The Gus-T-Mare

Our farm is named for my fantastic parents and I am first and foremost a grateful recipient of my family's love and seemingly endless patience!

I am a Master's level MH Therapist as well as a Licensed Recreation Therapist (LRT)  and certified by the equine assisted growth and learning association (EAGALA). I have 20 years experience as a facilitator of therapeutic horseback riding and equine assisted mental health.  I am also a certified parks and recreation professional (CPRP) and an equestrian professional, certified by the camping horsemanship association  (CHA) level III for Western and  English on the flat.

From 1997-2002, I was the creator and Executive Director of HorseFeathers of NC.  We provided treatment and therapy to over 500 children and adults with physical, emotional and cognitive disorders.

From 2002 to 2012 I have created four lesson and three therapeutic programs in Tennessee, Illinois and Virginia that partnered with horses as our primary treatment modality.

I now reside and work in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of SW Virginia with my two-legged, four-legged, flying, and swimming family members.

You can email me at or directly from this website for information on lessons, training and therapy for your horse or any member of your clan.


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