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Breaking Ice On The Trail

PREPARE YOUR HORSE TO CROSS FROZEN PUDDLES by Mark Bolender When trail riding in the winter, early spring, and/or late fall, you can expect to find...

Teeter-Totter Demons

HELPING THE FEARFUL HORSE by Mark Bolender Mastering the teeter-totter is, for the most part, a simple task for the horse and will only take a few...

Master Your Mountain Trail Pattern

PROPER PREPARATION NECESSARY FOR SUCCESS by Mark Bolender The most important thing a judge should see when you run a Mountain Trail pattern is a...

Mastering The Ladder

CAREFUL TRAINING LEADS TO A BOLD, CONFIDENT HORSE by Mark Bolender Riding a horse through rugged mountain trails is something many people do on a...

Maintaining Mountain Trail Obstacles

KEEP YOUR OBSTACLES SAFE WITH SPRING MAINTENANCE by Mark Bolender Spring is here and the mountain trail obstacles are being put to use again. Now is...

Mountain Trail And The Senior Horse

Age Shines on the Obstacle Course by Mark Bolender The discipline of mountain trail goes quite naturally with an aged horse. While an older horse...

9 Basic Skills For Mountain Trail

Master these Basic Skills to Improve Safety and Scores by Mark Bolender To improve their mountain trail scores it’s important to master nine basic...

Building Your Horse’s Mind

Why Obstacle Training is Good for Every Horse by Mark Bolender Your horse’s mind is an amazing place, but understanding the basics is an absolute...

The Most Forgiving Creature

HOW HORSES TEACH US TO BE BETTER LEADERS by Mark Bolender It never ceases to amaze me how consistently the horse remains a forgiving creature. I...

Mastering The Rolling Bridge

TEACH YOUR HORSE FOCUS WITH THIS OBSTACLE CHALLENGE Mountain trail is based on real life situations found working on the ranch or navigating a...

Mastering The Raised Back-Through

GAIN SUCCESS NAVIGATING A FRUSTRATING OBSTACLE by Mark Bolender The raised back-through can often be a frustrating experience for the horse and...

Mastering The Scramble

TRAIN YOUR HORSE TO CALMLY NEGOTIATE ROLLING LOGS by Mark Bolender A scramble is an obstacle designed to teach the horse how to walk through a set...

Jumping On The Trail

BEGIN ON THE GROUND TO SAFELY JUMP FROM THE SADDLE by Mark Bolender Recently, while riding near Mount St. Helens in WA State, the trail came up to a...