Autism Meets Natural Horsemanship

Making Plans

Spirit and I have been making big plans for the future, along with my support team, including my Springer Spaniel, Dylan. The most exciting plan is to produce a DVD to complement my book, in conjunction with Monty Roberts – best-selling author of “The man who listens to horses”.
I was delighted to catch up with Monty and his protege, Kelly Marks, recently at their demonstration in Dorset in April. Whilst there, I was also excited to get the chance to meet Martin Clunes and give him a copy of my book – “Following the Hoofprints”. He was a lovely guy and I thanked him for his HorsePower programmes, which I enjoyed watching on TV.
Monty has been a true friend and great mentor, as he gave me the chance to speak about Autism in front of 1100 people at his televised demonstration at Hartpury College in 2012. He was also kind enough to supply the foreword for my book.
Thanks to him and to my friend Dawn (for allowing me to keep my horse, Spirit, on her land without charging me), I now have a chance to help others to understand their horses better and raise awareness and acceptance of Autism through demonstrations and public speaking. We are in the process of starting this up as a new business called, “Autism Meets Natural Horsemanship”. If you’re interested, you can find more information at: www.autismmeetsnaturalhorsemanship.com
Recently, I did a charity headshave which raised over £200 for The Autism Directory charity which has been supporting me and others with Autism. Because of my Autism, I am more sensitive to touch and the texture and general sensations of things. I also find it hard to sit still for any length of time. Having my head shaved felt extremely strange, but it was also a really proud moment to have aided so much to help others with Autism. Thanks to Jess Turk at Brooke’s Hair and Beauty Salon in Minchinhampton for doing it for free – and to Emma Brooke’s for making a kind donation to the cause as well.
Things are looking better now with my support, as we have now got a date for a reassessment of my support needs, with the Social Worker. I have also been assessed for the Access To Work scheme recently, so that I can carry out Supported Permitted Work and am waiting to hear how many hours of support I might get to help me with that. It’s not a nice feeling to think that I am costing the country thousands of pounds a year, just by existing, so I will be very proud to start up my own business and feel like I am giving something back.

 

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AMNH is a part of the Autism Partnership, supported by The Autism Directory charity

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Autism Meets Natiral Horsemanship with Charlie Avent and Spirit