close

There are few things scarier for a wild horse than to be frantically ...read more A pregnant mare was impounded as a stray and ended up at the McKinley ...read more

You Won’t Believe What This Ex-Wild Mustang Is Doing After Only 130 Days Of Training!

Advertisement

The Extreme Mustang Makeover Challenge is a yearly competition put on by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to help promote adoption by “showcasing the Mustangs’ value and trainability through competition.” (extrememustangmakeover.com) Trainers in two age divisions (18 and older adult, and an in-hand youth ages 8-17) apply to be part of the competition. If selected, they are given a Mustang over the age of four through random draw. This year, trainers picked up their mustangs in Lorton, Virginia, where the competition would be held.

feral-horses-898371_640

Then, they had just 130 days to work with their Mustangs before the competition. Trainers must use “humane and compassionate” training and the BLM encourages “least resistant” techniques.

After the event, trainers (as well as the public) may bid to adopt the Mustangs.

Madison Shambaugh, 20, is one of the trainers that competed in this year’s event. Her mount was Terk, a Bay six-year-old Gelding from Nevada.

extrememustang1

Shambaugh uses a unique training approach for all disciplines of riding, including barrel racing, show and, of course, gentling Mustangs. Her technique is based on a horse’s natural motivators and learning patterns to create a partnership based on “hope, trust, and respect.”

extrememustang2

Her technique clearly works. Their freestyle pattern is amazing – bridleless after just 130 days from the wild!

 

Watch the entire pattern below!

Shambaugh and Terk were awarded Awarded Overall Reserve Champion, Fan Favorite, Rookie award, & Young Guns (18-21 yr old) award. After the competition, Shambaugh won the auction and was able to adopt Terk!

Did you like this?

Tags: , ,

Written by Kristina Lotz
Story Page