Good horsemanship is not about domination, but leadership and having the horse volunteer for a partnership with the handler. That summarizes the focus of trainer and author Mark Bolender. In Bolender’s Guide to Mastering Mountain and Extreme Trail Riding, he spells out his philosophy and training regimen that works to build mutual trust between a horse and rider.
Bolender’s training method—developed to incorporate the horse’s natural instincts—is appropriate for riders of any skill level, from those who want to ride for pleasure to those who seek more advanced techniques for Mountain and Extreme Trail competition. Bolender, the world’s most winning competitor in Mountain and Extreme Trail, combines old-style philosophies with new insight into the horse’s world. In this guide, he provides an array of information—selecting an ideal trail horse, acquiring the proper equipment, earning and building trust, and handling obstacles—such as poles and logs, rocks, trenches, water, gates, bridges, campsites, ﬁre, other animals, and people.
Instructive and informative, the guide breaks down Bolender’s techniques into easy-to-digest pieces. It provides a fascinating journey into the horse’s mind and how its instincts can be used to develop good horsemanship.