|The Horse BoyProduced by Rupert Isaacson|
I thought this was going to be a "movie" with actors loosely portraying a story of a family struggling to heal their child. I was surprised to see that it was a documentary, that I was actually going to see the parents cart this ailing child to Mongolia.( Now before you families that have a child with autism, don't get mad at me, keep reading...I learn my lesson). Within the first 10 minutes Mr. Isaacson tells us this isn't that story, this is about the wonders of healing. It's about this little boy named Rowan and his amazingly strong parents. You will get to hear from fascinating experts on this neurological condition, with none other than THE Temple Grandin.
What I saw INITIALLY was two parents that don't know "tough love" (hey put that rock down! I tell you I learned my lesson!) but then when this child begins to "tantrum", if you can call it that, it was more like a breakdown in a physical and sensory way. This poor child writhed as if he was in terrible pain, and there wasn't anything the parents could do to help him. They were helpless.
Now here's where the lights started to glow, I then watched this father take his son on a horse ride. The child turned into a calm, peaceful, and happy little boy. The father talked of the surreal relationship his son had with animals, and they with him. Now you begin to figure out how Mongolia becomes part of the focal point of this documentary.
Mongolia, you see, is the birthplace of the duo of horses and people, there is evidence of horseback riding in this area dating back to approximately 2000 BC. Most horses that we have now are descendants of these smaller and hardy horses from Mongolia. Ever heard of Genghis Khan? Yep he did it all on horseback...(and he really wasn't such a bad guy, as long as you didn't try to hurt him or his family). So this hopeful father and mother take their child to Mongolia.Their intentions to help their child are pure. But watching the first Shamanic healing ritual, was wincingly traumatic to watch, proving that loving parents will do anything for their children. They complete their journey by horseback the last several days through the wild lands of that beautiful country.
I'm not going to ruin it for you, but I will say that he wasn't "cured", there will be no denying the child was greatly improved, as were his parents. My ignorance certainly was cured, and so will yours. Hopefully, we as a society can cure ourselves, by educating ourselves, learn to stop the judgemental tongue clicking and see that these children can become a benefit to us as a people beyond our imagination, we need to keep researching ways to help these individuals cope with their unique way of "looking" at things, make it less painful for them, more tolerable to function. Riding horses may not be the way for all of the little ones but it is a way for some and that is enough for me. You don't hear of all people forgoing the benefits of aspirin because some don't fair so well with it...do you?
What these parents did, by having faith and listening to their hearts, was to HEAL.
This movie had me so sad and weary in the beginning. Yet by the end there was a sense of triumph and joy-and of course, I did the ugly cry.
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