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Centre of

at 176 English Road, Bannockburn, VIC

Pony and horse riding lessons

Horse Riding Lessons

If you would like to learn how to ride a horse, train on the ground and understand how to connect with a horse, Heartwood Horses is the place to be.
Suited to beginners of any age and even if your health is compromised you can come and experience these beautiful creatures.

Therapeutic Riding lessons

If your child (or yourself) is in need a bit extra special care then we have the horses and ponies just for you. They are super quiet and experienced at helping humans have a lovely time here at the farm, either riding or just playing. Kim is experienced at assisting a variety of individual needs and works on the concepts of keeping safe, developing some skills and mostly having fun.

Yoga with Horses

Heartwood Horses is now offering Yoga with Horses in private and group lessons. You don’t need to have any Yoga or Horse Riding experience to try any of these options. Any age, fitness level and health limitations are welcome. Kim is a trained yoga therapist and experienced riding instructor.

There are 3 options:

Yoga with the Horse (non – riding)

Yoga on the Horse (riding)

Yoga with Horses for Healing

Therapeutic Horse Riding Lessons

Anyone is welcome to come and experience the magic of being with these beautiful animals.

Horse skills at Heartwood

Kim is a Child Therapist and Leah is studying Occupational Therapy. They have combined these skills with their years of horse riding and instructing to be able to give your child a lovely experience on their calm, safe and well trained horses. Spending time with these calm and trusting animals will help to build confidence, trust, coordination, fitness, body awareness, balance, emotional regulation, mindfulness, focus and enjoyment. 

We don’t focus on what they cant do, but what they can. The horses  build a bond with their riders/handlers and as a team we work with the students in a very caring and tailored way to suit each individual. We can develop a program that will enable your child to develop some new skills, while enjoying their time in the peacefulness of this country setting. 

The lessons are for 1 hour and are private. 

Cost is $70. 

Please call for more information on 0458 747 534 so that we can see if we can offer a program to greatly benefit your child. 

Horse Riding Lessons

Want to learn to Ride or develop some Horsemanship skills?

At Heartwood Horses, I specialise in beginners – young and not so young. We can cater for many health conditions with kindness and understanding. We teach gentle methods that work with the horse, while learning some animal behaviour skills. We teach grounds skills as part of the lesson as well as riding in a saddle and bareback pads if suitable.  I only offer private lessons so I can develop a program that suited just to your needs. 

We will help to develop horsemanship and riding skills, confidence, understanding horse behaviour, balance, coordination, focus, mindfulness and have fun while being out in the country. 

I have quiet, patient ponies and horses that make wonderful riding partners that assist me to keep you safe, develop your skills, and ensure you enjoy the experience.


 Private Lessons for one hour are by appointment only.

Mondays to Fridays: 9am to 1pm

Satudays 9am to 3pm

Sundays: limited availability



  • $50: Child ( 5-12yrs old)
  • $60 Adult (13 and over)


$60 per hour plus travel if greater than 10 minutes from Bannockburn


  • Students under 12 years old must have a parent available to assist during the lessons.
  • You should be prepared to use certain equipment that is essential for natural horsemanship techniques.
  • Maximum rider weight is 100 kg. 
  • Having fun is essential. 

Yoga with Horses

Hearthwood yoga studio

Why Yoga and Horses together

Yoga is an ancient practice that has been helping people to improve their physical, mental and emotional fitness for many years. It is very holistic and believe that any body system out for balance for long enough will cause dis-ease. Yoga is about working towards that balance and harmony within your entire body and work at every layer of your being. It is offered in a very practical way that is always tailored to suit the student. Anyone is very welcome as it is easily adapted for many health conditions and will benefit from the joint healing power of yoga and horses.

Horses have a gentle, peaceful & mindful way of being. They are very emotionally intelligent and can support you on your journey to better health and well-being. They can support us both physically and emotionally, and have been used to help humans for many thousands of years but more recently in a formal way as therapists. Here at Heartwood Horses you can connect in with these beautiful animals, taking the yoga to a whole new level.

Costs and Times

Private session: 1hr $60  2hr $100                                              Available: Monday to Friday  9am to 1pm                                                                     Sunday: 10am to 2pm

Yoga with the Horse (non-riding) 

This might start in the yoga studio and then we progress to outside in the undercover arena with the horse (or pony). The yoga is done on the ground with the assistance of the horse and will involve interacting with the horse to the level that suits. You will be able to connect in with these amazing sentient beings and their way of being which is grounded, centered, living in the present, and yet fully aware of their surrounding and the beings they are connected to. These horses are safe, well trained and enjoy interacting with people

Yoga Classes for Horse riders at your venue.

I am able to come to whatever venue you have, to do some classes for a specific group or need. I can change and modify many postures so that anyone and everyone can do them. All you need to do is ask!

 Using yoga we can improve your fitness for riding as well as your ability to be a calm and considerate horse owner by using Yoga to manage stress, anxiety, ability to be focused, grounded and enjoy living in the moment.

Then play with your horse ( or one of mine) and see what develops? Your horse will give you some amazing feedback on how your energy, focus and timing have changed.

Please contact Kim at Heartwood Horses for more information. 

Call 0458 7475 34
email kim@heartwoodhorses.com.au

'The Tree' yoga pose with horses

Yoga on the Horse (riding)

This will be done with a bareback pad or a vaulting roller so you have padding and something to grip to. You don’t need to be able to ride as this isn’t riding in the conventional way. It is safe, fun and will help you find balance in every sense. Being on the horse helps to connect to the horse at a deeper level. 


 Yoga with Horses for Healing

 This is more about focusing on a part of your health that needs attention and using the wonderful benefits of yoga the added bonus of the assistance of the horses to help you find better health and well-being. It doesn’t have to be specific but this is more about looking at an issue of issuing that are holding you back from your best self. Every situation will be assessed before the session so we know we have the safest and best program for your needs.

 About the Trainer and Venue    Heartwood Horses is a private farm with a peaceful country setting and you will be the only student there at the time. Every lesson is tailored to suit your needs and abilities to make sure that it is safe, helpful, educational and enjoyable. There is an indoor yoga studio, a covered arena and even a horse’s playground.

Kim has helped many students over the years with physical limitations, fear issues, stress, anxiety, lack of self-confidence, recovering from injury and many other health issues.

Kim is an experienced horsewoman with years of riding experience and has been studying natural horsemanship for 17 yrs. She only uses gentle methods with her horses, who are part of the family. Kim has been teaching horse riding to beginners for over 10 years and has been teaching yoga for almost as long. She is also a qualified Yoga Therapist.


My story

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 Natural Horsemanship since having children and buying my first horse as an adult. I needed a way to overcome my fears and regain my confidence. This led me to have a deep and connecting relationship with my horses that I had never dreamed of. 

 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. 

This journey also led me to yoga to be a better horsewoman but it has helped me in many ways in every aspect of my life.  It has helped me develop my physical, emotional and mental fitness and now I teach yoga so that I can share the wonderful joy and benefits of these ancient practices.

My new venture is to combine these two seemingly different yet surprisingly overlapping arts. If you are a horse person then the yoga will help to experience the world of horses at another level. If you are a yoga person then the influence of the horses will be a unique and powerful experience.

Working with children with a wide range of abilities and my understanding of the amazing therapeutic benefits of horses and riding has now led me to return to Graduate Studies at University where I plan to complete my Masters in Child Play Therapy in 2021. This will give me a much greater understanding and set of skills, in how to help children with a variety of needs and use my dogs and horses to help them develop new skills and self confidence, 


My qualifications

I am a Qualified Riding Instructor with Horse Safety Australia.

I am a Qualified Yoga Instructor with Dru Australia.

I am Qualified Yoga Therapist with Dru Australia

I am a trained Positive Psychology Coach

I Have my Cert IV in Training and Assessment.

Level 2 First Aid Accredited.

Currently I am studying the Graduate Diploma in Therapeutic Child Play at Deakin University 

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.

Healthy happy horses


176 English Road,
VIC 3331

Where we are

Get in touch


Kim Wood
0458 747 534