"I have had horses for about 20 years now, but I have never had a bond with a horse like I do with Bear. I know this is because of Heart and Hooves Horsemanship. Michelle doesn't just teach you how to train a horse. She teaches you how to communicate with them in a way they understand. She has an amazing ability to read horses and humans, and will help you find what works for you and your horse. Both her and Francis truly care about every person and horse that step foot on their property. Making that first decision to attend a Heart and Hooves clinic was the best decision, and has changed my life in so many wonderful ways. " Jaime Sipe
"My Horse, Diesel, and I have attended the Advance Class for the last 2 years offered by Heart & Hooves Horsemanship. We struggled, I could not get him individual feet alone, get him to soften,bend or collect up. Or necessarily know what that all means or looked like. Thank You Michelle for breaking down the steps to help me learn to communicate with Diesel while under saddle. At the end of the season each year I only felt successful and had the confidence to ask for more." Sheila Perrington
"Memorial day weekend 2016 I became a part of the H&H family. Through the 2016 clinics I attended I realized my love for horses is true passion. After watching the 2016 advance class demo in October 2016 I KNEW I wanted to be a part of Michelle’s advance class for 2017. The advance class for me was everything I had hoped and expected plus more! From the goals set to the goals met and everything in between. I can’t say I was always happy with what Michelle had to say but I will say SHE WAS RIGHT! The class for me was good in so many ways! I loved that pretty much no matter what once a month I got to go to H&H, learn and push through the tough stuff that did “CLEAN UP”. I appreciate the direction and support! The class is both an individual and team effort! This was a commitment that was well worth it! I have taken knowledge from the H&H clinics and this class beyond the horse. For me I feel I am a better and stronger person because of H&H. THANK YOU Michelle, Francis, my classmates, and the rest of the H&H family for all you do! I can’t wait to see what 2018 has in store for Lena and I!" Lexie Lofgren
"I started out at H&H with my
“tough nut” Foxtrotter in May 2016. Throughout that summer, we went through Clinics 1, 2, and 3 together and enrolled in the 2017 Advanced Class. It turned out to be a bigger commitment than I had bargained for, but it was SO worth it to put in the effort!
Early on in the class, my horse and I both struggled with confidence in each other. With Michelle’s help over the next several classes, we were able to overcome those insecurities and start working as a true team. She has a great talent for recognizing when you’re struggling and working with you at your level -- pushing just enough to get the results you’re looking for. From the first day of class to the Obstacle Course Challenge and Demo Routine on Fun Day, you’d be hard-pressed to believe we were the same horse and rider team! We learned and accomplished so much over the year! Thank you, Michelle, Francis, my classmates, and the entire H&H family for all the support and encouragement you’ve offered Indy and me this season. We can’t wait to come back in 2018!" Brittany Bohland
"What can I say about my advanced class this year nothing but rewarding. I've learned so much more in my communication skills and body language skills that for me as a person I believe I grew to be a better individual in everyday life. I couldn't have done it without Michelle without her laughter words of wisdom and teaching skills she is Simply Amazing. There is never a dull moment with the Hearts and Hooves family, I would be lying if I said I didn't have tears of frustration and joy. Not only do we get to play with our horses and teach our horses we get to be with a wonderful group of people that share the same goals in reaching accomplishments! No one is better then anyone else but when we work together we can do anything!" Leah Rasmusson
"I am so grateful to Heart and Hooves for providing a wonderful path to greater Horsemanship. This has been a great journey in not only how far we have come, but in helping to realize there are no limits if you aspire. What a great ride!!"
"Hard to know where to start... Michelle, Francis & the entire H&H team is bar far the best thing that has happened in my horse world. Not only do I have a wonderful, respectful relationship with my “big hunk ‘o meat”, I have a newly developed confidence that encourages me to continue to learn more and more with each class I take! Lastly,
I have a new group of supportive
like-minded horse friends."
"Advanced class has really increased my confidence with mine and my horses abilities. I always thought we would be stuck in the same place we’ve been for a while but since completing the advanced class, I’m so happy with all we’ve accomplished! I feel like I can actually go much farther with horses than I originally thought!"
"The way Michelle and Francis are able to help you bring out the best in your horse and yourself is amazing. Thank you for helping Altjie and I become a great team! The journey we have been on this past year is only the beginning. I love Heart and Hooves...what they stand for, the passion they have and are so willing to share, and the way that you become a part of the H&H family! Thank you! "
Mary Ann Snyder
If you would like to see more of the Advanced Class Challenge
visit our Facebook Group.
They are judged by their classmates & instructor on how willingly their horses do what they ask and how many different movements they can incorporate into each obstacle and between obstacles. (Walk, trot, lope, stop, backing, flexion, softness: side to side, collection: vertical, shoulder control: yielding forequarters, side passing, yielding hindquarters.
The Advanced Class High Point Champion is announced at the Annual Fun Day Celebration!
2017 Advaced Class Demo
"As a teacher watching your students achieve their goals is your biggest reward. Very proud of this group!" Michelle