Three-year-old Jaylen Perez is on the Autism spectrum. Autism is a part of him but he’s much more than a diagnosis. Jaylen is a sweet, loving ball of energy, whose laugh lights up a room. He loves reading books, singing, dancing, and acting out his favorite movies. Jaylen has a jam-packed weekly schedule which includes preschool; 10 hours of applied behavior analysis therapy; feeding therapy; and, his most favorite, hippo-therapy! He played mini T-ball this season and will soon try soccer. Since beginning equine therapy at TiAnVica Riding Academy in 2016, Jaylen’s speech has improved, his muscles and bones are stronger, and his love of horses has deepened. Horses have taken Jaylen out of the usual blank therapy walls and into the outdoors!