Horseback Riding

The Gathering Place Stables
Therapeutic Horseback Riding

3843 Oakgreen Avenue N

Stillwater, MN 55082

Contact: Melanie Nix
Phone: 651-323-3502



"Where people and horses gather and miracles happen."

At The Gathering Place, we have over 21 years experience working with Special Needs and Therapeutic Riding! All Special Needs and all ages are welcome! We offer a heated indoor arena for cold/wet weather riding and an outdoor arena PLUS we love to take our "special" riders out for trail rides in the warmer weather! What a wonderful way to get exercise and enjoy our awesome countryside! Never large group sessions, we believe in one on one sessions. Side walkers available when needed for extra assistance. We are also the home of "The Gathering Place Special Olympic Equestrian Team". Call for a tour and to meet our wonderful Horse Partners!

NEW! The Gathering Place is now offering public riding lessons (English & Western) and summer camps for both therapeutic and public riding. Call today for more info!

The Horse Boy Foundation

P.O. Box 1362
Elgin, TX 78621


Contact: Iliane Lorenz
Phone: 512-686-6202



Over approximately ten years of working with autistic children and horses Rupert Isaacson, father of Rowan Isaacson (the Horse Boy) stumbled upon a number of techniques that seemed to bring about better verbal communication with his son.For some years Rupert and Rowan literally lived in the saddle together on board a Texas Quarter Horse called Betsy. The story of how Rowan opened up to the outside world through Betsy is told in the bestselling book and award winning film, both entitled "The Horse Boy".Soon after Rowan's success Rupert began working with other local children on the spectrum to see if what had worked with Rowan and Betsy would also work for them.While no method can ever be right for 100% of people Rupert did find that a sufficiently high percentage of children did seem to benefit in sometimes quite astonishing ways.After a couple more years Rupert realized that he had a system of techniques in place, that targeted different types of autism spectrum challenges. Since 2009 he has been working internationally with the Horse Boy Method™ at camps and centers in North America and Europe.Horse Boy Method is specific to Autism and neuro-psychiatric conditions.