Horse Boy Method is a 6 stage process aimed at getting communication and brain re-patterning with children on the autism spectrum. It's effectiveness is not limited to autism however and applies equally well to ADD, ADHD, dyslexia, anxiety, grief, addition, and other conditions of the nervous system and the brain. Now practiced in many countries world wide the first research studies into Horse Boy Method were completed in 2013 and more are ongoing. Click here to learn more about our the Method.
We offer workshops for professionals and parents. Workshops are designed for both, riders and non-riders and are aimed at therapists, riding instructors and parents alike. For upcoming workshop in Texas and around the world, click here.
Trained and certified Independent Horse Boy Method Practitioners can be found here.
We offer two week long training packages in Horse Boy Method courses, Horse Boy Learning and Stress Free Dressage at home in Elgin, TX. Click here for details and dates.
We run Horse Boy Camps in Texas and some of our satellite stables offer Horse Boy Camps elsewhere in North America and Europe. Some of our Independent Practitioners also offer independently run camps that use Horse Boy Method. Camps are usually 3-4 days long and vary in intensive. All camps are for the whole family. We tend to see our best results during these intensive camps. More details are here.
Horse Boy Learning is a cutting edge approach to (autism) education utilizing movement, intrinsic motivation and natural environments to help children open up to learning. It works for neuro-typical and special needs children alike and helps in particular children who may not achieve academically in "normal" homeschooling to achieve way beyond previous expectations.
It is a simple 6 stage process that can be learned by anyone and used to teach everything from the basics of reading and writing to advanced academics such as physics, biology and chemistry.
Unlike Horse Boy Method these techniques do not necessarily require horses or a lot of green space. Instead these simple easy to learn techniques can be done by you in your home or classroom. All that is required is a knowledge of the child you are working with, their motivations and sense of humor, the right environment and a little bit of creativity.
We offer one day workshops around the world. Click here to find dates and details. Horse Boy Learning is also part of our education weeks in Elgin. Dates can be found here.
Horse Boy Learning is also available through webinars and online Home Study Courses (coming early 2014).
Phone consultations with a Horse Boy Learning specialist are available upon request to discuss your child's specific needs and work out a road map for your child's education.
Gold and Silver members can also find help, support and community in our online Forum by talking with other parents, sharing your own stories and getting direct advice from the Horse Boy Learning team.
Some of our Independent Horse Boy Method Practitioners have also taken courses in Horse Boy Learning. To find Independent Practitioners near you, click here.
Stress Free Dressage offers the classical dressage system without the STRESS. Many of us have pursued dressage in good faith, only to find ourselves shouted at, humiliated, and abused while at the same time just as unclear as we were at the start. Stress Free Dressage addresses this problem.
Stress Free Dressage gives you this clear road map, schoolmaster horses to practice on and above all very, very clear explanations and advice on how to find your local mentors to further pursue your dressage at home. Even if you decide never to touch dressage again you will have a clear understanding of what it is, why it is, where it comes from, how its done - on the lunge, in hand and ridden - and how it helps you with your horse at whatever level in whatever discipline. You will experience all 6 points of the training scale including the joys of Piaffe, Passage and airs like Levade. It's fun, safe, easy to do and requires no dressage background at all. Come enjoy!
We offer courses in Elgin, TX. For dates and course details click here.
For Gold Member we have an online Online Education Series of exercises available. Click here to register or to see an overview of the course. (Coming early 2014).
Also available for Silver and Gold Members is our Support Forum in which you can ask find help directly from Rupert, Iliane and sometimes their own mentors.
Within horse related therapies there seems to be a lack of independent peer reviewed research. As you know autism and all the different ideas, opinions, research, controversies etc. are very confusing to parents and therapists alike, and kinetic learning is just in its infant stages with only sparse research.
Horse Boy is dedicated to help fill this gap wherever we can.
In our research section you will find interesting, sometimes through provoking studies and theories about our 4 main fields of interest: horses, autism, kinetic learning, and our moto "Live Free - Ride Free" i.e. the psychology of happiness.
All research listed is from reliable sources checked by our graduate level research team and Rowan's mom Dr. Kristin Neff professor of developmental psychology and expert in Self-Compassion at the University of Texas at Austin.
For Horse Boy Method and Learning, we have completed a study into the family out come of Horse Boy Camps and are working with the department of kinesiolgy of the University of Texas at Austin to develop further research into kinetic learning.
To visit our research section click here.
We urge you to join our website and discuss current research with our team in our Forum.
Straightness Training Demo with Marijke de Jong. March 23rd, 2014 - 9am-5pm - Elgin, TX
Chadwick Stokes of Dispatch and State Radio, Erin Ivey, The Jitterbug Vipers, DaHeBeGeBees, Ruby Jane Smith and more.
Visit www.horseboyfest.com for details and tickets.
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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.
By participating in a Horse Boy Method session or training or applying them at home you accept full personal responsibility for any injury or death that can follow any equine activity. The Horse Boy Foundation accepts no liability.
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.