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 necessity in order to effectively train it. The reality is I want to change the horse’s natural instinct, reaction, and...

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 can’t tell you how many mistakes I have made in training, and how many mistakes I have observed being made, that the horse...

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 trail. With the International Mountain Trail Challenge Association (IMTCA), it has become a discipline that shows off the...

Tricks Of The Turnaround Box

LEARN HOW TO BUILD AND TRAIN THIS CHALLENGING OBSTACLE by Mark Bolender More and more trail challenges include a small 42 inch box that requires the horse to step up onto it and turn around. When you see an experienced horse negotiate the obstacle it looks very...

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 rider. I commonly hear this: “I don’t understand why my horse will not trust me more and just do it.” Often their horse is...

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 of small rolling logs that move. This obstacle is a result of a real trail situation where I was riding near Mount St....

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 washout. In order to continue on without a lengthy back track, I needed to get my horse to jump up onto a trail located...