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Julie riding Truth in a Western saddle

June 2021 Horse Report

Seems like just yesterday I was complaining about winter lasting too long, and now we are enduring a record-breaking heat wave! But ours is a dry heat, and with a
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Julie petting Pepper's neck

Does My Horse Like Me?

Recently I had a question from one of my podcast listeners, Benjamin. He asked: “Many blogs, books and online training resources talk about helping you develop the relationship you always
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Julie and Truth

May 2021 Horse Report

After a cold spring, our horses are finally able to graze green grass (and Annie’s svelte figure is soon to be replaced by the Michelin Man look). With Annie and
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Woodrow Rearing

Back From the Brink: Managing Emotional Meltdowns in Horses

No doubt about it—horses are emotional animals; perhaps more emotional than humans. As prey and herd animals, horses are programmed to adopt the emotions of the animals around them (herd
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Cultivating a Connection with Horses

Duke was a well-trained gelding, successful in the show ring as a youngster, then ridden extensively in the rugged mountains of Colorado. He was a handsome hunk of muscle, very
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Remi napping with herd.

March 2021 Horse Report

March has been a snowy month for us, but we are grateful for the moisture that will ease us out of drought conditions and help green up our pastures. It
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April 2021 Horse Report

Dear Friends, The horses are starting to shed and the outdoor arena has thawed enough to ride in—surely spring is around the corner! The horses are feeling frisky, and adventurous
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Secret Powers are Within You!

It should go without saying that training and riding a thousand-pound flight animal is complicated—it’s the only sport I know of that involves inter-species teamwork. Riding is a partnership of
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February 2021 Horse Report

Here in the high mountains of Colorado, we’re still in our deepest part of winter, with sub-zero temperatures and blowing snow. It’s the time of year when we go into
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Julie cantering palomino horse

Canter Hacks, Part 2: Canter Hacks for Advanced Horses & Riders

Sorry! If you got here from my March, 10 2021 newsletter, it took you to this post by mistake! Click here to continue reading my March 2021 blog post called,
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Julie with clydesdale colt

February 2021 Letter from Julie

Sorry! If you got here from my March, 10 2021 newsletter, it took you to this post by mistake! Click here to continue reading the March 2021 Letter from Julie
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Remi and Momma Joy turned out in the arena.

January 2021 Horse Report

Winter is long and hard, here in the high mountains of Colorado and although the days are getting longer now, subzero temperatures, wind and ice, make riding outdoors a challenge.
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January 2021 Letter from Julie

Dear friends, Rich and I spent the holidays alone and together. For Christmas, we enjoyed a few unseasonably warm days at the lake, boating, in almost complete and utter solitude.
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Julie cantering a warmblood in an arena.

Conquer the Canter | Part 1 of 2

Five Canter Hacks for Green Horses and Green Riders The natural gaits of the horse are walk, trot and gallop. The canter is a slow, collected gallop, developed over time,
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December 2020 Horse Report

Here in the Colorado mountains, we love snow! The more, the better. And it looks like a white Christmas is in the forecast. Our valley is the headwaters of the
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December 2020 Letter from Julie

Dear friends, I admit I’m happy this year is coming to a close. It’s been a tough one for most of us, and for some of us, it’s been downright
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Julie's dad on his palomino trail horse, Scout.

The Making of a Trail Horse, Part 4 (and Other Duties, as Assigned)

I remember my father’s last and best trail horse, Scout. He was a big, bold, grade quarter horse, afraid of nothing, with a motor like a freight train.  Aboard Scout,
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November 2020 Horse Report

It was a fitting end to my travel-year, when my last remaining clinic was cancelled, not due to the pandemic, but because of raging wild fires in northern Colorado. This
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Mamma Joy and baby Remi at Julie's ranch.

November 2020 Letter from Julie

Dear friends, As this bizarre year comes ever so slowly to a close, there is so much to reflect on. It’s easy to get caught up in the negatives and
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View from behind horse's ears of treed hills and mountain range.

The Making of a Trail Horse, Part 3

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woody and doc

October 2020 Horse Report

After five months with no horse expos, no clinics and no traveling, in the last four weeks I’ve traveled to three clinics. It’s good to be back, and we had
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The Making of a Trail Horse, Part 2

Manners and Skills There are many ingredients that go into the making of an exceptional trail horse and just like in the kitchen, quality ingredients can make the difference in
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October 2020 Letter From Julie

Dear Friends, At my ranch, here in the “Heart of the Rockies,” fall came fast and furious with 14” of snow on the ground just two days after record heat
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September 2020 Horse Report

Summer came to a screeching halt around our ranch, just two days after record heat on Labor Day, when we were hammered with well over a foot of snow and
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The Making of a Trail Horse

My youngest horse, Pepperoni, just successfully completed his first high mountain ride in the Sangre de Cristo Wilderness Area, a steep mountain range in southern Colorado. It was an arduous
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September 2020 Letter from Julie

Dear Friends, This fall brings a transition like no other. Normally, I take a break from business travel in the summer and ease back into full swing, traveling to horse
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How To: Blanket Washing

Julie demonstrates how to safely and effectively clean dirty horse blankets.
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How To: Turning Aids

How to turn your horse by cueing with your body instead of your reins.
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Calm Your Horse During a Ride

Has your horse ever been anxious or amped up during a ride, and you just need to help him calm down a bit? Whether you’re on the trail or waiting
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Myler Curb Bit: Adjusting a Curb Bit with a Western Headstall

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Riding Bridleless with a Neck Rope

Do you want to learn to ride your horse without a bridle? To me, the ultimate sign of true unity, trust and respect between a horse and the rider is
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Myler Curb Bit: Assembling a Bit with a Curb Strap on a Western Headstall

Want more videos from Julie Goodnight and Horse Master? Please visit the entire video and article library at http://tv.juliegoodnight.com –watch full horse training videos there and check out the interactive
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Daily Dose of Horsemanship Homework, Ground Manners #4: Head Lowering Cue

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Myler 3-Ring Combination Bit: Adjusting Your New Bit with a Western Headstall

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Daily Dose of Horsemanship Homework: Ground Manners #2 Standing Still and Nose Control

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Myler Curb Bit: Bridling and Unbridling with a Western Headstall

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Daily Dose of Horsemanship Homework: The Difference Between the Leading Rein & Direct Rein

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Myler 3-Ring Combination Bit: Adjusting Your New Bit with an English Bridle

Want more videos from Julie Goodnight and Horse Master? Please visit the entire video and article library at http://tv.juliegoodnight.com –watch full horse training videos there and check out the interactive
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Daily Dose of Horsemanship Homework #4

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Myler 3-Ring Combination Bit: Introducing a New Bit to Your Horse

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Daily Dose of Horsemanship Homework: Ground Manners #3, Leadline Boundaries

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Myler 3-Ring Combination Bit: Working a New Bit Over Your Horse’s Withers

Want more videos from Julie Goodnight and Horse Master? Please visit the entire video and article library at http://tv.juliegoodnight.com –watch full horse training videos there and check out the interactive
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Myler 3-Ring Combination Bit: Unpacking and Assembling with an English Bridle

Want more videos from Julie Goodnight and Horse Master? Please visit the entire video and article library at http://tv.juliegoodnight.com –watch full horse training videos there and check out the interactive
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Daily Dose of Horsemanship Homework #1

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Myler 3-Ring Combination Bit: Unpacking and Assembling with a Western Headstall

Want more videos from Julie Goodnight and Horse Master? Please visit the entire video and article library at http://tv.juliegoodnight.com –watch full horse training videos there and check out the interactive
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How to Make Your Horse Look Like a Supermodel

Year round grooming tips from Julie.
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Winter Grooming Supplies for Horses

Sponsored post, W.F. Young Co. Take a peek inside Julie Goodnight’s tack room to see the grooming supplies she stores-up before winter and how she uses Show Sheen, Miracle Groom,
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Daily Dose of Horsemanship Homework #7

Using your seat and leg aids in timing with the rhythm of your horse and his movement.
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Daily Dose of Horsemanship Homework: Ground Manners #1 Establishing Boundaries

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Daily Dose of Horsemanship Homework: 3 Step Circle

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