Of all the autism training I've done, the Horseboy has been the best! Uses logic from both neurotypical and autistic points of view, with the added scientific research to back it up... Fabulous!

I'm looking forward to another day at Hy Court Farm. we have enthusiastic horse folks from many parts of Texas and Oregon, Louisiana, Maryland, and British Columbia. And the horses are loving the work we are doing, under saddle and on the ground. Marvel and Spirit are here from The Horse Boy Foudation and it is a tribute to the attitude and skill of Rupert Isaacson and Iliana Lorenz that the horses from their foundation LOVE people and obviously love the life they have interacting and sharing themselves with kids and adults with autism. If you do not know about the Horse Boy programs, which are taught around the world, check out their website and order their instructional tapes. Rupert brought a flock of young people with him with him to our Friday night demo. They were from France, Italy , Canada, Wales and the UK, here in Texas at the foundation to learn The Horse Boy Method and take it back to their countries.


 Author Rupert Isaacson to Receive 2010 Autism Champion Award from Autism Society

Book, Film Brought Hope to Families


BETHESDA, MD (June 23, 2010) -- The Autism Society is pleased to name Austin-based author Rupert Isaacson as one of its 2010 Autism Champions. The Autism Society gives Autism Champion awards to organizations or persons who have made significant contributions to improving the lives of all affected by autism.

Isaacson’s book The Horse Boy and its accompanying film give families of children with autism a powerful message that their hopes do not have to end with a diagnosis, that autism brings a different lens from which potential springs. In addition, his work connecting horse therapy programs with the autism community has resulted in greater awareness and opportunity for children with autism to experience riding and the recreational benefits that naturally follow. Isaacson’s message of hope is truly global, and the impact that he has made on the autism community and on families around the world has been tremendous.

“The Horse Boy is a wonderful story that encourages families affected by autism to dare to dream of a better quality of life, even when things seem hopeless,” said Autism Society President and CEO Lee Grossman.

When his son Rowan was diagnosed with autism, Isaacson was devastated. No matter which doctors they saw or therapies they tried, Rowan could not connect with the people around him. But Rowan could connect with animals, in particular a neighbor’s horse. When Isaacson and Rowan rode together, Rowan improved immeasurably. Isaacson knew there was a place in the world that combined horses and healing, but the idea of traveling to the outer reaches of Mongolia seemed absolutely crazy. Still, inspired by his son’s progress, Isaacson pursued the dream literally to the ends of the earth for a chance to heal Rowan and their family. His memoir The Horse Boy and the corresponding documentary film are the chronicle of this amazing journey.


Mr. Isaacson, along with other champions Texas State Senator Eddie Lucio, Jr.; Dr. Gary Mesibov; U.S. Congressman George Miller; the Learning and Developmental Disabilities Initiative; and the Ohio Center for Autism and Low Incidence, will be honored on at the Autism Society’s 41st National Conference in Dallas. The awards will be presented Friday, July 9, 2010 at a special dinner, 7:30 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency Dallas, 300 Reunion Boulevard, Dallas, Texas, 75207. For more information or to schedule interviews, please contact Carin Yavorcik, Autism Society Media Specialist, at 301-657-0881 x9015

About Autism:

Autism is a complex neurodevelopmental disability that typically appears during the first two years of life and affects a person’s ability to communicate and interact with others. Autism is defined by a certain set of behaviors and is a “spectrum disorder” that affects individuals differently and to varying degrees. There is no known single cause for autism, but increased awareness and funding can help families today.

About the Autism Society:

The Autism Society, the nation’s leading grassroots autism organization, exists to improve the lives of all affected by autism. We do this by increasing public awareness about the day-to-day issues faced by people on the spectrum, advocating for appropriate services for individuals across the lifespan, and providing the latest information regarding treatment, education, research and advocacy. For more information, visit www.autism-society.org.

testimonials-tellington-jonesI had two meetings last week with Rupert Isaacson of "Horse Boy Method" for autistic children.

I am VERY IMPRESSED. What I saw was a child (around 12 years old) riding double with his mother. This was beyond anything I have ever seen for joy and love and deep connection between a mother and her autistic child. The mother, Gretta, who is a lovely African/American said it is the only time she can be close to him. The boy, James, was  quietly content and kept going back to the horse to stand with his arms quietly on her every time we talked and left him alone!

When I drove into their property Rowen came running up to us and said to my brother, Randy, "and who is this" in a totally present tone and manner. I did not believe it could be the boy I saw in the documentary! What a joy to meet this young being!!

The following is a blog from Linda. Please make sure to subscribe to her blog and newsletter. Source: http://www.ttouchworld.com/horses-helping-children-with-autism-horse-boy-world/

Horses Helping Children with Autism: Horse Boy World

At my horse workshop in Cedar Creek, Texas the end of October I had the pleasure of having Horse Boy program director, Iliane Lorenz and interns in the 4-day training along with two of their wonderful horses from The Horse Boy program, Spirit and Marvel. After my training I went to visit Their center, just 30 minutes away in Elgin. I was impressed and enchanted by the atmosphere they have created at this unique learning center “Horses helping kids with autism”.

Iliane and Marvel 3

Although horses are at the core of the program there is much, much more. Founder Rupert Isaacson has developed a special learning program for his autistic son Rowan, to replace traditional public education. I understood that he is almost ready to share this with other parents.

I was first at The Horse Boy farm three years ago and met Rupert and Rowan. I had read Rupert’s book, The Horse Boy, and seen the DVD (same name as the book and is available from Netflix). I was grateful and impressed to see the changes in Rowan.

After that visit I went with Rupert and Iliane one evening to downtown Austin where they brought horses into a park next to a major shopping store. the Horse Boy program is provided without charge to autistic families and the horses are brought into the city for the convenience of working parents who cannot make it out to the Horse Boy farm.

camp long lining

On the evening in Austin, parents had the choice of riding with their autistic kids or taking a break, shop or enjoy a glass of wine.

Horse Boy World

In The Horse Boy program  Kids ride in a western saddle in front of a staff member and sometimes with a parent. Some of the horses are driven from behind rather than lead, Which I find much nicer for horse and rider. And some of the horses are specially trained to canter almost on the spot called “Terre A Terre” which kids love.


On my second visit I was so impressed by the changes in three years. They now have a covered arena nestled in the forest with an inviting gravel walkway leading into the trees that gave me the feeling of being in a fairy tale. Everything is designed to bring autistic kids ( and their families) in connection with nature and animals – horses, goats, dogs, cats, chickens and others,  in an inspiring and natural manner. learning and play is woven in a brilliant way that does not feel at all like therapy and yet includes arithmetic and spelling in an intuitive learning style.

Forest Walk.

Families come with their autistic children for The Horse Boy “Play Dates” from all over the USA and around the world. When I was there young interns from France, Italy, Canada and the UK were learning the Horse Boy Method to take back to their countries.


They need volunteers to help with their programs so I was thrilled to receive the following letter from Lisa who was not able to make it to the evening fund-raising program I did for Horse Boy Foundation in Cedar Creek.

I made an announcement in our last Tellington TTouch® E-NEWS and this email was a result:

“Good Morning Linda!
I thought you might like to read this story…( In your spare time  (:    )   I wanted to tell you that Jim and I went to Horse Boy’s  on Sunday. We really enjoyed our time out there. Everyone is so nice and in just the few short hours that we were there,  we could see the  good that they were doing. Its a special place with special people and I’m so thankful that you sent out that email! We plan on continuing to go and help in any way that we can.  Thanks again, Lisa Hall”

© 2013, Linda Tellington-Jones. All rights reserved.

alfredoHernandezNext year I will do a clinic for Horse Boy Foundation just to get a little closer to Heaven. ~Alfredo Hernandez

Alfredo Hernandez is a California based dressage trainer who specializes in piaffe & passage training. Alfredo has worked with many top US dressage riders including Hilda Gurney, Heather Blitz & Steffen Peters. He works with horses in all stages of training from 3-year-olds to FEI to start developing the basics for piaffe and passage, or to improve the piaffe & passage for seasoned competitors.


An alternative sports day with welly wanging, sack races and a bucking bronco is being held in Cholderton on June 3 in aid of charity.

Called the Altogether Olympics, the event is raising money for The Horse Boy Foundation which helps autistic children find communication through horses.

Anna Ross Davies of Altogether Equestrian which is hosting the event, said: “We're hoping as many people as possible will come along, say hello to the horses and cheer us on, or enter a team and help us raise money for this fantastic charity.

“Founder Rupert Isaacson is flying over from Texas for the event, and will be talking about the amazing work they do.”

The day will also feature cakes, a prize raffle and a dressage to music demonstration by Ross Davies who is an international dressage rider.

I worked a trampoline into many sessions this week and one of my long term kids (ASD) used some of the phrases we've been working on. Usually she uses one in a heavily elicited context, repetitively in the activity. That time she used three, mixed together – and correctly – in one activity. It was great to see.

I would love to come down to Texas. Luc D. is one of my kids. I heard that they were thinking of trying to get funding for at trip down there through a wish foundation. I suggested that it would probably be safest if he had a personal SLP to accompany him ;)


TheMethod6extremecollectionIn 2008 Rupert Isaacson first came to Pen Llyn whilst promoting his Best-selling book and Film 'The Horse Boy' in the UK. He has since set up The Horse Boy Foundation which uses horses as a means of therapy to help children with neurological issues such as Autism. Rupert is training the Horse Boy Methods across the UK so that similar centres are being established here. Rupert immediately saw Janine's talent and endorsed her for the training of the horses for these centres. This is a very specialised form of training horses and it requires a great deal of knowledge, experience, time and patience.

Source: http://www.squarepegfoundation.org/blog/2011/11/how-do-you-mix-classical-dressage-neuroscience-and-fart-humor-to-reach-kids-on-the-autism-spectrum/


How Do You Mix Classical Dressage, Neuroscience and Fart Humor to Reach Kids on the Autism Spectrum?

It's simple if you ask Rupert Issaacson originator of the Horse Boy phenomenon – "you just let the children take you on an adventure."

Rupert, with his rockstar hair and his Hollywood smile and upper caste British accent throughly delights with a boyish grin and self described "potty mouth." He held rapt a group of eight certifiers (including me, the original skeptic) and an additional 20 auditors at the bizarre moonscape that is the Shalom Institute, tucked in the back of the Malibu Hills. He reminded us that we aren't teaching anything to an autistic child, we are drawing him gently out of the shell that is autism into our world and hoping that, through the horse, he might give us a glimpse into his world as well.

Read more ...

P.S. took Method 1 training from Rupert at Joell's 2/9 & 10 - LOVED it!!! I'm totally hooked. It blew my mind, so wonderful to find other with similar thinking and approach;-)


Ayesha - Keen San Francisco

The Long Ride Home

The long awaited sequel of the Horse Boy.


longridehome 4





Cron Job Starts