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Trail Obstacle Problem Solving – Master the Water Box

Photo by Cambrie Caldwell Photography

The water box is a fun obstacle that’s a crowd-pleaser at competitions. But it can be tricky to train a horse to calmly walk through it—let alone do a 360º turn inside! If we break down these scary parts, it makes it easier for horses to overcome. We start everything …

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Trail Obstacle Problem Solving with Mark Bolender – Overcoming the Teeter-totter

Photo by Mark Bolender

The teeter-totter is a very popular obstacle at many trail challenges, and it’s one of the more difficult ones. That’s because most people do not teach their horses how to deal with the ground moving under them. Suddenly, we get to a teeter-totter and we expect them to “just do …

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Bolender Horse Park Hosts Halloween Mountain Trail Schooling Challenge October 25

What’s better than some Halloween fun with your horse? It’s easy to social distance while competing at the famous Bolender Horse Park in Silver Creek! Join us for our Halloween Mountain Trail Schooling Challenge October 25. It’s the last schooling show of the year, and it is sure to be …

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Magic for Sale!

December 2017

Training Takes Hard Work, Not Stuff by Mark Bolender   Magic for sale! I have a Mountain Trail video that will make your horse perfect on every obstacle. I’ll sell you this magic bit to give your horse the perfect head set. How about this magic training halter that will …

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Back to Basics

October 2017

Reduce Injuries with Skills, Training, and Common Sense by Mark Bolender   Mountain Trail has its hazards and there is potential for injury in many areas. We trainers and riders have an obligation to protect our horses to the best of our ability. Over the years I’ve noticed some riders …

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Mastering the Balance Beam

August 2017

An Exercise in Focus by Mark Bolender   Trail challenge and mountain trail are based on real situations found riding on the trail. Certain obstacles simulate these working conditions. One important obstacle is the balance beam. It simulates some of the difficult log and bridge crossings required to cross creeks …

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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 tree limbs to deep …

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