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Horse Turns Toward Gate And Stops Working

…your newly found authority to mounted work. My groundwork DVD called Lead Line Leadership will take you through this process with step-by-step explanations. The Complete…

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Pony Power

Good Day! Leadership and authority are the subjects of today’s show, “Pony Power.” Starring Zeke and his naughty pony Frost, you’ll see an amazing transformation…

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Good Horse Gone Bad

…boundaries, poor timing and just a general lack of leadership skills. Often conflicting signals and miscommunication are involved, so the horse’s frustration turns to bitterness…

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Preventing Herd-Bound Behavior

…are instinctively drawn to the herd; it’s up to us to provide the training and leadership the horse needs to transfer this draw to us…

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Adversarial Relationships with Horses

…thrive on strong leadership—for the security it gives them. Horse gain security in knowing that rules will be enforced, good effort will be rewarded and…

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February 2021 Letter from Julie

…excited about! The Saddle Up! Women’s Leadership Program, for professional women, managers and directors, entrepreneurs and business owners. It’s co-taught with Barbra Schulte and the…

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Trots Down Hill

…eroding your authority with your horse every time you ride him. Leadership is a very black and white issue to a horse. Either you are…

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Keeping Focused

…for disobedience, and yes, if you allow disobedience it will cause bigger problems for you down the road because it erodes your authority and leadership….

What’s LOVE Got To Do With It?

…so secure that it willingly leaves its bonded herdmate behind, to go anywhere you ask and do your bidding? Is it your benevolent leadership and…

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Becoming The Leader

…forward and take the leadership role with her horse. You riding the horse will not affect the relationship between horse and daughter, as clearly the…

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Extended Trot Instead Of Canter Cue

…charge. The flag will help you get your horse’s attention and if he disagrees with your leadership, it’s possible he could charge you; make sure…

A Devoted Horse

…worships the ground you walk on.   My Herd, My Rules Horses know leadership when they see it; they seek out authority, because it makes…

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Does My Horse Like Me?

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…

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Relationship Fix Series

…horse affection without deteriorating your leadership in your herd of two.   How do you show your horse affection while also maintaining respect? There’s nothing…

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Horse Behavior: Horse’s Instincts

…is frightened and to attribute their behavior to obstinacy. Patience, confidence and leadership go a long way to help a frightened or spooky horse. Allowing…

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Ground-Tied And Respectful

…obedient, focused on you, and trusts your authority and leadership. This kind of rewarding relationship with your horse can only be achieved by investing time…

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Acting Up On The Trail

…a very sweet, easy-to-train horse that has just not had good leadership. ALL horses must learn this very important rule from the youngest possible age:…

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Why Are Horses So Spooky?

…the leadership of another individual, as long as the leader has demonstrated their commitment to controlling and protecting the herd. For a horse to accept…

Begging for Acceptance

…any relationship I want with a horse. I want the horse to recognize my leadership from the very beginning and for him to want to…

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Starting Over With A Fractious Horse

…need to change their ways. With horses, it always boils down to the human stepping up to the plate and showing some leadership—either you are…

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Did You Teach Your Horse to Kick?

…I realize this is a tall order for many riders—to stay calm and focused on the positive outcome, to show confidence and leadership even when…

Apple, the horse starring in this episode.

Unspoken Agreements

…and accept responsibility for your own mistakes. Think through your horse’s behavior, motivations and opinions and address them openly. Horses crave strong leadership and they…

Episode 623 – Rear View

Rear View: Julie Goodnight helps a spoiled horse who has learned to rear so he doesn’t have to work. Groundwork and leadership help his rider…

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Issues From The Ground: Trick Or Treat?

…disengaging his hindquarters. Remember to cue with your body language. Show confidence and leadership with your eyes by looking where you want to go. Keep…

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Burned Out

…and he respects your leadership; otherwise, when you step back or loosen up, he just does whatever he wants. I have written a lot about…

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“Rearing” to Go!

…on riders that lack confidence. Again, a trainer or riding instructor can generally help riders navigate through the disobedience and show more leadership to the…

Episode 618 – Jiggin And Jaggin

Jiggin and Jaggin: Julie Goodnight helps a herd-bound trail horse learns she must behave on the trail and follow her rider’s leadership

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Q&A: Dominant Trail Horse

…on the ground and in the saddle. For an more in depth review of ground work, check out Round Pen Reasoning and Lead Line Leadership