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Synopsis: A broken hearted champion who struggles with cancer and depression seeks Equine Therapy, healing with horses.


Equine Therapy





Run Time

7 minutes

Directed by

Bob Ruefle

Director's Statement

Horses Cry Too is inspired by my work as a spiritual teacher and counselor with Equine Assisted Therapy sessions. I grew up on horses so when I was asked to be a part of an Equine Assisted Therapy team, I was overjoyed. Over the years, we who were a part of the Equine Assisted Therapy teams have utilized various exercises from integrated 12 Step exercises to various other approaches to guide humans into experiences of healing with horses.

This Horses Cry Too is the short film version of a larger full length screenplay that I hope to produce and direct some day. Overall, I am hopeful that the Horse Cry Too short film will inspire other people to consider the amazing possibilities of exploring healing with horses.

Director's Bio

Bob Ruefle (writer, producer, and director)

Bob Ruefle studied writing, producing and directing at the University of Pittsburgh and Pittsburgh Filmmakers. He wrote and produced his first theatrical plays at Pitt. He directed a one act called Mamet Mania in which he guided and directed a young Joe Manganiello (TRUE BLOOD, SPIDERMAN, BOTTOM OF THE NINTH) to be a lead actor and to explore the depths of the creative process. He also acted in the semi-professional theater productions of Measure for Measure at the Pittsburgh Public Theater and Romeo and Juliet for The City Theater, among others.

Ruefle worked in TV and Film Production for the Pittsburgh Steelers, Penguins and Pirates; the U.S. Open, WWE, etc. for ESPN, FOX, CBS, and ABC. He worked on the TV and Film Productions of The X-Files, SMART PEOPLE, WON’T BACK DOWN, and THE DARK KNIGHT RISES, among others.

Ruefle has read and written Hollywood spec scripts for Manganiello and 359, inc. and others. He assisted with the Logline Pitch Competition at The 3 Rivers Screenplay Festival. The later inspired his life-long passion to write, produce and direct indy films. Horses Cry Too is the first of his short films to be entered into film festivals.

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