Look out! Another opinion coming your way!
I guess I'm from the crowd of NEVER EVER yank on a horse's mouth. I didn't see that episode that Mom2Pride must of seen....but I did go to Youtube and saw one of her videos where I was so disgusted I wrote to her directly asking her (in a nice and polite way) why she did what she did....
She was gracious enough to answer me back, very quickly, I might ad.
And I was still left with a knot in my gut about what she was doing to teach a horse that bolted to stop....it consisted of yanking the horse in the mouth and hollowing out the back by pulling the rein UP with one rein....I personally reject that "method" because of the real one rein stop, which has proven time and again to be a way to teach a horse to stop via the hip = bending = softening = work off the hind quarters....instant stop.....there's no yanking or hollow back or high headedness.....stuff that I want to steer away from and never would teach someone to do regardless.....
Sorry, but just because someone has a tv show and has done all that she's done...doesn't mean she's right. There's a big name trainer here who has his own RFDtv show....yet, I'm fixing a horse that he gave up on, because according to him...the horse is a bully, can't learn, is neurological and he's like riding a mac-truck. Um. Yeah. The first day I worked with that horse, I found out half the problem....his neck was "out!" .... if that trainer had bothered to just pay closer attention, he'd of told the owner to get a chiropractor, and then he'd of been able to "break through" ....but he didn't. But he's trained lots of horses and has a tv show and makes loads of $$$.
I'm not slamming him. I'm just saying....just because the name is well known, doesn't mean the trainer is right no matter what. He's human. He messes up.
Back to Julie Goodnight,....I have watched some of her shows (when I had RFDtv....but Directv has stopped that habit! **** them)...... and although I cringe at the "horsemaster" title and the cheesy music (sorry, too girly foo foo for me)...... I did like some of her ideas but I wouldn't bet the farm on her entirely, either. She's human and she makes mistakes.