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Synopsis: Our therapy horses ease human suffering during times of natural emergencies, violence, traumatic events and loss with the assistance of highly trained horses, volunteers and the generosity of donors.

There are many ways to support SOUL Harbour Ranch… from donations to volunteering, sponsoring the work of an individual therapy horse or purchasing a needed supply from our wish list. You and your friends can help these little heroes bring their love where it is needed most!

Jodie Diegel RN, MBA is the Founder and current President of the SOUL Harbour Ranch Animal Therapy Program, as well as past President and Founder of Mane in Heaven. The SOUL Harbour Ranch Animal Therapy Program, located in Barrington, is a non- profit organization whose mission is to enrich lives by promoting the unconditional love and healing of the human-animal bond, while advocating for animal therapy standards of excellence. We offer the Barrington-area’s most experienced animal-assisted miniature therapy equine teams who have been visiting since 2013.

“I believe a difference is made when there is a soul-to-soul connection” (between humans and animal) said Jodie and it is through her passion for animal therapy that individuals throughout the Chicagoland area are able to receive care and experience that incredible soul-bond with her animals.

Through working with volunteer animal handlers, Jodie and her team bring miniature horses and dogs to locations such as Rush University Medical Center, The Garlands, Markland, GiGi’s Playhouse and Barrington High School.


Horse Therapy





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7 minutes


Jodie Degil (Herself)

Directed by

Wade Balsamo
Thomas Balsamo

Director's Bio

Growing up surrounded by cameras and photography, Working with his Dad, Wade began editing social-cause documentaries at a young age, and quickly became captivated by the power of a story. In college he began to expand his notion of video beyond PSAs and fundraising videos, and adopted the belief that it is art, above all else, has the power to change the world. He wrote and directed the critically acclaimed artfilm Paracosm Death of Ego — a statement about the rise and fall of power, which would go on years later to win many awards and premiere at the Chicago Music Box Theatre with a live orchestral accompaniment for the silent film.

Wade’s award-winning documentary and commercial editing style and Social Media marketing skills have been sought after by many companies and non profit organizations in the Chicago Market, his work with World Touch has been screened nationally and internationally.

In everything he does, Wade has a passion for evoking powerful emotional responses that relate audiences with subtly profound realizations and inspire viewers to take real-world action.

Wade works with his father Thomas as partners of World Touch Productions www.worldtouchproductions.com




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