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 frozen puddles. The crackling sound of breaking ice often catches horses by surprise, putting the rider at risk of being...

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 minutes. However, if it has been improperly taught it can be difficult to correct. I have had three very tough horses to...

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 partnership between horse and rider. Show a horse that has been properly schooled and trained. Memorizing a pattern will...

Taking Mountain Trail To The World Equestrian Games

WORLDWIDE INTEREST IS GROWING by Mark Bolender Riding through rugged mountain trails is something people do every day across the world. You never know what kind of obstacles you and your horse might encounter on the trail; you may have to cross anything from fallen...