Testimonials

2018

 

Dec. 2013 I adopted my dream horse, a beautiful paint that was going to be my partner. She was a rescue with a past that broke my heart. I knew it wasn't going to be easy but she belonged with me. She doesn't have a mean bone in her body just scared ones. I had sent her to a trainer just to have her come back as she had left. I gave up on her, found a new horse to ride and moved on. I tried to work with her but became stuck, so she would shut down and I quit. This broke me, she deserved so much better. I had heard of H & H several times and I finally decided to take a clinic. I brought my girl, the one I thought I had failed. I knew I needed to work with her more and H & H gave me the confidence I needed to give her the confidence she needed. She had  been broken down physically, mentally for years. H & H gave me the knowledge to let her become her best and start the journey to forget her past. At the end of day 1, I had people telling me how amazed they were with the change and by the end of the clinic they couldn't believe how much we had changed and the progress we had made. Wait what? We did that? We couldn't have done it without H & H , they have helped me to change her story, She even has confidence in the pasture. I cannot put into words how H & H has changed me, but I know it has. I no longer feel like I am letting her down, I still do not ride her and not sure I ever will but we have an amazing connection. 

Kat Perkins says it perfect."What would you do if you weren't afraid?" 

We dance, she is no longer my rescue she is my partner.

Jennifer DeBelzan

 
I have been riding horses all my life. After becoming a mother I had an increased desire to do more than than just jump on and ride, and I wanted my daughter to have a horse someday that respected her and was her partner. I had considered attending clinics but thought how hard can it be. One day while out with friends riding I noticed a significant change in one of my friends and the way she was riding. She told me about H & H . After attending my first clinic I now realized that I didn't fully understand how to communicate with my horse so he knew what it was I was asking. Going on my 3rd year with H & H I now have the training and knowledge to communicate with my horse and can apply this to future horses and assist my daughter with her horsemanship skills as well.

Brittany Lien

I came to love H & H summer of 2015, I found them on facebook and stalked them. My confidence grew with Clinic 1 and I made wonderful connections. Jump to 2018 with 2 new horses and a husband to start Clinic 1. He was amazed @ the connection and bond he had formed in 2 days. He now had the confidence he needed to work with his horse.. We have noticed many changes in us and our horses. They now respect our space, trailer better, and are calmer. We are more aware of their needs, and how to ask for what we want. The best thing you can do for yourself and your horse is go to H & H and work with their team then go home and work there. 2019 brings us to the next level, and we are both beyond excited to learn more and see our 

H & H family again.

Roni Wulf
 
 
 
 

I had seen Michelle @ different events where she had a booth, I would tell her that I wanted to go to her clinic one day. It took me over a year to finally make that commitment with much encouragement from Michelle. She knew I needed to step out of my comfort zone. After that first Clinic I had the bug, I wanted to keep going. My horse is overly sensitive and always willing to try for me.

H & H helped us to grow in our relationship, by the end of Clinic 2, I was riding in a group at a comfortable, relaxed lope, with a fairly loose rein. This had been my goal for many years. 

H & H helped me to achieve it. I have encouraged others to participate in H & H clinics and am excited for this new year to continue on myself.

Kim Muller

I started my H & H adventure just last year. It taught me so much about myself and my horse. It's not like I struggled with my horse but more like I settled, so I didn't ask for anything I wasn't comfortable with, using lots of excuses.When I would ask for a lope she would buck, my goal when going to H & H was to ride bridleless and I did! What an absolute amazing feeling. 

H & H has given me confidence. I was struggling with catching my horse and one evening after turning them all out I bent down to look through the fence and my horse whipped around and gave me two eyes, ears alert and focused on me. Priceless! I am looking forward to continuing my H & H journey this year along with my daughter who is just starting hers.

Trisha Hanson

 
 
I love H & H. I learned more there in my first 2 day clinic weekend than ever expected.  It was so amazing I have to keep going back. H & H is this perfect place for learning everything you've never learned about what real ground work and horsemanship means and how to connect with your horse. Michelle, Francis and their team make you feel like family and teach you how to work with your horse using great techniques that are easy to understand and apply, but very effective. You'll get to push your skills and your connection to your horse in amazing ways and accomplish things you never thought you could. The obstacle course is addictive, the atmosphere is positive and full of never ending support as you figure you and your horse out. 
H & H brings a whole new level of horsemanship to your life that is fun, easy, and enjoyable. No videos on the planet can replace hands on learning at a great facility like this. Once you attend H & H you'll always want to go back again and again!

Emajean Ford

 

2017

 I initially went to Heart and Hooves to accompany my Mom - Clinic 1 in the spring of 2016. She thought it would be good to work with our horses on ground manners, horsemanship, and expand our foundation of horse knowledge. Now, let’s put this in perspective: I was a western pleasure (WP) snob who was afraid my horse would pull a muscle if she sneezed. I hated groundwork, horsemanship, even showmanship. And on top of that – I . KNEW . IT . ALL! At the clinic, I had an attitude. Michelle dubbed my horse Princess- in hindsight she was probably referring to me. However, despite my know-it-all attitude, Michelle and her staff stuck with me. I swear, just as Michelle knows how and when to push a horse to do something new – she does the same for humans. She pushed me when I needed it and gave me space when needed. I came away from that first clinic with a handful of ideas, tips, and a ray of light that maybe this horsemanship thing wasn’t so bad after all! I practiced what I learned throughout my 2016 show season and not so begrudgingly attended my second clinic, a combined Clinic 1 and 2 in the fall of 2016. This time I had a new outlook – I knew what to expect, had practiced what I could remember from Clinic 1, and show season was over - I had nothing to lose! This is the clinic that got me HOOKED! By the end of this clinic my WP show horse was walking through muddy water, pivoting in BOTH directions, got two hooves on the tearjerker (my goal), even went on a trail ride with no issues and jumped a set of tires! I guess you can say the rest is history as the summer of 2016 was the last time I showed WP! With the help of H&H and a few other friends from home this western trained girl and her horse have both turned Hunter Jumper! We are currently recovering WP addicts. In the spring of this year (2017) I went back to H&H for a third time - another combined Clinic 1 & 2 – even bringing my best friend with. This time I got all 4 hooves on the tearjerker- while mounted. I even had Princess jumping every log, tire, and rail in sight! The best part, however, is both my horse and I are happier! Princess and I are now partners with the understanding that respect is given by both of us. I recently heard my mom and her friend saying, “In the hour that I am with my horse every footfall, every movement is my idea – the other 23 hours in the pasture are my horses.” However, this would not be possible without the foundation and respect that is taught by Heart and Hooves Horsemanship.

Claire Baartman

Michelle you have lots of great testimonies for your web site! I want to thank you and Francis for teaching me so much. Sherman had an “attitude” in the first clinic and he was afraid of many of the obstacles. Michelle pushed me to be tough and patient. Through the process Sherman has become more relaxed and we have both gained confidence. Michelle has the ability to see what each of us needs. She knows when to encourage and when to push us to do more than we think we can do. If you want a great partnership with your horse, you need to come to Hearts and Hooves. 

Sue Beulke

“Hearts and Hooves is a place where strangers become family and individuals better their horsemanship. Michelle does a great job of tailoring your experience to a skill level that challenges you individually to become more comfortable with the uncomfortable.”

Tex Hoilday

Heart and hooves has been a wonderful bonding time for myself, my girls and our horses. H &H has given me the tools to work with a not so willing horse and then be able to go on and use those tools to gain confidence in myself with a more willing partner (mare)! I am so blessed to have found Michelle and crew to help me on this wonderful journey of learning (it is sometimes hard to step out of your box when you didn’t grow up with horses!) it is amazing how they take time to be sure each individual gets what they need out of each clinic. Different people, different levels working towards one goal! -  

Nikole Baudek

”Had a GREAT time learning ground work at Heart & Hooves Horsemanship Clinic 1–Thank you Michelle for being a knowledgeable and fun instructor (and your helper in the field, John who helped me get Theo in this pose)! I highly suggest this clinic to anyone needing to gain the groundwork basics...now I have something to fall back on instead of "oh crap...now what do I do"...Thank you, thank you, thank you:)

Denise Sellin

 

 I found MYSELF at H &H, my love for working with Shiloh has increased tenfold. This was not an easy feat! We are both in our senior years with little knowledge between us. But you should see us now!Michelle has put the fire under both of us, literally, at least that is how it felt! She made my dreams come true, and continues to do so with her guidance and nurturing spirit.She is truly my soul sister! You have to Dream it to Achieve it.

Kim Schenck

"I first met Michelle and Francis Jerry, along with other Heart and Hooves family, when Michelle first opened. My husband and I were brand new to horse ownership and didn’t have the slightest clue what groundwork was. Neither of us had ever lounged a horse, let alone, done any other type of ground work or desensitizing. My husband was as green as they come and never had put a halter on, led a horse, etc. I was ecstatic about signing up for our first clinic, an anniversary present from my husband, but also scared out of my mind because I wasn’t sure what to expect and didn’t want to be the laugh of the class. I was soon to learn that I had a horse that led me around and had a major respect issue with his front shoulders. Michelle shared her knowledge and helped educate us and our horses on ground manners and basic horse knowledge and understanding. I was given the tools to be in charge and have a mutual respect and partnership with my horse, Bandit. I wanted to be like a sponge to soak up every piece of knowledge. I still feel like a sponge and am so blessed that Michelle has been a part of our lives. I have now completed 6 clinics with Michelle and I yearn for more. If I could be at H&H every weekend, I would be. I have by far surpassed what I thought I would be learning from these clinics. I have exceeded multiple goals, with Michelle’s guidance, and I look forward to completing more challenges and goals. Bandit and I have such an amazing, safe, relationship. If someone would have told me that I would be able to back my horse into a trailer, among other things, I would have told them they are crazy. I can’t express in words how grateful I am of Michelle and her team. The clinics that Michelle and her team offers are fit for any level of rider or horsemanship person. There is always information to learn and fine tune. Michelle, thank you for your guidance so Bandit and I can be the
 team we are today.
                                         -Sarah (and Matt) Erickson
Time spent with my Heart and Hooves family is precious! I just love to retreat to this place, my home away from home. I continue to gain knowledge and confidence in myself as a whole as well as my horsemanship. Thank you for constantly challenging me to step outside of my comfort zone and pushing me to be better! My mare and I have accomplished things that I wouldn't have even dreamt possible prior to Heart and Hooves! Looking forward to 2018 and the challenges that are yet to come!
Kari Camara
Heart and Hooves Horsemanship has open the world of horsemanship to me in ways that I thought I would never achieve. I was a late in life rider and even though I took lessons and other clinics I just never felt like I was anything but a green rider and didn't quite know how to strengthen the bond of cooperation with my horses. I was at Michelle's first clinic and it hooked me. I am a lifer. I not only have gained confidence, knowledge, and riding skills I have made many wonderful friends that will be with me for life. Michelle is an incredible trainer of not just the horses but of the riders. 
                                                        Eileen Menefee

2015-2016

We've loved every minute of our journey

Alexis Schwochert

"Heart and Hooves Horsemanship has helped me become a better, more confident horseman and helped my horse become a much more respectful partner. You cannot find a better combination between, instructor, method and set up.

I highly recommend this to all horseman's new to experienced."

Megan Gustafson

"I attended my first clinic at Heart & Hooves May 2015. It was the MOST fun I have EVER had with horses and I’ve been riding (trail riding, 4H western pleasure, horsemanship and barrels/games) since I was little. Since then, I have taken Clinic 1 & 2 with my 4 year old mare. This year she'll take Clinic 3 and she is also in the monthly Advanced Class. This spring, I brought my gelding to Clinic 1 and my other mare takes Clinic 1 & 2 this weekend!

The respect, bonding and learning that happens at H&H is amazing. Michelle and Francis are professional, knowledgeable, helpful and incredibly gracious hosts. The arena and obstacles are awesome and so much fun.

I have referred many friends to H&H’s and continue to tell anyone who loves horses that they have to experience this place."

Becky Malwitz

"As a person who has a 4 year degree in Equine Science, I can't say enough about everything I learned at Heart & Hooves Horsemanship. I learned more practical


knowledge about making a partnership with my horse and gaining respect. I found the holes in my training as well as learned more hands on about the all around care.


I learned the value of chiropractics for my horse, as well as the finer parts of hoof care and nutrition (from the guest speakers at lunch time). My horses are happier and I am a better horseman because of Michelle and her program.


As a benefit of the skills and knowledge gained, as well as coaching received, I was able to ride my gelding who prior to Heart & Hooves had very violently bucked me off 3 times shaking my confidence.


To top it off, I developed a relationship with wonderful people that I can tap into as I move forward on my horsemanship journey.


I can't wait to take both my horses back for clinics in the future. I always learn something new every time I go."    


Deidre Van Camp

"Hearts and Hooves Horsemanship holds such a special place in my heart. 

Words just can't express what they do for the people and horses with each clinic they host. I would recommend it for anyone wanting to further their horsemanship skills. I've had horses my entire life, but I've always been the get on and go type rider. With the help of Heart & Hooves I discovered there is so much more to horsemanship."

Susan Wilson

"While working with Michelle & Francis at their farm and acting as guest speaker (equine nutrition) during clinic lunch breaks, I saw first hand their professionalism and enthusiasm to help each attendee achieve their individual goals. Each clinic was full of hard work, proven techniques and lots of positive feedback, creating an atmosphere of real accomplishment for both horse and human.

No matter what your discipline, the time spent building the skills gained here pays off in every arena and the camaraderie you develop with other participants lasts well beyond the arena.


If you have a horse, I recommend you treat yourself and your horse."

Mara Kemmer

"Absolutely love Hearts and Hooves. Most fun I have had in a very long time! I can't wait to go back and learn more. They help you build confidence and fine tune your horse while having a blast!"

Lisa Lynn Maasch

"I attended Class 1 in beginning of May. It was a fabulous class and a great bonding experience with my new horse! Michelle and Francis were fantastic hosts and I learned a lot. Everyone who helped with the class was fabulous! I am attending Class 2 in October."

Lexie Lofgren

"I attended my 1st H&H clinic (1&2) this past weekend with my 3yo mare whom I haven't rode more then 5 times. I was really looking forward to boning with her. I can not explain in just words how great it was! I would (and will) HIGHLY suggest this clinic to ANYONE willing to learn and have fun while bonding and learning with their horse and possibly learning a bit about themselves as well.

I plan to attend clinic 3 yet this year, would really like to sign up for the advance classes, and hopefully another clinic 1 with my 2yo.

EVERYONE was so great to be around, Michelle and Francis along with the rest of the H&H helpers are a real team! It takes teamwork to be successful.

THANK YOU HEART AND HOOVES FAMILY!!!! We will be seeing you again!"

Jannetta Marie

"I loved the clinic... My horse was there for training in the previous 30 days.. I got there and right away noticed a huge change in her. Michelle and Tiffany did a wonderful job of training her!! The clinic and the camaraderie was awesome!!"

Peg Newton

"A great place for having a really fun time with your horse..good people that make you feel welcome."

Cathy Eplin Hansen

"Hearts & Hooves changed my relationship with my gelding, Kruz. It was his last chance....what an amazing outcome we had! Clinic 1 and 2 were emotional and fulfilling. There is absolutely NO comparison. Highly recommended! Michelle, Francis, Alexis and everyone else make your stay incredible. ❤️‼️"

Megan Stangler

"Do you have a problem with your horse that you have just let slide? Does your horse respect your space? Do you want to build a better and more trusting relationship with your horse? Do you want to spend a fun weekend bonding with your horse?


Then H&H is for you! I brought my newly purchased mare last summer and signed her up for clinic 1. This year, I have signed up for clinic 2 and 3 and the Advanced class. I have gained more knowledge and understanding then I have had my entire life around horses. And the best part is you get to be apart of a larger H&H family. Michelle is a great teacher and friend. The Jerry's put on a wonderful clinic.


If you are considering on spending a weekend with your horse, come to Heart and Hooves...it is defiantly time well spent!"

Tanya Rahier MacRostie

"What an amazing experience! Fun, food, and friends!!"

Stephanie Lidholm

"I went to a clinic last year, and had an awesome time! I've learned a ton about myself and my horse! Definitely would recommend anybody go to one of the clinics, if not all of them!"

Leah Rasmusson

"There are not enough good things I could ever say about Michelle and Francis! Two wonderful people with big hearts and ever growing knowledge. They have helped so many people and horses. There is nothing better doing what you love and making friends along the way. Strongly recommend taking the clinics!"

Laura Kemmis

"I'm happy to spread the word of H&H because I have experienced your program myself - and participating in your clinics has helped so much with my Radish and with my friends and their horses.


Radish left last night for the State 4H Show at the Minnesota State Fair Grounds. He is being shown today in Poles and Jumping Figure 8; Saturday in Key Race and Western Pleasure; Sunday in Barrels and Western Horsemanship; and Monday in Hunt Seat Equitation. (He's pretty versatile!)"

The Christensen's

"We brought 4 of, probably the worst horses Michelle and John have ever had to work with. Now know that these are horses that my family broke out and have been riding for many years here in MN, Iowa, and WI. They were showing there true colors right as they got out of the trailer. Michelle and John and Lexis worked with us and our horses and gave us a whole new understanding of horse human relationship. My girls Sammy 15 and Emily 12 and there horses worked very hard and took home with them the fundamentals to horsemanship that they work on each time they go to the barn. Thank you Heart and Hooves, Michelle, John, Lexis and Frances for hosting such a needed clinic so close to home. We will be there for more clinics and hope to build a friendship with our new horsey friends."

Dori Ramondo

"Here is food for thought how lucky and fortunate our Heart & Hooves group is. Not only does Michelle give great clinics and great private lessons but can tease us about our faults and praise you for the success we've had. And yet she will sit down and have supper with us and we can share the laughter of where we've come from and what we've done in the past with horses. Here we are today united as a group. That doesn't happen in the real world with a clinician. I would say we are very, very fortunate. Can't wait until the next class. Thank you Michelle for being grounded and caring."

Val Tracy

"I was able to attend Clinic 1 on May 14-15. Despite the cold weather it was an awesome adventure with my mare Sterling. We learned a lot and developed a whole new side to a relationship! I am so looking forward to attending Clinic 2 in the future!! Thank you Michelle and Francis for all you do!!"

Carol Gist

"The past few months have been really tough with me and my buddy Barron. I wasn't sure I was going to be able to ever ride him again. Michelle and the family at Hearts and Hooves have helped us through a very challenging time. I can never thank them enough. Barron and I are becoming a team and I look forward to riding him soon."

Anne Portinen

"Thank you for all the hospitality you and Francis give to everyone. I am sure you are tired from all the hard work you both put into the clinics as well as arena and course. I have been to many clinics and find that you break down and explain the process of why and it's very easy to follow. I have never felt stupid for saying, 'I don't get it.' or 'Can you show me again?' I can't tell you how much I appreciate everything you all do and to know you are only 2 hours away from me to come and squat is comforting. You have a little piece of heaven and you and all of your staff are my angels. Thank you again."