Suzi grew up in a Native American family. Her stepfather was a member of the Penobscot Tribe in Old Town Maine. For the past five years, Suzi, a licensed therapist, created and provided horse inspired growth and healing for Native American youth and families at United American Indian Involvement, Inc in Los Angeles. In 2008, Suzi, with help of Eric Acosta, (Cochiti Pueblo) and Rod Rondeaux (Crow) created a program called Red Horse Nation. RHN, a program of Lifesavers Wild Horse Rescue, provides Native American Horse Inspired Growth and Healing (NAHIGH) and Native American Horse Inspired Psychotherapy (NAHIP) services to urban and rural Native youth and families. RHN also provides NAHIGH and NAHIP training and certification for Native agencies and tribes based on traditional Native principles as well as sound clinical practices. RHN has worked with: Poka’ Ranch, Blackfeet Tribe; Oso Vista Ranch, Ramah, NM; Laguna Pueblo, NM; National Indian Youth Leadership Project; Navajo Behavioral Health; Pascua Yaqui, AZ; Jicarilla Apache, NM; RAIN, Ute Tribe, UT; and United American Indian Involvement, CA. When friend Juan Villarreal called and asked Suzi and Lifesavers if they would provide horses for a healing journey by horseback to honor the 11th Gathering of the International Council of Thirteen Indigenous Grandmothers, there was no hesitation.yes, they would donate horses and support the riders in every way possible. Suzi sees the ride as a way to nurture and honor indigenous peoples’ historical greatness and their gratitude for the Horse Nation.