Depending on severity I have seen it be very beneficial. My sons bestie is Autistic, high functioning but very mentally erratic. He dearly loves animals of all sorts, the bigger the better and adores a short ride, and will groom all day, but does not like the instruction it takes to ride properly. Says it takes the fun out of it. This is a child that I have a relationship with to the point they call me to calm him and my children guide him- and to see the joy in his eyes when Flicka snuggles him is pure joy.
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