Mountain Trail – More About This Exciting New Discipline

FUN FOR PARTICIPANTS AND SPECTATORS by Mark Bolender It’s exciting to see mountain trail growing around the world. What a year it has been! We now have seven nations involved and four of those countries are holding certified IMTCA (International Mountain Trail...

Mountain Trail – An Exciting New Discipline

FUN FOR PARTICIPANTS AND SPECTATORS by Mark Bolender The new discipline of Mountain Trail is in exciting times. For the past six years Mountain Trail courses have been built across the globe. An association known as International Mountain Trail Challenge (IMTCA) has...

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 daily basis, especially in the western United States. It’s anybody’s guess what sort of obstacles you and your horse might...

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 the time to check all the obstacles for safety and needed repairs. When obstacles are used on a daily basis one does...

Mountain Trail: The Italian Connection

THE VERONA HORSE EXPO AND EXPLOSIVE GROWTH OF THE SPORT IN ITALY by Mark Bolender In 2013 we had our first guest from Italy travel to Bolender Horse Park to evaluate and see firsthand what mountain trail was all about. They spent their time immersed in the sport,...

Building And Mastering A Rock Obstacle

CREATE YOUR OWN CHALLENGE AND LEARN EASY TIPS FOR MASTERY With a little know-how, a rock obstacle is easy to construct and easy to master. I love this obstacle because it teaches a horse to slow down and think. It will teach the horse to carefully pick up and place...

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 may struggle at the most demanding level of the sport, it can still be quite good for them. Recently I watched a healthy,...

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 skills. These skills can also be returned to, again and again, to master the variety of obstacles found on course....

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...