Hens for Hire

School Hen Keeping Specialist

Positive Ponies

Meet the Positive Ponies!

The last 18months have been a challenging for both staff and students, mental health, wellbeing and self care are now a focus of the recovery curriculum. We believe that animals can have a powerful impact and create a meaningful connection through our sessions.

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Our bespoke visits created for your setting, bringing our team of Shetland Ponies & Hens, along with fully trained staff.

Our sessions are designed to offer students & staff at your setting, an out of the classroom experience focusing on mental well-being and mindfulness, all from the safety of your bubbles.  Along with the animals we have created supporting worksheets to enhance the experience.  We also provide all risk assessments along with access to our online Chicken Club, packed full of resources.

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Areas our activities cover

  • Mindfulness & Meditation
  • Breathing
  • Connection & Calmness
  • Positive Coping strategies & Fun!

Meet our Ponies

On our visit, we will bring Tom & Harvey the mini Shetland Ponies, though they may be tiny in stature they make up for it with big personalities.
They are brothers and have been part of the family for over 14 years.
They have both been trained using Natural Horsemanship methods and are used to being around small people. They currently offer group and 121 support to visitors coming to sessions here at Hens HQ
They are both very responsive to people they interact with and help humans to make a connection.

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Meet our Hens & Humans

On our visit, we will bring a selection of breeds of hen, including our lovely Bantam hens. All the hens are really well handled and used to visiting school setting. They come in lots of different sizes and colours and give excellent Hen Hugs.

Our Humans

Stephanie Gaunt

After leaving University, with a BA Hons degree, I worked in the corporate environment but I always felt that I wanted to combined my life-long love and experience of horses with my passion for helping people.

In 2009 I made the life changing decision to travel to the USA to study and train in horse and human psychology at The Natural Horsemanship University. I graduated as a 3* Instructor and enjoyed teaching people all over the world and helping them with their horses.

In 2011 I became involved with ‘The Horse Course’, which is now a leader in well evidenced high impact Equine Intervention. I have facilitated courses all over the country in many different settings and continue to be thrilled at the great success Equine Facilitated Therapy and Coaching can bring to people of all ages enabling them to make powerful, long lasting changes and to build life skills to achieve a brighter future.

I run a successful Equine Facilitated Coaching business around being a mum to two young children and enjoying competing my own horse to National level in British Dressage.

Claire Peach

After graduating from University and travelling I worked as a trainer, facilitator and manager for 15 years in communications and banking.  I set up Hens for Hire 10 years ago, specialising in setting up schools with hens around the country.  My award winning business has worked with over 20 000 pupils and staff sharing the joy of hens.  During that time I saw the positive impact animals especially hens can have on the mood, outlook and wellbeing of children. Personally I have been on a journey developing my horses and horsemanship, through natural horsemanship.

Claire & Steph who will both come out on site to lead the pony and poultry sessions, have over 40 years of equine & poultry experience between them.  Both are fully trained in handling the hens along with a wealth of Natural Horsemanship expertise and training.  Both Claire & Steph have worked extensively in educational settings delivering 121 and groups sessions.  They are DBS checked, have full liability insurance along with animal transport certificates. Claire holds Parelli Natural Horsemanship Level 1 & 2 certificates, while Steph holds a level 4 certificate. We also hold a Covid Readiness Certificate.

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Our sessions:

Pony Encounters

  • For up to 15 pupils per session
  • 1 hour sessions (50 min sessions to allow for bubble movement & cleaning of equipment)

Wellbeing Sessions – One-off visit

1 hour sessions (50 min sessions to allow for bubble movement & cleaning of equipment).

  • For 6-10 pupils

Wellbeing Weekly Sessions

1 hour sessions (50 min sessions to allow for bubble movement & cleaning of equipment).

  • For 6-10 pupils

Staff Wellbeing Sessions

1 hour CPD session (or as along you would like).
Suitable for everyone!
After everything our amazing school key workers have had to cope with and adapt to this year, we provide a fantastic opportunity for staff to have time out of the classroom, outside, connecting and interacting with our animals.


We can visit for just an hour or half a day. We are fully insured and DBS checked. For full details and for costs of our visit to your setting please use the contact us page.

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