Kiki Ebsen’s Dream Come True ~ The Healing Equine Ranch
When actor Buddy Ebsen moved his family to a ranch in the secluded Agoura Hills of California, little did he realize the legacy he would leave for generations to come. Far away from the maddening crowd and the Hollywood life, the ranch provided a beautiful and secluded area for Kiki Ebsen to grow up surrounded by one of the things she loved most in life — horses.
Riding horses, caring for horses, and working with them daily in competitive equestrian events assured that Kiki’s adult world, like her childhood, would always include horses. While in college and beyond, Kiki’s destiny included music, entertainment and art as three more passions in her life. Between touring the country roads in support of numerous headline entertainers, Kiki always found solace on her ranch. In fact, it was often the scene of entertainment events and a respite for fellow musicians and dear friends to gather and restore before returning to their worlds as road warriors once again.
Over time, Kiki noticed that something special was happening when her friends saw her horses at play, at rest, and at work. There was such a calming effect of just leaning against fences, silently staring into the distance, allowing the wind to gently wash over the stilled soul waiting for peace and calm to hum. This, then, was the genesis of Kiki’s inspiration to create The Healing Equine Ranch. A series of music fundraisers and a modest personal investment combined to provide funds to rescue abandoned horses that were destined to end their lives. With her herd now at seven horses, Kiki rescued them, and they rescued Kiki—from a nonstop hectic pace of a touring musician, ever on the road.
A quick study already familiar with the principles of music therapy, Ebsen snapped up every book on horses and healing and completed formal programs of study to give her the licensure to teach others how to quiet their souls and spirits, through the simple process of allowing the human to learn from the horse how to find their spirit’s center. The goal was complete surrender of the need for words; with horses, their eyes, their bodies and their spirits speak volumes. And there the healing begins.