Django the Mustang Case Study
Watch Django the Mustang overcome his anxiety & bolting issues as Maddy re-starts him at liberty.
Meet Django, a 5 year old Mustang with a severe bolting issue. Django’s former owner was left feeling hopeless about Django’s ability to ever become a safe riding horse; Many trainers had told her it would be impossible. She contacted Maddy as a last resort.
In this case study, Maddy works through all Django's problems at liberty without ropes to begin with. Here she teaches him basic body communication and takes him through a host of trust building exercises before riding him tackless. Later, she introduces him back into tack and completes a successful rehabilitation.
Here are just a few of the lessons covered with Django:
- Learning to read thresholds and see signs of slight fear before an explosion occurs
- Developing 2 way communication for the horse to express fear in a healthy way
- Allowing the horse to renegotiate their flight instinct versus trying to contain it
- The power of preparation, especially by using a teacher horse
“I learned to recognize my mare’s reactivity as fear and anxiety and to give her tools to communicate and work through her feelings, to trust her human, to come into relationship and not just respond out of obedience and fear.” -Carol Brown.
“Most training videos are pretty perfect, pretty much ‘set up’, and go pretty much exactly as planned and it's hard for non-professionals to recreate those perfect training scenarios. Maddy allowed us on her journey with Django every step of the way, showing all the perfect things that happened but also the errors and imperfections as well. I felt like I could really follow her program & implement it myself with my horse. I can't wait for the next case study & highly recommend anyone who wants to see & learn what real time horse training is to not miss out on these!” -Rachel Smith
A lifetime equestrienne, Madison Shambaugh’s world was rocked when she encountered her first mustang in 2013.
Captivated by their heart, mind, and innate freedom, “Mustang Maddy” has made it her life’s mission to promote and showcase the mustang while raising awareness for the plight of America’s wild horses.
Together with her liberty team of formerly wild mustangs-- and accompanied by a unique herd of zebras-- Madison travels the country to share her training methods and advocate for wild horses. Wherever she goes, Maddy’s message rings true: every horse has a potential for greatness; it is up to us to help them reveal it.
Maddy is a 3x Extreme Mustang Makeover Freestyle Champion, 2015 Young Guns & Rookie Champion, and 2017 Mustang Magic Champion.