DVDs worth watching

HorseBoyMethod1TrainingDVDHoned over nearly a decade of trail and error with his son, Rowan and their Quarter Horse mare Betsy, Rupert Isaacson's Horse Boy Method differs radically from the regular approach to therapeutic riding.

Aimed specifically at autism spectrum disorders, ADHD, learning disabilities and other neuro-psychiatric conditions, Horse Boy Method helps ameliorate the sensory challenges that prevent so many spectrum children from direct communication.

In Horse Boy Method the name of the game is communication.

Horse Boy Method helps you create the ideal win win environment for autism families.

Using sensory work, circus tricks in which the horse responds to one syllable vowel sounds and hand gestures, back-riding (in which the child has the triple benefit of deep pressure, the movement of the horse, and the voice in the ear), academics on horseback, rule based games and perspective taking exercises.

Horse Boy Method is truly cutting edge. For anyone dealing with the current pandemic of autism spectrum children weather as parent, therapist or riding instructor, this DVD is a must watch. For those interested in better horsemanship, the exercises for increased collection (a vital tool for rocking the child's pelvis while back-riding, and thus opening the learning receptors of the brain) are fascinating.

Narrated by Rupert himself and featuring the Horse Boy Team of volunteers and riders.

The DVD offers a way forward that makes sense for families and therapists caught in the day to day struggle to bridge the communication gap.

It's also great fun.

Horse Boy Method is a registered trademark. The DVD does not certify you to offer Horse Boy Method to families. Please see our "How to become a Practitioner" page for details on becoming an Independent Horse Boy Method Practitioner

Film length: 77 min 

Language: English 
Format: NTSC

Buy Now: Horse Boy Method 1 (Training DVD)Horse Boy Method 1 (Training DVD)

TheHorseBoyAn intensely personal yet epic spiritual journey, The Horse Boy follows one Texas couple and their autistic son as they trek on horseback through Outer Mongolia in an attempt to find healing for him. When two-year-old Rowan was diagnosed with autism, Rupert Isaacson, a writer and former horse trainer, and his wife Kristin Neff, a psychology professor, sought the best possible medical care, but traditional therapies had little effect. Then they discovered that Rowan has a profound affinity for animals particularly horses and the family set off on a quest that would change their lives forever.

Directed by Michel Orion Scott, The Horse Boy is part travel adventure, part insight into shamanic healing and part intimate look at the autistic mind. In telling one family's extraordinary story, the film gives voice to the thousands who display amazing courage and creativity everyday in the battle against this mysterious and heartbreaking epidemic. The filmic companion to Isaacson's best-selling book of the same name, and a festival favorite, this ravishing documentary odyssey gives insight into how, in life's darkest moments, one can find the gateway to joy and wonder.

- 16:9 anamorphic transfer, enhanced for widescreen TVs 
- 25 minutes of additional interviews with autism experts, including Simon Baron-Cohen and animal behavior expert Dr. Temple Grandin (subject of an upcoming HBO biopic starring Claire Danes)
- Behind-the-scenes and outtake footage of the Isaacsons' Mongolian journey
- Theatrical trailer
- Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hearing impaired


An extraordinary journey of the heart and spirit, and a stirring testament to parenthood. --Gary Goldstein, Los Angeles Times

A lyrical and stirring meditation on the mystery of autism. --Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly

A deeply personal, highly subjective and inarguably thought-provoking story of one family's quest for a certain kind of peace. --Jeannette Catsoulis, The New York Times

Buy Now: The Horse Boy (Documentary)

TempleGrandinIt doesn't take long to see that Temple Grandin, the main character in this eponymous HBO movie, is, well, different--she (in the person of Claire Danes, who plays her) tells us before the credits start that she's "not like other people." But "different" is not "less." Indeed, Grandin, who is now in her 60s, has accomplished a good deal more than a great many "normal" folks, let alone others afflicted with the autism that Grandin overcame on her way to earning a doctorate and becoming a bestselling author and a pioneer in the humane treatment of livestock. It wasn't easy. The doctor who diagnosed her at age 4 said she'd never talk and would have to be institutionalized. Only through the dogged efforts of her mother (Julia Ormond), who was told that "lack of bonding" with her child might have caused the autism, did Grandin learn to speak; to go to high school, college, and grad school; and to become a highly productive scientist, enduring the cruel taunts of her classmates and the resistance of many of the adults in her life (most of whom are shown as either narrow-minded prigs or macho, chauvinist jerks). Her lack of social skills and sometimes violent reactions to the overstimulation in her environment made it tough to fit in, to say the least. Danes, who is in nearly every scene of director Mick Jackson's film, is remarkable, embodying Grandin's various idiosyncrasies (such as talking, too loud, too fast, and too much) without resorting to caricature. Jackson does a marvelous job of depicting not only her actual accomplishments (among other things, she took the "squeeze machine" created to "gentle" upset cattle and adapted it for herself, using it to replace the hugs she never got as a child; later on, she revolutionized the systems used to prepare cows for slaughter, as well as the design of the slaughterhouses themselves), but also her more abstract talents, especially the extraordinary visual acuity that enables her to remember virtually everything she's ever seen. This is mostly Danes's film, but the whole cast is top-notch, especially Ormond, Catherine O'Hara as Temple's aunt, and David Strathairn as one of the few teachers who saw Grandin's potential. Captivating, compelling, and thoroughly entertaining, Temple Grandin is highly recommended. --Sam Graham

Buy Now: Temple Grandin (HBO Movie) 

MaryPoppinsReleased from the Disney Vault in celebration of its 50th Anniversary, this beloved classic shines on DVD with an all-new restoration. Winner of five Academy Awards, including Best Actress (Julie Andrews), Best Song (“Chim Chim Cher-ee”) and Best Visual Effects, Mary Poppins is a movie experience your family will enjoy over and over again. 

“Practically Perfect In Every Way” Mary Poppins flies out of the windy London skies and into the home of two mischievous children. With the help of a carefree chimney sweep named Bert (Dick Van Dyke), the spirited nanny turns every chore into a game and every day into a “Jolly Holiday.” Share the music, share the magic, share the joy of Mary Poppins with a whole new generation on Disney DVD.

Buy Now: Mary Poppins 50th Anniversary Edition

TraceAmountsHas Mercury Caused One of the Worst Health Crises in American History?

During the past 20 years, the frequency of autism occurring in children has skyrocketed from 1 in 10,000 to 1 in 68, and the scientific community is no closer to determining a cause. Trace Amounts is the true story of Eric Gladen’s painful journey through mercury poisoning that he believes resulted from a thimerosal-loaded tetanus shot. His discoveries led him on a quest for the scientific truth about the role of mercury poisoning in the Autism epidemic.

Buy Now: Trace Amounts (Documentary) 


AutismEnigmaThe Autism Enigma looks at the progress of an international group of scientists who are looking for clues to the baffling disorder by examining the amazingly diverse and powerful microbial ecosystem that's an essential part of the human gastrointestinal tract and the extraordinary efforts of parents who have been relentlessly pushing science forward in hopes of finding answers for their children's condition.

Buy Now: Autism Enigma Documentary

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The Long Ride Home

The long awaited sequel of the Horse Boy.


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