THE HORSE-HUMAN CONNECTION

ACADEMY

Develop a deep, trusting connection with your horse. Solve your horse’s behavioral issues, ride, work and play together. Feel empowered to train for any skill imaginable without using those forceful methods that “break” the horse. The HCA is your online blueprint for connecting with your horse.

THE HORSE-HUMAN CONNECTION ACADEMY

The Horse-Human Connection Academy (HCA) is a step-by-step online program that helps you truly connect with your horse, solve behavioral issues, and train any behavior imaginable using compassionate, science-based methods.

In this membership style program, you can pay yearly (for a discounted rate) or monthly, each granting you access to comprehensive Learning Pathways & a private student community. You are free to cancel at any time but you won’t want to.

Regardless of your past experience in horse training, the HCA is here to give you the blueprint you need to train your horse from the ground up, and create that fairytale bond you’ve been longing for while remaining safe in the process.

You’ll be notified first when enrollment is open!

A LOOK INSIDE HCA

THE HORSE-HUMAN CONNECTION BLUEPRINT

When you enroll in HCA, you’ll receive immediate access to my signature Horse-Human Connection Blueprint, which guides you step-by-step through working with your horse from the ground up. These Pathways show you exactly how to build the optimal foundation for connection with your horse! New pathways are in creation all the time and the life-changing 5 Golden Rules Pathway will be the FIRST pathway released in 2020!

THE 5 GOLDEN RULES PATHWAY

An understanding of the 5 Golden Rules unlocks limitless potential in your horsemanship journey! These guidelines are designed to empower you to create a training scenario for any outcome & solve any problem, using key principles — and understanding the scientific breakdown of why they work. The 5 Golden Rules basically take everything you will ever need to know about compassionate horse training and boils it all down into just 5 rules to guide you. EVERYTHING we teach here in HCA comes back to these groundbreaking principles.

RULE
#1

REWARD BY REINFORCEMENT

In this section, you will discover exactly what motivates your horse, what she desires, and how to train a horse using only reinforcement – rewarding what you want. You’ll understand why you’ll never need to use punishment with your horse, and how this will totally transform your relationship with your horse.

RULE
#2

EMPOWER YOUR HORSE THROUGH CHOICE

Our horses, like any of us, enjoy relationships in which they have choice over their bodies, environment, & what happens to them. Not only that, horses are much more safe, relaxed & engaged when they have choice in the training process. In this rule, you will learn my 3 methods that are essential to giving your horse choice so that you can give her clear ways of saying “no,” and STILL reach your training & relationship goals.

RULE
#3

SIMPLIFY YOUR LANGUAGE THROUGH SHAPING

If you’re feeling stuck in your training, or frustrated with your horse’s progress… This rule is for you. You will learn that shaping is the KEY to progress — without fear or frustration for horse & human alike. You will learn precisely how to apply shaping through the 7 principles I teach in this rule.

RULE
#4

QUIET YOUR LANGUAGE BY SEQUENCING YOUR CUES

By learning and applying this rule, you will be able to honor & expand your horse’s “window of tolerance” so that you can avoid causing fear through the use of pressure, as well as quieting your language with your horse so that your cues look invisible & effortless.

RULE
#5

EXPAND YOUR LANGUAGE BY PAIRING CUES

If you’ve ever watched an incredible liberty performance with mind-boggling tricks and thought to yourself, “how is this possible!? How did the horse know to do that?” quickly followed by, “that would be so cool, but I’ll never be able to do that…” This rule is sure to change your mind. You will learn how to make your cues look like total magic, by applying one of the 3 methods I will show you to expand your language with your horse. You’ll train for behaviors you never could have dreamed of, such as liberty circles, bridle-less collection, tricks like the laydown or rear… And anything else you can dream up.

DEVELOP THE RELATIONSHIP YOU HAVE ALWAYS WANTED WITH YOUR HORSE

THE HCA IS A PERFECT FIT FOR YOU

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WHAT VERENA HAS
TO SAY ABOUT HCA

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If you also want to have a better relationship with your horse, and smile during training, know that you have support, and know that you have a wealth of knowledge that is science-based, real, true and tested, then I recommend joining the Mustang Maddy Academy!

WHAT ANGELA HAS
TO SAY ABOUT HCA

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Prior to finding Maddy’s Academy, I didn’t really have a direction of what to do with my horses. Since joining her Academy, my relationship with both these guys has gone from not really understanding them to… Being on another level. Highly, highly recommend the Academy and 5 Golden Rules.

UPCOMING FOUNDATIONAL PATHWAYS

These pathways will be dripped out to students over the next year, giving you the time you need to succeed at each pathway individually. But don’t wait to join until these have been released, because prices will go up as new content is added. But if you join NOW, you will remain a member at the current price point FOREVER (unless you cancel but you won’t want to!)

COMING APRIL 2020 | FOUNDATIONS OF POSITIVE REINFORCEMENT

Positive reinforcement is the secret to empowering your horse, allowing her choice in training. Your horse can never truly say “yes” until they know that they can say “no.” In this pathway, we unveil exactly how you can train your horse using food rewards while staying safe AND reaching your goals. You’ll discover that it’s possible to have a horse completely relaxed, yet highly focused, engaged & motivated by food by working through my 7 foundation exercises. No more fighting with your horse and using escalating pressure until she concedes, OR having a food-obsessed cookie monster!

COMING 2020 | GENTLING

If your horse accepts human touch without fear, can be haltered, leads & picks up all four feet, you can skip this pathway! For our dear friends with wild mustangs, fearful rehabilitation cases, or horses that have never been handled, this one is for YOU. This pathway shows you every step you need to know to get your wild horse totally gentled in a way that honors her fears & builds confidence.

COMING 2020 | COOPERATIVE CARE

If your horse accepts farrier care, vet care and loads in a trailer, you can move right along to the next pathway! But we know that giving your horse the care she needs can be extremely stressful! Many horses struggle to load in a trailer and accept critical care with ease, and often people resort to force to make it work. Never fear, we are here to help! This pathway gives you every single tool you need to guide your horse through these fears and into newfound confidence and relaxation.

COMING 2020 | GROUNDWORK FOR SUCCESS LEVEL 1

Groundwork is absolutely vital to truly connecting with your horse! In this pathway, you will learn precisely how to train for foundational maneuvers that help develop your horse’s balance, posture, and core strength–without sacrificing connection! Behaviors such as the back up with you and away from you, hindquarter, forequarter & leg yields, circling, lunging (and much more!), will help you establish the perfect base to expand your riding and groundwork. All of the maneuvers you learn will have a functional application, and keep you safe with your horse.

COMING 2020 | COLT STARTING

If your horse is safe to ride at all gaits, you can move into the next pathway! But we know how many issues can come up with colt starting, as well as working with horses who buck, bolt, rear, spook, etc. under saddle. If you’re experiencing this with your horse, you are NOT alone. Which is why this pathway is here to show you the way through all these challenges using positive reinforcement, giving your horse choice AND reaching the goal of riding safely with your horse.

COMING 2020 | RIDING LEVEL 1

All the pathways up to this point have perfectly paved the way to riding safely and successfully! In this pathway, you’ll learn the core maneuvers that you need in any discipline, whether that be trail riding, barrel racing, dressage, reining, jumping, liberty, or just riding for fun! With the help of this pathway, you will avoid common mistakes that cause distress or accidents for horse & rider, and your horse will absolutely love doing it. True to our methodology, your horse will get the chance to give you an emphatic “YES!” to riding!

GENERAL HCA QUESTIONS

What sets the HCA apart?

We will be here to support you every step of the way. Inside of our private student community, you’ll have the opportunity to post questions & videos of your training at any time. You will receive feedback from Maddy herself, along with our experienced & successful tribe mentors, who will help get you “unstuck” or clear up any confusion. You will NEVER be alone on your journey!

In addition to receiving feedback on all of your pressing questions in our one-of-a-kind private student community, you’ll also gain access to our Facebook group just for students, which is filled with like-minded individuals that operate from a place of love & compassion. You will not find a more kind, informative, or incredibly supportive group of people anywhere else in this industry. Our tribe will celebrate your wins, mourn your losses, encourage you when you’re feeling low, and everything else in between. You will find accountability partners and friends for LIFE in this tribe. The kindness of the tribe has blown us away every day — and we can’t wait to welcome you into it with open arms. You enter HCA as a student, but you soon become an irreplaceable member of the TRIBE.

Why should I join the HCA?

There are many reasons to join the HCA. So if you are longing to…

  • Have a horse who WANTS to be with you, just as much as you want to be with her
  • Have an engaged, enthusiastic, yet relaxed horse during training sessions
  • Have a horse who comes to you when you call
  • Feel confident with your horse’s ability to load in a trailer, accept veterinary and farrier care, and interact with strangers
  • Have friends in the tribe who support you, encourage you, celebrate your wins and help you through your lows
  • Understand horses on levels you never knew possible, based in equine behavior, psychology & ethology
  • Be able to read your horse’s fear thresholds and respond to them, keeping you safe during training
  • Be able to work with your horse totally at liberty on the ground… No ropes, halters, tack, etc.
  • Know exactly how to solve behavioral issues that used to baffle you, like spooking, bolting, kicking, refusing to load, aggression, fear of objects, etc. etc.
  • Feel safe interacting with your horse on the ground, and on her back
  • No longer need to have a trainer come and “fix” your horse because you feel inadequate or too green. The Academy will totally empower you!
  • Understand exactly what stops you from the connection of your dreams, and be able to remove those roadblocks
  • Know how to give your horse choice in training and empower her, all while staying safe & reaching your goals

then the HCA is your key to unlocking potential in you and your horse.

What types of methods do you utilize?

We utilize proven, science-based methods meaning no more following exercises based on the old Dominance Theory, continued on through tradition or the “this is how it’s always been done” mentality. Our blueprint is backed by rock-solid evidence. The Horse-Human Connection Academy is completely based on the science of Learning Theory and follows the “Least Intrusive, Minimally Aversive” (LIMA) humane treatment policy of behavior modification (training) with horses. These strategies are not only wildly effective — but they are also incredibly compassionate toward the horse.

What can I expect?

When you join HCA, you’ll gain access to all available Learning Pathways, which guide you through Maddy’s signature methodology step-by-step, in detail. No more wondering what to do to solve an issue, how to start from ground zero, or how to advance. We take you through each step authentically. No more watching a trainer “demonstrate” with an already trained horse without a mistake to be found by horse or human. You’ll see the entire process with zero methods hidden & used off-camera.

Who does the HCA work best for?

I have found that the HCA works best for these two groups of people:

  • Compassionate horsewomen & men looking to solve behavioral issues while remaining safe, without using conventional forceful methods. They have fears around training on their own, due to inexperience or bad experiences yet they long to do so. They really need to remain safe physically due to past injuries, fears, age and other methods feel too fast-paced and dangerous for them.
  • Accomplished horsewomen & men who are looking to take their relationship with their horse to the next level, connect anywhere (even without ropes or tack) and deeply understand their horse’s reactions, emotions & what lights them up inside. They need to know the “why” behind the methods they’re using, not just the “how.” They’ve been exposed to many methods in the industry, but the tactics don’t sit right with them and they want to truly connect with their horses, not simply achieve submission from them.

What is the cancellation policy?

I understand that the HCA may not be for everyone.  If you would like to cancel your membership you can do so via your member account page or by contacting us inside the membership help section on your account dashboard.

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