Moonrise Farm is home to Moonrise Therapeutics.  Founded by DJ Jesser a licensed social worker who believes strongly in the power of relationship building between horse and human.  Moonrise Therapeutics received their non-profit status in 2018 and is increasingly well-known in the community for the services and programs they offer to all ages.

At MoonRise we help transform life experiences through partnership with our horses. The programs are small and flexible, operating during the spring, summer and fall seasons. We work hard to design individual and group programming that meets the specific needs of our clients. Located on 45 acres in the historic district of Taftsville, Vermont, MoonRise Farm features a c1850 three-story Post and Beam barn, several pastures, riding ring, round pen, horse playground and miles of woodland/field trails


To create a nurturing environment of clinical expertise and equine experiences where individuals and families can receive personalized support and counseling to deepen self-understanding, work through obstacles, and grow resilience.


MoonRise Therapeutics will become a known community resource for children and families to receive mental health support and services using a holistic and experiential approach. We plan to develop a parenting education component and grow our expertise in trauma-based therapies. MoonRise Therapeutics will become a resource for other providers and their clients who may benefit from short-term equine work as they navigate through difficult aspects of treatment. MoonRise Therapeutics will create a sustainable and replicable model and offer training for other providers around equine assisted psychotherapy.


Connection: Bringing our full self, in the present moment, to meet the other.  A connection to self, others and our natural environment is critical to good health. The survival and well-being of a horse herd is dependent on their connection to each other and their environment.

Holistic: We understand the parts to be intimately interconnected and best understood within their context as a whole. We not only look at the mental, emotional, physical and spiritual aspects of a person, but also the family, societal and cultural forces at play.

Curiosity: A quality that enables us to observe and explore aspects of being without judgment. What do you notice?

Awareness: When we are aware and conscious we can direct the exploration of ourselves and our relationship to others and our environment

Honesty: Growing our authenticity even when it is difficult

Congruence: Heart, mind, body and spirit all speaking the same language helps us be authentic and our horses to be happier.

Respect: A feeling or understanding that each person and horse is inherently good and should be treated in an appropriate way. We recognize and accept differences.

Compassion:  To have empathy and respond, desiring to alleviate suffering in oneself, others and the natural world.

Competence: Doing our absolute best. Partaking in excellent trainings and employing evidence based practices.

Playfulness: Meaning presence and responsiveness, lightness and attentiveness, improvisation and creativity. It is a willingness to let go and become part of. It implies an attitude of openness, accepting the invitation to construct and reconstruct our lives.

MRT works with individual, family and group dynamic issues by utilizing a holistic approach to address root causes of symptoms identified, especially around issues emerging from trauma.