After the natural horsemanship comes what the Spanish would call ‘Doma Vaquera’ or cow work in which the young horse, but working livestock learns how to go forward, condense or lengthen his step, accept the bit, and seek the contact, learn to stop, start and spin, and to cope with anything the outside world can throw at him.
In the French system this is called the ‘debourrage’ (the scraping clean) and includes working over small fences as well as basic flat work and hacking or trail riding at all three gaits.
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The Horse Boy Method is not intended or offered as a cure for autism. Ameliorative effects may or may not occur. The method was found to be very useful with Rupert's son Rowan and with other children subsequently. We simply follow what worked for Rowan and others but there is no guarantee of outcome.
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Just as a reminder… The Horse Boy Method Training is an intro into the methods including but not limited to back-riding. We do NOT suggest that you go home and start back-riding with children. Practice, practice, practice! Seek professional advice from your trainers to deepen your skills as a rider and horseman/woman. Take lessons! Again, after the training you are probably NOT ready to ride with a child. Practice until you, your horses and your property are ready for back-riding! HORSE BOY LLC, IT’S MEMBERS, OFFICERS, TRAINERS ETC ARE NOT LIABLE FOR ANY INJURY, DEATH OR DAMAGE CAUSED BY YOU BACKRIDING WITH A CHILD OR OTHER PERSON.
We do suggest you and anybody you work with wears protective gear like protective riding helmets etc.