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Helping a Horse that Pulls on the Bit

Hi JulieI have been riding for eight months at a stable and am taking classes once-twice a week as well as clinics. I bought a horse from the stables I go to; he is a twelve year old Arab and a very forgiving horse but in the last two months he has started to pull on the bit. I am finding this very, very frustrating. My teacher is a very good trainer as well as a teacher. Just this weekend she told me to try a softer bit, and there was no pulling. I went out the next day to ride and he started…See More
Jul 25, 2013
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Mar 13, 2012
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Teaching a Horse to Canter/Lope Under Saddle

Dear Julie,I have started riding my 2-year-old paint gelding. I've had him since he was 3 months old. He's super gentle-almost too gentle. I have taken him out trail riding with other horses, but he needs to learn more about the lope (he zigzags all over the road). I do have an arena that I can ride in. My question is what steps do you take when training a young horse. He's such a good-natured horse; I plan on keeping him as long as he lives. But I want him to have ground manners and good…See More
Dec 9, 2010
Hope Brown commented on Julie Goodnight's blog post Groundwork and Discipline
"with the whiining to the mares is he gelded if not there is your problem"
Nov 14, 2010
A blog post by Julie Goodnight was featured

Western Saddle Fit

Dear Julie,My friends and I have a problem with our saddles rolling over to the side when we get on. My horse in particular has a flat, broad back with wide withers. Any suggestions? I know we are cinching our western saddles up tight enough.Thanks!A round, mutton-withered horse is difficult to keep a saddle on, but there are a few things that may help.First, make sure your saddle fits. That seem like a no-brainer, but if your tree is too wide or too narrow, it’ll be more likely to slip. Often…See More
Nov 8, 2010
Julie Goodnight posted a blog post

Western Saddle Fit

Dear Julie,My friends and I have a problem with our saddles rolling over to the side when we get on. My horse in particular has a flat, broad back with wide withers. Any suggestions? I know we are cinching our western saddles up tight enough.Thanks!A round, mutton-withered horse is difficult to keep a saddle on, but there are a few things that may help.First, make sure your saddle fits. That seem like a no-brainer, but if your tree is too wide or too narrow, it’ll be more likely to slip. Often…See More
Nov 8, 2010
Julie Goodnight and Victoria Ruiz are now friends
Nov 8, 2010
Mary McGuire Smith commented on Julie Goodnight's blog post Do horses prefer one gender rider over the other?
"I absolutely agree with this post! That said, I think that perhaps changing the wording on the last sentence in the second-to-last paragraph from "The horse quickly learns the difference between riders and will begin to test to see how much he…"
Oct 11, 2010
A blog post by Julie Goodnight was featured

Do Horses Prefer One Gender Rider Over the Other?

Hi Julie,I've got a question about our five-year-old Paint gelding. My wife swears that he prefers men riders to women riders. I'm almost to conclude the same thing, even though I really am skeptical about that. It seems the women who have ridden him, including my wife, have had him act up consistently, and are fearful of him.Another question following the first of gender preference...If it is true there is such a thing? Is there a way to "unlearn" this behaviour over time and how would you…See More
Oct 11, 2010
Julie Goodnight posted a blog post

Do Horses Prefer One Gender Rider Over the Other?

Hi Julie,I've got a question about our five-year-old Paint gelding. My wife swears that he prefers men riders to women riders. I'm almost to conclude the same thing, even though I really am skeptical about that. It seems the women who have ridden him, including my wife, have had him act up consistently, and are fearful of him.Another question following the first of gender preference...If it is true there is such a thing? Is there a way to "unlearn" this behaviour over time and how would you…See More
Oct 11, 2010
Judy Bishop and Julie Goodnight are now friends
Oct 10, 2010
A blog post by Julie Goodnight was featured

When Your Horse Tries to Stop at the Gate

Hello, I have a Tennessee walker and she rides around the arena fine until she passes the gate. Then it happens, she starts to walk sideways in to the gate. I am a new rider so I'm not sure what to do. When I try to correct her she thinks I'm telling her to stop. How do I do it? Your horse is simply gate sour and wants to stop at the gate and go out of it and back to the barn. All horses have this tendency, if not handled correctly, and it is sometimes known as “gate gravity.” This is an…See More
Sep 24, 2010
Julie Goodnight posted a blog post

When Your Horse Tries to Stop at the Gate

Hello, I have a Tennessee walker and she rides around the arena fine until she passes the gate. Then it happens, she starts to walk sideways in to the gate. I am a new rider so I'm not sure what to do. When I try to correct her she thinks I'm telling her to stop. How do I do it? Your horse is simply gate sour and wants to stop at the gate and go out of it and back to the barn. All horses have this tendency, if not handled correctly, and it is sometimes known as “gate gravity.” This is an…See More
Sep 24, 2010
Jackie Cochran commented on Julie Goodnight's blog post The Importance of Posting on the Correct Diagonal
"I use the diagonals in my canter departs. When I post on the outside "correct" diagonal, I give the outer leg aid when I sit down. Does it work all the time? Of course not. But it does work more often than any other canter depart aid…"
Sep 23, 2010

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A Bit About Me and my Horse(s)
You know Julie Goodnight as The Horse Master on her award-winning RFD-TV television show. Through her varied background—riding and training horses in dressage, jumping, racing, reining, colt-starting, and versatility ranch work, and wilderness riding—Julie has discovered the underlying principles important to any type of riding. She teaches "Classic Skills for a Natural Ride" and communicates clearly with horses and riders in any discipline and at any level. Julie travels coast-to-coast—and beyond—throughout much of the year to help horses and riders at horse expos, conferences, clinics, and while filming for her television “makeover” show. Julie has been featured in the top equestrian publications, including The Trail Rider, Horse & Rider --where she's a member of Team Horse & Rider-- and America’s Horse. Her syndicated columns appear in over 15 regional publications throughout North America. Her interactive websites: juliegoodnight.com, horsemaster.tv, and her channel on youtube.com reaches an even wider audience. Julie is also the International Spokesperson for the Certified Horsemanship Association—known as CHA. In 2008 she was named Equine Affaire's Exceptional Equestrian Educator--one of only three awards ever given. Julie resides near Salida, Colorado, at her private horse ranch with her husband, Rich Moorhead, the CEO of Monarch Ski and Snowboard Area.
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Teaching a Horse to Canter/Lope Under Saddle

Dear Julie,

I have started riding my 2-year-old paint gelding. I've had him since he was 3 months old. He's super gentle-almost too gentle. I have taken him out trail riding with other horses, but he needs to learn…

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Posted on December 9, 2010 at 7:30am — 1 Comment

Western Saddle Fit

Dear Julie,

My friends and I have a problem with our saddles rolling over to the side when we get on. My horse in particular has a flat, broad back with wide withers. Any suggestions? I know we are cinching…

Continue

Posted on November 8, 2010 at 11:00am

Do Horses Prefer One Gender Rider Over the Other?

Hi Julie,



I've got a question about our five-year-old Paint gelding. My wife swears that he prefers men riders to women riders. I'm almost to conclude the same thing, even though I really am skeptical about that. It seems the women who have ridden him, including my wife, have had him act up consistently, and are fearful of him.…



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Posted on October 11, 2010 at 8:30am — 1 Comment

When Your Horse Tries to Stop at the Gate

Hello,

I have a Tennessee walker and she rides around the arena fine until she passes the gate. Then it happens, she starts to walk sideways in to the gate. I am a new rider so I'm not sure what to do. When I try to correct her she thinks I'm telling her to stop. How do I do it?





Your horse is simply gate sour and wants to stop at the gate and go out of it and back to the barn. All horses have this tendency, if not handled correctly, and it is sometimes…

Continue

Posted on September 24, 2010 at 10:00am

The Importance of Posting on the Correct Diagonal

Hi Julie,

Try to settle this discussion - please! Is posting on the correct "diagonal" only important in English riding? I always thought it was about the horse's balance in a bend....some say it's just not a "western thing"...and will post in a western saddle, but not with any regard for the diagonal???



Sharon





Sharon,

You are correct that posting…

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Posted on September 11, 2010 at 11:30pm — 10 Comments

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At 12:11pm on April 15, 2010, Ruthann Gossett said…
Heared you did a good show in Lincoln,Ne. Sorry i was unable to make it. My dads been have med issues. Maybe i can catch one some where else this summer. Keep up the good work.
At 8:43pm on January 29, 2010, Sarah at HorseJobs.ca said…
Thanks Julie. Here is the link to our blog post featuring your great advice.
http://horsejobs.ca/blog/?p=127

Great job! :)
At 5:25am on December 17, 2009, Lorel Dennis said…
Thanks for the invite. I noticed on your website that you like to combine natural horsemanship work together with classical dressage. I know a few people here in Australia that do the same with great results. Will definately be going to look for some of your clips on youtube and to read more of your website. Its a shame we don't have your show over here.
At 11:06pm on August 28, 2009, Marti Langley said…
I am turning into a big fan of yours. Your training techniques are just great. Thanks for being my friend.
At 11:25am on July 18, 2009, Nora Robinson said…
Welcome Julie! I receive your e-newsletter, and always enjoy the excellent info and advice. Glad you are here with us on Barnmice too!
At 7:28pm on July 13, 2009, Janet Ortega said…
Hi Julie,
I just sent you a request to be your friend. Unfortunately, I clicked too soon. I just wanted to tell you that I really love your show on RFD-TV. I think your training techniques are really really great. I have watched all the biggies and I like yours the best! I have mentioned this to my trainer, a lady from Alaska and now living in AZ, that I really love your style of training and I have taped a few sessions of RFD of yours and put them on a DVD and gave them to her (Karen) so she could see your style. I think that has encouraged her to get her certification for teaching as you have.

Thanks for the really great lessons!
Regards,
Janet
At 2:12pm on July 8, 2009, Barbara Sky Horse said…
Lovely pictures Julie!!
I'm just away to have a wee nosey through your web site!!!
Where abouts in the wide world are you located??
~ Barby
....*thinking* .....geeeeeze ... I may have to break my own Law, and start watching a bit of television ...lol
At 9:39pm on July 7, 2009, Barbara Sky Horse said…
Hello There Julie!!
and a BIG Welcome to Barnmice!! ;-)
~ Barby
 
 
 
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