Online courses have an integral role in the Mustang Maddy Academy. The academy courses are built to be the closest in similarity to actually attending a live training clinic or workshop. Courses are broken down into 6-10 modules (depending on the course) with lessons in each module to create an organized, step-by-step, and non-intimidating presentation of the information and exercises. The range of courses offered will continue to expand, so keep checking back to see what’s coming next!

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My 5 Golden Rules to Horse-Human Connection serves as the foundation behind how we can approach every scenario with horses in a way that honors their free will, fears, instincts, and learning patterns. Whether you are gentling a wild mustang or asking for a flying lead change, these 5 principles are the formula behind teaching or problem solving any behavior.


If you’ve been searching for a way to motivate your horse using less pressure, increase his enjoyment for training, overcome fear, or become more engaged, this course is for you! Positive reinforcement (food reward) training is an extremely effective tool if we learn the process of implementing it properly. Let me walk you through that process and help transform the relationship you have with your horse!


In this course, learn a safe, effective, and humane way of gentling horses without flooding, trauma, or force. Students will learn how to achieve first touches, basic body communication, trust building exercises, teaching to halter and lead, trailer loading, and handling of the feet with mustangs who have had no previous handling.




What are the differences between courses and a membership?

5GR and the other courses are a deeper dive into specific topics intended to give you in-depth information similar to if you were attending a clinic in person. We plan to expand our course offerings so continue to check back to see what’s new.

The academy membership provides a wide variety of videos on various topics, designed to help answer your general questions and give you tips, tricks, and advice.

How much is the 5GR course?

The 5 Golden Rules Course is available for $497. This entire course is the culmination of my lifelong training journey. It’s packed with psychology and behaviorism concepts, intuitive leadership, emotional intelligence, trauma research, discussions of classical and current horsemanship methods, and so much more … And it’s available now for the first time ever!

With this course, you will learn how to…
-Motivate the horse to carry out the desired behavior
-Avoid forceful techniques and honor the horse’s free will
-Stop unwanted behavior without punishment
-Understand how equines think and process emotions
-Heal and avoid trauma in the training process
-Develop a balanced leadership approach rooted in equine wisdom (and learn why dominance is outdated!)
-Communicate beyond the restraints of ropes and tack
-Troubleshoot any situation you may encounter with your horse—from trailer loading to flying lead changes!

Here’s a little more about my program…
—It’s hosted on Teachable, a proven and top-notch platform that’s easy and intuitive users
—Estimated completion time is 10 weeks if you do one module per week, but you can work through the modules at your own speed (my dad finished it in 3 days!)
—Journaling, videos and quizzes enhance your learning so you fully absorb the 5 Golden Rules

I hope to have you be a part of it! If you’re thinking that’s a yes, get ready to discover so much more about your horse…and, maybe even about yourself 😉

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What is the 5 Golden Rules Book Club?

The book club is a closed, interactive facebook group for those who have registered for the 5 Golden Rules Course. For serious students who want to see big changes, the 5 Golden Rules Book Club offers guidance, support, and accountability checks in order to achieve their horsemanship goals. The book club starts on August 13th and will run until October 8th. Registration for the book club closed as of Saturday, August 21st at 6 pm. No further book club dates have been announced. If you have missed the registration deadline and would like to be apart of the book club, we will be accepting students on a case by case basis.

Inside the club, we will take time each week to discuss what you learned in the assigned module, but the focus of the course will be finding an area you’d like to improve upon with your horse and applying the 5 Golden Rules to create change in that area and develop measurable results. Here’s an outline of the activities inside the book club:

Phase I: Goal setting; Finding your area of measurable growth.
Select one problem you have with your horse or a new behavior you’d like to learn. This should be specific; try to narrow your focus as best as possible. Find ways to measure your growth as well, using certain criteria.
Unspecific example: I want my horse to relax/slow down undersaddle.
Specific Example: I want my horse to canter around the arena 5 times without speeding up, on a loose rein.
Submit a video of where you are at currently with the behavior; if it’s a problem, show the issue in the video. If it’s a new behavior, show the current point you are at with it. These videos should allow you to examine your progress throughout the course. This is an important part of being able to measure and celebrate your progress!

Phase II: Plan development.
Throughout the course, your focus will be to develop your own plan to go about solving this dilemma using the 5 Golden Rules. This is the whole goal of the 5 Golden Rules: to be able to use a formula to come up with your own solution to horse training situations. Think about cooking.. I could give you a million recipes to memorize OR I could give you my formula for creating a good recipe, and let you create your own! Who would be the master chef, the one who has merely memorized countless recipes or the one who has learned the guiding principles for creating recipes, allowing them to go out and make their own?! It is no different with horses. A master horseman (woman) is one who can use the guiding principles (aka 5 Golden Rules) to paint their own picture with their horse! You will submit your plan for approval as part of your “homework.” Once your plan is approved, you will begin to take action with your horse.

Phase III: Plan execution.
In this phase, you will be applying the lessons you have learned throughout the course. If you run into roadblocks, you can ask other students their thoughts and ask me for my guidance in the live Q&A sessions. Because these Q&A sessions are more exclusive, you will have the chance to submit a video for review so I can see the specific issues you are encountering.

Phase IV: Celebrate your progress!
Once you have achieved what you set out to do, submit your results video. We will have a prize for the “most improved” horse & human team! This is a chance to celebrate your journey, the process, and the noticeable change in your relationship with your horse!

I decided that I didn't want the 5GR course, can I get a refund?

We want you to be happy with your purchase! If you are not happy, please email me within 30 days of purchase at and let me know. I will do my best to ensure you are satisfied.