WELCOME. As a a horseman, author, and scientist from Gilroy California, I enjoy working with horses of all breeds and disciplines. I have the honor to work with and raise Quarter Horses and I am fortunate to get to work with Thoroughbreds, a variety of Gaited horses, Morgans, Arabs, Paint Horses, Andalusians, a few draft crosses ...and the list of breeds goes on with each one bringing me new and exciting learning opportunities.
My Horsemanship philosophy is that I work with each horse and rider to develop a solid relationship based on trust and the 6 C's of Horsemanship.
As a horsemanship and confidence coach, I enjoy working with equestrians and horses from all disciplines but most often I focus on Biomechanics of Horse and Rider, Ground work, Dressage (Western and Traditional), Ranch Riding, and General Horsemanship.
* Evidenced Based Horsemanship * Rider Confidence building
* Balanced Horse - Balanced Rider * Development, Maintenance, and Rehabilitation of Horses
As a scientist, I use Evidenced Based Horsemanship to help each equestrian understand what he/she is feeling and how the horse is developing. In the evidenced based horsemanship approach, I use video, horse movement sensors, thermography, and sensors to help riders adjust her/his balance.
Each year I continue my education through courses, riding, auditing and studying the horse. Since 2002, I have ridden (r) with or audited (a) a number of excellent horsewomen and horsemen including --- Susan Harris (a), Klaus Schoneich (a), Donna Snyder-Smith (a), Felice Rose (a), Gerd Heuschmann (a), Lindsey Hassell (a), Jason Canton (a), Charles Wilhelm (r), John St. Ryan (r), Patrick King (r), George Morris (a), Ian Francis (r), Susan Tomasini (r), Chris Cox (r), Richard Shrake (r), and Jack Brainard for Western Dressage (r).
I have helped horses and equestrians achieve a number of show pen accomplishments. From coaching Western dressage riders to improve scores from the low 50's to the high 70's, starting colts such as SHES GETTIN BUSY who earned an AQHA Open ROM in Roping, and working with Christine Ramsey and BARTENDER NIC to secure a top 10 placement in the rookie Ranch Riding class at the AQHA Level 1 Region show in 2016 and earn an AQHA Amateur ROM in Ranch Riding.
With my friend Linda Keene, I co-invented the Equine Hydro-T in the late 1990's.
I am a Supporting Member of the International Society for Equitation Science and General Member of the Equine Science Society and a Lifetime member of the American Quarter Horse Association.
If you have questions about a private clinic (in the US) or working with
Dr. Mike in the San Jose Bay Area or Stockton California areas,