The New Zealand Centre of Equine Psychology and Behaviour provides unparalleled opportunities for students, visitors and horses. It is here that the Herdword philosophy is transposed into educational material for students, along with practical applications for all avenues of equine management, training, readjustment and athletic development.
The centre is situated on a 350 acre farm near the East Coast of the Tararua district, in the heart of unspoiled New Zealand.
Set up with 'feel good' factors for both horses and visiting students, the centre is one
of the most unique equestrian facilities in the world. It features:
- 4 all-weather round pens
- An expansive all-weather arena
- Stables for up to 6 horses
- Holding pens for another 6 horses
- Small holding paddocks
- Washdown facilities
- A f'low' system for calmly and safely encouraging unhandled youngsters down from the hills and into the yards
- A cross country course running over a large part of the farm
- A cabin for comfortable accommodation
The facility provides an
ideal learning environment for students. Quiet and secluded, it allows students
to become totally absorbed in the world of the horse. Training yards are situated to allow the student quiet, privacy and an exceptional amount of individual
There is horseback access to the nearby ranges and the general location provides
a number of additional natural and environmental attractions.
Accommodation for students and visitors is provided in a newly built (2007) cabin, which overlooks the arena. Accommodation is warm, clean, comfortable and complements the equestrian complex. Substantial and nutritious breakfast and dinner meals can be included in any training package or short stay if required.
Young horses at the centre have the wildest start in life imaginable. In addition to tailored courses, the NZ Centre of Equine Psychology and Behaviour offers visitors and students the opportunity to observe the interactions within the herd and the horse's wild side within a very natural environment.
By prior arrangement, individuals and small groups are also welcome to observe work with horses undergoing formative training, remedial training or those on a programme of rehabilitation. The specific needs of visiting groups can also be arranged. eg tour of the facilities, loading demonstrations, round pen sessions, presentations etc.
Please contact us to ask.
Layout of the centre's training facilities: red dots mark the round pens, blue marks the training arena
The stable complex accommodates 6 horses with holding pens available for more (below).
One of the centre's round pens
The centre's cross country course
Warm, comfortable accommodation in the centre's cabin.