Horse Boy therapeutic riding method comes to Carbondale |

Horse Boy therapeutic riding method comes to Carbondale

Rupert Isaacson, founder and director of the Horse Boy Foundation, will visit the Roaring Fork Valley to open the newest Horse Boy affiliate, Smiling Goat Ranch, in Carbondale. He will host four days of events to introduce the therapeutic riding method to the community. All proceeds from the events will benefit the Horse Boy Foundation.

A movie screening of “The Horse Boy” and book signing will take place at 8 p.m. on Thursday at the Third Street Center. Nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival and winner of the 2009 Feature Film Audience Award for the Lone Star States at South by Southwest, “The Horse Boy” is a documentary feature film that follows the quest of Isaacson and his wife to find healing for their autistic son, Rowan. After discovering that Rowan’s condition improves by contact with horses and other animals, the family seeks help from the traditional shamans in Mongolia.

An open house at the newest affiliate of The Horse Boy, Smiling Goat Ranch, 271 Willow Lane in Carbondale, will take place from 4 to 6 p.m. on Friday.

Horse Boy training to become a Certified Independent Horse Boy Method Practitioner will take place from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday at Sopris Therapy Services/Horses for Heroes at Aspen Valley Polo Club in Carbondale. After completing this course, participants are eligible to apply to become Independent HB practitioners. Visit for more details. Therapeutic riding instructors, riders with an interest in autism, parents and speech, occupational and other therapists may be interested. Non-riders can participate in the theory part of the workshop and audit or observe the ridden exercises. Any future volunteers should attend. The workshop costs $375 for participants and $50 for auditors.

An introduction to the Valenca Method of Dressage takes place from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday at Sopris Therapy Services/Horses for Heroes at Aspen Valley Polo Club in Carbondale. Isaacson uses dressage to prepare horses to become Horse Boy horses. The clinic lasts from 8 a.m. to noon, and from 1 to 5 p.m. there will be one-hour individualized instruction with one’s own horse. The clinic costs $150, individual instruction (including clinic attendance) costs $250, and auditors pay $50. All horses must have proof of current vaccinations and Coggins from veterinarian prior to the event.

For more information, contact Sheryl Barto at 970-379-1383 or

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