Michelle teaches you to work with your horse by understanding horse psychology and herd dynamics with the goal being a partnership based on mutual respect, trust, and communication. This ultimately helps you excel in whichever discipline or direction you want to pursue. She has been studying the art of horsemanship for more than 12 years, and has focused on sharing this knowledge with others. Michelle has had the opportunity to study with three exceptional horsemanship trainers: Jonathan Field, Karen Rohlf and Marion Weisskopff.
She closely follows Jonathan Field’s horsemanship program and has been studying under him for 10 years. He is her greatest mentor and she is continually inspired by his passion and never fading interest in educating himself and others to learn about the horse. In the past, she has worked as his assistant at his clinics and camps.
Michelle has been coaching and training for ten years and has helped people with riding and groundwork skills in a variety of disciplines. She is a certified, insured english and western coach and enjoys teaching higher levels of communication between horse and rider, keeping to the principles of classical equitation. She is also passionate about advanced groundwork and liberty training.
She brings a strong focus to healthy biomechanics when riding and working horses on the ground. She applies this to her teaching of students from all disciplines, beginner to advanced. Her work with Karen Rohlf’s program, “Dressage, Naturally” has taught her many effective and fun ways to integrate healthy biomechanics into her teaching. She has completed Karen’s six month virtual arena course “Finding the Sweet Spot of Healthy Biomechanics”.
Michelle has ten years experience working with young and/or green horses including foals and yearlings and has started many horses under saddle. She has also had the opportunity to work with and learn valuable skills while training many “problem” or more challenging horses. Marion Weisskopff taught her many of these valuable skills in her earlier years.
She believes we need to understand how horses behave and interact in their world so we have a deeper understanding when training them and asking them to live and work in our world. Horses are natural followers who are seeking leadership. Good leadership is what makes all the difference in your relationship with your horse.
One of Michelle’s main principles is to always put the needs of the horse first. Meaning that the mental, physical and emotional well being of the horse will not be secondary to any goal or desire of the human. “My goal is to have the horse be a willing participant. There has to be a reason why the horse wants to interact and work with us be it for safety, comfort or purpose.”
She will help you understand “why you are doing what you are doing” with your horse. This will help increase your confidence and will teach you to think for yourself and work through challenges.