76 episodes

In each episode, I’ll share insight on horse training topics like building confidence, setting goals and developing leadership, plus practical advice on a wide range of topics from ground manners to lead changes, horse behavior, riding tips, and more. At the end of every episode, I answer listener-submitted questions in the “What the Hay? Q&A” segment. Listen anytime as you ride or on your drive to the barn. New episodes are released every month!

Ride On with Julie Goodnight Julie Goodnight

    • Sports
    • 4.9 • 189 Ratings

In each episode, I’ll share insight on horse training topics like building confidence, setting goals and developing leadership, plus practical advice on a wide range of topics from ground manners to lead changes, horse behavior, riding tips, and more. At the end of every episode, I answer listener-submitted questions in the “What the Hay? Q&A” segment. Listen anytime as you ride or on your drive to the barn. New episodes are released every month!

    Horse Goals or Bust Step 2: What’s Your Plan of Action?

    Horse Goals or Bust Step 2: What’s Your Plan of Action?

    In this episode, we’re continuing with step #2 of my “Horse Goals or Bust!” series. Last month, we reflected on the past year⁠—what worked, what didn’t, what we wish we did more of, and less of—and we used those revelations to brainstorm new goals for this year. This time, let’s talk about finalizing those goals and how we make a plan to get you where you want to be with your horse, nine months from now! 
     
    I'll share the stories of two longtime students of mine, who jumped onboard the HGOB train with me, and are kind enough to let me share their journey with you. Finally, I’ll share my own personal horsemanship goals for this year, and how I came to the decision to do something I swore I’d never do...
     
    Plus, in What the Hay, Q&A, I’ll answer questions from listeners about a mule that bolted under some crazy circumstances, how to lead a Thoroughbred by some menacing neighbors safely, and when sharing grooming tools can get a bit... well, "hairy."
     
    Show Notes:
    Download Julie's Horse Goals or Bust Goal Setting Sheet: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1XiIke6guNi0nx6YsK4TUM6e61rfuCGjPS6q1qyjhvII/edit?usp=sharing
    Join the #HorseGoalsOrBust Facebook Group: https://facebook.com/groups/horse-goals-or-bust
     
     
    Julie's Event Schedule: https://juliegoodnight.com/events
    Julie's 5#Challenge Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/goodnight-challenge
     
    What the Hay? Q&A Resources:
    Resources to Stop a Bolting Horse: https://signin.juliegoodnight.com/?tag=pulley-rein-resources
    Resources on Despooking and Encouraging Curiosity: https://signin.juliegoodnight.com/?s=spook
     

    • 55 min
    Horse Goals or Bust!

    Horse Goals or Bust!

    I love New Year’s and all that it represents—ushering out the old, ringing in the new. I’m not much of a partier on New Year's Eve, but I AM at a stage of life where each year is precious to me, and making the most of my life takes on greater significance.
    I’ve always been serious about planning my time and making new years resolutions, and this year I’m bringing you on this journey with me!
    Next month, we’re starting a nine month roadmap to help you achieve, accomplish, and soar in your horsemanship. We call it Horse Goals or Bust!
    I’ll help you set meaningful horsemanship goals, how to assess both you and your horse to come up with realistic training and conditioning plans, guide you through planning and logistics, and help you stay on track and meet your goals by next fall.
    In this episode of my podcast, I want to talk to you about dreaming big, scheming hard, and imagining your best horse life. We'll talk about reflecting on the year behind us, how to envision an amazing future, and crafting meaningful goals that will fuel your plan of action.
    Plus, in What the Hay, Q&A, I’ll answer questions from listeners about a green rider on a green horse, a bolting Mustang, and a Standardbred who is over-sensitive to touch.
     
    Show Notes:
    Download Julie's Horse Goals or Bust Goal Setting Sheet: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1XiIke6guNi0nx6YsK4TUM6e61rfuCGjPS6q1qyjhvII/edit?usp=sharing
    Join the #HorseGoalsOrBust Facebook Group: https://facebook.com/groups/horse-goals-or-bust
     
     
    Julie's Dec 2022 Blog Post: https://signin.juliegoodnight.com/articles/free-articles/julies-blog/check-your-rearview
    The book Julie mentioned from her friend, Jeanne Griffiths: Equine Science
    Julie's 5#Challenge Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/goodnight-challenge
    What the Hay? Q&A Resources:
    Julie's blog post on what to expect from professional training: https://signin.juliegoodnight.com/articles/free-articles/julies-blog/what-does-it-mean-to-have-realistic-training-expectations and podcast episode: https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-sdjze-132a0bd
    Resources to stop a Bolting Horse: https://signin.juliegoodnight.com/?tag=pulley-rein-resourcesResources on Despooking and Encouraging Curiosity: https://signin.juliegoodnight.com/?s=spook
    Reward,  Correction and How Horses Learn Article: https://signin.juliegoodnight.com/articles/free-articles/julies-blog/reward-reinforcement-and-punishment
    HandsOn Gloves Finishing Gloves Julie Mentioned: https://shop.juliegoodnight.com/product/handson-finishing-gloves

    • 1 hr 7 min
    Does Your Horse Need Professional Help? (Finding the Right Horse Trainer)

    Does Your Horse Need Professional Help? (Finding the Right Horse Trainer)

    In this episode, we'll talk about professional training for you and your horse. I’ll cover why you might need a trainer and how you should expect to benefit from it. Then, I’ll get deep into the weeds of how to find the right trainer for your horse, what type of trainer you should look for, how to know if you’ve found the right match, and how much in time and money this is going to cost you.
     
    Finally, I’ll share some caveats about  horse training for so-called “problem” horses and how training might disguise a horse’s temperament.
     
    Plus, in the “What the Hay, Q&A” segment at the end of this show, I’ll answer questions from listeners about a cold-backed horse that requires a long warm-up and also a horse that rushes into canter when cued to trot.
     
    Want your question answered in What the Hay? Email podcast@juliegoodnight.com
     
    Show Notes:
    Resources mentioned in this episode to search for trainers in your area:
    AQHA Professional Horseman’s Association: https://www.aqha.com/find-a-trainer1Find Certified Horsemanship Association riding instructors at CHA.horse

    • 1 hr 8 min
    Old Friends, New Adventures & New Horses

    Old Friends, New Adventures & New Horses

    In this episode of my podcast, you’ll meet my dear friend "T" Cody. We’ve worked together off and on for the last 25 years since we first met at a horsemanship clinic at The Home Ranch in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado.
     
    We’ll talk about our fabulous trip to Ireland for two weeks of clinics and riding the Wild Atlantic Coast—the horses we rode, where we rode, what we did, and what we learned about the amazing people and horses in Ireland.
     
    Then I’ll talk with T about her return to horse ownership after a 5-year hiatus, the process she went through to find the right horse, and finally finding her young sport horse, Lio. We’ll talk about her plans for this horse and how to develop his training.
     
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    • 1 hr 7 min
    Right from the Start: Raising Young Horses

    Right from the Start: Raising Young Horses

    In this episode, I’ll talk about raising baby horses to be solid, reliable adults, discuss some do’s and don’ts, and the most common mistakes people make with young horses. I'll also go into what you should and should not do when it comes to training weanlings, foals and yearlings—and why. Finally, I'll share how you can create the ideal environment for young horses, and give them the enrichment they need to start life out on the right hoof.
     
    Plus, in the What the Hay? Q&A segment at the end of the episode, I’ll answer questions straight from listeners about a reactive and temperamental horse, a horse that tries to jump out of the round pen when being worked, appropriate expectations when training an older horse, and how to prepare a horse to carry a parade flag.
     
    To submit your question for "What the Hay? Q&A," email podcast@juliegoodnight.com
     
    Show Notes & Resources:
    Julie's schedule: juliegoodnight.com/events
    Sign up for the my newsletter to get updates from Julie's ranch & more: juliegoodnight.com/news
    Lead Line Leadership Training Video: shop.juliegoodnight.com/product-tag/lead-line-leadership
    Round Pen Reasoning Training Video: shop.juliegoodnight.com/product-tag/round-pen-reasoning
    Resources for Young Horses: signin.juliegoodnight.com/tag/resources-for-young-horses 
    Resources to Calm Your Horse: signin.juliegoodnight.com/tag/resources-to-calm-your-horse
    Julie is a proud sponsor of Cosequin, the joint health supplement she mentions in this episode. Get more information: cosequinequine.com

    • 1 hr 28 min
    For Your Horse: What Every Rider Should Know About Handling Reins

    For Your Horse: What Every Rider Should Know About Handling Reins

    In this episode, I’ll discuss what we mean by saying a rider has "good hands." I'll talk about hand position, feel, common mistakes, what horses hate that riders do, and what riders can do to improve their communication with their horse. 
     
    Plus, in the What the Hay? Q&A segment at the end of this show, I’ll answer questions from listeners about how to teach a horse to neck rein and dealing with emotional horses.
     
    Want your question answered in What the Hay? Email podcast@juliegoodnight.com

    • 1 hr 17 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
189 Ratings

189 Ratings

Kendle 12 ,

Great Podcast for all Disciplines

I love this podcast, because Julie’s approach is straightforward, calm, and can be applied to every discipline. I love how she goes so in-depth into every topic, and I’ve even been able to apply some of the principles to my life outside of the horse world. Thank you, Julie!

2yeehaa ,

Julie Goodnight is an inspiration

I listen to all her podcasts and look forward to every new installment. I often repeat an episode to cement concepts she shares. No matter what your discipline she adds to my partnership with my horse. Great listening while doing barn chores especially manure!

jcandboys ,

WOW!!

Such a wonderful podcast! Very informational and confidence building.

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