trail_horse_water_xcA trail horse challenge is a course of obstacles and tests that challenge your horse to be confident, independent and trusting of its rider.

The goal is to help the horse become a trustworthy, reliable, willing and safe partner in trail riding.

The Challenges:

Most of the challenges are obstacles and are similar to tests you and your horse might encounter on the trail, such as

  • crossing bridges
  • crossing water
  • stepping over fallen logs
  • ascending and descending steep hills
  • carrying and/or dragging items
  • navigating tight corners and narrow paths

The challenges differ depending on the location of the event.  Please see the Events Page for a complete list of the challenges for that day.


The horse earns points for each challenge, depending on the level of acceptance.  Each challenge is worth a different number of points, depending on its level of difficulty.  At the end of the event, a grand total of points is tallied for each horse.

Trail Horse Challenge Events:

Trail Horse Challenge events are hosted at various locations and are posted on the Events Calendar.

Hosting Events:

Anyone can host a trail horse challenge event.  If you would like to host an event, see the Hosting page.  Your event will be posted on this web site.