66 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

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    • 4.8 • 213 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!

    A New Era of Horsemanship: Part 1

    A New Era of Horsemanship: Part 1

    Today I'll be talking with my good friend and assistant trainer, “T” Cody, about the new revolution in horsemanship that's currently taking place. We'll take a glance back at the history of horsemanship, and how the recreational horse flourished in the mid 1900s. Then we’ll talk about the impacts⁠—both good and bad⁠—that natural horsemanship has had, and what we have to look forward to now.
     
    In my new segment. Long Story Short, I'll tell you about the riding instructors who had an early influence on my riding career. And in What the Hay? Q&A, I'll answer your questions about a 9-year-old horse with sudden trailer anxiety, the mechanics of treeless saddles, and keeping horses barefoot year-round when you trail ride in the Rocky Mountains.

    • 1 hr 35 min
    Too Cold to Ride? Focus On Rider Health & Well-Being

    Too Cold to Ride? Focus On Rider Health & Well-Being

    On this episode, I’m excited to have a very special guest on the show⁠—equestrian fitness and wellness coach, Ifa Simmonds! We'll talk about fitness specific to riders, the importance of your overall well-being,confidence, and how to kickstart your personal fitness journey. Plus, Ifa will share his advice for what we can do—starting RIGHT NOW, in the off-season—to prepare to meet your riding goals this year.
    I'll also be sharing one of my many stories from the early days of my horse training career in my brand my new segment, "Long Story Short." This time, I'll tell you a story about a huge turning point for me at a clinic I was teaching decades ago. It was so impactful (a lightbulb moment so-to-speak) that it opened a huge door for furthering my understanding of horse behavior, and more importantly, the interaction between horses and their riders.
    And in my “What the Hay? Q&A” at the end of the episode, I’ll answer questions from listeners about coming back to horse sports after a 10-year break, a rider who’s polluting her mind with negative thoughts, and whether or not you should post on a gaited horse.
    Want your question answered in What the Hay? Email podcast@juliegoodnight.com
     
    Show Notes & Resources Mentioned in This Episode:
    Find More About Ifa Simmonds:
    Ifa's Website, Equestrian Fitness Academy (EFA) & EFA Ultimate ifafit.com
    Instagram: @ifa.fit
    Facebook: Ifa Simmonds & IFA FIT Equestrian
     
    Julie’s upcoming events: Juliegoodnight.com/events
    Online coaching, memberships, and short courses: JulieGoodnight.com/join
    Go to Juliegoodnight.com/news to sign up for Julie’s newsletter

    • 1 hr 28 min
    Unwelcome Distractions: When Your Horse Pays Attention to Everything (Except You)

    Unwelcome Distractions: When Your Horse Pays Attention to Everything (Except You)

    In this episode, I'll talk about teaching a horse to calm down and focus. I teach horses within just a few minutes of training not to look around excessively, and (you've probably heard this a lot!) to “focus on me or focus on nothing.” But why is this important? What's the big deal with letting your horse look around?
     
    Horses that are looking excessively are either frantically searching for something to be afraid of, or they are looking for the exit—and have no intention of staying here with you. I'll go over two simple ground manners to teach your horse that will help keep you safe (especially when things go sideways), and can help an anxious or spooky horse become calm and able to focus on me.
     
    But before we get to all of that, I’m excited to officially introduce a brand new segment to the podcast called "Long Story Short." I'll kick off each episode by telling you one of my many stories from the early days of my horse training career. Some funny or amusing, others with touches of excitement or inspiration—all have hard-won lessons everyone can benefit from.
     
    And in the “What the Hay? Q&A” segment, I’ll answer questions from listeners about about etiquette for correcting bad behavior in someone else’s horse, if horses move into pressure or away from pressure, and about restarting an older horse.
    Want your question answered in What the Hay? Email podcast@juliegoodnight.com

    • 1 hr 24 min
    What Causes a Horse to Shut Down?

    What Causes a Horse to Shut Down?

    What causes a 3-year-old colt to freeze under the slightest amount of pressure? I've invited renowned equine behaviorist, Dr. Kate Fenner, to talk about what can cause a horse to "shut down" (and how it's more common than you might think!). We'll also talk about how to help the horse recover, prevention, and what her research has revealed to help improve training methods for horses.
     
    But first... I have an exciting surprise announcement that's happening right now at my ranch—and believe me when I say that no one was more surprised than me!
     
    And in the “What the Hay? Q&A” segment, my friend and assistant trainer, T. Cody, joins me to ask a question about a horse recently that left his rider in the dirt. Plus, I’ll answer a question from a rider whose horse unexpectedly lays down and rolls—with her in the saddle!
     
    Want your question answered in What the Hay? Email podcast@juliegoodnight.com
     
    Show Notes & Resources Mentioned in This Episode:
    ·· There are a few spots left in my Horsemanship Immersion clinic at C Lazy U Ranch in Granby, CO! Get more info here: https://www.clazyu.com/special-event/julie-goodnights-horsemanship-immersion
    ·· Certified Horsemanship Association International Conference: https://cha.horse/international-conference
    ·· Equine Affaire, Massachusetts: https://equineaffaire.com/events/massachusetts
     
    Resources Mentioned in the Episode:
    ·· Dr. Fenner’s Website, Kandoo Equine & her free 30 day video training series: https://www.kandooequine.com·· E-BarQ - Citizen science project: https://e-barq.com·· Shutdown Resources: https://signin.juliegoodnight.com/tag/when-horses-shut-down

    • 1 hr 21 min
    Yay or Neigh: Should You Let Someone Else Ride Your Horse?

    Yay or Neigh: Should You Let Someone Else Ride Your Horse?

    In this episode, I’m going to help you answer the question, “Should you let someone else ride your horse?” I’ll tell you a story from early on in my horse training career that is, to this day, one of the most powerful lessons I’ve ever learned. Then we’ll dive into some pros and cons, the value of having different people ride a horse, and the benefits for a rider to get on different horses. I’ll also share my advice for what to consider before you decide, and your responsibilities when you let someone ride your horse. There’s a lot to think about!
     
    And in the “What the Hay? Q&A” segment, I’ll answer questions from listeners about how to find the right saddle fit for a saddle-phobic horse, and a horse owner who wants to take off and travel the world⁠—without losing the years of hard work he’s done with his horse.
     
    Want your question answered in What the Hay? Email podcast@juliegoodnight.com
     
    Show Notes & Resources Mentioned in This Episode:
    ·· The new brushes I just tried out (They’ve got Annie’s seal of approval!): https://shop.juliegoodnight.com/product-tag/julies-favorite-brushes
    ·· Join my 5-lb Challenge Facebook Group here: https://facebook.com/groups/goodnightchallenge
     
    Events Coming Up:
    ·· There are a few spots left in my Horsemanship Immersion clinic at C Lazy U Ranch in Granby, CO! Get more info here: https://www.clazyu.com/special-event/julie-goodnights-horsemanship-immersion
    ·· Certified Horsemanship Association International Conference: https://cha.horse/international-conference
    ·· Equine Affaire, Massachusetts: https://equineaffaire.com/events/massachusetts
     
    Resources Mentioned in the Episode:
    ·· Resources for “Cinchy” Horses: https://signin.juliegoodnight.com/tag/cinchy
    ·· Resources for Desensitizing/Advance & Retreat: https://signin.juliegoodnight.com/tag/advance-retreat

    • 1 hr 5 min
    Horse Goals Or Bust Step 8: Manage Anxiety & Perform at Your Best

    Horse Goals Or Bust Step 8: Manage Anxiety & Perform at Your Best

    Last month, I shared five important tips for you to get the most from your horse and help you feel more prepared to achieve your horsemanship goals.
     
    This month,  let’s talk about strategies to manage anxiety, in both horse & rider, how to boost your confidence & perform at your best on the day of your event⁠—whatever that is. I’ll also share some specific tools and exercises that you can do with your horse to stay focused and calm, perform at your best, and how to get back on track when things go wrong.
     
    Want your question answered in What the Hay? Email podcast@juliegoodnight.com
     
    Show Notes & Resources Mentioned in This Episode:
    Get everything you need—podcast episodes, blog posts, worksheets and supportive communities—to start your own Horse Goals or Bust! journey: JulieGoodnight.com/horsegoals
    Follow Annie's Story: JulieGoodnight.com/horsereport
    Julie’s upcoming events: Juliegoodnight.com/events
    Online coaching, memberships, and short courses: JulieGoodnight.com/join
    Go to Juliegoodnight.com/news to sign up for Julie’s newsletter

    • 1 hr 13 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
213 Ratings

213 Ratings

Robbie Michele ,

Great podcast

I really enjoy this podcast, Julie has so much experience working with horses and I always learn from her. She is down to earth and shares her horse training wisdom in a way that is easy to understand and simple to apply when I’m working with my own horses. Thank you Julie 😊

Jthurber ,

The Riding Tool Box I Need

"For me, a period of self doubt is always followed by some more of positive affirmation..."

I love Julie's podcast! She has really helped me grow in both my riding confidence and competence.

Chrisc1105 ,

Practical, concrete and helpful

Julie’s podcast has been incredibly helpful to me. She is practical and down-to-earth. Her advice can be taken straight out to the barn and used to make an immediate difference. Her philosophy is that clear, consistent boundaries and leadership will make you safer and more successful and make your horse more relaxed and happy. I was lucky enough to attend a clinic she held. She is just as happy to help a beginner with the basics, or someone who has had an accident and is struggling with fear, as she is to work at a high level with advanced riders. With the basics, you know she has taught these same skills thousands of time, but she is incredibly patient and willing to help anyone who really wants to learn. If you have a horse and want to improve your leadership, your horse’s manners, your ground work, your riding, your horse’s work ethic, and be safer and happier and have a happier, more confident horse, I recommend this podcast as well as Julie’s zillions of hours of videos on her website!

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