Five Charities Collaborate to Serve Autism Families

Unique Venture Brings Horseback Riding, Camping and Surfing Experience to Autism Families It all started at a coffee shop in Half Moon Bay.  Rupert Isaacson, founder of the HorseBoy Foundation was sipping tea and chatting with Joell Dunlap, Executive Director of Square Peg Ranch before heading out to do an intense training with a dozen…

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.” [caption id="" align="alignleft" width="250" caption="Rupert and Rowan Isaacson"][/caption] Rupert, with his rockstar hair and his Hollywood smile and upper caste British accent throughly delights with a boyish grin and self described…

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Once upon a time there was a horsewoman. Her name was Susan Pommer.  Susan was svelte, smart and strong.  She was  gentle and kind. Horses and humans adored her.  Susan earned her Bronze, Silver and Gold medals from the USDF.  In 2003, Susan and her husband Kurt bought 11 acres in sunny Sonoma and Cadence Farm was…

Leadership – Calm is Contagious

The number one leadership factor is:” “Calm is Contagious” says former Navy SEAL commander Rourke Davis. Imagine that?  Coming from a Navy SEAL - talking about leadership and he  sounds like a neo-buddhist hippy. Calm is Contagious -  leadership advice. Yesterday, a family came to the barn. The son is 18. He’s limited verbally and…

Bread and Jam for Behaviors

I’m back from two days in San Diego having had the honor to present Movement Method to a group of therapists on one day and to a group of autism parents on the other. I was assisted by the brilliant and patient Vanda Richardson who applies these methods to her families daily. We presented well…

You Really Got Me Now

I came across a newsletter for an agency that provides behavioral services to families. I read and watched it all - despite the fact that I was sick to my stomach. Videos of “success stories” showing a child sitting on the floor stimming and then the therapist taking the toy away and the child melting…

More Things I Should Have Said

Yesterday, we filmed a reality show at the ranch - four teens in expensive clothing “Giving back” by volunteering. I was dubious, my staff and I watched the show and saw vapid, handsome, entitled teens prancing and hair tossing. I met with our staff and they were ready to defend with their lives the dignity…

Will You?

Will you gift $1,000,000      Why? Because it’s important.      Why? The pain caused when autism and mental illness are viewed as a human that needs fixing is not just toxic, it’s deadly.  Deadly for the autist, for their family and for our communities. A "fix" is not needed - support is. Families are…

Horse Boy™ and Movement Method – Learn More!

Our center is a proud to announce that we offer the most cutting edge autism approach currently out there. In both of both our equine therapy and our general services to families.   Horse Boy Method and Movement Method have been developed over the past decade and more to specifically target neuro‐psychiatric conditions such as…