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Herd Sponsorship

Many of the horses, ponies and donkeys living here have been rehabilitated at Springwood Sanctuary from a life of domestication, control and misunderstanding. Many arrived highly traumatised and most were due to be put to sleep because they could no longer meet their 'intended purpose'. It's hard to believe that when witnessing the peaceful, thriving herd they have now become. 

The sanctuary offers an exceptionally safe haven for each to live out the rest of their lives in a peaceful environment where they are able to just 'be', immersed in the present moment. We aim to be a model for change, where people can experience horses and donkeys enjoying their life in as near a natural setting as possible, and not being used by humans in any way. We offer the herd healing modalities and experienced holistic care to fully enrich their lives. Furthermore we enable them to feel completely understood and respected for the incredible, heart centred beings that they are.

Supporting a herd here at Springwood enables us to continue to provide for each of their varied needs in their forever home. We are a not-for-profit, privately funded sanctuary and we do not receive grants from organisations or government funding.  We gratefully appreciate all of the wonderful support from our guardians and sponsors. 

There are two herds living alongside each other at Springwood. The Wild & Mystical Herds! 


Thank you for considering this opportunity to help them.


We ask you to choose the amount you wish to sponsor your chosen herd - whatever feels comfortable for you on a monthly basis.  Many of our sponsors support the herd for £10 per month, which enables us to support one horse's needs for a day a month (including feed, hay, dentistry, hoof care, first aid care, bedding, vet support). Some of our sponsors are able to support the herd with £300 per month, which supports one horse's needs (as above) for the whole month. Your very valued sponsorship will be hugely supporting the needs and wellbeing of the horses and donkeys here and we greatly appreciate you all.


We are not open to the public, however as one of our sponsors you become part of the Springwood family and are welcome to visit by prior arrangement.  We look forward to seeing you, thanking you for your support personally, and sharing this unique sanctuary with you. You are also invited to join our WhatsApp group and Springwood Sanctuary Community facebook page where we post regular updates so you can keep updated with the welfare of the animals here. 


To sponsor one of our herds:


1.   Either select monthly or yearly sponsorship below. These links will take you to our People's Fundraising account where you can choose to pay a single payment by card or PayPal or a monthly standing order. 

2.   Or set up a standing order or one off annual payment via bacs online transfer. Bank details for our Co-operative account: 

J Howe, account no: 03339134; sort code: 08-93-00.


Please also contact us to notify us of your sponsorship so that we can send the relevant updates and invitations to you.

Thank you. 

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The Mystical Herd

The Mystical Herd were founded in 2012 to care for unwanted, previously abused and retired equines. Through healing, communication and relationship building the herd now thrive in mind, body and spirit. The mixed herd of mares and geldings comprise eleven horses and ponies and two donkeys of varying ages. They all enjoy each others company, together with the freedom to roam and forage in the vast acreage of the sanctuary. It is our privilege to enable them this unique sanctuary, along with the love, healing, freedom and understanding they need. What a joy to witness them spending their time thriving, fully engaging in life and peacefully being in their bonded forever herd. 

The Wild Herd

The Wild Herd joined Springwood Sanctuary in the summer of 2023. They comprise ten horses and ponies who were rescued from another sanctuary which had to close, and are now joined by three of our beautiful retirement liveries. They all live together happily in their forever family. Their truly unique bonds are a delight to see. They are happiest grazing freely in a wide and open landscape where they can just 'be'. They live with freedom of choice and the ability to forage the abundant sanctuary land. We are very happy to have been able to offer this second stunning herd a home where they are completely safe, settled and loved. 

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