The following video is so beautiful and maybe some of you will get emotional while watching it. That woman, Madison Shambaugh is quite amazing and her story is so inspiring. When she bought her mustang, she decided to take things differently then usual and challenged herself. She had an idea to start a horse training with no halter, no bridle and no ropes. It has been a sort of an experiment and have a look at her results. Madison did an amazing work!
On her Facebook page she shared her story and clearly explained the results. She calls her method the “Liberty Start” and the goal of that method is to smooth the transition horses go through while becoming a part of the human society. According to her result during that transition refraining from physical restraints allows the horse to accept people in a way that honors their free will and bodies.
She shared that her latest mustang Amira, the one from the video below, hasn’t been an easy horse. Amira didn’t want to get in touch with humans and no one believed in her, because she has been a “3 strike” BLM mustang. Only Madison saw potential in her and see how far they’ve come after only one week of training!
It’s important that each one of us look at these mustangs as Madison does. inspire yourself by Madison’s story and share this video with other horse lovers!
NO halter, NO bridle, NO ropes and a formerly wild mustangs that was out of chances…Perhaps there is a better way of gentling these mustangs and teaching them to live in our world that makes the transition easier? See below for the full story. * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * There’s dreaming big, and then there is dreaming almost impossible… Which will you choose?Fate, destiny, serendipity… A surreal series of events in which everything in my life has led up to this very moment. One of the most important to this story, for times sake, being that I forgot a halter when picking up my newest mustang– One simple, seemingly careless error that would ended up completely changing my world as I knew it. During the first gentling session, after unloading my halter-less mustang at the stop I’d be staying at, I decided to challenge myself and see if I could go a week without haltering my horse at all—or using any physical restraints for that matter (including bridles, saddles, and any kind of rope attached to her)— and see how far I could get. It would be an experiment, I said.My experiment yielded results beyond imaginable and now I am sharing them with you all. I am calling this method the “Liberty Start." Its purpose is not to avoid any type of guidance with halters, bridles, etc, but rather to smooth the transition horses go through in learning to live in the human world. My conclusions are this: Refraining from physical restraints and rather, allowing the horse to accept humans in a way that honors their bodies and free will is incredibly effective at making this transition. And not only is it powerful for the horse, but it is also powerful for the humans engaged in the process, opening up a wealth of opportunity for healing programs, such as U.S. vets, sexual abuse victims, etc. Of course, I will continue to apply this method to other horses to further test its effectiveness across personalities, etc… but it is important to note “Amira,” was not an easy mustang to gentle. She did not want anything to do with humans at first; which makes the fact that she decided to accept me by her own free will all the more rewarding. Furthermore, it is important to note, as stated in the video, that Amira is a “3 strike” BLM mustang, meaning she has been passed over in 3 adoption events and was sale eligible. No one believed in her; no one saw her potential for greatness… But I did. Imagine if we could all believe in these mustangs. Imagine if we could see the potential inside of each one of them. Imagine if we could see that the mustangs are not all that different from us; They have experienced hardships & pain. They have been rejected. Imagine if we could humble ourselves enough to try one thing every day we’ve never done before. Imagine if we could believe in the impossible…Because just because something hasn’t been done before doesn’t mean it’s impossible. Impossible is an opinion, held by those who do not wish to seek more. Impossible is potential…to grow in extraordinary ways.And perhaps if something is said to be impossible, it just hasn’t been imagined yet.Discover what’s possible!!!Believe in the American Mustang…Believe in yourself…And believe in your dreams!>>To follow Madison’s journey and learn about the process she uses, join her private Facebook group at 22s.com/mustangmaddy for the monthly price of $12.99/month.>>To learn how you can see wild mustangs and zebras live, check out the schedule at https://www.mustangfevertour.com/meet-the-mustangs/Special thanks to:Jennifer Grais & Cliff Goldmacher (Song, “Wild," written by Jennifer Grais & Cliff Goldmacher, recorded and produced by Cliff Goldmacher)Rachel Florman Creative ServicesHannah Catalino, for many hours spent videoing & for her endless support and belief in both Amira & I!Our wonderful host, Indian Creek Ranch, for allowing us to use their beautiful training facilities.Crypto Aero Wholefood Horse Feed for supplying Amira with a natural, chemical free diet.Espana Silk Grooming Products for supplying Amira with all natural grooming solutions.
Posted by Mustang Maddy on Tuesday, September 27, 2016