The Horse Boy

CBS Houston with Rupert and Temple Grandin (April 2016)

Journalist Rupert Isaacson’s son, Rowan, was diagnosed with autism at age two.  As a former horse trainer, he discovered that Rowan’s condition improved when in contact with horses. He and his wife went on a quest around the world to find healing for their son.  His books “The Horse Boy” and “The Long Ride Home” …

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New York Times: A Gallop Toward Hope: One Family’s Adventure in Fighting Autism (April 2009)

When Rupert Isaacson decided to take his autistic son, Rowan, on a trip to Mongolia to ride horses and seek the help of shamans two years ago, he had a gut instinct that the adventure would have a healing effect on the boy. Source:  http://www.nytimes.com/2009/04/15/books/15horse.html?pagewanted=1&_r=0 Mr. Isaacson’s instinct was rewarded after the trip, when some of Rowan’s …

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Wall Street Journal: A Horse And His Boy (April 2009)

Can equine companionship help autism? Ask most parents how far they’d go for their child, and the usual answer is “to the ends of the earth.” It’s a turn of phrase that Rupert Isaacson and Kristin Neff took literally. “The Horse Boy,” directed by Mr. Isaacson and Michel Orion Scott, and opening in New… Source: https://www.wsj.com/articles/SB10001424052970204488304574428870691936470

IndieWire: Producer Rupert Isaacson, “Over the Hills and Far Away”: Shamans, Mysticism, and a Family’s Journey (2009)

From the Sundance catalog: “Rowan was born in 2001, seven years after his parents met while touring India. His father, Rupert, a British journalist and human-rights activist, and his mother, Kristin, a psychology professor from suburban California, felt the world was their oyster.  Source: http://www.indiewire.com/2009/01/producer-rupert-isaacson-over-the-hills-and-far-away-shamans-mysticism-and-a-familys-journey-70880/ After their son was diagnosed with autism in 2004, their perfect …

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CNN: Family find respite from autism in Mongolia (2009)

When 3-year-old Rowan Isaacson darted away from his father and dived into a herd of grazing horses, it easily could have been the end of the small autistic boy. He was babbling under the hooves of a boss mare.  Source: http://www.cnn.com/2009/HEALTH/04/24/autism.horse.mongolia/index.html?iref=nextin “I thought he was going to get trampled,” recalled Rupert Isaacson, Rowan’s father. But the …

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