Ponies and Animals
Hanford is famous for its ponies but there are also lots of other animals at the school. We are a nation of animal loves and that love affair begins in childhood. The Canning family, who founded Hanford, strongly believed that being around animals was an important part of childhood. It teaches children to be thoughtful, kind and gentle as well as encouraging them to think about others.
There are currently 16 ponies living permanently in our stables. During term time they are sometimes joined by the girl’s ponies. Before any girls can to bring her own pony to school it must be assessed for suitability.
The stables is a popular place to hang out in break and recreation. Girls will often enjoy spending their free time grooming and caring for the ponies. Their desire to animals at Hanford helps to encourage a sense of selflessness and caring. It is also an important area of common ground as the shared interest in ponies, chickens and dogs can help bring together even the most unlikely of friendships.
Dogs and Dog Walks
The dogs often come and go during the day as staff will often bring them into school as the girls love taking them for walks around the grounds. There are all sorts of dogs at school from Dachshunds, Spaniels, Labs and Lurchers all of which are looking for willing dog walkers. At weekends Mr and Mrs J will often take a group of girls for a dog walk, sometimes with a picnic, up Hod or Hambledon Hill. The nearby reconstructed railway station at Shillingstone has a wonderful little cafe where they serve piping hot chocolate in the winter and ice cream in the summer.