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Sit The Spook

Sit the Spook Learn how to sit the spook on trail for safety and control with top trainer/clinician Julie Goodnight. All horses are capable of…

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“Despook” Your Horse

spooky to trusting and willing if they have a confident leader. I’ll teach you how to help your horse through a spook and help him…

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Avoid An On-Trail Spook

…proven otherwise, your horse assumes that an unidentifiable object may kill and eat him, which can lead to nervous, spooky behavior. Your horse also has…

De-Spooking Shadow/ Update on Episode 909

…turns and bolts–into you if you’re leading him, or carrying you off if you’re mounted. Worse, what spooks him one day might not spook him the next. Then, the day…

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My Horse Spooks At Traffic

…her to bits but it scares me because I don’t want her to get spooked and have her get hit by a car. I don’t…

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Riding A Spooky Horse

Ask Julie Goodnight: How Do I Handle Riding A Spooky Horse? Question: Dear Julie, I usually ride some type of warmblooded horse (not exactly sure…

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Fearful Trail Horse

…We stopped by a silo. He kept peering around the corner, and all of sudden he did a full body deep quiver/jump, he spooked in…

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Ponying With Confidence

…the new horse can learn and experience spook-inducing, wide-open country before a rider accompanies him on the journey. You might also pony a horse that’s…

Managing Fearful Behavior in Horses

…safer, more effective and can better relate to the needs of your horse. Get Your Video Desensitizing vs. De-spooking Often people confuse desensitizing and de-spooking….

Fresh Start

…that’s excited, scared or feisty. Be prepared for spooks. A nervous or excited horse is more prone to spook, spin and bolt. Mange your rein…

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Ground-Work Exercises

…your cues, rather than looking for something else to focus on — and possibly spook at. Your horse needs to look at you and think…

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Saddle Fit Guide

…the saddle’s pressure points,” Goodnight says. “In the worst cases, horses try to communicate their pain by acting out. I’ve seen horses bolt, spook and…

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Stupid Human Tricks

…mind that there’s no such thing as a horse without a flight response. Something can spook a horse that you may have no control of….

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Master Each Gait

…canter on some flat and well-groomed trails and you want to know that you can control the faster gaits in case your horse does spook

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Cinch Up Your Horse Saddle Right

…takes a step when the saddle isn’t properly secured, he may feel a shift or roll, and spook. If your horse becomes entangled in the…

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Never Say Never

…does he do when he spooks?” My answer, in a moment of stupidity, was, “He never spooks.” Of course, you can imagine what happened less…

Kentucky: The Horse Capital Of The World

…this lesson thoroughly, having been periodically humiliated by horses all my life. But just the other day, I found myself saying, “this horse never spooks.”…

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spooky response well-engrained into her, she responded very well when we switched techniques. She’s a smart little horse and was only acting spooky because she…