What has dressage got to do with Horse Boy and Autism? Everything! We need a soft, safe horse that woks in collection because collected movements cause the kids’ hips to rock in a soft and even rhythm, which fills the kid’s body with the feel-good hormone oxytocin. This means the kid, riding like this, is in the ideal environment fro receiving and retaining information. Plus our Stree-Free dressage training helps you maintain your horse’s back and neck (necessary for horses that do a lot of back-riding), and makes for a safer ride. Finally, a horse with smooth transitions is good for autistic riders – transitions are the hardest thing for kids on the spectrum, to cope with. If your transitions from gait to gait are smooth and feel good, it helps the kid with other transitions in life, like car to supermarket and supermarket to school.
You don’t have to do any dressage to do Horse Boy work, but if you learn our exercises your hosre will give the kid much, much more during his or her time in the saddle. And the learning is easy and fun!
Homework: rein holding, wrist position, relaxed arm position.
How to do these exercises at home. How to do them in your trail rides. How to do them with a child in the saddle with you and include them in your Horse Boy work. Training aids and when to use them. The Dressage roadmap – where do I go from here.
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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.