New Trails Center - Elgin, TX

The Horse Boy Foundation currently offers scholarships to families living in Central Texas to attend weekly playdates at our headquarters in Elgin, TX free of charge. We also offer a limited number of full and partial scholarships to attend camps in both the USA and UK. Please read below to learn about how to apply for a scholarship and follow the instructions. You can also contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you have further questions. 

Weekly Therapy Sessions - Playdates 

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Our weekly Therapy Sessions are called Playdates because although we deliver therapeutic services, we find that it can destroy a child's self confidence for them to be constantly told that they need therapy. So although our services are both therapeutic and educational, we like the child to feel that they are simply coming to play, and have no idea that they are getting cutting edge brain science and therapy. This is really the key to success in working with children - unlike adults children do not voluntarily sign up for therapy, and so being constantly told that they need therapy creates a warped self perception, kills self confidence and can lead to despair. There is increasing awareness of this problem within the therapy community. For more information on this read this article about the danger of creating over-compliance in children. A truly effective therapeutic approach should have structures so skillful that they are invisible to the child, who therefore participates fully and without resistance. This is how all our approaches are designed. . 

Our weekend playdates last for up to three hours and are intended for families with a child on the autism spectrum under the age of 12. Playdates are intended for the whole family and siblings are not only welcome but actively encouraged to join in. Please note that playdates are not intended as respite care and parents are expected to remain within an arms reach of their child at all times whilst on property. Activities on offer include horse riding, sensory work, small animal petting zoo, play equipment and educational games and treasure hunts. Playdates on weekends are free of charge for families living in Central Texas. If you do not currently reside in Central Texas please check our Practitioners page to find somebody near you. To apply for a scholarship for playdates in Elgin, TX please complete the following form and we will be in touch to arrange a time for a taster session or notify you that you have been placed on our waiting list.

In addition to our free Playdates on weekend we do offer a small number of additional playdates on the weekdays. For these customized, private sessions on demand we do charge $75 per hour. Please fill out this form if you are interested in Playdates in Elgin. 

Teenage & Young Adult Groups

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The teenage groups take place on a weekly basis and lasts for approximately 2 hours. Activities on offer include horse riding and light farm chores including caring for and feeding our exotic animals. Our teenage groups are not only for teenagers, however. If your child is between 10 and 14 we will evaluate if it is more appropriate for them to join our regular Playdates or if they might fit better in the teenage groups. Similarly if your child is late teens or early twenties they might fit this group, or they might fit our young adult groups which are designed in a similar fashion but take place on other days.

Although the main activities on offer are farm related, we design the conversations around life skills, social skills including how to be with the opposite sex and in the work place, and so on. We find that when these conversations unfold naturally with the guidance of a good mentor, while taking responsibility for animals and plants, the acquisition of life and social skills is more effective than in a more artificial or clinical setting. 

Please note that our teenage group is not intended as respite care and parents are expected to remain on property at all times. To apply for a spot please fill out this form. We will then be in touch to schedule a taster session. 

Teenage & Young Adult Group - Dog Training, TTouch and Rehabilitation

We are currently planning a new group to expand our current offerings. Many people on the autism spectrum have a real affinity or gift with dogs. The service dog industry is ever growing and might offer some young adults on the spectrum a great career opportunity. We are in the process of creating a group at Austin's Animal Shelter that will help young adults on the spectrum to hone their dog training and by extension their social and life skills with the intention that after a while in this program some of our graduates will be able to find jobs training service dogs or companion animals. We do this in cooperation with the Austin Animal Shelter and Linda Tellington-Jones' TTouch program. In Austin this program is headed by veteran TTouch practitioner Marnie Reader who has mentored people in this for many years and our Movement Method Mentors. We aim to expand this pilot program to other cities between 2018 and 2021. 

Horse Boy Camps

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The Horse Boy team runs a limited number of 3 day Horse Boy Camps in Texas, California, the UK and other locations each year. Full and partial scholarships are available to families living in Central Texas. Spaces are extremely limited so we advice that you inquire early to avoid disappointment. Please note that camps are only available to families with a child on the autism spectrum or with a related condition under the age of 10. If you have an older child or young adult please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to inquire about our teenage (13 to 16) or young adult (17 to 25) groups. Additionally camps are not intended as respite care and parents are expected to remain on site and actively involves in all activities at all times. Camps are really important family time: a family camping together in nature always bonds more closely and the siblings' needs are met as actively as the autistic child's in a Horse Boy Camp. A 2013 University of Texas pilot study into Horse Boy Camps yielded strong data supporting massively improved family dynamic as well as improved motor skills and sensory-cognitive functioning. To apply for a scholarship please fill out one of the following forms: USA (Elgin, TX) or UK.

If you do not currently reside in Central Texas and wish to know more about camps in your area please check out our Practitioner in the US, Europe and South America or contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Other Locations for Families

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Horse Boy Foundation offers a limited amount of scholarships for families attending Horse Boy sessions, playdates or camps at other certified Practitioners and Mentors around the world. To apply for Scholarships, please email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. In the UK scholarships are funded through our sister organization Horse Boy Foundation UK. Please check out this page for how to apply to the UK Foundation for scholarships. 

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New Trails Center - Elgin, TX

We have a limited amount of Working Student and Internship positions available at New Trails in Elgin, TX. Working students learn not just our equine therapy and our kinetic learning techniques but also neuro-science, horsemanship and a fair amount of dressage and jumping if they are horse oriented. You don't have to be a horse person to be a working student with us - you can come and just concentrate on Movement Method and neuro-science, but whatever your preference for the learning you will be working long hours looking after animals and doing farm chores. Bear in mind that summers in Texas are hot - some people love this and some people hate this - and that winters, though mild, can sometimes be surprisingly cold so you need to be the kind of person who enjoys the outdoors, no matter what, because it's a very active physically demanding life on our ranch. The upside: you will get fit here and it's a lot of fun with some very cool people. 

Please find details on our working student program here

Other Locations for Working Students

To find Independent Practitioners and Mentors in your area that offering Horse Boy Method or Movement Method please click here. Please be aware that to do an official Horse Boy working student program all organization and planning needs to go through us directly. So even if you find another place on the map, please fill out the working student application on this page and email back to us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

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Horse Boy Foundation is excited to be able to offer a limited number of grants per year to active Horse Boy Method Practitioners and Movement Method Mentors. Grants will only be considered if the applicant is at least an active 3 Star Practitioner or 1 Star Mentor who is up-to-date on continuous education and in good standing with Horse Boy. In addition grant applications will only be accepted from Practitioner and Mentors who have either visited Horse Boy Headquarters in Elgin, TX or had an evaluation from a qualified Horse Boy Team Member at their own facility. 
 
The grant application process is simple. Please click on the link below and answer the questions as honestly and fully as possible. Once we have received your application we will review it and contact you for any further information that we might need. 
 
 
If you are approved for a grant you will be notified in writing. Please note grant applications can take up to three months to be approved. If you are approved for a grant you will be asked to submit a follow-up report which you will be provided with in your approval letter. We may also send a qualified Horse Boy Team Member to do a follow up site visit. 
 
Please also note that we are only able to accept matching grant applications for operating costs. What this means is that we will match any amount that you raise up to a specified threshold. At this time we are unfortunately unable to offer and other type of grant for operating costs.
 
If you have any questions or are unsure whether you might qualify for a grant please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..