Here's where you can find wellness with horse therapy

We're not horsing around - equine therapy is proven to have a unique impact on wellbeing in humans. These are 4 great spots where you can try it.

A woman pats a horse
  • Jon Gregory
  • October 2019

Whether it's for holistic healing or leadership training, you may want to consider an equine therapy break for your next holiday. Here are some places to try it in Australia and beyond.

Eden Equine, Bilpin, New South Wales

A luxury farmstay, 90 minutes drive from Sydney, that offers horseriding lessons, Eden Equine opens in new window also offers equine therapy sessions with Sammie Grantham, a qualified psychotherapist, who believes working with horses can help with depression and behavioural disorders. Just be sure to book sessions before you arrive.

The luxury cabin at Eden Equine in Bilpin, NSW
Retire to your luxurious cabin after a session at Eden Equine.

Gwinganna Lifestyle Retreat, Gold Coast, Queensland

At its Tallebudgera Valley location on the Gold Coast, equine learning is available at Gwinganna Lifestyle Retreat opens in new window alongside other wellness activities. The equine selection of things to do include group and individual sessions, as well as equine assisted meditation, and no previous experience with horses is necessary.

Nihi Sumba, Indonesia

As well as a full range of activities including yoga, survival apnoea and kitesurfing, luxury resort Nihi Sumba opens in new window on Sumba Island in Indonesia offers beach horseriding. But if you are looking for something more meaningful, you can try an equine connective experience with the resort’s resident horse expert, Carolyn Sharpe.

Lead the Way, New Zealand and Singapore

Having helped everyone from New Zealand’s troubled youth to the All Blacks, Lead the Way opens in new window now has training retreats on the Kapiti Coast of the North Island, in Queenstown on the South Island and based out of Singapore’s Polo Club. Headed up by “The Horse Whisperer” Andrew Froggatt, the courses offer help with leadership, communication and relationship coaching using horses.

Find out what horse therapy is really like from a first-hand experience at Eden Equine. opens in new window