About Us


Gallastar Equine Center

Gallastar Equine Center, Inc. is a center for therapeutic horseback riding that has specialized in serving young people with cognitive and emotional difficulties since 1994. Originally based in Afton, Virginia, Gallastar was one of the first in the nation to form a true collaboration between the mental health community and therapeutic riding in what is now called equine assisted psychotherapy.


Ranger's Refuge

Ranger's Refuge is the animal sanctuary arm of Gallastar Equine Center, Inc. We are a 501c(3) non-profit. With a main focus on pigs, we are currently home to almost 200 animals, including pigs, horses, ponies, donkeys, goats, cows, rabbits, chickens, and a turkey. Unfortunately we cannot take in any more animals at this time, but we will do what we can to still help those in need.