Maddy Shambaugh

Madison Shambaugh, also known as “Mustang Maddy,” is an advocate for America’s wild horses and a 3x Extreme Mustang Makeover Freestyle Champion. Her work has been featured in Horse & Rider Magazine, Cowgirl Magazine, Animal Planet, and O-Magazine. Mustang Maddy is the founder of the Horse-Human Connection Academy, where she teaches compassionate horse owners how to connect with their horses using force-free methods.

Maddy Shambaugh

Maddy's 2021 Presentations

Slowing Down a Fast Horse -

In this real-time training session, Maddy works with a roping horse who seems to be stuck in high gear! What can we do to help our horses relax when they seem to be stuck with the gas pedal on? Most people ride the brakes, making the situation worse as the brakes wear out (and your horse becomes less sensitive to the pressure of the bridle) and the horse's anxiety increases without a relief of pressure. In this session, Maddy uses something called the "Passenger Exercise" to help this horse relax, manage his energy, and find a natural rhythm without micromanagement from the rider.

Slowing Down a Fast Horse (Part 2) -

In this real-time training session, Maddy works with a roping horse who seems to be stuck in high gear! What can we do to help our horses relax when they seem to be stuck with the gas pedal on? Most people ride the brakes, making the situation worse as the brakes wear out (and your horse becomes less sensitive to the pressure of the bridle) and the horse's anxiety increases without a relief of pressure. In this session, Maddy uses something called the "Passenger Exercise" to help this horse relax, manage his energy, and find a natural rhythm without micromanagement from the rider.

Connecting with a New Horse at Liberty (Part 1) -

In this real-time training session, Maddy demonstrates the very beginning exercises she uses to connect with a horse at liberty without ropes (within the context of negative reinforcement training). In this session, Maddy demonstrates and walks viewers through the very beginning skills essential for the horse to connect with a human without ropes, including following, leading, steering and more.

Connecting with a New Horse at Liberty (Part 2) -

In this real-time training session, Maddy demonstrates the very beginning exercises she uses to connect with a horse at liberty without ropes (within the context of negative reinforcement training). In this session, Maddy demonstrates and walks viewers through the very beginning skills essential for the horse to connect with a human without ropes, including following, leading, steering and more.