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A warm welcome from
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.


We continue to search for more land, local to our Elstree and Radlett sites of circa 10/15 acres or 70/acres.


This doesn't have to be prime grazing land, just somewhere one of our herds can be happy, healthy and safe; stay together and continue to be tended to by the humans they have formed close, trusting bonds with. We really need somewhere long-term and more permanent. If you can help, please email us on

  • We need your help to find us a minimum of 10/15 acres (for one herd) up to circa 70/100 acres (for our entire herd) with the ability to erect mobile stables/shelters for our special needs ponies and water access.  To be in a position to bring all our herds together would be a dream come true.  One day we hope to be able to.  

  • Ideal Locations: (West Herts/South West Herts) Elstree/Radlett/Shenley/Aldenham/Bushey/Watford/Arkley.  If a large site was found, big enough for us to bring our entire herd together, we would consider other areas such as South Mimms/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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