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A warm welcome
the Elstree Gang
Cecil's Horse Sanctuary is a small horse and pony sanctuary based in Hertfordshire

Cecil’s Horse Sanctuary offers a loving permanent home to horses and ponies who are old, abandoned, neglected, abused or unwanted (horses and ponies who had nowhere else to go and, in most cases, would have been euthanized). Many of our residents come to us with physical and/or mental health problems – some requiring special diets or ongoing medical treatment. Our ethos is for all the ponies to have a happy life where they enjoy

just being ponies. They live together in herds and spend the day with their friends eating, sleeping, drinking and playing. They are fed, watered, cared for and loved. Many of the ponies have paired up and formed close bonds with another pony in the herd.

The sanctuary relies entirely on donations, events, open days and the hard work of the founder and volunteers. 

We receive no government funding – our ability to rescue animals and offer a secure and safe life for them, is dependent on our fundraising. We became a registered charity in June 2016.


Unfortunately the possibility of losing our site in Elstree is fast becoming a reality. The planning application has just been submitted by the developers (RVG - Retirement Villages Group) and the landowner (Punch Partnerships/Heineken) have served us with an eviction notice. We urgently need to find a local site of circa 10/15 acres to move our Elstree herd to. This doesn't have to be prime grazing land, just somewhere they can be happy, healthy and safe; stay together and continue to be tended to by the humans they have formed close, trusting bonds with. Although we really need somewhere long-term, we might need emergency help with a site until we find something more permanent. If you can help, please email on

Developers are making headway with their plans to develop our pony’s forever home into retirement homes (for people, not ponies).

We have been searching for a few years now and have been unable to find anywhere local.

  • We need your help to find us a minimum of 10/15 acres up to circa 70 acres with the ability to erect mobile stables/shelters for our special needs ponies.  The minimum is for our ponies at Elstree and 70 acres would be to bring all our herds together. 

  • Ideal Locations: (West Herts/South West Herts) Elstree/Radlett/Shenley/Aldenham/Bushey/Watford/Arkley/Chalfont/Berkhamsted/the corridor between Elstree and Berkhamsted and between Elstree and Chalfont.  If a large site was found, big enough for us to bring our entire herd together (70-100 acres), we would consider other areas such as South Mimms/Enfield/Potters Bar/Barnet etc 

  • Require a Peppercorn or reduced concessionary rent. Minimum 5-10 years.


If suitable land is found for sale we would consider crowdfunding.

Do you know any philanthropists? Do you know the owner of a large estate with spare land? Do you know any derelict or vacant sites? We are open to all opportunities brought to the table.

Thank you in advance for your efforts in helping to save Cecil’s Horse Sanctuary.   Without enough land we will struggle to continue the work that we do to protect our ponies.  IF YOU CAN HELP PLEASE EMAIL US: 

Sponsorship Scheme

If you wish to visit the sanctuary during one of our open afternoons, groom a pony and take them for a walk, why not check out our silver and gold sponsorship packages on our website.


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