Lead Change Resources

Slower is Faster with Horses

Let’s face it, we’ve become a society of instant gratification. From fast food, to fake nails, we like immediate results. This quest for instant results carries over to horsemanship, too—from
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Afraid Of The Canter Cue

Question: Dear Julie, When riding in the arena at the canter, for the first few strides my horse throws his head up in the air. Why is he doing this?
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Mastering The Canter

Mastering the Canter Everywhere I go—whether it’s to clinics, expos, conferences or just riding with friends, there are riders working on mastering the canter. Whether it is a novice rider
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Fear Of Cantering

Ask Julie Goodnight: How do I overcome fears of cantering? Hi Julie, I have been riding for about 2 years. I’m 53, and although I have been around horses (started
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The Cross Canter

The Cross-Canter “Cross-canter” is the proper term for what is commonly called “cross-firing” or “disunited” cantering. As opposed to picking up the correct lead, with both front and hind inside
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Canter Leads

Rule Out the Physical If you’re having trouble with your horse’s canter leads, make sure to rule out physical problems first. Whenever a horse only takes one lead at the
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Understanding Your Leg Aids

Understand Your Leg Aids The “natural aids” are the tools that you were born with that allow you to communicate to the horse what you want him to do while
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Fearing The Transition

In Devon Danvers’ “Lost in Transition” episode of Horse Master, I helped a teenager who was ready to stop showing—and riding—because his horse exploded into the canter and just wasn’t
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Quick Tip: Flying Lead Changes

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Riding Skills: Understanding Leg Aids

Question Category: Riding Skills Question: Understanding Leg Aids By Julie Goodnight The “natural aids” are the tools that you were born with that allow you to communicate to the horse
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Riding Skills: Natural Aids–Using Your Legs

Question Category: Riding Skills Question: How should I use my legs to cue my horse? I learned to ride with my reins and I know I need to know more
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Riding Skills: Lead Changes

Question Category: Riding Skills Question: Julie, Hope all is going well for you. I’m continuing to enjoy teaching kids riding lessons. My question this time: What’s the best way to
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Riding Skills: Feeling Canter Leads

Question Category: Riding Skills Question: Hi Julie, I have trouble feeling my canter leads, and I know the worst thing I can do is look down. What is the best
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Cantering Help: Won’t Take Right Lead

Question Category: Cantering Help Question: I have a question about my 4 year old paint mare. I have been working with a trainer on and off for almost a year
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Cantering Help: Throws Head At Canter Transition

Question: Dear Julie, When riding in the arena at the canter, for the first few strides my horse throws his head up in the air. Why is he doing this?
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Episode 319 – Straighten Up & Fly Right

Straighten Up and Fly Right: Julie Goodnight teaches a pattern to prepare for flying lead changes
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Episode 224 – Straight And Round

Straight and Round: Julie Goodnight helps a horse feel balanced cues, pick up the correct lead
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Conquering The Canter

In every clinic that I teach, there are riders eager to canter; all they want to do is canter-canter-canter and maybe work on lead changes. Then there are those that
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Mastering the Canter

Everywhere I go—whether it’s to clinics, expos, conferences or just riding with friends, there are riders working on mastering the canter. Whether it is a novice rider just figuring out
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Lead Changes

Good Day! On a recent episode of Horse Master, we featured a 68 year old man who is competing in Versatility Ranch Horse. Dave also happens to be president of the
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