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

Deb Michael - Horse Buds

HorseBuddies Family Play Dates: Families of children/adults with autism or developmental disorders attend weekly play dates that run from 1.5 hrs. to 2.5 hrs., depending on the season of the year. Parents and siblings join in the fun so that the entire family benefit from the relaxed stress-free farm, child-safe environment. Classes are conducted by a practitioner that is certified in the Horse Boy Method—an innovative type of therapy that is breaking through the barriers of autism.

Each child, whether they have a disability or not, is assigned a horse with a horse leader. In addition, each child has one or two side walkers who also, act as shadows for the child-led activities. The program is about communication, rule-based games, and activity transitions. Riding, horse tricks and interaction with farm animals encourage verbal communication. The Horse Boy method includes creating a safe environment where the child has the freedom to explore and where families can enjoy each other’s support. Play dates vary each time, and may not always include riding a horse.

The goal is to provide a stress-free environment, and integrate sensory work by letting a child or parent just sit or lie on a horse back to rest or talk, read a book. The horse is trained to stand quietly with the horse handler, while the participant’s stress behaviors melt away. Rule-based games, especially on horseback, help the rider participate and communicate with others in a non-threatening environment. Academics are introduced to the kinetic learner, and games on horseback are used to relax the rider and encourage verbal communication.

The difficulty relating to the exterior world can often be met with resistance with those that have autism, but in a natural, friendly environment a horse can help engage that person with others, and confidence emerges. Horses are taught tricks to encourage participants to be verbal. A child with autism quickly learns to command a 1000 lb horse by saying smile, bow, and then adding the horse’s name to the command.

Activities at a play date may include:
  • Painting and decorating a horse
  • Horse sensory work, and small animal sensory work— For example, bottle feed a piglet or baby goat, polka dot a pig with paint, hold the friendly cat or bunny, brush or wash the program dog, groom the mini horse or mini donkey.
  • Trick train the dog or pig to sit, or perform horse tricks such as bow, look away, smile, and flap your lips,
  • Hiking in a field, trail or farm road to the pond to catch tadpoles with a net, scavenger hunt, trail blazing with paint.
  • Sand pile for sensory fun and canoe filled with small river rock
  • Building snowmen, winter fun such as sledding down a bank with a volunteer
  • Games on horseback might include rings, hoola hoops, flags, eggs floating in water to scoop, hide the carrots.
  • Cones, poles, balls are also used.
Backyard wind-down is an important part of the play date. The backyard is fenced in with large shade trees and hanging hammock chairs, a large hammock, a double wooden chair wing, a tire swing, a rope swing and monkey rope and a basketball hoop. Volunteers are still supervising the children as well as parent involvement is used in backyard games. There are large cottonwood logs for climbing. Noodles for pretend swords fights, a chicken pen where the kids can throw seed through the fence, and there is the backyard corral where there are 6 young goats and two young sows. Join the HorseBuddies family and enjoy support, relaxation and watch your children blossom!
Critters:
  • Horses
  • Minis
  • Donkeys
  • Dogs
  • Goats
  • Cats
  • Pigs
  • Ducks & Chickens
  • Rats, Bunnies & other small animals
Facilities:
  • Trails
  • Climbing Frame
  • Swings
  • Pond/Creek/Pool/Waterfront
  • Indoor Play Space
  • Bathrooms
  • 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 Learning 1
Date first certified: Sept 2012
Date last Continuous Education : April 2014

Deb Michael - Horse Buds

16696 Weld County Road 70 Greeley, Colorado USA 80631

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Deb Michael

2 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 Learning 1
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