Dottie & Sonny

     It has been a while since I have published anything, and as the owner of Just Equus I want to update you on things…  I have been very involved in furthering my interest in HORSE – in understanding and connecting to their Spirit & Being thru Shamanic Healing, Reiki, and bodywork.  And this year, 2015,  I now offer Energy Healing for Horses!   See my new website!  KAREN HISATA Energy Work for Horses, Pets, & People.  Just Equus is alive and well, but it will be less a boutique and more focused on ONLY THE BEST SOLUTIONS for a Horse’s wellbeing.  C’est tout.  Now back to Dottie & Sonny!
      Earlier this week I had the pleasure of working with 2 horses, Dottie & Sonny, and just received this note from their owner DeeDee.  When we met, we sat under a shade tree and I ‘Called in the Spirits’ and then we began our session.  The work was a combination of Shamanic Healing + Energy Healing On-Hands Work + Masterson Method Integrated Equine Performance Body Work (this last part I am currently working towards my certification in).   Here is DeeDee’s moving feedback, had to share it!  Thanks DeeDee!
     The day of the session with my 18 year old POA mare, Dottie, was amazing. She is a ‘move about horse’. And she stood quietly for almost the whole time while you were with her. That was the first thing I noticed. Then, her willingness to have you work with her energy was amazing. Almost no objection. And the deep deep release and relaxation I saw happening put me in a similar state. Something from her belly released into your hand with sharp, prickly sensation. It must have been bothering her. Because even days later she seems so much ‘happier’ and willing to be with us. Instead of having to go get her halfway up in her pasture, she is coming at a trot right to the gate to meet us. And sticking her head into the offered halter. I don’t know what all transpired, but I can see a different set of results than before. Thank you.
     The session you did with my 19 year old gelding, Sonny, even amazed my engineer husband. Sonny stood immediately (not so strange) but  then he melted into your presence. I appreciated your comments about how well preserved he is for his age and how grounded and steady. He is that horse. I hope to have him and ride him into his thirties. You give me hope. I have been telling people we discovered Sonny has his own Spirit Guide, a big black/brown bear. (Hard to do with a straight face) As you were working with that energy Sonny transformed into that shaggy beast in some ways. His openness to the combination of energy and Mastersen work pleased me. He was so willing to move himself into positions of stretch and release. the way he surrendered to you, almost taking a nap  in your arms as you worked on him, his soft, sleepy eyes showed so much trust. Since your visit, he has been more present, playful and MOVING. A big change. Thank you.
     What was so interesting was Dottie’s reaction to your work with Sonny. When you first started working with Sonny, she was very close to him. They are very connected on any day, so I drew her away, to create a space for you and Sonny to connect. After a while when I let her find her own place, she slowly drifted back toward you two. And then she positioned herself just outside the circle of energy you were working in and went into a ‘trance’. She looked as if she was floating on the deep, calm energy you had created around Sonny. It seemed like she was continuing the releases that had begun in her own session. I don’t think she put herself in your way. Just rode the energy. And for a ‘walk about horse’ she stood quietly the whole time.
     Thank you for your immense kindness to my horses in all you did. Your approach, your touch, your appreciation for them shone through in every moment and movement. You inspire me to let my love and joy be expressed in every moment and movement I am with them.”
     DeeDee L.
Dottie & DeeDee copyright DeeDee Levine

Dottie & DeeDee
copyright Frances Loza


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A Hard Day to Recount..

Note:  This story contains images that may be upsetting for some, so please leave this page if blood makes you queasy.

A Hard Day To Recount – FEBRUARY 11, 2011 that is.

It’s been a little over 2 years now.  I stopped writing much in Ziba’s Healing Journal as everytime I tried to write about this event, I just couldn’t bring myself to do so, however I felt it should be told as it was a critical, albeit unfortunate, event that took place in Z’s “healing” journey that I have been documenting.  So please forgive this late share, there may be value in its telling..

Webb Ranch

Webb Ranch at upper fields, enjoying the view in 2010.

In retrospect I have one huge misgiving and can only recommend to other horse owners what many know and probably many such as myself had not addressed but simply put up with.   Read full post..






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Our 2nd Key Comfort Item: The THINLINE Trifecta Half Pad. Special Offer ends Oct 21, 2012

Maximize Your Horse’s Comfort under saddle with THINLINE’s Trifecta Half Pad!  This Week take advantage of this Special Offer.

Take Advantage of this Limited Time Offer on Thinline’s Trifecta Half Pad!

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A Key Comfort Item for Your Horse: Mikmar’s Le Tixerant Comfort Girth

Our Horses work hard for us.  Help to ensure their comfort under saddle with Mikmar’s Le Tixerant Comfort Girth!

On Special This Week!    Offer ends October 15, 2012

Take advantage of this limited time offer on Mikmar’s Le Tixerant Comfort Girth!
available in Dressage & Jumping styles.

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The Wave

Fluid yet momentary balance..


reminds me of, well…

riding a Horse.






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Thursday Afternoon

Ziba was on high today.

Shannon, my neighbor at the ranch, calls me saying my horse is really antsy and running up and down her (long) paddock.  A few minutes later I arrive to find her walking circles and stopping to nose the gate repeatedly.  Food isn’t the problem, she has that.  We are of like minds – I came with a quick ride in mind.  Saddling up takes only a few minutes, but she is still digging a hole in the ground.  COME ON KAREN – LET’S GO!!!

So I hop on and we take the perimeter trail with the sun setting on an expansive view of golden rolling hills dotted by crooked oak trees & scrub.  At the beginning there is a nice long easy downhill slope later followed by a short steep uphill climb.  You can see the reservoir which is pretty dry right now and has a sandy bathtub ring.  Huge old Eucalyptus hide little animals making crackling noises while they settle in for the evening.  A few jack rabbits scoot off in different directions.  As we walk the trail, she and I are happier by the minute.  The shadows have grown long and we spend a little time in the upper sand ring which is cooler now.  By the time we get back, she is all smiles.  Has those soft smiley eyes.  She tells me she loves to go sight-seeing!

Leia & I hear a nicker as we leave.  See you tomorrow my friend!

I am grateful for the time we are able to share together and Ziba’s enthusiasm to do more – it really is a gift that I can ride her at all.  Will tell you about it sometime soon..






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New Product Annoucement: ICE FIL Tops make cooling effortless.


This Spring, Kerrits introduces its new line of ‘Ice Fil’ tops use cooling technology to convert sweat into a coolant, effectively lowering skin temperature by up to five degrees. The technology is activated by motion, the more you move, the cooler you will be.

“You have to experience ‘Ice Fil’ to believe it,” says Kerri Kent, CEO and designer for Kerrits Performance Equestrian Apparel. “We first started using ‘Ice Fil’ fabric as a sleeve, and we got rave reviews from our team riders across the globe—especially those in the hottest climates.”
Cutting-edge ‘Ice Fil’ fabric quickly wicks away moisture and provides evaporative cooling while blocking thermal radiation from infrared light.  The moisture-control technology creates a cooling effect as sweat is absorbed, effectively lowering skin’s temperature to keep riders cool, dry and comfortable.

What’s more, this technology performs best in hot, humid conditions.
Available in tank, short sleeve and long sleeve styles, Kerrits ‘Ice Fil’ tops offer UV 40 sun protection and are anti-bacterial, moisture-absorbing, and fast-drying with two-way circulation.

All designs include Ice Fil mesh siding for additional ventilation where riders need it most.
“’Ice Fil’ has quickly earned a reputation for delivering on its cooling promise,” says Kent. “We’re excited to offer riders this innovative technology at an affordable price.”
Kerrits’ ‘Ice Fil’ tops are designed with a flattering semi-fitted silhouette and a slightly longer back hem to stay tucked in throughout your ride. Details include an extra pocket for convenience and flat-seam construction throughout to resist rubbing and chafing.

ICE FIL Cooling Wear is available at

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