Julie Goodnight's Blog – July 2010 Archive (3)

Helping a Horse that Pulls on the Bit

Hi Julie

I 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…


Added by Julie Goodnight on July 30, 2010 at 10:00am — No Comments

Does Your Horse's Bit Fit Properly?

Does Your Horse's Bit Fit Properly?

Dear Julie,

How do you know when a bit is properly sitting in the horse's mouth? We have always heard that you look at the "wrinkles". However, this can be confusing to us.

Thank you,



This is a confusing issue to lots of people and one that almost always comes up in my clinics. It's an old-fashioned concept to say that the bit fits correctly when you see one or two wrinkles in the…


Added by Julie Goodnight on July 16, 2010 at 9:30am — No Comments

Stop losing your stirrup when you canter

Hi Julie,

I have constantly found that I am loosing the left stirrup when I canter. In various readings it suggests that I am collapsing on my left, hence loosing the stirrup. I tried to stretch my left side when cantering and found this was helpful. Can you give me any suggestions on how to work with this issue, perhaps exercises or things to do while riding that would help with this problem?

Thanks again, I enjoy your advice.


Hi Nanc,

It is odd…


Added by Julie Goodnight on July 3, 2010 at 7:30am — 1 Comment

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