I highly recommend this to all horseman's new to experienced."
My H&H story began with Clinic One. I was cautiously optimistic! Having been a quarter horse show girl for many years this was something new and different! What a horse life changing decision this became. We have since invited Michele and her team of coaches to perform her horsemanship clinics at our farm, Gypsy Creek. She has customized the clinic experiences to fit our needs at the farm. This has helped us to achieve consistent handling of our horses! The outcome has proven to be VERY successful! We love our mannerly Gypsy Vanners! My daughter and I have completed Clinics 1 to 3, Liberty Clinic and the Trail Clinic! These experiences have given us the confidence to go and do amazing things with our horses! The obstacles course has proven to be an amazing confidence builder for both humans and horses! Our past twelve months have been life changing in developing the partnership with our horses that will last a life time! I also have to express my gratitude to all of my new friends at H &H. Heart and Hooves Horsemanship is a place you immediately feel welcome and a part of from the start. What a blast the past year has been.
-Wendy Annis, Gypsy Creek Farm
I signed up for my first Heart & Hooves Horsemanship Clinic hoping to improve my groundwork knowledge, and left with vastly more than a few new tools in my toolbox.
H&H has taught me how to be a better partner; not only to my horses, but each of my patients.
Michelle, and her team of assistant trainers, instill the importance of being clear, fair, and most of all
consistent, in every interaction with every horse/mule/donkey. Attention to these details of horsemanship has improved my day-to-day work with horses. I am helping my horses become better citizen’s. The quiet, confidence they are gaining through consistent practice of skills I’ve learned at H&H Clinics enables them to stand quietly (tied or not), to be moved and handled safely and calmly, and to encounter scary obstacles with curiosity rather than fear. In other words, it has become a joy to work with them on the ground rather than a chore to be endured until I manage to mount. They are still their quirky, sassy, energetic selves, but calmer. I think my favorite thing about H&H is the celebration of the horse – they each have their own personality that should be preserved and highlighted in the training journey rather than subdued or crushed. H&H has inspired me to enjoy my horses. I left that first clinic with not only a set of new exercises, but the goal of practicing them so that my horse and I could return to learn more skills on the ground, under saddle, and at liberty. I consider every visit to H&H a trip to horse camp. The calm and supportive atmosphere has an ethereal quality to it. It is a joy to be surrounded by people who may have different riding goals, but who have the desire to learn and build partnerships with their horses. Whether we can stay for an afternoon or a weekend, it is a luxury to live in each moment with my horses among those who are doing the same. Michelle’s never-ending quest to learn and improve her own horsemanship knowledge is contagious. She encourages study, critical thinking, and an open mind, as we are all constantly seeking to improve our knowledge, skills, and
the partnership between human and equine.
I gave H & H a try so I could spend some time with my horse and a friend of mine. I had no idea it would be life changing for me. The Heart of H and H brings full circle the love for horses and richness of friend ships The Hooves of H and H is for the horses I have taken with me on this journey. I have had horses my whole life and never been so in tune to the relationship bonds I have created with the help of Michelle Jerry and her amazing team. Don’t miss out on this great opportunity to become one with your horse and part of a family of friends with a common goal.
H& H 2017 is where I learned more in my first 2 day clinic weekend than I had in most of my horsemanship life. Groundwork was key and I knew nothing about it until that amazing weekend. It was so amazing I had to keep going back! The 2019 H & H season I won a scholarship for a 2 day clinic and decided not to stop there! In totally I attended 2- 3 day clinics in 2019 (Horsemanship 1 & 2 and 2 & 3) and plan to attend more in 2020! I was tired, beat and sore all over each day and I loved every minute of it! I couldn’t wait to wake up and start training the next day all over again. From continuing, and refining, our respect on the ground to doing our first loping in the arena the H & H family and Michelle were by our side the whole way, they had my back with knowledge, support and skills that helped me grow leaps and bounds in my confidence with my little mare. Clinic 1 & 2 had me pushing my comfort zones that I wanted to conquer. I held on, did my best looking to gain that confidence in myself and my mare while we tried to loping and worked the trust exercises. I had my serious (concentrating) face on for pretty much 3 days. Michelle would ask if I was having fun and I’d say…I’m having a blast…then smile she’d say!By clinic 2 & 3 I was the encouragement for other members, smiling big, encouraging others saying “I’ve been there, no worries you got this!” all while trotting and loping around the arena like it had never been an issue. A huge 180 from where I was a month prior. This is what H & H gives you….freedom to have fun and enjoy your horse. To smile while encouraging your other H & H family members there with you. It is the 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. 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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
“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.”
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! -
”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:)
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.
"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 theteam we are today.
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!
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.
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
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."
"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."
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!"
"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!)"