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Rowan's parents believe horses and shamans can unlock their son's autistic mind. This is their quest for a miracle cure.

Joy of the Horse boy... Photos by ŠJustin Jin/Lightmediation This story was published by the Sunday Times - Text by Tim Rayment. Contact - Thierry Tinacci Lightmediation Photo Agency +33 (0)6 61 80 57 21 thierry@lightmediation.com


1508-21: Autistic child Rowan, 5, travels through Mongolia with his parents Rupert and Kristin, their Mongolian guide Tulga, his six-year-old son Bodibilguunson and an American documentary TV crew. Rowan's parents believe horses and shamans can unlock their son's autistic mind. This is their journey of discovery across Mongolia on horseback.


The horseboy / 1508-01: Autistic child Rowan, 5, rides a horse in Mongolia, accompanied by his parents Rupert and Kristin, their Mongolian guide Tulga, his six-year-old son Bodibilguunson and an American

The horseboy / 1508-02: Autistic child Rowan, 5, rides a horse in Mongolia, accompanied by his parents Rupert and Kristin, their Mongolian guide Tulga, his six-year-old son Bodibilguunson and an American

The horseboy / 1508-03: Autistic child Rowan, 5, rides a horse in Mongolia, accompanied by his parents Rupert and Kristin, their Mongolian guide Tulga, his six-year-old son Bodibilguunson and an American

The horseboy / 1508-04: Autistic child Rowan, 5, rides a horse in Mongolia, accompanied by his parents Rupert and Kristin, their Mongolian guide Tulga, his six-year-old son Bodibilguunson and an American


1508-06: Autistic child Rowan, 5, rides a horse in Mongolia, accompanied by his parents Rupert and Kristin, their Mongolian guide Tulga, his six-year-old son Bodibilguunson and an American documentary TV crew.

1508-19: Autistic child Rowan, 5, travels through Mongolia with his parents Rupert and Kristin, their Mongolian guide Tulga, his six-year-old son Bodibilguunson and an American documentary TV crew.


The horseboy / 1508-05: Autistic child Rowan, 5, rides a horse in Mongolia, accompanied by his parents Rupert and Kristin, their Mongolian guide Tulga, his six-year-old son Bodibilguunson and an American

The horseboy / 1508-06: Autistic child Rowan, 5, rides a horse in Mongolia, accompanied by his parents Rupert and Kristin, their Mongolian guide Tulga, his six-year-old son Bodibilguunson and an American

The horseboy / 1508-07: Autistic child Rowan, 5, rides a horse in Mongolia, accompanied by his parents Rupert and Kristin, their Mongolian guide Tulga, his six-year-old son Bodibilguunson and an American

The horseboy / 1508-08: Autistic child Rowan, 5, rides a horse in Mongolia, accompanied by his parents Rupert and Kristin, their Mongolian guide Tulga, his six-year-old son Bodibilguunson and an American


1508-23: Autistic child Rowan, 5, attend a shaman ritual in Mongolia, accompanied by his parents Rupert and Kristin, their Mongolian guide Tulga, his six-year-old son Bodibilguunson and an American documentary TV crew. Rowan's parents believe horses and shamans can unlock their son's autistic mind. This is their journey of discovery across Mongolia on horseback.


The horseboy / 1508-09: Autistic child Rowan, 5, rides a horse in Mongolia, accompanied by his parents Rupert and Kristin, their Mongolian guide Tulga, his six-year-old son Bodibilguunson and an American

The horseboy / 1508-10: Autistic child Rowan, 5, rides a horse in Mongolia, accompanied by his parents Rupert and Kristin, their Mongolian guide Tulga, his six-year-old son Bodibilguunson and an American

The horseboy / 1508-11: A Mongolian woman stands on the grassland as the sun sets. Autistic child Rowan, 5, rides a horse in Mongolia, accompanied by his parents Rupert and Kristin, their

The horseboy / 1508-12: Mongolian horsemen herd their horses on the grassland. / Mongolia / Ulanbataar


1508-27: Autistic child Rowan, 5, plays with animals in Mongolia, accompanied by his parents Rupert and Kristin, their Mongolian guide Tulga, his six-year-old son Bodibilguunson and an American documentary TV crew. Rowan's parents believe horses and shamans can unlock their son's autistic mind. This is their journey of discovery across Mongolia on horseback.


The horseboy / 1508-13: Mongolian guide Tulga instructs his crew to dig a bigger toilet for the foreign tourists.

The horseboy / 1508-14: Autistic child Rowan, 5, dirties his pants in the grasslands in Mongolia. His is being cleaned by his parents Rupert and Kristin.

The horseboy / 1508-15: Autistic child Rowan, 5, attend a shaman ritual in Mongolia, accompanied by his parents Rupert and Kristin, their Mongolian guide Tulga, his six-year-old son Bodibilguunson and an

The horseboy / 1508-16: Autistic child Rowan, 5, travels through Mongolia with his parents Rupert and Kristin, their Mongolian guide Tulga, his six-year-old son Bodibilguunson and an American documentary


1508-30: Autistic child Rowan, 5, communicates with six-year-old Bodibilguunson. He is the son of Mongolia guide. Rowan is riding a horse in Mongolia, accompanied by his parents Rupert and Kristin. Rowan's parents believe horses and shamans can unlock their son's autistic mind. This is their journey of discovery across Mongolia on horseback.


The horseboy / 1508-17: Autistic child Rowan, 5, travels through Mongolia with his parents Rupert and Kristin, their Mongolian guide Tulga, his six-year-old son Bodibilguunson and an American documentary

The horseboy / 1508-18: Autistic child Rowan, 5, travels through Mongolia with his parents Rupert and Kristin, their Mongolian guide Tulga, his six-year-old son Bodibilguunson and an American documentary

The horseboy / 1508-19: Autistic child Rowan, 5, travels through Mongolia with his parents Rupert and Kristin, their Mongolian guide Tulga, his six-year-old son Bodibilguunson and an American documentary

The horseboy / 1508-20: Autistic child Rowan, 5, travels through Mongolia with his parents Rupert and Kristin, their Mongolian guide Tulga, his six-year-old son Bodibilguunson and an American documentary


1508-17: Autistic child Rowan, 5, travels through Mongolia with his parents Rupert and Kristin, their Mongolian guide Tulga, his six-year-old son Bodibilguunson and an American documentary TV crew. Rowan's parents believe horses and shamans can unlock their son's autistic mind. This is their journey of discovery across Mongolia on horseback.


The horseboy / 1508-21: Autistic child Rowan, 5, travels through Mongolia with his parents Rupert and Kristin, their Mongolian guide Tulga, his six-year-old son Bodibilguunson and an American documentary

The horseboy / 1508-22: Autistic child Rowan, 5, attend a shaman ritual in Mongolia, accompanied by his parents Rupert and Kristin, their Mongolian guide Tulga, his six-year-old son Bodibilguunson and an

The horseboy / 1508-23: Autistic child Rowan, 5, attend a shaman ritual in Mongolia, accompanied by his parents Rupert and Kristin, their Mongolian guide Tulga, his six-year-old son Bodibilguunson and an

The horseboy / 1508-24: Autistic child Rowan, 5, attend a shaman ritual in Mongolia, accompanied by his parents Rupert and Kristin, their Mongolian guide Tulga, his six-year-old son Bodibilguunson and an


1508-07: Autistic child Rowan, 5, rides a horse in Mongolia, accompanied by his parents Rupert and Kristin, their Mongolian guide Tulga, his six-year-old son Bodibilguunson and an American documentary TV crew. Rowan's parents believe horses and shamans can unlock their son's autistic mind. This is their journey of discovery across Mongolia on horseback.


The horseboy / 1508-25: A Mongolian guide lights a bonfire in the grassland attended by autistic child Rowan, 5, and his mother Kristin.

The horseboy / 1508-26: Autistic child Rowan, 5, plays with animals in Mongolia, accompanied by his parents Rupert and Kristin, their Mongolian guide Tulga, his six-year-old son Bodibilguunson and an

The horseboy / 1508-27: Autistic child Rowan, 5, plays with animals in Mongolia, accompanied by his parents Rupert and Kristin, their Mongolian guide Tulga, his six-year-old son Bodibilguunson and an

The horseboy / 1508-28: Autistic child Rowan, 5, plays with animals in Mongolia, accompanied by his parents Rupert and Kristin, their Mongolian guide Tulga, his six-year-old son Bodibilguunson and an


1508-31: Autistic child Rowan, 5, communicates with six-year-old Bodibilguunson. He is the son of Mongolia guide. Rowan is riding a horse in Mongolia, accompanied by his parents Rupert and Kristin. Rowan's parents believe horses and shamans can unlock their son's autistic mind. This is their journey of discovery across Mongolia on horseback.


The horseboy / 1508-29: Autistic child Rowan, 5, communicates with six-year-old Bodibilguunson. He is the son of Mongolia guide. Rowan is riding a horse in Mongolia, accompanied by his parents Rupert and

The horseboy / 1508-30: Autistic child Rowan, 5, communicates with six-year-old Bodibilguunson. He is the son of Mongolia guide. Rowan is riding a horse in Mongolia, accompanied by his parents Rupert and

The horseboy / 1508-31: Autistic child Rowan, 5, communicates with six-year-old Bodibilguunson. He is the son of Mongolia guide. Rowan is riding a horse in Mongolia, accompanied by his parents Rupert and

The horseboy / 1508-32: Autistic child Rowan, 5, plays with animals at a Mongolian hotel. Rowan's parents believe horses and shamans can unlock their son's autistic mind. This is their journey of


1508-04: Autistic child Rowan, 5, rides a horse in Mongolia, accompanied by his parents Rupert and Kristin, their Mongolian guide Tulga, his six-year-old son Bodibilguunson and an American documentary TV crew. Rowan's parents believe horses and shamans can unlock their son's autistic mind. This is their journey of discovery across Mongolia on horseback.


The horseboy / 1508-33: Autistic child Rowan, 5, plays with animals at a Mongolian hotel. Rowan's parents believe horses and shamans can unlock their son's autistic mind. This is their journey of

The horseboy / 1508-34: Autistic child Rowan, 5, throws a tantrum while his father Rupert carries him. Rowan's parents believe horses and shamans can unlock their son's autistic mind. This is their journey of

The horseboy / 1508-35: Father of autistic child Rowan, 5, enjoys sheeps innards in a Mongolia ger. Rowan's parents believe horses and shamans can unlock their son's autistic mind. This is their journey of

The horseboy / 1508-36: Sunday Times writer Tim Rayment enjoys Mongolian sheep innards as he reports on autistic child Rowan, 5, who is riding a horse in Mongolia, accompanied by his parents Rupert


1508-16: Autistic child Rowan, 5, travels through Mongolia with his parents Rupert and Kristin, their Mongolian guide Tulga, his six-year-old son Bodibilguunson and an American documentary TV crew. Rowan's parents believe horses and shamans can unlock their son's autistic mind. This is their journey of discovery across Mongolia on horseback.


The horseboy / 1508-37: Cover story in Sunday Times 9th September 2007 / Mongolia /

The horseboy / 1508-38: Cover story in Sunday Times 9th September 2007 / Mongolia /

The horseboy / 1508-39: Cover story in Sunday Times 9th September 2007 / Mongolia /

The horseboy / 1508-40: Cover story in Sunday Times 9th September 2007 / Mongolia /


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