Diana Gogan

Owner of Fire Horse Ranch

Navigating The Times Ahead with Confidence

Throughout the world big changes are regularly taking place. Surrounding each of these changes is a sea of strong emotions and energy, both positive and negative. And it’s in this sea of emotions and energy that many are feeling tossed around, battered, and challenged. When this happens it can make you feel powerless, overwhelmed, hopeless, […] Read more »

Degrees of Change

The past few weeks in working with clients I’ve noticed a recurring theme. And, in the event you’re experiencing the same thing I want to take just a moment to call it out.   You have dreams, and often envision a lifedifferent from where you are now. Yet sometimes in the process of thinking or […] Read more »

Clarity = Opportunity

It’s not planned or premeditated, yet acted upon whenever the opportunity arises. If a gate has been left unchained or ajar it’s only a matter of minutes before Princess has seized the opportunity and is out exploring places she couldn’t get to just seconds before. And usually, she doesn’t go alone. If you’ve ever seen […] Read more »

Weathering The Storm

It was a normal morning, me sitting at the computer responding to emails, dogs napping on the window seat, and light gray clouds beginning to gather in the sky. They didn't look threatening and were keeping the heat of the sun at bay, always a welcome reprieve during summer in the desert. Lost in reading […] Read more »

Messy and Life Changing

It happens frequently, and when it does you feel the change. Sometimes it's a subtle shift that seems to happen without much effort, and other times there's a lot of emotion and energy that goes into it. However one experiences it, the outcome is worth it. A coming into a state of congruency that aligns […] Read more »

Blowing in the Wind

It was an overcast Saturday morning in June.  A storm was moving in with strong winds and the promise of rain.  High winds in the desert mean lots of dust, and in June the plentiful yellow blooms of the Verde and Mesquite trees filling the air and being playfully pushed along the ground.  They found […] Read more »

Size Does Matter

Max is a 6 year old miniature horse.  But don’t let his size fool you, it’s just a physical characteristic.  I’m sure Max knows he’s physically smaller than the other horses in our herd.  They can reach things he can’t, he can walk underneath them if he wanted, and larger horses like Butler and Princess […] Read more »

Running The Fence

From the moment they first touched noses Butler and Princess have been inseparable.  This strong bond is often admired by those who see it.  However, when it’s necessary to separate them for training, riding, care, etc., this bond can create a lot of drama. A few days ago I left Butler in the arena while […] Read more »

Grow Where You’re Planted?

"Grow where you’re planted.”  “Bloom where you’re planted.”  Both are common quotes you’ve likely heard before.  In general, I agree with making the best of your circumstances.  However, after six years of living in the Sonoran Desert, I’ve met many fair weathered plants that would disagree with these inspirational quotes. A few weeks ago I […] Read more »

Around It or Through It?

Over the past several weeks I’ve watched it happen time and time again, and have even done it myself.  Once I became aware of it I realized all of us were doing it – human, horse, and dog. Some may call it the path of least resistance.  And if what I witnessed had been hard […] Read more »

Too Focused On The Result

As I put the halter on Butler and headed towards the fence there were a few butterflies in my stomach.  It had been a while since Butler and I had worked on learning anything new.  I was excited about just being out and spending time with him, and was hoping he would be as excited […] Read more »

Bring Out Your Sparkle with Confidence

The bright, sparkly necklace had been tucked away safely in my jewelry box since the day I brought it home, nearly four years ago. It was a raffle item I bought a ticket for on a whim. Afterwards I chided myself for being impulsive, as I don’t often go places I'd wear a necklace like […] Read more »

Wish Upon A Star

Several years ago, before I had horses of my own, I was sitting under a star-filled sky on a warm August night.  Lost amongst the stars I was reflecting on how long I’d been inspired by horses and how I was bitten by the horse bug at a very young age.  As a child they […] Read more »

Riding Into Perspective

Birds were chirping and a light breeze was playing with Butler’s mane as we rode up Central Avenue in Phoenix, Arizona.  Miles away there were different types of commutes occurring on this same street as people rode in cars, trains, and buses to their city destinations in high rise buildings.  I thought about the irony […] Read more »

Are Your Gates Open?

On a hot Saturday afternoon I went out to move the horses into the shade and feed lunch.  In the process of putting out lunch and moving everyone Princess, our escape artist, opened the gate to the arena and let everyone out.  Usually not a problem as the horse area of the yard is completely […] Read more »

Scars That Blossom

Several years ago an unusual storm swept through the Phoenix Valley, pelting anything outdoors with golf ball size hail.  This small cactus happened to be caught in the volley of hail flung from the sky that day. Over the years it has struggled to survive.  I’ve often wondered if it would make it, and some […] Read more »

That’s My Pile of Hay

Butler intently surveys the piles of hay laid out for breakfast.  Then he makes his move.  Walking forward he pins his ears at whoever happens to be eating off the pile he’s chosen.  If that goes ignored he steps his game up a notch or two by baring his teeth, taking a quick nip at […] Read more »

Courage and Strength – The Stuff Your Legend is Made Of

You hear stories of great racehorses digging deep within; harnessing the courage and strength to break away from the pack and win a race.  History celebrates these moments of grand triumph as these stories are retold time and again, some even becoming legends. I want to share a story about a racehorse with just as […] Read more »

Tapestry of Life

Yesterday I said goodbye to a very dear friend Bingo.  She and I have been sharing regular Reiki sessions over the past year, and it’s an appointment I always looked forward to.  During our sessions she often shared an image of a tapestry – one that was continually being changed and added to.  I came […] Read more »

Finding Empowerment In The Darkness

Five years ago this week I was experiencing one of the biggest transitions in my life. It was one of those transitions that catches you by surprise and turns your world inside out. A transition no one was sure I’d come back from. A case of food poisoning during our Thanksgiving vacation left my husband […] Read more »

Is This The Same Dog?

Bingo is Tracy’s soul companion and a retired agility dog. At nearly 15 years old her body is tired and she’s eased into a comfortable retirement. Like many dogs her age one can see the spirit and strength of the soul encased by an aging physical body. To support Bingo in this phase of her […] Read more »

Hands Off!

Chopper, a beautiful 7 year old brindle Boxer, has been with her human Dad since she was 6 weeks old. Recently her human parents noticed slight changes in her food intake, energy levels, and behaviors that over time signaled to them that something wasn’t quite right. This is where I come into the story and […] Read more »

Know What’s In Your Heart

The time had finally come after 40 years of dreaming to finally find a horse of my own. Because of my work with rescues, it was no surprise when I got a call from Joey at Luv Shack Horse Rescue. She said she’d found my horse. He was being fostered not too far away and […] Read more »

Good Grief

Reiki works at very personal, physical, mental, emotional and spiritual levels. It’s common for my human clients to seek Reiki during times of grief or loss, whether that be a loved one, a job, or an abrupt change in life. It’s important to remember that animals feel grief and loss too. Rose and Stella are […] Read more »

Reiki and Veterinary Care

Bubba had an earache, Twister had sand colic, Comet has bulging disks, Duchess had an inoperable blockage in her digestive system, Max has struggled keeping weight on, and Caje has a sprained ankle. These are just a few of the animals I’ve had the pleasure to work with over the past weeks. Their symptoms ranged […] Read more »

Is Animal Reiki Safe for Practitioners?

As part of my Animal Reiki classes and shares I emphasize the importance of safety for both people and animals. When treating a person we don’t often consider such an issue as we are generally comfortable with the people we treat, as well as in a controlled environment such as a treatment room. However, treating […] Read more »

Fievel’s First Round Up

Just like Fievel the mouse in An American Tale, Fievel the horse had a big adventure in the Wild West. At only a few weeks old he wandered into a cattle roundup without his Momma. Knowing he wouldn’t make it on his own he was taken in and eventually made his way to Luv Shack […] Read more »

An Unexpected Exchange

Yesterday at the Animal Reiki Share we had a small group, which provides an opportunity to talk and share more within the group. Those attending were fairly new to energy healing and Reiki, and in the previous shares had been getting their “sea legs” or “Reiki legs” so to speak. Learning what energy felt like, […] Read more »

Reiki at 112 Degrees

Let me just start out saying, it’s HOT in Phoenix, AZ! And believe it or not even at temperatures above 110 degrees, there were some wonderful Reiki practitioners that came out to the monthly Animal Reiki share yesterday to work with the horses at Luv Shack Horse Rescue. The conditions that met us that day […] Read more »

The Nature of Healing

I’m often asked, “What are the effects of a Reiki session?” At the very most basic and beneficial level it promotes relaxation. Why is relaxation so important? There are many reasons and we’ll simply focus on the 3 million new red blood cells created each second in our body. When our bodies are under stress, […] Read more »

I Heard Fiona Say No

Fiona is a beautiful miniature horse recently taken in by Luv Shack Ranch Horse Rescue. She seemed a bit down as if something was bothering her, so on my regular visit I stopped by to offer her Reiki. I make it a practice to ask permission of anyone I’m offering Reiki too. I made a […] Read more »

One Reiki Students Experience

In talking to people about Energy Healing and what it takes to learn Reiki I often hear that people believe it takes years to develop the ability. And while years of practice at anything does improve your skills, even a beginning student can, and often will, have a profound moment when they feel the energy […] Read more »

Healing With Valora

In my work with horse rescues I see many cases of severe abuse and neglect. Stories that leave one wondering how anyone could think it right to treat any living thing the way they do. This week I had the opportunity to work with a beautiful, resilient mare named Valora. Her story is now a […] Read more »

The Lesson of One

Last week at the Animal Reiki Share I host at Dreamchaser Horse Rescue we had a unique experience. Something we had not experienced before. Its common when we go to the rescue to have several animals that need attention, as well as those that each individual is drawn to work with. That day wasn’t any […] Read more »

From Crash Landing to Flying High

While intently working at my computer the other morning I heard a big thud against the sliding glass door in the other room and then heard Maddie (our Shepherd mix) get all excited about something. Knowing what this all meant I quickly ran outside to keep her away from the bird I was afraid was […] Read more »

Farewell To Bravo

The first time you meet Bravo you can’t help but be in awe of his majestic physical presence. A handsome paint that towers above you. As you get to know him you quickly recognize the power, wisdom and depth of his soul. Bravo was the alpha horse in the Luv Shack herd, and the best […] Read more »

Grace, Gratitude & Peace

This morning as I was reflecting on the many wonderful things I have to be thankful for, my thoughts drifted to three amazing teachers I recently had the pleasure to learn from. What I learned from them will be with me forever. I met these beautiful teachers on a dark, cool Arizona night. There is […] Read more »

Being Flexible

Raph is a 28 year old flea bitten gelding who is a favorite at Luv Shack Horse Rescue. He even likes to kiss! He has melanoma and has more good days than not. However, there are times he needs a little help. I’ve worked on and off with Raph over the months. He is particular […] Read more »

Diesel Quickly Responds

Diesel is a very large, handsome Great Dane. He had a rough start to life, but has found a safe and happy home where he is now thriving. However, that was not always the case. Due to a health condition and life threatening side effects of the medication he was on his human companion Karen […] Read more »

The Pieces Come Together

Often during a session there is open communication between the one offering Reiki and the one receiving, whether the receiver is human or animal. Not in the typical fashion that we humans are accustomed to, rather an intuitive communication that comes through in many different way. Sometimes it’s seeing pictures in your minds eye, other […] Read more »

A Rocky Road Leads to Peace

Lyra is a beautiful strawberry roan and once you meet her you know she’s a sweetheart through and through. She was being fostered and was returned to the rescue because she had stopped eating and was rapidly losing weight. Last Saturday I had the pleasure to meet and work with her. At first she wasn’t […] Read more »

Onion Clay and Stitches

Several weeks ago Zeke was rescued from a killer buyer. (A person who buys horses at auction or other places to send to slaughter. They make their money by selling the animal to the slaughter house for a set price per pound.) He was an otherwise healthy young gelding who had the misfortune of tearing […] Read more »

Morning Reiki with a Coyote Friend

This morning while my husband and I were cleaning up the kitchen we looked at the window and saw a coyote limping through the yard. Something was wrong with one of his front paws, as he was only walking on three legs. He stopped for a minute and looked at the house before continuing on […] Read more »

Bandit Knows Best

Last night I received a call from a good friend Georgia about her horse Bandit. (He is going through rehabilitation at Luv Shack Horse Rescue and she will adopt him when he’s ready.) Seems he was down and wouldn’t get up. She called a neighbor who helped him on his feet. They could tell he […] Read more »

Animal Reiki to the Rescue

This blog comes from the promptings of my wonderful husband Mark, who is urging me to write about the experiences I’m having with Animal Reiki, and great friend Mary, who has also been prompting me to start a blog and even helped me set it up. Both are a great source of inspiration and amazing […] Read more »