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Synopsis: What are the benefits of riding and working with horses?

While riding a horse, riders are given the opportunity to feel freedom and power through movement. As the horse walks, the movement is transferred to the rider, providing a combination of sensory, motor, and neurological stimulation. This translates to stronger muscles, better balance and coordination, and improved gait. Just as important as the physical benefits, greater self-confidence and self-esteem can be achieved through the freedom of movement.

Who can this help?

Individuals with physical, neurological, behavioral, and emotional issues related to Brain Injury, Cerebral Palsy, Coordination Disorder, Developmental Disability, Dyspraxia, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s Disease, Sensory Integration Disorder, autism and many others.

What are the goals of equine assisted activities?

All Walk On participants are evaluated prior to admission to the program, at which time, goals for equine assisted activities are determined based on the specific needs of the individual. Goals may include, but are not limited to improving physical skills, cognitive skills, social and emotional development and behavior.


Horse Therapy





Run Time

6 minutes

Directed by

Thomas Balsamo

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Director's Bio

Thomas discovered his life passion when he was 10 years old he learned the power of images and film to evoke emotional response in heart and minds. His work has been featured on CNN, CBS, WGN and WLS television, has been published in Professional Photographer, RangeFinder, Time, Quintessential Barrington and Parent magazines to name a few. He has presented his philosophy at national conventions in the photography industry. He currently serves on the board of directors for the Barrington area Development Council and Barrington Cultural Commission.

He has been involved in numerous philanthropic projects most dealing with special needs children. He has worked with Health and Human services on a project to bring awareness to individuals with disabilities. He is co-creator and photographer of the book Souls: Beneath and Beyond Autism which was awarded The Autism Society of America’s “ Literary Work of the Year” for 2003. Thomas has partnered with Toys R Us, on the Faces of Autism campaign to benefit Autism Speaks. Thomas’ images of Individuals dealing with Autism have been have been displayed in 800 Toys R Us and Babies R Us stores, and across the country, since 2007 6 million dollars have been raised from the Faces of Autism Campaign.

In 2002 He made his first film working with McGraw Hill to deliver the message of his book Souls beneath and beyond Autism. The short film had a profound effect on viewers often evoking emotion which has inspired him to develop World Touch Productions using the power of film to get positive messages out. Thomas and Wade together run World Touch Productions making films that leave lasting impressions on hearts and minds.




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