“Michelle’s advice and leadership has been invaluable as I learn to use clicker training for my animals. Not only has she completely led me step-by-step through the process of gentling two essentially untouched 10 year old equines who live un-contained on a 13 acre unfenced property (so essentially they are completely at-large), but she’s done so via one phone call and subsequent PMs! Michelle has <span class=”text_exposed_show”>been available to give me advice pretty much whenever I sent a message even if it was late at night. She sent me videos when I needed them and has been a perfect partner in training even though I am in Virginia and she is in Florida. I so appreciate her supportive voice and attitude and her quick and intelligent responses to what seemed to me to be almost insurmountable obstacles to getting these animals able to be touched and handled by humans. Following Michelle’s advice I had them literally eating out of my hand within a week and now they will even come from wherever they are when I call. And I can pet them! Next step is haltering, loading and trailering. Thank you, Michelle! You’re the best!”
– Jen Furlong
“Helped me to conquer some behavioral issues with my BLM crypt stallion through positive reinforcement.”
– Megan Czeck
“I have always used pressure release in horse training and it has worked for me for many years. When I got my mustang mare Symphony she was un-handled. I successfully used pressure/release to train her, or so I thought. The problem after over a year of working with her, training her, spending time with her, she still had no draw, was disinterested in what we were doing and acted like she could take it or leave it, mostly leave it. I could walk up to her, put her halter on, she followed me on the lead, let me saddle her, and worked for me, but I felt like something was missing and did not know how to fix it.
After only one session with Michelle and implementing the clicker training, and targeting Symphony began meeting me at the gate, dropping her head into the halter and wanting to come out and play and was interested. I now try to work mostly at liberty, no rope, no halter she has the choice to stay with me or not. She tells me when she has had enough and needs a break, she also lets me know when she is ready to play more and move on. She used to snort at the saddle and would not come near it on her own, now she walks over to it, sniffs it and is accepting of having it put on her back. I have had to learn to let my horse say no, and have the confidence that she will come back when she is ready.”
– Dorrie Krabec