Safe Practical Horsemanship is what we believe in. Every rider has the abilities to
ride a safe Horse, and Michelle Gilles believes that it is her job to give you the
tools to be able to succeed in all your horsemanship goals. A confident Horse and
rider begins with basic COMMON SENSE, and education. There is no rocket
science involved in our program!

Michelle has a deep understanding of how a horse's mind works and that is the
key to modifying behavior in flight animals. Knowing that all horses have their
own ingrained behavior traits she is able to assess and modify those traits to
benefit both Horse and rider. Building confidence is the foundation to successful

The majority of the horses Michelle trains are  neglected or mistreated or just un
handled. Establishing leadership, confidence and communication is the key to
success with all horses ESPECIALLY these type.

Michelle uses a variety of techniques she has learned over the years. Growing up
with horses, and centering her college career around them, she has a firm grasp
on what it takes to make a successful Horse and rider team that can excel in any
discipline. She models her styles after renowned California Vaquero Villa West,
apprenticing with him for many years, she learned a quiet, gentle approach that
makes the Horse feel safe!

Teaching the rider the basic stepping stones to safety and how to read their
Horse helps teach the rider to control any situation that may arise. When the rider
has confidence that follows through to the Horse and keeps any dangerous
situations form escalating! Confidence to read when there is a danger of losing
control provides for immediate correction. Always expect the best from your
Horse, but be prepared for the worst!

Each Horse comes in with a clean slate. Michelle likes to say "I hit Control Alt
Delete on your horses past, its a new beginning for you and your Horse, and from
here on out we are reprogramming him with confidence and you with
leadership." There is no room for excuses oh behalf of Horse and rider, just
growth towards new beginnings.

Using gentle methods that create a harmonious relationship for Horse and rider
is the goal. No need for gimmicks, harsh treatment, and a heavy handed

If you strive to be an excellent communicator with your Horse so you can reach
that next level of horsemanship no matter whether you ride in the arena, or on the
trail Michelle Gilles' Common sense approach is the method to get you there.
Training Philosophy
Specializing in  
Horses with
Problem Owners
Michelle Gilles Horsemanship