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?

hoof boots
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

Crosscut Saw

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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Standing Still and Quiet – Teach Your Horse to Stay Put Without Being Tied

Photo from Robert Eversole

I often park my animals without tying them. Asking them to stay in one place isn’t too much to ask, so it’s one of the first skills I train. Here’s how I teach my equines to “whoa” without being tied.   Standing Still Whether it’s stepping away from your horse …

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Working through the Process – Breaking Goals Down into the Smallest Steps Leads to Success

When working with mules or writing, I focus on where to begin, stay motivated through the hiccups, and keep working until the objective is accomplished. Photo from Robert Eversole

2021 was quite a year! We had a few excellent rides with the mules, attended a very worthwhile clinic, and started on an epic pack trip, which ended with me heading to the ER in a helicopter. I spent July through November writing a book because I couldn’t walk, ride, …

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