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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, Secret Powers Are Within You
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Canter Hacks | 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, through training. Rarely do you
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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 flying lead changes, to
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1016: Give A Little

Julie Goodnight helps a horse learn to maintain his collection and hold a frame— without constant pressure from the reins.
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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 how to cue the horse and
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Episode 918: “Battle of the Bulge”

Julie Goodnight helps a youth rider perform with collection.
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Equine Author Announces 2015 Book Tour

by Sharon Miner | Mar 24, 2015 | Sharon Miner, the author of the Beloved Horses series, will be traveling from her home in Tampa to the Mid-Atlantic region in early May for her 2015
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Episode 819 – Collection Agency

Julie Goodnight helps an English rider work toward collection for showing.
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Episode 819 – Collection Agency – Behind The Scenes

Julie Goodnight helps an English rider work toward collection for showing. Bonus footage not seen on TV.
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Episode 805 – Pleasure Perfect

Julie Goodnight and Dale Myler talk about collection and bits for advanced Western shows.
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Episode 805 – Pleasure Perfect – Behind The Scenes

Julie Goodnight and Dale Myler talk about collection and bits for advanced Western Shows.
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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? Puzzled Answer: Dear Puzzled, This
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Bitting System

Using The Goodnight Bitting System The self-correcting bitting system I use is often called an elbow pull and it is a long harness leather cord with snaps on each end. To use the bitting tool,
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Teaching Young Horse Collection

Ask Julie Goodnight: How do I teach my young horse to collect? Dear Julie, Firstly, let me tell you that I appreciate very much your website and information! Thank you! My question is: I have
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Head Down Cue

Check Your Horse’s Mouth and the Bit When you are having problems with a horse raising his head, the first thing to check is his mouth. Have your veterinarian examine his mouth to make sure
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Canter Cue

Does Your Horse Fear the Canter Cue? At my clinics and during the TV show shoots, I often see horses that are fearful of the canter cue. Many riders are a little intimidated by the
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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 fun to ride. The episode
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Teaching Green Horse Collection

Question: I have a green horse that frequently trips with hind feet as he does not have proper headset or collection. How do you go about helping a green horse become balanced and collected with
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Bending, Riding Skills

Bending Question Category: Riding Skills Question: I rode the “easy going, chubby” dun in your clinic at Double K Stables in Somerset PA in August. I came away with so much good information that was
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Riding Skills: Training Advanced Maneuvers For Cowhorse

Question Category: Riding Skills Question: Hello, I have a 5 year old Paint. I’ve kept everything easy, slow and clear. He has turned out to be a great cow working horse. Now how do I
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Riding Skills: Riding With Direct Contact

Question Category: Riding Skills Question: Dear Julie, I have ridden western for the last 20 years, and have trained my horses based on the resistance free method or Natural Horsemanship as it is most commonly
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Riding Skills: Is Contact Required For Collection?

Question Category: Riding Skills Question: Julie, I saw your clinic at the horse Expo in Illinois a couple of years ago and am completely impressed with both the your clinic and the down to earth
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Riding Skills: Collection

Question Category: Riding Skills Question: Julie: I’ve been riding horses approximately 40 years and yet find myself doubting my riding abilities. I do, however, still trust my instincts. I currently am riding a wonderful 10yr
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Riding Skills: Bending

Question Category: Riding Skills Question: I rode the “easy going, chubby” dun in your clinic at Double K Stables in Somerset PA in August. I came away with so much good information that was so
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Issues From The Saddle: How Much Does Conformation Have To Do With Movement

Question Category: Issues from the Saddle Question: Hi, I have a 5 year old QH gelding that is tall and not very muscular. He has a long back and legs and I wonder if that
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Issues From The Saddle: Help A Green Horse Become Balanced And Collected?

Question: First – I attended your clinics at Equine Affaire in Mass. I have to say, at such events, I have seen many well-respected clinicians and trainers, but no one has ever come close to
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Issues From The Saddle: Do I Need Spurs?

Question Category: Issues from the Saddle Question: Dear Julie, I’ve seen your show on RFD-TV about how to lower your horse’s head. In the episode you mentioned something about spurs, how to use the spurs
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Issues From The Saddle: Achieving Collection From A Young Horse

Question Category: Issues from the Saddle Question: Dear Julie, Firstly, let me tell you that I appreciate very much your website and information! Thank you! My question is: I have a 3 yr old gelding
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Issues From The Ground: Overwhelming Your Horse

Question Category: Issues from the Ground Question: I was hoping that I could pick your brain on something… I’ve been thinking a lot about this problem, since I didn’t find that our instructor found the
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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? Puzzled Answer: Dear Puzzled, This
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Cantering Help: Fast And Rough Canter Departures

Question: Julie, I have a question that I am hoping you can help me with. My gelding canters on the lunge line with no problem. However, when I am riding, it is difficult to make
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Episode 519 — Get The Low Down

“Get the Low Down” A young rider learns to ride with collection; dressage.
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Episode 523 — Framed For Success

“Framed for Success” A dressage rider learns about collection
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Riding a Young Horse; Advancing Training Skills

I’m so proud of my young horse, Eddies Pick, a 3 y/o AQHA gelding from the famed 6666 Ranch, by their World Champion stallion, Sixes Pick. I bought Eddie back in April from the Legends
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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 want to canter but dread
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Lateral Flexion: Too Much Of A Good Thing

…Can be a bad thing. Take for instance garlic. It is my favorite ingredient—I am likely to order an entrée at a restaurant based solely on this one ingredient. I put it in almost everything
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