Starting Young Horses

I have never sent a horse away for training before, always preferring to start my
horses myself, but life just kept getting in the way for my latest young horse Grayson, a Lusitano Appendix Cross, so I sent Grayson to Mikaila for 90 days of training to start his career under-saddle. I felt completely comfortable and secure sending him to her knowing that he was getting the best starting education under-saddle possible. Mikaila has a full range of tools in her training toolbox and treats each horse as an individual while staying true to her core guiding principles of being force-free and promoting healthy bio-mechanics through dressage. Grayson came home with a solid riding foundation, a healthy understanding of how to respond to pressure, and a positive association with riding in general. Her program starting horses in both the arena and on the trail creates happy, forward thinking, and safe horses with the foundation to go in whatever direction their owners are wanting to take them next.

-Molly A. Phillips MSc


Rehabilitative Training

I would definitely recommend Mikaila and Whole Horse Equitation for any of your horse rehabilitation needs. She worked with my horse Figaro after two significant injuries and being rested for almost a year. I was told he was sound by the vet. However Mikaila noticed right away that a lot of his acting up when back under saddle had to do with persisting lameness issues. She was able to pick up on subtleties in his movement that even the veterinarian missed. She also directed me to an appropriate evaluation with Dr. Morton. Working closely together with Dr. Morton, Mikaila outlined and executed a rehab plan that worked. Mikaila was able to get Figaro back under saddle and in work! She was extremely gentle and kind with Figaro. As well she was responsible and professional in all aspects. I would trust her with any of my horses! I totally attribute Figaro’s rehab success to Mikaila!  Thanks again! Best always!
-Mary Ellen Valletta MD