Out with the Old & In with a New Era of Horsemanship

New Episode of Ride On with Julie Goodnight Out Now

SALIDA, Colorado, June 5, 2024Julie Goodnight invites her good friend and assistant trainer, “T” Cody, to discuss the history of horsemanship, the impacts⁠ of the natural horsemanship movement (good and bad), and how recent breakthroughs in the study of horse behavior sparked a new era in horse training in a new 2-part episode of Ride On with Julie Goodnight.

While “Part 1” looks back at the history of horsemanship, and how society’s view of horses significantly changed in the mid 1900s, “Part 2” brings listeners into a new evolution of horse training.

“For the first time since I can remember, research is being done on things like riding horses, training horses, how to do it better, how to do it more humanely, and how horses actually learn,” says Goodnight. “It’s not what we once thought it was. There are a lot of changing narratives around the way we’re training horses.”

By shedding more light on horse behavior and how horses learn, Goodnight points out that we are able to more accurately identify effective training techniques that work within the horse’s cognitive abilities.

“The horse has to be able to understand what you are asking and make sense of it in order for him to learn,” says Goodnight. “More science-based training techniques are being used in horsemanship today, busting old mythology using peer-reviewed research, and global collaboration between universities and academics to further advance our knowledge.”

Goodnight concludes with important guidelines for everyone who works with horses called, “10 First Principles of Horse Training,” by The International Society for Equitation Science.

“As an industry, it’s going to take time to root out the unproductive training methods and illogical ways of thinking that are deeply entrenched in our traditions, but we’re headed in the right direction,” says Goodnight. “I’m really excited about where we are headed now.”

Listen to this episode and subscribe to Ride On with Julie Goodnight at JulieGoodnight.com/Podcast, or on any podcast app.

About Ride On with Julie Goodnight

The 2022 EQUUS Film & Arts Festival “Winnie” Award-winning podcast, Ride On with Julie Goodnight, gives listeners an informed, entertaining perspective on horse training, equestrian sports and having a greater connection with your horse. With over 250,000 downloads and more than 70 episodes to date, the podcast continues to grow in popularity with horse enthusiasts worldwide. Each episode inspires, informs and motivates listeners to achieve new heights in their horsemanship–no matter their level. In the What the Hay? Q&A segment of each episode, Goodnight answers listener-submitted questions with candor, humor and practical advice based on her lifetime of experience with horses.

About Julie Goodnight

Goodnight is the popular host and producer of Horse Master, a successful how-to TV series on handling, riding, and training horses. Goodnight travels extensively sharing her no-nonsense horsemanship with riders of all disciplines. Goodnight is experienced with many kinds of riding—she grew up on the hunter-jumper circuits in Florida and is now at home in the West. She and her husband, Rich Moorhead, live in the mountains near Salida, Colorado, where they enjoy riding the trails and training cow-horses. Explore Goodnight’s training library of articles, videos and more at Academy.JulieGoodnight.com.

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