The Horse Boy/ Mongolian Adventure
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Talley and her Mongolian Adventure
A dear long time friend of mine, Talley Hutcherson, took an amazing outdoor adventure journey to Mongolia. She brought me back a reindeer carving. I got to hear about her adventure that included harsh weather, snow, her illness, and sleeping in Mongolian tents. She traveled on horseback with other riders on horses and on reindeers. I asked her to write her story for my readers, because I know you will all enjoy her experiences. One of the reasons she traveled to Mongolia was from reading the book “The Horse Boy” by Rupert Isaacson and his true account of his quest to heal his autistic son. Talley is now hosting a clinic with Rupert. I will let her tell you all about it…
As a student of Carolyn Resnick’s I have developed and cultivated a heightened appreciation for nature and horses. In 2009, I read the best-selling book “The Horse Boy” by Rupert Isaacson and saw the film detailing the story of a family’s journey to Mongolia to help their autistic son. This journey became the inspiration for my own trip to Mongolia to celebrate my 50th birthday and have an unforgettable adventure. With the help of my guide Tulga Otgonbaatar and my travel companion, 75 year old Rachel Golden, I spent 2.5 weeks traveling amongst the nomadic people, vast undisturbed natural landscape, and herds of goats, sheep, horses, reindeer, cows and yak to let go of something I no longer needed and find something I could really use.
Nomadic People and the Herds
Mongolia seems to have more animals then people. Once I left the main capital city of Ulanbaatar, the paved road ended. We drove slowly along bumpy dirt roads and over pristine land for hundreds of miles, there was nothing manmade to see and the experience was both soothing and exciting. During the summer, I run the horse program at a camp for kids in Malibu. All summer long, I teach hundreds of children their first horse experience. By the end of summer, I needed soothing. I also needed to let go of some sadness. I was looking forward to a shamanic experience with the reindeer shaman as a new experience and a possible healing one as well.
Shamanism in the far north of Mongolia, Taiga region survived Communism and is a recognized part of the culture of nomadic people there. It took a week of driving and a day of traveling on horseback to get to the village 20 miles south of Siberia. In September, it was snowing. Before the shamanic ceremony, I began to notice I was feeling very emotional so I tried to talk to Tulga about it…but my words kept getting caught in my throat…so I gave up. The ceremony was hours of dancing, chanting, and finally a brief conversation. The shaman spoke to me and Tulga translated. I remember feeling disappointed by how quickly is seemed to be over. A few minutes later Tulga said the Shaman wanted to give something to me. As I knelt in front of her and she began speaking to me, I felt my own sadness. Looking into her eyes, I saw my sadness in her and for a moment, it looked like she was going to begin weeping. As I continued to look at the shaman’s face, I saw my sadness leave her and go up into the sky. This experience was very powerful and for the rest of the trip and even after I have returned home I have experienced and been connected to joy in a way I can’t put into words but it shows up in the pictures that were taken of me.
Riding Mongolian Horses…and Reindeer
There were many days of horse riding and I enjoyed the horses and people of Mongolia very much. As a rider and horse person, this is a place really where people and horses are deeply connected. Though the horses don’t have names, they contribute so much to the culture of the nomadic people. I was also very surprised to learn that the “reindeer herders” ride their reindeer. As we left their camp we were a mixture of horses and reindeer and for hours as we rode my eyes just couldn’t believe what I was seeing.
Horse Boy Method Certification Clinic
Now that I am back home integrating what I learned I am preparing to host Rupert Isaacson and his partner, Iliane Lorenz, in our first “Horse Boy Method” certification clinic in Malibu. The Shalom Institute/Connemara Ranch is a 150 acre facility I hope will one day be the ideal location for families to have intensive camping experiences with horses and nature that create increased well being and dignity for those dealing with autism. I invite you to come be part of this unique experience in Malibu. The clinic will be held 10/29 & 30th and spectators are welcome as well as several more people interested in certifying in this method. For more information about this clinic, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and review flyer here.
Hope you enjoyed reading about Talley's adventure. I am learning so much about how horses are healing autistic children. If any of you have a healing story that you would like to share I would love to read about it.
Hope you have a great weekend. Remember to watch out for new horse and human sightings.
May the horse be with you,