and injured racehorses.

Here at Pastures New we strive to achieve a useful future for every horse, be it as a 'happy hacker' or something more befitting of their fantastic pedigree, such as in dressage, polo, eventing or show jumping.   In the right hands and with the right training, there are no limits to hat we can achieve.


We were granted charitable status in June 2012, charity no: 1147630.

Our Equine Assisted Learning Programme


Pastures New HORSEPOWER is a learner based educational experience with horses.  It is an effective approach to human development through horsemanship.

Participants of all ages can benefit through team emphasised exercises and find themselves learning valuable skills in a fun and exciting atmosphere while working through the dynamics of horses.

One of the many roles our facilitators and horses play is to work as a stimulus.  We encourage our participants to think 'outside the box' or try on a new role.  This is their opportunity to make mistakes.  

Equine Assisted Learning is an innovative process that provides education, training, qualifications and setting standards of excellence for horse welfare, for learners, trainers, and other professionals.  By promoting excellence in the provisions of the learning programme, we aim to be an exceptional company making a valuable contribution to the welfare of the horse as well as the development and welfare of young people and the wider community.


                            STUDENT at PASTURES NEW

     Izzy has had a go at rasping JJ's feet and grooming him.  JJ was debuting as premier horse! He didn't put

                                               a hoof wrong in Izzy's capable hands.

Izzy brought the horses in and put the ponies out in the field.  She also held the ponies for the farrier / hoof trimmer


Izzy goes to Pastures New every week on a Friday and has been going for a couple of years.











Programme Benefits

  • Developing communication skills, healthy relationships, personal work ethics, responsibility and appropriate assertiveness

  • Learning team building exercises, problem solving skills, to find success over, around or through obstacles

  • To appreciate team members and their contribution, build individual confidence and self esteems

  • Overcoming fear through confidence

  • To observe the nature of horses and recognise its importance to social success; hierarchy and appreciating the value of community.

The programme helps its participants to learn:

  • The importance of having distinct personalities, attitudes and moods

  • The value of work and whilst still having fun

  • The process of feelings and behavioural patterns

  • The 'right way' is not always the easy way

  • To engage in discussion and activity, to not only learn about horses but themselves.

Why Horses?

Horses can't think over a participant's motive and horses can't manipulate their behaviour, but with their intuitive nature and innate sensitivity, horses can provide the facilitator with an insight into the participants personality.  As facilitators listen to a horse's non-verbal responses and communication, together they have the ability to walk participants through to finding life-altering change.

Horses don't judge, but they don't forget either.  The don't let you cheat or hide your true feelings and their feedback is honest and instant.  Learning to listen to what horses have to say is powerful, and can sometimes spur the answer to individual change. 

'HORSEPOWER has proven to be effective, interesting, exciting, therapeutic, positive, educational and creative.'
















Our Trustees

The trustees work hard to raise awareness of the plight of ex-racehorses whilst supporting the racing industry in its commitment to the welfare of racehorses.

Elizabeth Hennel
Geraldine Harkness
Donna Bennett

Our Patrons

Sir Alex Ferguson

Sir Alex is now almost as well known for his love of racing as for his love of football.  Over the years he has enjoyed the pleasure and endured the pain of both sports, and tasted varying success in each.

We are proud and honored to welcome Sir Alex as our Patron, his care for his horses and his desire to see them live long and happy lives is an inspiration to others.


                           “These horses try their hearts out for us on the racecourse, the least we can do is ensure

                             that they are looked after when they retire.  With care they have many years ahead of

                             them and should go on to live useful lives in loving homes, I am proud to help in any

                             way I can to achieve this outcome for them.”


Sir Alex Ferguson



Paul Scholes

It may come as a surprise that Paul has quite a few horses now, and has bred two foals already, so it looks as though he’s aiming to be quite a player in the racing world, following on from his remarkable football career.

We were surprised and delighted that he agreed to be a patron for Pastures New when he expressed a desire to look beyond the winning post, and considered what would happen to his horses, and the others out there, when their successes were behind them.


                                             “I love my horses and care about what will happen to them if they are injured or need to retire. 

                                                We, as owners, need to be sure they are given the very best attention and care and re-trained to be safe

                                                and suitable rides for loving new owners, it’s the least we can do, we owe them that and more for the

                                                pleasure they give us.”


Paul Scholes







Pastures New Racehorse Rehabilitation 

Lane Foot Farm





OL15 0HJ

Tel: 01706 376311

Mobile: 07912 305692

Email: info@pasturesnewcharity.org

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