• I’ll admit, it’s been a bit of a lazy summer for me, and I’ve had lots of time to enjoy my horses in a more casual way. With no clinics, expos or tv projects looming in my immediate future, and n […]

  • One of the most memorable episodes of Horse Master for me involved a lovely warmblood mare who developed a rearing problem after a successful run as a show jumper. The sweet and kind mare stood straight up as I […]

    • Great article on rearing!! I remember the incident years ago when a friend’s horse reared & fell backwards on top of her while we were trail riding. He’d stopped & threated to rear several times going down the moderately sloped trail but my friend kept pushing him forward until he finally reared & went over. The horse was unhurt but my friend was seriously injured (broken pelvis & other injuries) & nearly lost her life. Turns out the horse had hock issues that were aggravated by going downhill.

    • Thank you for all of the valuable information Julie.

  • 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 little breeze, we can still […]

  • 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 wanted to have with y […]

    • Hi Julie,
      I recently lost a mare who was that standoffish type not liking to be loved on but she trusted me and I trusted her and it took about a year for this relationship to get to that point. Two years later I lost her. I now have an Appaloosa who basically won’t leave my side. I have never experienced a relationship with a horse like this especially a mare. I have only had her for a month now, I am letting her settle in and take in all the new surroundings. At first she became very attached to my standard donkey but now she stays with me when the donkey leaves. She has one quirk that at first I thought she was being disrespectful now I don’t know for sure. If I go to leave her side say after brushing her she backs up into me. At first when she turned her butt to me I thought she was going to kick me but she never lifts a leg. The more this happened I figured she wanted her butt rubbed. All my donkeys do this and she had been with donkeys prior to coming to me so I am not sure this was a learned experience for her. I was always told to never let a horse turn its butt to you, I did not scold her when she did it I just moved out of the way and then she would turn and face me. I honestly think this was something that taught or learned just wondering what your thoughts are? Thank you

    • Hello – Great information! I am experiencing this behavior with my new horse of 1 1/2 years now. He has on occasion turned his butt to me, pins his ears and is difficult to catch. I am his 4th owner/leaser in 9 years. He does this to most who try to catch him. He has never been treated badly since I have known him. I will try your suggestions and try to keep my emotions out if this. It is deflating to be rejected and never know what to expect. Thank you for this article – it gives me new hope!! Thanks, Diane

    • I so needed to hear your words today. This article was just what I needed when I needed it. I cannot thank you enough for your words of wisdom. Forever Grateful for all you do and say. Many, many thanks.
      “Sometimes it’s hard not to take your horse’s reactions personally, especially when he seems indifferent to you or is actively avoiding you, but when you allow your emotions and your human expectations to get involved, you do a disservice to your horse. Taking the higher road, by having empathy and displaying leadership, takes the pressure off you and the horse.If what you want from an animal is undying loyalty and endless affection, you should consider getting a Golden Retriever.” Worth repeating LOL


  • 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 Pepperoni both well set in t […]

  • 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 m […]

    • Thanks for this, Julie. My mare, Hazel, whom I’ve had for seven years, had an unmitigated panic attack last week when she saw the solar panel for the new electric fence. She put me into several backward 360s, and started backing me into a cedar (soft) tree. I was absolutely terrified that she would bolt, and incite the other mare, who was carrying a novice rider. Finally, I got her stopped and I got down. It was clear to me that she couldn’t be calmed down if I wasn’t on the ground with her. I asked my friend to dismount, too, just for safety, and though it was a hike back to the barn, at least no one was injured. (I perhaps should mention that I’m 59 and my friend is 62, so we’re not anxious to prove our bona fides.)

      Beth Moten
      Moten Ranch
      Oakalla, Texas

  • Hi Travis! Listen to the episode of the Ride On with Julie Goodnight called “Horses That Rip & Run.” (Go to That episode addresses this topic exactly! You can also use the search feature to find articles and an episode of Horse Master that deals with this issue. Good luck!

  • 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 will be the end of May before the grass is tall enough to […]

  • 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 two ath […]

  • 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 a holding pattern with our hor […]

  • 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, Secret Powers Are Within […]

  • 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. Thankfully, our […]

  • 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 devastating. But it’s heartening to see people pulling […]

  • 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, my father climbed all over the mountains su […]

  • Julie presented her pre-recorded video clinic with live narration of the clinic and riders at the 2020 Annual Certified Horsemanship Association International Virtual Conference. Watch to see Julie’s tips and […]

  • 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 dwell in the gloom and doom. It’s much harder to […]

  • Foundational Training Under-SaddleWith solid ground-handling skills in place, half the battle of under-saddle training is behind you. As the young horse’s training progresses from ground manners to r […]

  • 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 fantastic events in Jackson Hole (for the […]

  • 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 on Labor Day. It was a rude awakening, but a […]

    • Thank you Julie for letting us join your conference. I always love learning from you so I’ll be sure to join. I wish we could go to CLU but will try again next year!

  • Manners and SkillsThere 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 an average dish or an […]

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