Equizen Makes Horses Feel Better

by Cheryl Erpelding • photos: Hannah Klain Photography

Jeanne Huliska owner of Equizen, her equine bodywork business, continues to grow along with her list of happy customers.

Jeanne believes all horses can benefit and need regular bodywork and massage. She has been a fitness fanatic ever since she can recall. In her youth she became a certified fitness instructor and has been passionate about muscles and how they make us feel better or in some cases worse.

As a mother of three, she wanted to get her kids involved in some sort of sport. So, she began English riding lessons with her daughter when she met a very sweet horse at the barn and fell in love with him! As in her training with humans, she recognized that the horse had restrictions in his movement due to a lack of balance, strength, and flexibility in his body. She thought about how she could help this sweet guy and other animals alike as she has done with people. So, she decided to extend her knowledge as a fitness instructor to include the equine world and become a trained certified equine bodyworker. Jeanne researched the best equine massage schools available and when she found it, she dove in headfirst. She couldn’t get enough of it. The training was exciting and useful, and she was good at it because of her prior history in fitness.

Jeanne shared, “I can’t believe I get to do this for a living. What a gift that first horse I met gave me. I am so thankful that I can return that gift to other horses in the way of helping them achieve optimum health and wellness. I am passionate about helping horses achieve their full potential through equine massage therapy. My goal is to help horses feel their best so they can perform at their best.”

Muscle development is such an important factor for horses to perform at their best. Skeletal muscles, which attach to bones via tendons, contract or shorten in length in highly coordinated ways to produce movement. These muscle contractions allow horses to jump, collect their canter strides, run and play in their turnouts, chew mouthfuls of grass, and swish their tails at flies. It is important to realize that a horse can never get more muscles; the amount of muscle cells is genetically fixed. But muscles can get thicker. Through training, muscle cells are stimulated to store more energy, so that the muscle mass increases and the performance and endurance of your horse will increase. If the horse is angular over his topline (withers, back, loin, top of the hip, and croup region) and/or is sunken around the neck, he needs to build muscle. Equine massage can help with the horse’s fitness and performance when developing the topline.

Jeanne’s massage treatments allow the free movements of the horse by improving the suppleness (the combination of unrestricted movements. Equine massage can increase the range of motion and stride length, as well as many other benefits. If muscles, tendons, and ligaments are tight, it’s harder for your horse to perform the movements you are asking of him, and also puts him at a higher risk of injury. Jeanne’s equine massage restores the horse’s muscles, tendons, and ligaments to a relaxed and balanced state. In this state, the horse’s body can work as it was intended to. This is why proper equine bodywork is so important. Jeanne says, “There’s nothing more satisfying than watching one of my client’s horses in the arena after a session. The positive feedback I receive from owners and trainers lets me know I’m making a difference!”

After realizing the importance of knowing everything she can to help horses, Jeanne learned how important therapeutic fascia training would be for her and the horses she serves. Fascia cannot be overlooked in an effective equine bodywork program. Fascia made primarily of collagen, can be thought of as a sausage casing for your body’s tissues. It surrounds muscles, nerves, tendons, and ligaments and gives them shape. Fascia is a system of connective tissue that encases our body parts and binds them together. It is the layer of connective tissue that surrounds body parts from organs to muscles to blood vessels. The fascia training for horses Jeanne received is a type of bodywork that focuses on improving their flexibility, range of motion, and overall performance. Her clients often rely on her fascia techniques to help their horses recover from injuries and prevent future injuries.

Another tool that Jeanne uses at Equizen is PEMF (Pulsed Electromagnetic Field) therapy. This therapy complements fascia training by improving circulation and reducing inflammation in horses. It’s a non-invasive treatment that uses low-frequency electromagnetic waves to stimulate cell repair and regeneration. Jeanne’s clients have seen great results with PEMF therapy, and it’s become an important part of her practice.

PEMF therapy for horses is a non-invasive therapy that can be used to treat the whole body or specific areas or injuries. It can be used to accelerate healing and quick recovery from injuries, as well as faster recovery after a long day of work or a busy show season. PEMF therapy can also improve performance, range of motion, speed & strength. It reduces inflammation & relieves pain and inflammation naturally and in a non-invasive way. PEMF isn’t stressful, horses really relax and are reset after one of these sessions.

The therapy works by creating a gently pulsing magnetic field that restores health at a cellular level by stimulating cell metabolism. It is important to use the right equipment and have proper training to utilize said equipment. Jeanne has every tool available for the most effective treatments of different things that arise. She uses a large mat that can push PEMF into their lower legs for anything that comes up below the knee as well as large loops for more full body treatments or smaller areas to zone in and speed healing so your horse can get back to what they do best.

Jeanne has shared her passion and expertise with others as she has trained and certified her staff in equine sports massage therapy through the Equine Education Certification and PEMF services through the Association of PEMF Practitioners. (AOPP) all of her trained employees are certified as well as herself. Jeanne also gives on-hand instruction in fascia and KT taping. She enjoys helping owners help their horses as well.

To date, Jeanne has completed over 15 certifications in all areas of equine wellness pertaining to bodywork. She has extensive training and experience in various modalities of equine bodywork, such as massage therapy, MFR aka myofascial release, and kinesiology taping, and she is a certified PEMF practitioner. According to Jeanne, “I keep up with the latest research and developments in equine care by adding to my training and purchasing the latest equipment in this field to ensure that I offer the best possible care for your equine partner.”

Jeanne’s clients have always been so supportive and gladly share their testimonials with her as well:

Caroline Bixler wrote: “As an assistant trainer at a show barn, I have witnessed firsthand the transformative impact of Jeanne’s bodywork on our horses. Jeanne’s compassionate approach and genuine concern for the well-being of our horses are truly remarkable. She takes the time to understand each horse’s individual needs, consistently asking insightful questions and ensuring their comfort and health are prioritized. Thanks to Jeanne’s expertise and dedication, our horses have been performing at their best. Not only do they feel great physically, but they are also so much happier after getting bodywork. I wholeheartedly recommend her services to any horse owner seeking unparalleled care and support.”

Karen, owner of Mouse and Kady said: “My grandmother and I have two horses that receive
PMEF, and fascia work sessions from Jeanne at Equizen. We are very pleased with the results we have noticed in a short time. Both horses have increased flexibility with their legs, and necks, and comfort in the poll. We believe our horses feel more comfortable and relaxed with these treatments. Jeanne is professional and very knowledgeable in her field of work. We recommend Jeanne to whoever wants to give their horses great care!”

Lynne M. states: “I am happy to share my experience with Equizen Horse Massage and their exceptional practitioner, Jeanne. As a proud owner of two beloved horses, I’ve witnessed firsthand the transformative power of equine massage therapy, PEMF, and Red Light Therapy that Equizen offers. Equizen Horse Massage and Jeanne have become an integral part of my horses’ care team. Their consistent muscle health and flexibility translate to happier, healthier, and high-performing equine companions. Thank you Jeanne for your healing hands and unwavering commitment to our four-legged friends.

Suzanne Brennan shared: “I have two wonderful Warmbloods. One is 16 and the other 19 years old. Even though they are not currently showing, they both are very successful hunter/jumpers. Jeanne Holiska was recommended to me for the amazing bodywork she does for horses. She emphasizes massage and bodywork in her treatments, along with magnawave treatments. Therefore she treats the entire horse. My horses are doing wonderful under her care which is so important to me. She is truly amazing, my horses light up when they see her. I highly recommend her. You will not be disappointed.”

Katie and Avery share: “Jeanne Huliska has worked on our horse, Diego for over a year. In one word – Jeanne is amazing! She spends as much time as Diego needs each session. The bodywork she does is more than a massage. Jeanne has intuition and can tune into the horse and can find all the soreness, aches, and stiffness in each horse and applies several different types of therapeutic tools to correct the issue. She uses PEMF, Red Light therapy, massage, and more. Jeanne has an incredible amount of knowledge and information about horses. Diego has healed from a fall with her help. After every session, Diego feels amazing. He is relaxed, but not groggy. After Jeanne works on Diego his rides are great. Her bodywork is an integral part of Diego’s wellness program. We are so lucky to have found Jeanne!”

If you are looking for a professional, passionate, and reliable equine bodyworker who can help your horse reach its full potential in any discipline, please learn more about Jeanne and her team at https://equizenhorsemassage.com today. Or you can contact Jeanne by phone or text at 714-861-0914.

Caroline Bixler joins Equizen

Caroline brings to the Equizen team a lifelong dedication to equine welfare and performance, starting her journey in the equestrian world at just seven years old in San Diego. Her early years were marked by diverse experiences with horses, from developing young thoroughbreds fresh off the track to learning the nuances of seasoned schoolmasters. Now, as an assistant trainer at Inverness Ridge Stables, she continues to hone her skills in identifying and addressing the unique requirements of each horse, ensuring they achieve their optimum health and performance levels. Her journey into equine bodywork began under the mentorship of Jeanne, whose transformative work with the horses at Inverness Ridge sparked Caroline’s fascination with the discipline. Now, as a valued practitioner at Equizen, Caroline integrates her extensive training background with Jeanne’s teachings to offer unparalleled care. Her approach is both holistic and customized, acknowledging the individuality of every horse and striving to enhance their well-being and performance through a combination of skill, compassion, and a genuine aspiration to make a meaningful impact. Joining Equizen marks a significant milestone in Caroline’s career, where her passion for horses and commitment to excellence in equine care converge. She is dedicated to empowering horses to reach their full potential, ensuring their health, happiness, and performance are nurtured. Caroline’s inclusion in the Equizen family underscores our promise to deliver superior, personalized care to every horse we serve, reinforcing our position as a leading resource for equine health and performance optimization.