Last week, a friend & coworker pulled me into the hallway at school. She told me about her neighbor who has a foundation that works with autistic children and horses. It's called the Horse Boy Foundation. She asked if I would be interested in taking Phoenix out to meet these guys and their horses. I had heard her talk about them in the past, but didn't make the connection in the weeks that I'd been learning about Phoenix's diagnosis. We set up a time to go out with her on October 14th at 4:30pm.
Kim recommended that Matt and I watch a movie called Horse Boy, which was a documentary about the family whose ranch we were to visit. They have an autistic son named Rowan, who bonded with a horse at a young age and has made leaps and bounds in development while riding a horse. The movie documents their family's travels through Mongolia on horseback. It was such a raw, honest movie that I found it impossible not to connect with the family on a personal level. They expressed the frustration, sadness, hope and encouragement of having an autistic son. It was as though they were talking for me. Expressing everything I've been going through emotionally for the last month with Phoenix. The movie and their story was inspiring and touching and made me even more excited to get Phoenix involved.