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 Bolenders 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. Bolenders training methoddeveloped to incorporate the horses natural instinctsis 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 worlds most winning competitor in Mountain and Extreme Trail, combines old-style philosophies with new insight into the horses world. In this guide, he provides an array of informationselecting an ideal trail horse, acquiring the proper equipment, earning and building trust, and handling obstaclessuch as poles and logs, rocks, trenches, water, gates, bridges, campsites, ?re, other animals, and people. Instructive and informative, the guide breaks down Bolenders techniques into easy-to-digest pieces. It provides a fascinating journey into the horses mind and how its instincts can be used to develop good horsemanship.
Tracing back to the allure of the Wild West’s open frontier, trail riding is a unique way to enjoy nature’s beauty. This useful guide for trail riders will even inspire those who have never come near a horse. Readers will understand the evolution of the animal and the history of riding before learning how to choose and get to know a horse before a trail ride. Practical tips for grooming, tacking, and dressing are outlined, as are basic guidelines and safety measures for learning to ride. The many joys and also the potential dangers of trail riding are discussed.