Thursday, June 18, 2009

The Horse Boy

The Horse Boy: A Father's Quest to Heal His Son

by Rupert Isaacson

If any of you have been reading my blog you are probably aware that I work at an Equitherapy facility called Triple H Equitherapy, located in Pipe Creek, Tx. HHH provides nationally accredited therapeutic horseback riding programs for disabled children and adults in a safe and beautiful Hill Country environment. Before I became an RN, I worked with the developmentally disabled population for 12 years. I miss it, but unfortunately it did not pay the bills. Being able to work with this population AND horses is not even volunteer work for me, and I thoroughly enjoy my time there. I get SO much out of it! I am amazed at the bond forged between horse and rider, not to mention the mental and physical improvements exhibited. My friend at work recently brought me the above book, and I was moved beyond words by it. I am going to include the teaser from the dustcover; this was simply an awe inspiring book. Since Rupert lives in Austin, TX (about 1 hr. away) I am hoping to contact him to do a presentation at our facility. I hope you decide to borrow (or purchase) this one, it is incredible....

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When his son, Rowan, was diagnosed with autism, Rupert Isaacson, a lifelong horseman, was devastated. Would he ever be able to communicate with his son, much less share the wonder of horses with him?

Then something extraordinary happened. On a walk near their home one day, Rowan dodged underneath a fence and ran under the hooves of a neighbor's horse, a testy mare named Betsy. Instead of trampling him, the mare dipped her head and stood perfectly still--a moment of profound beauty and revelation. Rupert saw that his distant, unreachable son had a real connection with the horse. Rupert began taking Rowan for rides on Betsy, and soon Rowan started to speak and to improve remarkably.

Rupert then had a crazy, impossible idea: What if there was a place in the world where horses and healing came together? What if Rowan's autism could be the gateway to adventure? The adventure of a lifetime.

The Horse Boy is a heart-wrenching true story of the remarkable journey taken by Rupert, his wife, Kristin, and Rowan through the untamed landscape of Outer Mongolia. They travel halfway around the world to ride horseback across that land together, and to meet the traditional healers there, heirs to centuries of discipline and inspiration. It is an astounding journey, full of challenges, the unexpected, beauty, and extraordinary advances. Perhaps more inspiring than the changes Rowan goes through is the power of this father's love for his son. This is an unforgettable story that shows that even in our darkest moments we can discover joy, that healing can arrive in the most unexpected of ways, and that the magical and the mundane can come together to transform our lives.

For more information about The Horse Boy, visit It is also now a 2009 Sundance film with the footage that they taped on their journey and you can view a very cool trailer here...I will add it later tonite....You Tube has decided not to cooperate!


  1. Sounds like a wonderful book. I saw someone else on my list read it too.

  2. Thanks for stopping by my blog!! So sorry to hear that your son's Dad is leaving on such short notice. I left you a reply to your post on my blog. Hang in there!!! And try not to worry too much, us Intel folks are usually have desk jobs and dont normally leave the FOBs.

    I will be thinking of you guys!!!

  3. Wow, that sounds like a great book! I will put that on my list, all I read anymore are horse related books! :-)
    ~Jane and Gilly~

  4. This story was in People Magazine a couple months ago...have been meaning to get the book. Have you every seen the Real Sports with Bryan Gumbel report on theraputic riding? Really good...maybe you can watch on Youtube...I need to get this book...thanks for the reminder:-)

  5. Your readers can find more information about Rupert Isaacson, his son Rowan, and their amazing journey across Mongolia here:

    We try to keep it updated with all the latest information we get from Rupert - enjoy!


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