Neigh. Nature Enabling Interdependence Growth & Happiness.
We teach animal husbandry so that by enabling animal welfare an individual's own wellbeing is enriched.
We guide partnerships with horses to create interdependence and confidence for both human and horse.
On our farm sanctuary we have created a safe space where people and animals can connect on a completely voluntary basis.
We welcome everyone's participation and we specialise in working with people with additional needs.
We are passionate about helping both humans and animals to achieve autonomy in their lives.
Our aim is to reconnect our visitors with a natural environment and create the lifestyle for our animals that nature intended.
We tailor our sessions to individual needs be it 1:1, group or family sessions.
Please contact to discuss your requirements. Our sessions also include Home Educators Meets, Open Days, Teen Days, Pony Playgroup and more are being added. Sessions can include equine facilitated learning and therapy, animal husbandry and connections.
Referrals can be made privately or through third parties.
Health & Safety
We are fully insured, hold Enhanced DBS checks, First Aid trained and fully Risk Assessed. Disclaimer - Due to the nature of the environment and working with animals we do state that participation is at your own risk and ask you to sign your agreement and consent before sessions
Watlington Hill Farm Sanctuary is a forever home for horses, donkeys, sheep, cows and goats.
Located high in The Chilterns overlooking the Oxford Vale we are a unique location for reconnecting with nature, oneself and animals.
We have a herd of horses who choose to help people. We offer them a loving home, in a mixed herd of cattle and sheep, with an enriched environment that constantly strives to emulate as natural a lifestyle as possible. We have an ever evolving track system inspired by the idea of Jamie Jackson?s Paddock Paradise which keeps our barefoot herd fit and healthy, through movement over varied terrain and natural diet. Incorporating Friendship, Freedom and Forage is paramount to us for our horses. We believe through the ?Psychology of the Herd? horses are able to balance themselves emotionally which creates an empathetic being who wants to interact with humans. Free choice for our animals is our priority as this makes for a happy existence. They give freely of their time and we invite them to volunteer to join us in our many activities. They choose whether or not they want to be included at any point and can leave whenever they wish.
All the animals who live here with us including, the cattle, sheep & goats have so much to share with us, demonstrating their sentience & desire to interact.
We are a Not for Profit organisation. As a Sanctuary we are always fundraising to better the lives of our animals and enable more people to visit us.
We are currently fundraising to improve facilities for visitors and animals including our main barn, to allow more people to access us all year round. There are many expenses associated with caring for animals including routine Vet bills, feed costs, dentistry, podiatry, enrichment, maintenance plus extra care for older animals. As stated our animals have found their forever home with us and as they get older they often need more help which can incur more costs.
Donations also help participants who would otherwise find it difficult to access our unique sessions.
If you'd like to contribute, please click donate.
We welcome fundraising ideas too.
Thank you for attending our open days this year including the June Open Farm Sunday with our third Vegan Fete & our September Meet the Animals day with Vegan BBQ, we can?t wait to welcome you back next summer.
New resident Raven the Zwartbles sheep is settling in well & becoming firm friends with Lucy.
Our winter fundraiser is open for donations and we have welcomed new residents Toby & Tom the turkeys.