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Willie the Mustang Case Study, Part III: Breakthroughs in Colorado

Rehabilitating a fearful, bolting, pushy Mustang

Willie was seized by Animal Control after nearly starving to death. Then he was sent to the Indiana Horse Rescue, but due to behavioral issues was having trouble being placed in a home. Maddy was contacted as Willie's last hope. Watch Willie's journey to a successful rehabilitation that includes:

Nothing in this case study is edited; it's all as REAL as it comes!! Ups, downs, highs and lows and I hide NOTHING! You can see how he progresses in real time, no fluff. And we have covered SO MANY topics such as my entire groundwork program and teaching communication with the 5 body parts undersaddle as well as bridleless cues and MULTIPLE "problem horse" behaviors:

  • Trailer loading trouble
  • Shutting down & freezing up (most people would mistake this for dominance/insubordination/testing but I explain how this is actually a fear based behavior and how you can help your horse work through it)
  • Farrier trouble
  • Separation anxiety
  • Trouble bridling
  • Hard mouth: Getting softness
  • Steering issues
  • Clipper shy
  • Bolting
  • Gate sour
  • Kicking out
  • Speed/Nervousness/Anxiety

Am I forgetting anything? If it's a problem, Willie had it! This is not only a fantastic learning opportunity for you whether you're a professional trainer or a weekend warrior trail rider!


Your Instructor


Madison Shambaugh
Madison Shambaugh

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.


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