June 1, 2010 – an ongoing log
LISA ST. JOHN’S HEALING PROGRAM FOR ZIBA
On the evening that I decided to find a good retirement situation for my mare, Ziba, I ended up finding Lisa St. John instead!
Please bare with me if you read the previous journal entry, but for newcomers, I’d like to describe how Lisa St. John came to be a part of my horse’s healing program. Sadly I was contemplating alternatives, and working on the computer when I happened to read on one of the horse forums I frequent (UDBB perhaps?) a post by someone posting about someone who said that her horse’s life was SAVED by Lisa St. John. Curious, I followed the link to see a very old horse named Petal on Youtube. She was treated by Lisa over a course of months. The transformation of this horse documented from beginning to a year later led me to search for more cases treated by Lisa on Youtube. Horse after horse was not only saved, but transformed! Who was this person?
I visited her website: LavenderSage and read an article about Lisa St. John. There was a photo of a picture pretty face framed in waves of brown hair with hauntingly blue eyes. Could this lady really work the magic that people claimed? The way I see it, people do not usually think so far outside the box until they are desperate for a solution. Most of Lisa’s horse patients were at the end of their life road, and deemed unsaveable by there regular healthcare givers by the time their owners found her. When I saw the video of Foxy, I knew I had to call Lisa.
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Our first appointment was by phone. With a photo of my horse to meditate on, Lisa introduced herself to and then ‘read’ my horse, Ziba. This was done telepathically as we are a few states away from each other. She told me that Ziba was a smart horse (true that) and she understood many things. She also saw the deep bond between us – Ziba was content, happy, and full of love in her heart. She confirmed my suspicions that she had been ridden hard and roughly handled in the distant past; she had become very cynical about people in general – but she was a different horse now. This all rang true to me as I remembered the nickname people had given her early on – ‘Godziba’ (remember the old monster movies?)..
What she saw physically was a horse with a long term systemic fungal infection which had affected her joints and more. This made complete sense to me as the vets were not able to explain why my horse had certain symptoms: Incurable thrush (despite all the barefoot thrush treatments & low sugar diet), skin eruptions similar to ringworm on a regular basis, itchy skin, dermal issues on her midline, swollen mammaries (but not diagnosed as mastitis), and seasonal problems with her lymphatic system. Somehow for Ziba, her explanation seemed to make sense to me. She said that the arthritis would be easy to address, and that Ziba’s cataracts (early formation before 7 yrs – not diagnosed as moon blindness) would be more difficult.
She also noted that Ziba’s intestinal lining was very weak and that we needed to strengthen it before putting her on the herbs. Each horse’s dietary needs may differ slightly – for Ziba this is what she listed for her base diet. Note that this diet is not for every horse, but specifically to address Ziba’s needs. After hearing what it included, I was very skeptical that she would eat it; my mare is VERY Picky and has in the past turned up her nose to watermelon, grapes, bananas, or anything else aside from grain, carrots, and apples. Lisa said without skipping a beat, ‘tell her that this will help her’ and ‘don’t worry, after 2 weeks she WILL be eating her food”…
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ZIBA’S NEW DAILY DIET
In September I started her on Lisa’s recommended daily diet of:
7-8 Carrots, 2 Yams, 2 green pears, 1 green apple, 1 orange, 1 banana, 1/2 an avocado, 2 cups ground flax, 2 big handfuls of spinach, 1 handful of parsley, 1- 2 leaves of kale. All chopped in bite size bits. (what we won’t do for those we love!)
With much enthusiasm I brought over Ziba’s first bowl of live food. Her reaction was much less enthusiastic. She sniffed it, made a face, picked out the carrots & apples, and left the rest for the raccoons and birds. I was seeing $$$ go down the drain.
1 week later, Ziba was eating 1/3 of her bowl.
By 2 weeks, as Lisa had predicted, Ziba was now whinnying for her bowl to be served and eating almost everything! She still picked out the Kale and left some Spinach. But even the Avocados were GONE!!!
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LISA ST. JOHN’S HERBS
One month later Lisa’s HERBS arrived. I opened the large burlap bag and breathed in the most heavenly aroma! Lisa St. John’s herbs come as a custom mix for each individual horse and are completed with a healing blessing. I made a mental note that I needed to clean up my basement and place these special herbs in a pleasant, cool spot befitting healing energies… It is still on my to do list but will happen. That being said, each day I gather the veggies & fruit I’ll need to wash and chop, and my favorite part of the task is to open Lisa’s burlap bag of herbs for a little aromatherapy for me!
This whole process of food prep may seem to be a huge undertaking, but now I’ve streamlined it and it takes about 15 minutes each day. It is influencing my own diet – I have started using the same ingredients at hand to incorporate into my family’s meals and regularly munch on a little bit of raw yam myself – they taste like a cross between a carrot & potato and I’m not too fond of it but can manage a few morsels while I prepare Ziba’s meal. According to Lisa, Yams are a super food and wonderfully rich in nutrients (DHEA rich, GCPD rich, also include beta-carotene, Potassium, & Vitamin A) , they are beneficial for hormone production, immune support, heart health, hydration, and addressing arthritis which I am feeling the beginnings of..
Will post more about Ziba’s healing process shortly…
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October 28, 2010
Fall Update 2010
It’s almost Halloween & my horse is in Holiday Spirits!
Ziba has been on her program for about 10 months (+3 months off program at the beginning of 2010) and I have to say it has not been an easy road to recovery. Her body would go through cycles of ‘detoxing’ in which her stomach would distend with gas and she would be very uncomfortable, her skin would erupt and/or flake, and she would be sore in her joints. And then a week or two later it would clear up and she would feel and move even better than before. It has taken continued leaps of faith to stick with it when facing these crises.
Earlier in October, after a very tough end of the summer for myself (I fractured my back in a couple places while riding another horse), and for Ziba – going through her cycles of detoxing, I was very discouraged.
The other day, I walked her to the large sand ring (no tight circles for my ringbone mare) to free lunge her (no strong tugs on a lungeline for me). Knowing she wouldn’t be yahooing around with her joint conditions, I let her loose and walked to the center of the ring.
Having walked about the Polo field a few laps, she was a bit warmed up and we started a few rounds of walk, then walk/trot transitions. (Ziba will usually follow voice commands especially if she smells a few treats in my pockets!)..
A few transitions later, our relaxed warm up session started to heat up. In trot, her strides started lengthening, and she started moving faster and faster with growing excitement. I asked her to half-halt a bit and to slow her tempo and low and behold there was my mare in a beautiful airy trot at perfect tempo! I hadn’t seen this for years!!!
On realizing she could MOVE AGAIN she let loose! I vainly asked her to slow down but she’d have none of it. While she let off some steam, I went over to the rail to chat with a friend. A few minutes later, here comes Ziba galloping straight towards me at full speed I wondered if I should move but decided to wait for her – she came to a sliding stop right before me – her hooves almost touching my shoes. Her expression of pure joy was priceless.
It brought tears to my eyes to see her this way. I understood that this healing journey was not a bed of roses and there was more to come, AND that my horse was truly healing.
She no longer shuffles down the road – her piss and vinegar is back. And although I didn’t appreciate her ‘tude before, I’m thankful to see her feeling so full of herself again!
I am forever grateful for Lisa St. John’s counsel and dedication to our horses.
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June 10, 2011
Spring Update 2011
Much has happened since last I wrote. Ziba was improving steadily and very comfortable on trail and returning to some light ring work. But on February 11, 2011 she had a terrible accident – with a car. Her injury was horrendous. Luckily the driver, my friend Margaret, was just missed and wasn’t hurt despite the side of her car being smashed in. Ziba on the other hand was severely injured and it was questionable whether she would survive after her 9 hour surgery and the weeks/months that would follow. I will write an article about this, but haven’t quite been in the right frame of mind to go back to this event and subsequent months. All I can say is that she made it and her phenomenal healing was an ongoing miracle. In retrospect I would attribute her incredible recovery to having been in great health before the event – on Lisa’s diet, and also to her care during and after the crisis. Will post more about this soon…
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April 6, 2013
A HARD DAY TO RECOUNT – Feb. 11, 2011 that is
I finally got around to writing about the day of Ziba’s accident. I believe Lisa St. John’s diet played a huge role in Ziba’s recovery. Here is link to the story above.
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Jumping ahead to today . . .
ALL I HAVE TO SAY IS THAT LISA ST. JOHN’S HEALING SERVICES ARE A CONTINUOUS MIRACLE! If you don’t believe in miracles – suffice it to say that her diet and healing services are truly amazing!
To read more about Lisa St. John’s Nutrition Program visit this link.
To see individual case studies of the horses she has helped visit this link.
(If you decide to contact her, please let her know you heard about her from Just Equus’ Blog, Thank You!)