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,...

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 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...