The Willing Equine
"The main pitfall in training is to focus on the effects rather than searching for, and changing, the causes." — Etienne Beudant
Adele Shaw, CHBC
TWE Head Trainer
Adele Shaw is an internationally recognized mentor and trainer focused on creating a positive relationship between horse and human through science-based training and care practices. This holistic approach examines the horse’s environment, lifestyle, and physical and mental soundness to ensure that the horses are not simply surviving, but truly thriving in their life and relationship with their human caretakers.
From a young age, Adele’s favorite kind of horses were always the "troublesome" horses. If they bucked, reared, refused to be caught, bolted, bit, kicked, whatever...the more difficult a horse was the more she wanted to work with it. At first she thought this was because she enjoyed the challenge, but now, nearly twenty years later, she realizes what she really wanted was to help these horses. She has always had a passion for understanding the “why” behind behavior and a deep desire to help horses find their way back to wellness. Underneath all the behavioral issues she knew there was a good horse, and she wanted to find it.
Throughout the years Adele has owned and worked with many horses, and each of them have left a permanent bookmark in her life story with an endless list of lessons they taught her. Without her past she would not be here today, wanting to help people help their horses.
While training with positive reinforcement is fairly mainstream in a lot of areas of the animal training world, it's still in its infancy in the horse community. Every day Adele and like minded trainers, are pioneering utilizing choice and control, positive reinforcement, behavioral science, the humane hierarchy, LIMA, and so much more with horses. Adele’s mission is to make this information accessible and achievable for the average horse owner out there through TWE.
As a teacher, Adele is supportive and understanding of both horse and human, and tailors her lessons to provide the most personalized, accessible and ethically minded coaching possible. Her approach goes beyond method: by offering flexible training and care systems, the wellbeing of the horse and the empowerment of the student always remain the primary goals.
Adele is a Certified Horse Behaviour Consultant with the IAABC and an endorsed trainer with the World Bitless Association.
In addition to her hands-on work with specialized rehabilitation cases at her ranch in Texas, Adele maintains an active role in the equestrian community through her clinics, online student programs, blog, podcast, and social media outreach. As she connects with students across the globe, Adele remains dedicated to making information on behavioral science, positive reinforcement, LIMA principles, humane hierarchy, and species appropriate care practices accessible and achievable for every horse owner through The Willing Equine.