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Autism

Horse Boy has two proven modules for helping gain communication and for teaching autists. We offer services for families and also teach people these approaches.

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Dressage

We teach classical dressage from beginner to piaffe, passage and beyond. We offer courses on our schoolmaster horses and also stand three Lusitano stallions at stud.

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Self-Help

Horse Boy is all about making the impossible possible and building your dreams. We offer self-help and team building courses that go way beyond the norm. 

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Media

Rupert Isaacson and Horse Boy produce books, television, mainstream and independent movies, offer creative and commercial writing courses and public speaking. 

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Featured Event

May 29th, 2014 - UK

The Long Ride Home

Book Tour Begins

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Book Tour - The Long Ride Home, the long awaited sequel to "The Horse Boy"
Starting: May 29th, 2014 - 10am Hay Festival, UK

RUPERT ISAACSON TALKS TO JOHN MITCHINSON. Rupert's follow up book to the Hore Boy "The Long Ride Home" will be launched at this year at the Hay Festival in Hay-On-Wye in the UK. Come meet him May 29th, 2014 10am.

More dates for UK book tour coming soon!

Please contact us if you are interested in doing a Living Room Launch of The Long Ride Home

Upcoming Events

MAY
13

05/13/2014 - 05/14/2014
HBM 1 workshop: Running Session. Elgin TX

MAY
15

05/15/2014 - 05/16/2014
HBM 2 workshop: Preparing the Horse. Elgin TX

MAY
17

05/17/2014
Horse Boy Learning 1 workshop Elgin TX

MAY
18

05/18/2014 - 05/22/2014
HBM 3 workshop: Playdates & Environment

MAY
23

05/23/2014 - 05/24/2014
HBM 4 workshop: Canter work. Elgin TX

MAY
25

05/25/2014 - 05/26/2014
Stress Free Dressage 1 workshop Elgin TX

JUL
29

07/29/2014 - 07/30/2014
HBM 1 workshop: Running Sessions. Elgin TX

JUL
31

07/31/2014 - 08/01/2014
HBM 2 workshop: Preparing the Horse Elgin TX

Research, Testimonials & Press

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A few weeks ago we had a very special guest come to the farm, Marijke De Jong. I skipped Monday off school, in order t ...
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Horse Boy Community Activities

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  • starbella1313 created a blog entry She Fought To Be Her...
    A few weeks ago we had a very special guest come to the farm, Marijke De Jong. I skipped Monday off school, in order to attend the first day of the clinic, so when I returned to the farm in the future I would have a good overview of some of the main concepts and ideas to be able to continue learning, picking it up through Illiane and Rupert. There were about ten people  and we started by introducing ourselves. We were asked to include our name, who we were and what we wanted to get most out of the clinic (in-hand, riding, lunging etc.). In one big circle we all went around giving short three or four flustered sentences and moving on to the next person.
    [caption id="attachment_570" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="Volunteering downtown, November 2011"][/caption]
    We all spoke modestly and simply of ourselves, focusing on what we wished to learn, rather than who we are. After the last person spoke, Rupert addressed this. He declared out loud our bashfulness, and in a short sentence or two tacked on when he saw that shined in us most. Laurence the genius with a master in neuroscience who only claimed she wanted to learn. Josh, who has beautiful dressage seat. Then there’s me, who as he put it, fought to be here. Even with the simplicity, in that moment,  I felt pride to be labeled as a fighter.
    Marijke couldn’t be any more kind or funny, an amazing teacher. We did an intense theory session, followed by in-hand on a few horses, but I don’t think I could write only a post on that, I would have to write a book with all of the information I learned that day.
    Here’s the point, about two weeks later, somebody asked me “How?” Rupert said I fought to be here, but how did I fight? I've think I've bounced the same question in my head ever since the words came from his mouth. I remember answering like this, that against all odds I found the Horse Boy. I have this crazy story about my Oma was told to watch the War Horse movie and accidentally got the Horse Boy instead. She read that it was based in Austin, Texas, where I just moved not 6 months ago. She sent me the book and movie to read, with the words “Austin, Texas” highlighted. I emailed Iliane, asking to come out and haven’t stopped coming since. That was August, 2011. However, that’s not exactly a fight, just luck. I found the Horse Boy with luck, but I fought to stay here.
    [caption id="attachment_572" align="aligncenter" width="199" caption="My backriding during one of the weekly play-dates, January 2014"][/caption]
    Not another week later I have told myself this, I have fought because of all the things in the world, I choose The Horse Boy. Every weekend, holiday and summer I choose to be here, not home, with friends or anywhere else. If I’m not forced to be at school, I’m here. I choose each and every day to make striving at Horse Boy my dream. I skip high school parties, Friday nights and Saturday evenings. That’s what fighters do; sacrifice everything for someone, something else. I choose everyday to fight for my dream, chase it and never ever let it get away from me. For every mistake, every learning curve and every fall I pick myself up from, I always come back. Even if I think the bar of expectations is too high, the key is to jump anyway, reach, and never give up until I have it. Nothing stops this strive to learn and do my best. That’s the key. No matter how many weekends I come and leave again, I’ll always return.
    I am what I am, a fighter.
    04/14/2014
  • iliane is friends with dangillie
  • Cisco replied to the topic 'What are the common symptoms?' in the forum.
    As autism exists on a spectrum, the severity and presence of the symptoms can fluctuate from autist to autist. Some of the most common ones I have seen, however, are massive changes in sensitivity to various sensory stimuli (usually a balance, with some heightened and others dulled), diminished innate social knowledge, verbal linguistic difficulty, and obsessive interest in particular topics to the exclusion of others.

    Note, however, that I said diminished innate social knowledge. It can be learned academically, and many adult autists are socially adept due to increased analysis and learning of social conduct. This does, however, require an interest in learning such rules, which some autists may not have. I also specified that it is verbal linguistic difficulty. Many autists have a grasp of linguistics in their minds and a high vocabulary comprehension, but it is the move from cognition to vocalization that proves difficult.
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    04/09/2014
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