Heartwood Horses

having fun with horses

Kim Barker of Heartwood Horses

What's in a name

Why Heartwood?

Trees develop a hard, dense spine-like wood that gives the tree a solid foundation around which to grow; this core is referred to as 'heartwood'. The heartwood not only gives trees strength and longevity, but also the flexibility to be moulded by the elements.

The name Heartwood represents this idea of a solid foundation for horses but also riders. Once we have a solid core to work on, we can develop ourselves and our horses into what we want to become.

We have horses because we love them with all our heart, and they fill our hearts. We need to be strong and stable for them, so that we can have a safe and fun relationship and make all the time, money and effort worthwhile.

What's in it for me

I have been studying Parelli Natural Horsemanship since having children and buying my first horse. I needed a way to overcome my fears and regain my confidence.

I am now able to assist others with their journey into the wonderful world of horses - whether by being led on a pony ride, taking a lesson or developing a relationship with their horse.

My qualifications

I am a Qualified Riding Instructor with Horse Safety Australia.

I am a Qualified Yoga Instructor with Dru AustraliaDru Australia.

I am a Qualified Kids Yoga Instructor with Rainbow Kids Yoga.

Level 2 First Aid Accredited.

Equipment Suppliers

I only use bitless bridles for my lessons provided by Natural Horse World.
I also use their bareback pads.

My ropes and halters are mostly from Parelli.


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