A journey on horseback through Mongolia. A breakthrough release from the symptoms of autism. Exposure to a worldwide audience through magazine articles, a book, and a documentary chronicling the recovery from isolation to an intimate connection with loved ones. The Horse Boy Foundation has developed out of a family story of triumph and a desire to help others.
But the unique Elgin, TX-based equine therapy center for children on the autistic spectrum has experienced a major setback after a fire gutted the converted farmhouse that served as a therapy center. Tack, saddles, and horse blankets were among the items destroyed in the fire.
Rupert Issacson, son Rowan, and wife Kristen Neff are reaching out to Central Texas residents asking for donations to replace the items that were destroyed in the fire. 20-30 families depend on the unique and individualized services for children that include “occupational therapy, ABA, academics, straight riding lessons, or some combination of them all (What we do, The Horse Boy Foundation).”
According to the Horse Boy Foundation website, families receive services at no cost with an opportunity to donate to the foundation in any amount they can afford.
Insurance covers the fire-gutted structure but not the contents inside. Issacson reports (Beach, AAS) that the therapy center is still open and operational and services will continue while the center is rebuilt.
Those who wish to donate to replace the destroyed items and help rebuild the Horse Boy Foundation center may contact Rupert Issacson at www.horseboyfoundation.org or by telephone at 512.294.1561
Austin American Statesman, After fire, Horseboy Foundation needs donated equine equipment, 01.21.10 by AAS staff writer Patrick Beach
The Horse Boy Foundation (web)
The Horse Boy Movie (screened at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival in Park, City Utah)
The Horse Boy: a Father’s Quest to Heal His Son (book)
more photo credit: Karen Shaw
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