Independent Practitioners, Mentors and Official Centers

hbt5starHorse Boy Tribe: have at least two certified members, fulfilled at least all requirements for Horse Boy Method 1 and Horse Boy Learning 1.
hbt5starHorse Boy Method: fulfilled at least all requirements for Horse Boy Method 1 and offers services with horses.
hbt5starHorse Boy Learning: fulfilled at least all requirements for Horse Boy Learning 1 and offers kinetic learning services without horses.
 

Practitoners, Mentors and Tribes are rated from Basic Practioner/Mentor through 5 Star Practitioner/Tribe and 3 Star Mentor depending on the courses the individual member has completed. Horse Boy cannot gurantee a Practitioners, Tribes, or Mentors services but all people listed here have fulfilled all requirements for their level including but not limited to video submission of work with children and horses, case studies and testimonials.

Basic Practitioners/Tribes/Mentors are only qualified to offer "One-Family-Sessions", 2 Star and higher Mentors and Practitioners can work with more than one family at a time and offer Horse Boy Pladyates. Independent over night Horse Boy Camps can ony be run by 4 Star or higher Practitioners.

Horse Boy Certified Centers

Square Peg Foundation

PMB #402 80 Cabrillo Hwy North, Suite Q
Half Moon Bay
94019 California
USA
People often ask; how did Square Pegs start? Square Pegs started in my heart over 20 years ago. I was teaching a summer riding program in Sacramento at a privileged Montessori school.

It was the first riding program of my own, I was all of 22 years old. One of the parents asked if her teen-aged daughter could help me for the summer. The girl had been in trouble with the law and her mom wanted to keep her busy. She was a tough kid with a great heart. She kind to the animals and considerate of the kids. We worked hard side by side and became close that summer.

One morning, I found the girl clinging desperately to the neck of Lad, my giant skittish Thoroughbred schoolmaster. She was sobbing her teenaged heart out. Lad bore her tears patiently and never moved a muscle. I realized that this horse was a better listener and a better friend than anyone else in this troubled girl’s life – including me. He didn’t offer advice, he never told her that everything would be okay. He was simply “there” for her in the truest sense.It struck me that morning that the most important thing I had cultivated all summer long was not that I had built a successful riding program but I had created the space for the bond a struggling young woman had developed with a tall, slim ex-racehorse.

I knew this was something special.

I started thinking “What if?”

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It was about the horses first and riding second?
We offered a program to troubled teens or kids that couldn’t afford riding or to kids that nobody wanted to teach?
Or to people who needed to take things more slowly: To savor each accomplishment and overcome fear or anxiety?
What if learning has little to do with what the teacher is saying but everything to do with what the student is working to understand?
What if I’m learning more from the students and the horses than they are from me? Is that okay?
What if the kids learn something even more important from helping other students?
What if we could create a safe place for animals and an emotionally safe space for learning?

All this time, I continued working with racehorses. From them I learned that obedience is different from respect.Obedience is demanded. Respect is earned. If you misunderstand this critical difference when working with a racehorse, it can get you killed.

I also learned you might be able to shape an animal’s behavior, but you can never change who that animal really is.

Some horses have the personalities of champions. They run even if they are injured. And some have a personality that might land them a trip on the slaughter truck.

I knew I had to do something about that too.

Fast forward a few years and in walks the love of my lifeDarius Christopher Dunlap; bringing with him his giant smile and insatiable curiosity. He listened while I ranted about what kids might really need to be successful human beings. He understood that both horses and kids deserved second and third chances and sometimes more, to show how amazing they are.We agreed that being different was what made you special – not weird or strange.

Darius and I talked and talked and pretty soon, he’d talked me into marrying him and I had talked him into starting this crazy idea of Square Pegs. We didn’t know anything about non profits. But we knew we had to start not just a school, but a movement. We knew we would build the entire program and horse rescue around the notion that EVERYone Fits.The next thing I know, Darius listed his house on the market, took a hiatus from hi-tech and signed on to be the original Executive Director of Square Pegs.He devoted the equity on his home and over two years of his professional life to building the infrastructure of the organization. Now that he is back in the customer support and tech world, he is still the one who, when I’m dead on my feet, picks me up gently and hands me a glass of wine and sits me at the table to a fantastic meal.

Which brings us to today – What have we created?

We created a friendly space that is physically challenging but emotionally safe.A space where the student learns at his own pace and marks achievement because she is encouraged to. Where helping out, in whatever way you can, is being part of a community of caring.

A space where the care of the animals reminds us that all life has value and deserves respect and another chance.

Because these are the real lessons and this is the movement we set out to create. Challenge Yourself to Raise Funds for Square Peg through your social networks!
Critters:
  • Horses
  • Dogs
  • Goats
  • Cats
Facilities:
  • Trails
  • Swings
  • Pond/Creek/Pool/Waterfront
  • Indoor Play Space
  • Outdoor Arena
  • Round Pen
Practitioner, Mentor or Tribe Acreditation:
  • Horse Boy Method 1: Rider
  • Horse Boy Method 2: Preparing the Horse Boy Horse
  • Horse Boy Method 3: Running Playdates
  • Horse Boy Method 4: Rule Based Games & Canter
  • Horse Boy Method 5: Running Camps
Date first certified: November 2010
Date last Continuous Education : February 2013

Square Peg Foundation

PMB #402 80 Cabrillo Hwy North, Suite Q Half Moon Bay, California USA 94019

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Joell Dunlap

4 Star Method Practitioner
  • Horse Boy Method 1: Rider
  • Horse Boy Method 2: Preparing the Horse Boy Horse
  • Horse Boy Method 3: Running Playdates
  • Horse Boy Method 4: Rule Based Games & Canter
  • Horse Boy Method 5: Running Camps
  • Horse Boy Learning 1

Rachel Bisaillon

Basic Method Practitioner
  • Horse Boy Method 1: Rider

Kathleen Addison

Practitioner Apprentice or trained Volunteer/Staff

Max Freiberger

Practitioner Apprentice or trained Volunteer/Staff
  • Horse Boy Method 1: Rider
Practitioner Apprentice or trained Volunteer/Staff

Sigourney Jellins

2 Star Method Practitioner
  • Horse Boy Method 1: Rider
  • Horse Boy Method 2: Preparing the Horse Boy Horse
  • Horse Boy Method 4: Rule Based Games & Canter

Ashleigh Morris

Basic Learning Mentor
  • Horse Boy Learning 1

Jeanee Loveland Freiberger

Practitioner Apprentice or trained Volunteer/Staff
  • Horse Boy Method 1: NON RIDER
Practitioner Apprentice or trained Volunteer/Staff
Practitioner Apprentice or trained Volunteer/Staff
Testimonials:

Horse Boy Surf Camp
We had so much fun at this camp! Nick experienced so many things he had never done before. Camping, Kayaking, Boogie Boarding and Horse back riding. Singing around the campfire and sharing meals out doors with new friends, it was fantastic! The whole experience made me realize what we've been missing all these years. Thank you so much Joell Dunlap, for putting together such a great time! If you would like to help Square Peg, they are currently working hard at completing this campsite for families with special needs and would very much appreciate donations. I can tell you, firsthand that it's coming along nicely and has proved to be very successful! I can see that many kids and their families will benefit from this camp in the future. Often times families of kids with autism miss out on these seemingly normal activities. Some kids may be very sensitive to bugs, they may be scared of animals and often times they can’t handle the change of being anywhere outside of their home. Square Peg is a place where you can be and not feel out of place, not judged by peering eyes and just be yourself. I am very grateful for the opportunity to have Nick have these experiences. I hope Square Peg get lots of help to continue doing what they do.


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The Long Ride Home

The long awaited sequel of the Horse Boy.

 

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