This is an amazing story. I’ve oversimplified it here, but have provided links below to both a short video and an article that gives more detail.
A young boy, Rowan Isaacson, is diagnosed with what may be autism.
When he’s three, his father discovers that his son has an amazing connection with a neighbor’s horse, a Quarterhorse mare named Betsy. Around Betsy, the boy’s tantrums stop, he begins to speak lucidly and he even (for the first time) talks of loving another creature.
The boy and his family go to Mongolia where they embark on a journey to Northern Mongolia, the last place on earth with Wild Horses and where shamans — traditional healers — are available to work with this boy. After the trip he is considerably changed. While he still has many of the characteristics of autism, he is better able to express himself, has fewer tantrums and is more connected to the world.
The book about his family’s experience The Horse Boy: A Father’s Miraculous Journey to Heal His Son is published by Viking and will be available on April 14th.
Read more about this story and watch the video below.