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Desensitizing Lesson with Truth

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Managing Fearful Behavior in Horses

My young horse, Pepperoni, was just a tender 2-year-old with about 30 days undersaddle when I first ventured outside the arena with him. On that day, my number one goal was to make sure he
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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, my father climbed all over
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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 an average dish or an
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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 test of his skills and
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Have You Ever Been Kicked?

Have You Ever Been Kicked? Dear Julie: This may be a very odd question, but I was curious how many times have you been kicked or caught in the crossfire in your training career? I’ve
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Cinching Up Just Enough – Julie Goodnight Q & A

Q: How tight should I tighten my horse’s cinch—and what is the right process. I don’t want to hurt my horse and I want to make sure he never becomes cinchy. –Pam Friend, via e-mail
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Episode 909 – Afraid of Your Shadow

Julie Goodnight teaches a spooky horse to investigate what he’s afraid of.
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De-Spooking Shadow/ Update on Episode 909

The Key to De-Spooking Shadow     Desensitizing had failed. Could a new approach help this gelding—on camera, no less? By Annette Nole Hall Our beautiful, kid-broke Tennessee Walking Horse is a spook. His name is Shadow and
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Avoid An On-Trail Spook

Your horse sees objects far away much better than those nearby. As a prey animal, he’s programmed to scan the horizon, searching for predators. His brain is also trained to react to quick movements, such
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Head Shy

Make progress with an “advance and retreat” approach to your head shy horse. http://americashorsedaily.com/head-shy/#.VGaM-010xet  
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How To Settle Your Cinchy Horse

Is your trail horse cinchy? That is, does he act up when you saddle him, even before you reach for the cinch or girth? (Generally the term “cinch” is used for a Western saddle and
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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 of the exact type) during riding classes. He’s often very
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Bridling And Un-Bridling

Horse Master How To “Heads Up” Teaching a horse to lower his head and accept the bit and bridle By Julie Goodnight In the Horse Master episode we named “Heads Up,” I help a horse
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Trailering Issues

During the episode of Horse Master that we nicknamed, “Loaded Up,” I helped Laura Barnhart of Tuscon, Arizona teach her horse to walk onto the trailer instead of throwing a fit, rearing and bolting when
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Why Are Horses So Spooky?

Question: Why are horses so spooky? Answer: Before we can ever hope to understand, let alone control the movement of a horse, it is important to know the various behaviors that motivate a horse to
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Advance And Retreat

While shooting a Horse Master episode on Martha’s Vineyard in Massachusetts I was introduced to a woman, Vickie Thurber, who had an accident with her young pinto eventing horse and wanted help introducing “Poco” to
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My Horse Spooks And Lacks Focus

Dear Julie, I have a 10-year-old horse that was born on my farm. From day one has been an ADD/spooky horse. He has been a challenge! Although we have made progress, it seems like I’m
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My Horse Spooks At Traffic

Dear Julie, I rescued a Standardbred mare two years ago. She was badly abused by her previous owner and has shown some residual signs of fear. The problem that I now have with her is
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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 spooking. Horses are hardwired to flee in response to fear.
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“Despook” Your Horse

Whether you’re riding on the trail, at a show, or in your own arena, you’ll likely encounter any number of obstacles and scary objects. Can you count on your horse to quietly and willingly approach
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Horse Afraid of Mounting Block

What To Do With a Horse Afraid of His Rider Question: Hello Julie, I have a 4 year old registered paint gelding, Zippo Pine Bar bred, tall and gorgeous that I have had for just
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Riding Skills: How Do I Get A Secure Seat To Ride Out Spooks?

Question Category: Riding Skills Question: Dear Julie, Last night I watched your TV show on introducing the horse to the surf. It was very informative but the thing that impressed me the most was how
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Issues From The Saddle: Starting A Horse Under Saddle

Question Category: Issues from the Saddle Question: Julie Goodnight, Thank you for answering my request. My colt is 3 years, he was born in my arms, he is an Arabian. I have been working with
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Issues From The Saddle: Spooky Horse

Question Category: Issues from the Saddle Question: Hi Julie! I usually ride some type of warmblooded horse (not exactly sure of the exact type) during riding classes. He’s often very nervous about a certain corner
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Issues From The Saddle: How To Relax A Spooky Horse

Question Category: Issues from the Saddle Question: Dear Julie, I have broken my arm from the fall. We have snow on the ground and I didn’t want my horse {a forward horse} to run home.
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Issues From The Saddle: How To Deal With A Spooky Horse

Question Category: Issues from the Saddle Question: Hello Julie, I was glad to see you are doing a clinic in my area in NH. I have a 10 year old who was born on my
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Issues From The Saddle: Desensitizing Your Horse To The Girth Or Cinch

Question Category: Issues from the Saddle Question: Julie, I hope you can help me with my horse. He is a 15 y/o gelding, I ride him hunt seat. He gets very irritated when I girth
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Issues From The Saddle: Desensitizing To Speeding Vehicles/Cars

Question Category: Issues from the Saddle Question: Dear Julie, I thoroughly enjoy your newsletters and look forward to receiving them! I’m also really looking forward to seeing you in West Springfield, MA at the Equine
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Issues From The Ground: Head Shy In Stall

Question Category: Issues from the Ground Question: I have been noodling this problem through for a long time but I don’t really know how to help my horse further. My big gray QH (“Saul”) and
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Issues From The Ground: Difficult To Bridle

Question Category: Issues from the Ground Question: Our horse, a 12-year-old quarter horse, has started a bad habit. Recently we had our vet float his teeth and since then he fights taking the bit. He
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Issues From The Ground: Desensitizing To Touch In Sensitive Areas

Question Category: Issues from the Ground Question: Hello Julie, I recently purchased a 13 yr QH mare about six months ago. I had been riding her for about eight months with an additional two-month lease.
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Issues From The Ground: Clipping Ears

Question Category: Issues from the Ground Question: Hi, I have a yearling colt. I can clip all of him. But he will not let me clip his ears. I looked in your library and didn’t
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Issues From The Ground: Advance And Retreat Techniques For Desensitizing

Question Category: Issues from the Ground Question: Desensitizing a Horse to Scary Stimuli Answer: These days, with military actions and war consistently in the headlines, thoughts of aggression and war are far too close at
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Building A Better Relationship: Will Groundwork Help My Spooky Horse?

Question Category: Building a Better Relationship Question: Hi Julie, I have a gorgeous 6 yr old Irish sport horse gelding Bernie. I purchased him from a personal friend’s eventing farm almost 2 yrs ago. He
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Episode 422 – Fear Not

Fear Not: Desensitizing to scary objects while riding
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Episode 314 – Attention Please

Attention Please: Julie Goodnight helps a rider take charge, learn leg cues and avoid spooks
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Episode 309 – Don’t Cinch Me In

Don’t Cinch Me In: Julie Goodnight helps a horse accept the girth without spooking
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Episode 209 – Saddle Up

Saddle Up: Julie Goodnight introduces a saddle to a young, fearful horse
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Episode 201 – Wave Runner

Wave Runner: Julie Goodnight introduces a fearful horse to the surf
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Horse is Terrified of Being Mounted

Hello Julie, I have a 4 yr old registered paint gelding, Zippo Pine Bar bred, tall and gorgeous that I have had for just over a year!!! But, he is terrified of being mounted. I
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Why One Rein Is Better Than Two

This is the heart of clinic season for me and I have been on the road almost every weekend—WA,CA, OH, CO, MA. They were all great clinics with interesting people and horses. This weekend I
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Desensitizing A Horse To Clippers

Tip for Clippers There are many stimuli that can cause a horse to be anxious and fearful about the clippers—the sound, the smell, the vibration, even the cord laying on the ground like a snake.
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Desensitizing

Good Day! Recently  on Horse Master is an episode filmed in LA about a driving pony who was deathly afraid of anything plastic—bags, tarps and the like. Her owner, a very competent horsewoman who I
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Episode 108 – Time For Fears

Time For Fears: Julie Goodnight calms a driving pony’s longtime fear of plastic
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Episode 101 – Trail Tribulations

Trail Tribulations: Julie Goodnight helps a trail rider desensitize her spooky horse
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