Dusty was a very special horse that inspired, and was the founding horse of, Heads Up Therapy On horseback for special needs children. Author Nancy Pitchord-Zhe is the founder of Heads Up Therapy On Horseback. She formed the organization in 1986. All of the stories in the series are true life stories of the birth and growth of this unique form of therapy. They are educational and inspirational stories of the children who have partaken of this outdoors, out-of-clinic experience. They have met great goals and surpassed all expectations with the help of the horse.