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Horsemanship & Ownership Experiences for Children

Join the team at EquiTune in Chandler every week and work towards their Horse Whisperer Skill Set Certificate Program!

This course is a step by step approach to help students with the training and education of horses using natural methods. The aim is to complete all of the tasks with one of EquiTune's schoolmasters remaining soft, flexible and relaxed throughout - self-managed NDIS welcome. Tailored towards children with rewards along the way, so that they can see how much they are achieving with their horsey partner, whilst having fun along the way - the horses love the sound of laughter and are quite the comedians!

Going over the bridge

The sessions help children build leadership and empathy, as well as develop a greater awareness of themselves, their capacity and their environment.

Through learning to build a relationship with a horse, children learn strategies that empower them to take control of their physical, mental and emotional state. This in turn helps them to build stronger relationships, re-engage with learning and see a future for themselves.

Parents are encouraged to set goals with EquiTune (or sharing their NDIS plan goals) and these are worked on through horsemanship and play at the child's pace. An alternative therapy that doesn't feel like therapy.

EquiTune regularly gets referrals from medical professionals. One of the major benefits of equine-assisted therapy is improved mood. The most effective forms of therapy allow the brain and body to heal through natural restorative processes. In other words, we do therapy on ourselves when we focus on a positive influence. The improved mood is a signal that they are giving cells of the brain and body the chance to operate on a healthy level. By participating in EquiTune's certificate program, your child will learn invaluable skills, not just horsemanship.

At EquiTune, we involve you in everything from 'catching' the horse (they usually catch us), grooming, rugging/unrugging, games, liberty play, horsemanship, horse safety, lunging vs circle games, long reining, feeding and so much more.

Matching steps sideways

Horses offer you more than just a ride, they offer insight into your soul, emotions and physical well-being. If you allow them, they will guide you and teach you to be the very best version of yourself. These sessions are not ridden but participants will in the end be able to dance with a horse without any ropes, or halter, or whip - just them and the horse having fun matching steps going sideways, running together over obstacles and even changing directions at the canter with the slightest change of shoulder direction.

Being around horses naturally slows our heartbeat and breath (scientifically proven) - horses appreciate mindfulness and being in the moment. Just stroking them and admiring the different colours in their coat supports people to stop thinking and live in the now - very hands-on skin on fur techniques. A side effect is often needing a nap after! It's all about connecting with a sentient being that doesn't care about what you look like but wants to connect in the moment - without technology.

Many people who take an interest in horses quit within the first 2 years because they did not harness the relationship. Horses are big, powerful, prey animals and it is imperative that they trust us, so that they are willing and eager participants in all activities. No one likes being forced into doing something against their will, especially horses!

EquiTune regulars often find that their horses will come up to the paddock gate and wait for them as soon as they see their car pull up and will start neighing impatiently for them to come and get them out of the paddock. It is a wonderful sight and also makes people feel so special.

Ridden available for intermediate to advanced riders as EquiTune ride bitless and tackless

EquiTune teaches wellness through horsemanship firstly on the ground and also how to 'feel' and 'listen' to the imperceptible messages horses are sending us all the time, helping the horse feel heard and creating a deeper connection for both you and horse, as they work cooperatively and collaboratively, to give you a rewarding experience.

You see, for EquiTune's horses to remain at their best and give you their best, we must continue to regard them highly and equally. Over and over again, visitors to EquiTune comment on how peaceful and happy EquiTune's horses are as well as how much personality they demonstrate - we encourage them to feedback as well as provide their own opinions.

Children learn all aspects of horsemanship and horse care including:

  • Learning to empathetically and effectively communicate with a horse on the ground

  • Become efficient at horse handling safety

  • Developing the coordination, confidence and balance needed to be an effective and empathetic handle

  • Understanding horse care from the pony's perspective, understanding what a pony needs and how to keep them well

    EquiTune focus on the big picture and the journey you will experience working at this deeper level of awareness, consciousness and connection.

    Weekly sessions from $100/week and twice weekly from $180/week. Go through the levels with us and earn stickers, prizes and certificates.

    EquiTune is located on a peaceful horse property in Chandler with amazing facilities as well as direct access to 200 acres of horse trails (just 20 minutes from Brisbane).

    If you would like to start your wellness journey, book your session today at

    Monthly show days where we perform for each other what we have been practising - picture from Christmas show.

    EquiTune also offers Bitless or Tackless riding (available to intermediate riders upwards), Horsemanship and leadline for under 7 years and interactive Equine-assisted alternative therapy/healing with horses for all ages with their herd of schoolmasters.

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    I've been a part of equine programs in the past and they can create incredible behavioural results
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