ERIC BARTON: There is a human element to it, because you can see when you look into his eyes and spend some time with him that there is a connection. It's one of those close bonds that-- the horse knows you. It just wants to be with you and be present.
My mother taught me education was important. She unfortunately stopped going to school in the seventh grade because of having me when she was very young. As I worked in the Marine Corps full time, I went to school full time in the evening at Walden University. I graduated with a Master's of Public Administration. With military experience and seeing some of the PTSD victims that have came back from the war, the idea to give back was important. The goal of the LexLin Foundation is to breed quality purebred gypsy vanners and to connect them with therapy centers throughout the country.
DAWN WHITE: They use these horses for programs that really work with disabled veterans, autistic children, disabled adults.
MIKE BRANCH: This horse is going to take care of that person. People are going to be able to ride.
LYNN KLIMAS PETR: They come to us feeling like they're not whole. And we put them on a horse and prove that they are.
DAWN WHITE: Eric does have some sort of superhuman ability when it comes to seeing an idea and really having it come to fruition.
MIKE BRANCH: Don't see the world as it is. See the world as it could be. And he's man, I think, that's out there trying to bring that world that could be within reach.
ERIC BARTON: Making a positive social change in our community linked extremely well with Walden's mission statement. One person can make a difference. And if it's just in one person's life, that's enough. So if we're fortune to make a greater difference in a number of people's lives, that's even better. I want to leave this world knowing that each and every day, I did all I could to make a difference.