My son is 7 years old. a good friend offered to give my daughter (age 9) a horse. She can either choose an adult (that would need to be trained) or a colt that she can have in 3 years. My worries are that my son with ASD would get hurt around the horse. He is not scared of anything, however reading about hippotherapy, horses are very therapeutic. Any thoughts??
My son's school is one specifically for young people that are somewhere under the Autism Umbrella. They actually include horse riding as part of their curriculum. I had exactly the same reserves as you, however the horse riding school has been a blessing, e.g. to help fill in school holidays etc they fund a couple of days for the Young People to attend and seeing the sheer enjoyment and confidence on his face is amazing when we arrive to collect him at the end of the day.
Perhaps starting off with a few sessions at a riding school to see if it'd be something that your son is comfortable with and going to enjoy would be a good idea before making the purchase? Good luck and Let us know how it goes!
I think I will look into some places close to home that does hippotherapy. I don't think it is safe to have a horse in my back yard. Gaetano has already sneaked outside and into the fish pond.
I have no experience but would like to say that I would love to give my son a horse. If the horse has the right temperament and personality to be a good therapeutic companion, it'll be amazing for your son! Maybe you can get an experienced trainer to assess the colt and the adult horse and find out if they are trainable for your son's needs. Good luck!