Choose from Julie Goodnight’s whole catalog of training DVDs.
From the Ground Up Series:
Round Pen Reasoning
Join Julie Goodnight in the first of the From the Ground Up series. Here, she guides horses through the round-penning process—to establish the foundations of respect and communication with young horses and older mounts. You’ll see a variety of horses transform from indifferent and unresponsive to focused and respectful. With easy, step-by-step exercises , you’ll learn the body movements and communication techniques that send clear signals to your horse. You’ll learn to control your horse’s direction and speed, teach him inside and outside turns and to respond to subtle hand signals. You’ll also learn to use tools—such as Julie’s training flag and stick—to extend your cues and guide your horse from afar. In a short time, your horse will be hooked on to you, focused and following, ready and willing to work with you in a safe and respectful manner.
Lead Line Leadership
Establish your authority, refine your communication and be the ultimate leader your horse deserves. This is the way to partnership. Julie Goodnight leads you through step-by-step exercises with leadership tips and techniques. All demonstrated with different breeds and types of horses. Your horse will learn to focus on you—looking to you for advice and direction. Develop great ground manners—so your horse stands quietly, leads politely, respects your space and looks up to you with admiration and respect.
When used correctly, a bit helps you communicate clear cues to your horse and achieve high-level maneuvers. Follow Goodnight’s step-by-step directions to introduce a bit to a young horse or to help an older horse learn not to evade a bit. If your horse carries his head too high, hangs on the bit or arches his neck too much, Goodnight’s bitting solutions will help you start over with kindness. Goodnight’s unique bitting system teaches horses to carry themselves in a collected position— and helps them find a release with every step. Watch Goodnight work with a young filly and a 13-year-old gelding who always carried his head high. The two horses show you what it takes to teach a horse to give to bit pressure from the start and how to rehab a horse with a traumatic past. Learn about how bits work and how you can teach your horse to relax , focus and build the muscles needed for collection.
Ready to Ride
Join Julie Goodnight in the fourth edition of her “From the Ground Up” series. Now, it’s time to ride! Building on the lessons learned from the Round Pen Reasoning, Lead Line Leadership and Bit Basics videos, you and your horse will continue kind training techniques and prepare for your first ride. Your horse must know all the previous steps before beginning the Ready to Ride process.Though others may call the process “breaking,” Goodnight prefers a softer approach built on trust and knowing the stages your horse must work through. You’ll learn to “start” your horse without breaking his spirit. Instead, you’ll calmly introduce the saddle, teach your horse to accept your foot in the stirrup, trust that your horse will accept the rider’s weight, then begin to teach cues from the saddle. Start a relationship that will last a lifetime.
Goodnight’s Principles of Riding Series:
Balance & Rhythm
The first video in the Goodnight Principles of Riding series, Balance and Rhythm shows you how to be centered and move fluidly with your horse. Learn the elements of proper position and balance in the saddle, for both English and Western riders—appeals to all levels and ages of riders and gives you instant results. Goodnight’s style is easy to understand and blends natural horsemanship techniques with the principles of classical riding to give you a thorough understanding of good balance in the saddle and how to fix common riding errors. Be a balanced, fluid rider and feel confident in the saddle.
Communication & Control
The second in the Goodnight Principles of Riding Series, Communication and Control, shows you how to cue your horse clearly, having control with a light touch. Learn to use your natural aids to give clear, consistent signals and to control your horse’s speed and direction with almost invisible aids. For both English and Western riders—appeals to all levels and ages and gives you instant results. Goodnight’s style is easy to understand and blends natural horsemanship techniques with classical riding principles. You’ll have a thorough understanding of communication and control under saddle. Ride with lightness, maximum control and with less reliance on the reins.
In the third installment of her Goodnight’s Principles of Riding series, Julie Goodnight leads riders—those riding English and Western—through fun exercises taught on the ground, while mounted standing still, then gradually perfected at the walk, trot and later, the canter. No matter what your riding ability, you’ll find Julie’s advice practical and her lessons engaging—keeping you active as you test your coordination, gain rhythm and enjoy learning with your equine and equestrian friends. We never reach a level of riding where we no longer have to work on equitation– the art of riding. These exercises are specially designed to improve your balance, rhythm, control and confidence on the horse. No matter what your level of riding, you can challenge your skills and have fun too!
Refinement & Collection
In volumes 1-4 of Goodnight’s Principles of Riding you developed your feel, cues, rhythm and balance—and helped to teach your horse how to respond. Now it’s time to refine your position and cues and to become an elite, refined rider. Julie clearly demonstrates how to ride while conducting your horse’s every step. You’ll learn how to engage your horse’s mind and body as you apply subtle-yet-effective leg and rein cues. Your precise riding will help you collect your horse into a perfect position. Better yet, you’ll create the perfect synchronicity and partnership with your horse. The techniques work for English and Western riders. The better the rider can use the natural aids, the better the horse can comply and perform. Understanding how to apply your aids with precision and how and why the horse responds will allow you to have complete control over every movement your horse makes, with light and subtle signals.
Speak the Language: Horse Behavior
Delve into the horse’s Natural Behavior…
- Explore your horse’s Instinctive Behaviors
- Discover the horse’s unique Sensory Perception
- Recognize Communicative Behaviors
- Understand Herd Dynamics and how to interact
- Learn to think like a horse and know how he learns
Julie Goodnight guides you through the unique characteristics of a horse’s natural behavior, so you are safer, more effective and can better relate to the needs of your horse.
Trailering horses is a big undertaking—lots can go wrong! In this training video, I guide you through every step—from hitching up to loading. This videos gives horse owners the knowledge needed to be safe and confident on the road. After hauling horses for many decades in all kinds of situations, I’ve learned a lot. Learn from a wealth of experience and make trailering as stress-free as possible. I’ll guide you through learning to select, drive and back a horse trailer. If you have loading or unloading issues with your horse, or just want to learn the right way from the start, I’ll show you effective training techniques. You’ll soon have your horse walking in and backing out with ease.
For this video, I put together 5 episodes of Horse Master—packed with training and advice for the most common issues that come up on the trail. Find out what to ask to avoid common purchase mistakes when looking for your perfect trail horse, teach your horse to load into the trailer without a fight, find out a training technique I teach will help your horse to stand still when you mount, solve “barn sour” and “herd bound” behaviors, and introduce your horse techniques to introduce your horse to water crossings or any trail obstacle.
Raised with Manners
You only have one chance to raise your young horse right. You want him to be mannerly, respectful and safe to handle. With these five lessons from Horse Master, you’ll learn techniques from halter training the foal to dealing with fractious adolescents. I’ll show a Friesian breeder how to train a two-month-old filly to lead and have manners in preparation for her breed inspection. Then, I help the new owner of a 2-year-old Arab filly who has very little handling and is pushy, headstrong and unsafe. She’ll learn boundaries, manners and respect. I’ll show you how to teach your young horse to longe without throwing a fit and to listen to you without pulling on the lead or trying to get away. Your work will prepare your horse for under-saddle training. Finally, I’ll teach a youngster to accept the saddle or any new stimulus with my advance and retreat lessons.
Troubleshooting Behavior Issues
Master common equine vices & teach your horse to be a respectful citizen with this compilation of Horse Master episodes taped around the country. Help your “cinchy” horse learn to be calm during the saddling process, teach your horse to approach any trail object or obstacle without defiance, find out how to catch your horse without a chase, solve your horse’s “gate sour” issues, and teach your horse to accept oral medications and to allow his mouth to be handled without a fight.