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...