Cecil's Horse Sanctuary is a small horse and pony sanctuary based in Hertfordshire.
We aim to relieve the suffering of horses and ponies, who may be old, neglected, abandoned or otherwise, in need of care and attention. We aim to provide and maintain rescue homes and other facilities for the care and treatment of such equines.
Founded in the early 2000's yard owner, Julie, rescued several horses who were either deaf, blind or unwanted.
In 2016, Cecil's Horse Sanctuary became a registered charity, caring for over 40 horses, ponies and mules!



(due to bad weather or other unforeseen circumstances)

NOVEMBER 2020 - opening on Sunday afternoons

OPEN SUNDAY afternoons - advance bookings only

November 2020 - 1st/8th/15th/22nd/29th

(1st is now fully booked)

Slots at 1:30pm/2:15pm/3:00pm

  1. Pre-booked sessions only, paid for in advance. There will be a limited number of people allowed for each session. Please do not arrive at the sanctuary without booking as you will not be able to enter the site.

  2. Sessions will be for one adult and one child only.

  3. The session will comprise of a grooming session with a pony, taking the pony for a walk around our woodland trail and a chance to see our other ponies and learn about their stories.

  4. All visitors will need to wear wellies and suitable outdoor clothing!

We want you to enjoy your visit to Cecil’s Horse Sanctuary, so in order to maintain your safety whilst on site please read and abide by the following instructions:-

  1. If you feel unwell or have any of the symptoms of Covid-19, please DO NOT come on site.

  2. Please observe social distancing at all times – at least 1 metre space between you and any other visitors or volunteers is necessary at this time.

  3. Please wear a face covering whilst on the site (aged 11 and over).

  4. Sanitize your hands on arrival and departure.

  5. Please wear gloves when handling the ponies


We understand these changes may change your visit to us, but we have tried to comply with the measurements put in place by the Government to make the sanctuary a safe place for all. Please be respectful to our volunteers and remember that things are very different for everyone. We want you all to enjoy the wonderful sanctuary and love our ponies as much as we do. Once again, we hope you enjoy your visit and that you and your family stay safe. 


For further information, please email cecilshorsesanctuary@hotmail.com

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Holiday Pony Sessions


Saturday 31st October 2020

Take a pony on a woodland walk. Come dressed in costume. Receive a special rosette.

Please email to be added to the waiting list.

During the summer/school holidays we will be running pony sessions with a tour of the sanctuary.

Next holiday sessions will be Easter 2021.

This will include around 20-30 minutes with one of our ponies where you will learn to groom and lead the pony around our woodland walk. Included in this is the chance to meet our other horses and ponies You will receive a personalised certificate at the end of the session.

The cost is £10 a session for one adult and one child.

Please email for further details on:


Please wear appropriate clothing for the weather and footwear for going onto a field.

We look forward to seeing you!

ADDRESS: We're the field behind Kiss Kiss restaurant (formerly the Plough pub), High St, Elstree, Hertfordshire. WD6 3EU. You can park at the top of Watford Road, just before the crossroad traffic lights, outside the sanctuary gates.

(THIS IS NOT OUR POSTAL ADDRESS - PLEASE DO NOT POST LETTERS/ PARCELS TO THE ADDRESS ABOVE. WE ARE NOT PART OF THE RESTAURANT. If you wish to send a donation then please message us for our postal address.)


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Registered Charity Number: 1167523

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