Horse Sense Equine Therapy Retreats 

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3 Days/ 2 Nights

Horse Boy Method Inspired Retreats

Our Horse Sense Equine Therapy Retreats are provided free of charge for families with children on the autism spectrum. Utilizing the Horse Boy Method, we provide a customized 3 day/2 night stay complete with accommodations, a night out to dinner and more!

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Accommodations

Accommodations are provided by Stable View Cottages adjacent to the stables. Each tiny house includes a queen size bed and full size futon with a full kitchen, television, Netflix and WiFi. 

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What We Do

About the Horse Boy Method

Horse Sense Equine Therapy Retreats are designed to provide families with special needs children a break. We provide accommodations on site of Lake Fork Stables with a view of our pastures. Families receive 4 hours of customized Horse Boy Method session designed around their child’s interests and needs. Our local area also offers fishing at Lake Fork, a playground on the lake and many small towns with great restaurants, shopping and activities. 

The Horse Boy Method is a child led program for children on the spectrum. It was created by Rupert Isaacson after discovering the amazing affects that horseback riding had on his autistic son, Rowen. The Horse Boy Method utilizes the motion of the horse in an equine assisted therapy session to reduce the amount of cortisol produced and increase the amount of oxytocin. Increasing the oxytocin stops the body’s stress response, which shuts down learning. Riding horses stimulates the production of oxytocin and allows the brain’s learning receptors to work again. The sessions are designed that not only are the fun for the child on the spectrum, but the entire family as well!

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Donate to Monica’s Equine Therapy Retreat

Monica is a 16-year-old girl on the autism spectrum, so she operates at the 8 to 9-year-old level. She loves animals and wants to grow up to be a vet. She lives in Mabank where there is not a therapeutic riding facility located nearby. Her parents have been working with her doctor, but have not been able to find a program for her. 

Lake Fork Stables is the only facility in the East Texas area that offers the Horse Boy Method for kids on the autism spectrum. Help us raise enough funds to provide Monica and her family with a Horse Sense Equine Therapy Retreat!

Monica and her family will be able to stay at Stable View Cottages for two nights and will receive 4 hours of equine-assisted therapy, as well as enjoy all that the Lake Fork area has to offer!

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