Trail Savvy: No Round Pen? No Problem!

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Photo Courtesy Robert Eversole

Find Horse Training Success in Less-than-ideal Situations A round pen is one of those items that has been on my wish list for a while. Everywhere you look, it seems that a round pen is a “must-have” piece of equipment if you’re going to be serious about your horsemanship; I …

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Trail Savvy: The Timeless Joy of Horse Camping

Horse Camping
Photo Courtesy Robert Eversole

Embracing Nature’s Clock Most people experience time as a linear construct with every second tracked by our devices, rushing through life until nature demands that we stop. But I feel a shift when I’m on the trail, slowly making my way into the wilderness; time slows down and stretches in …

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Trail Savvy: Winter Riding Goals

Winter Riding
Photo Courtesy Robert Eversole

Tips for Staying Motivated in the Off-Season Don’t let snow and cold temperatures deter you from pursuing your riding goals. When the wind is howling, the snow is knee-deep, and you can no longer feel your face while gathering your horses from the other side of the pasture, it’s easy …

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Trail Savvy: Weed-Free Feed

Image Courtesy Robert Eversole

Responsible Options for Happy Horses and Healthy Trails You’ve probably come across terms like “weed-free feed” or “certified weed-free forage” when feeding your horses and mules. Whether it’s a requirement or only recommended in the areas where you ride, it’s essential to understand what these feeds are, and which ones …

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Trail Savvy: Why Use Hoof Boots?

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Image Courtesy Robert Eversole

Unveiling the Truth Behind Equine Footwear Hoof boots—we’ve all heard of them, and it’s a love-or-hate relationship for most. I tried boots from four manufacturers a few years ago and promptly returned to traditional steel shoes.  Steel has worked for me for years. Other than a few sprung shoes, failures …

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Trail Savvy: Ode to the Crosscut Saw

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A Tool for the Wilderness You’ve seen the old lumberjack photographs—two men in plaid holding opposite ends of a huge, long saw steadily working on a tree trunk of colossal diameter. The tool these men used is the crosscut saw. Today you can find these vintage tools displayed as décor …

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Trail Savvy: How to Purify Water

The Berkey Travel water purifier is a gravity fed water filter. Photo Courtesy Robert Eversole. www.bigberkeywaterfilters.com

Avoid Waterborne Disease in Remote Areas This isn’t the stone age, and we’re civilized. We shouldn’t drink out of ponds, puddles, or streams anymore. When we extend our adventures and visit remote areas that don’t have reliable, clean water sources, we need a dependable way to ensure that our drinking …

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Trail Savvy: Back Country Packing

(Photo Caption: Leading a short string under the Chinese Wall in Montana’s Bob Marshall Wilderness. Not shown are the years of preparation to learn the skills required for such a trek; the months of planning and several long days in the saddle to get here. The trip was worth every …

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Trail Savvy: “Don’t Pass the Jigger Boss” and Other Unwritten Rules of Trail Riding

Rules of Trail Riding
Photo Courtesy Robert Eversole, TrailMeister

(Photo Caption: “Our merry band of mule enthusiasts enjoyed time spent around the campfire as we worked towards solving the world’s problems and instructing young Hunter in the unwritten rules of ranch and camp life.”) Memorable Sayings Get Defined in the Bob Marshall Wilderness I recently had the opportunity to …

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How to Attach a Lead Rope to a Halter – Six Options for Safety and Convenience

Being able to lead your horse or mule is a basic skill for horsemen. But before we lead the animal, we must halter it and then attach a lead rope to the halter. How we connect our lead rope to our halter is an important consideration. We want it to …

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