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  Location: As always, just 30 minutes from the heart of Downtown Austin.  Please call to make a reservation and get directions!

30 minutes from Austin * 45 minutes from Round Rock * 30 minutes from San Marcos *1 hour from San Antonio * 45 minutes from Wimberly *45 minutes from New Braunfels * 50 minutes from downtown Georgetown *2 hours from Houston

WE TRAVEL!!!  Click the following to check out trail riding opportunities at Parrie Haynes in Killeen, Pundt Park in Houston, Pioneer Farms in Austin and McKinney Roughs in Bastrop.  We have folks interested in a trip to Dallas.  You can get on an email or text list to be notified once every few months when we are traveling to your area.

Trail-Based Lessons

We offer trail based riding lessons to Austin-area individuals and travelers 7 days a week.  We have three trail ride options available.  All trail rides will include an introduction to the horse you are riding, and education about safety on the ground.  We will also begin the process of explaining “pressure and release” from the ground, so that riders will be better equipped to steer and maneuver their horse in a way that is safe for them and comfortable and healthy for the horse.  Enjoy our 105 acre ranch, with wooded and open areas, elevation changes, and beautiful photo opportunities.  We have seen many animals out on our rides, including deer, rabbits, white egrets, great blue heron, wildflowers and butterflies and even a skunk!

***48 hours cancellation notice required for weekday horseback rides.  

72 hours cancellation notice required for weekend trail rides***

 Click here for the Frequently Asked Questions Page

Introductory Trail

This trail lesson is ideal for small children as a one-on-one experience that lasts 30-45 minutes.  Children ages from 3-7 will enjoy our patient, friendly guides who clearly enjoy what they do!  We are great with children, and we love to share our affinity for horsemanship with young people.  $45

Family Ride

The family lesson is ideal for folks who have younger children who want to do a longer ride than the intro, but who will require ponying (being led).  Large families and groups of children can be led by hand walkers as well as mounted instructors.  You will enjoy views of our creek, wetlands, 1.5 acre pond, woods and open pastures. Ride approximately 45 minutes.  Total time is 1.25 hrs. $75

Ranch Ride

Almost all riders will enjoy this trail, which lasts about an hour and 15 minutes to an hour and a half.  This lesson is suitable for most beginners, including children and most families.  We have great photo opportunities, and we are happy to help you save this powerful memory by taking pictures for you.  Enjoy outstanding views from three distinct elevation peaks.  Take a little splash in our creek or pond for an refreshing cool down for the horse. Ride about 1.25 hours, total time 2 hours.  $100

Click here for photos of the Ranch Ride

River Ride

The River Ride is a great way to cool off, but be ready because you might get wet!  Just kidding, you don’t have to get wet if you don’t want to.  We have various water crossings available, and so individuals who do not want to go into deep water can still enjoy the pure bliss of walking through the creek bed.  It’s lovely.  More adventurous riders will enjoy hills, a fabulous water crossing that has a portion where we can take the horses swimming and trotting opportunities.  Take a look at the water crossing in photos of the Barbecue Ride, below. If you are fairly certain you want to trot and swim with the horses, we recommend you schedule a group ride.  We will never force individuals of a group to trot and swim if they are not comfortable.  Even if in good sportsmanship they say they’ll do it, it’a bout comfort level.  We can tell when someone isn’t comfortable, and so can the horses.  Either way though, the photos will be to die for and you’ll have a memory that will last a lifetime.  Ride 1.5-2 hours, total time 2.5-3 hours.  $125

Barbecue Ride

This ride is a great option for outgoing, outdoorsy beginners or folks with some previous riding experience.  Children as young as 7 have participated in the Barbecue Ride.  The Barbecue Ride covers everything on the River Ride and then a trip into downtown Lockhart. Ride through the city and enjoy a step back into time.  For the Barbecue Ride, stronger height-to-weight ratios apply.  Please contact us for more information! Ride about 2+ hours, take a break for Barbecue and of course take part in grooming activities before the ride.  Total time about 4 hours.  $200

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Don’t forget! 

Before and after your lesson on the trail, or those who want to come be a part of the experience but don’t want to take to the saddle will enjoy beautiful scenic lounging spaces.  Fish from our 1.5 acre pond, enjoy bird watching, or bring some refreshments to enjoy at out picnic tables.  We promise, you’ll be so at home, you won’t even want to leave!

*It’s so much more than a trail ride*

What is a lesson on the trail?

Frequently Asked Questions Page

Horseback Riding Lessons

We have several options available for private sessions.  Come enjoy an introductory lesson in Western or English equitation. Instructors have a plethora of experiences to draw from, and will teach you everything you need to know about riding, from the ground up.  We take a whole-horsemanship approach.  Students will learn what is necessary to care for their equine both on the ground and while mounted.  Sessions are private.

Private 1/2 hour $45

Private 1 hour $75

Private 1.5 hour $100

Frequently Asked Questions Page

***48 hours cancellation notice required for weekday horseback rides.  

72 hours cancellation notice required for weekend trail rides***

Camp

 

Summer camp is a time to GET OUTSIDE, get away from the constant bombardment of media, and enjoy the beauty that this world offers us.  But as parents, we also want our children to enjoy a safe, educational experience where they can learn and grow, with opportunities to better understand themselves as individuals and as part of a bigger community of people and living beings.

For three years we contracted trails to a summer program in Hutto.  We are so excited to be offering our own summer camp for Summer 2017.  We offer 1.5 hours of mounted time, 1.5 hours of unmounted time and demonstrations with the horses at a minimum, rain or shine.  And your children are going to *love* our horse-related activities, from outstandingly prepared tutorials on arts and crafts, to Spanish introduction using the ranch and nature walks, visitors to demonstrate a variety of skills to get your children thinking about balance, poise and decision making as it applies to working around a horse ranch.  Everything is integrated into horseback riding and horse handling.

Our camp program is directed by Joan Marie MacCoy, who has over twenty years of experience teaching children of many walks of life.  MacCoy is a lover of children and animals, and will not only get your children wondering about the wonders around them, but wanting to wander, explore and become lifelong lovers of nature and culture.

Because MacCoy has worked with horse trainers from 6 different countries, she has a variety of experience to share with your children.  Horseback riding is all about consistency, patience and communication.  These are the same principles that arise in working in an ever-growing global community.  We will integrate these principles in all that we do with your children, from handling our animals to putting their own best selves into what they do during the entire day.

No surly teens running around on cell phones at our camp.  Camp counselors are chosen not because they were born into a life privileged to own and ride horses on a regular basis, but because they demonstrate a desire to not only become better riders and horsemen in general, but also because they love what they do and want to SHARE their knowledge with those around them

Photos

We do this FREE of charge, and will put them on our FACEBOOK page free of charge.  If you would like pictures emailed to you, the cost is $25.  This is a service we offer because we know that people love horse photos, and we want to fulfill that need.  That being said, we politely request that you limit your photos with your own camera or phone to unmounted portions of your visit.  This is an obvious safety request.  Thanks so much for your understanding.

If you would like to schedule a photo shoot or filming opportunity, please Contact Us for more information!

Horse Photography

 

Contact Us

We are happy to provide you with information on pricing, horseback riding lessons, horse training, boarding and whatever else you may need.  Feel free to contact us to find out how we can serve your needs.

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About Us

 

We are a community-based management company that attempts to serve the local community as well as travelers in the Austin-area.  We make consistent efforts to get involved with those we wish to serve, by asking them about what services they want and need.  If you would like to get more involved with this ever-evolving company, please Contact Us.  We love to hear from one-time riders as well as regulars about what we can do to improve our services.

We are a for-profit company with non-profit hear strings.  Owner MacCoy, was trained in community-based management at East Carolina University and this had a major impact on how she approaches running a ranch and horseback riding company.  Her experiences riding trails and training in Costa Rica, Guatemala and North Carolina led her to Lockhart, Texas, which she happily considers the home she knew was there for her, she just had to find it.

Maverick Horseback Riding hopes to have a positive impact on the local community by creating sustainable riding opportunities for youth and special needs riders in the area.  If you are interested in partnering with Maverick Riding, just reach out to us and we will be happy to collaborate with you.

Volunteer Opportunities

We understand that learning to ride takes a huge time and financial commitment.  That’s why we offer packages to regulars who want to learn all the ins and outs of horseback riding.  Even with packages, some families or adults may not be able to afford riding.  We have a volunteer program to help you.

Have extra time and looking to spend it outdoors, with horses and friendly faces?  We have space for volunteers at our Austin-based ranch in Lockhart, TX, just 30 minutes south of the center of downtown Austin, and 45 minutes south of Round Rock.

Contact Us for more information and visit our Volunteer Page.

Special Needs Services

We cater to individuals of all ages and skills.  Our horseback riding services are ideal for individuals with special needs who do not need the assistance of riding gear to stay upright.

We do happily provide sidewalkers when necessary, and have aided a variety of individuals with special needs from blind and low vision, hearing impaired, spectrum disorders and a variety of social, learning and physical challenges.

For general information, please Contact Us directly.

Trainer Joan Marie MacCoy has worked with spectrum individuals for over 10 years.  Her work began in North Carolina as a tutor and habilitation technician for children and young adults with autism and spectrum disorders.  Because of her patience, consistency, firm directions and clear ability to communicate with a wide variety of individuals, MacCoy is adept at helping children and adults with autism on the path of self-improvement through work with horses and riding experiences.  For more information about our services for spectrum individuals, click here.

Austin Homeschool Opportunities

Texas is a state that offers a lot of freedom to homeschooling families.  In the past, we have really enjoyed working with homeschoolers for one-time rides as well as collaborative efforts to create integrated, volunteer-based experiences that involve horsemanship.  If you are a homeschool family or group and you would like to work with us on an idea you have, please visit our page for Austin Area Homeschoolers and Contact Us for more information.

 Frequently Asked Questions Page

Our FAQs Page has information about what to bring, what to wear, our Equine Release Waiver, our cancellation policy, how to get to us, how to book, and more!  Please take a look before you come.

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Time for a Texas Horse Party

WARNING

UNDER TEXAS LAW (CHAPTER 87, CIVIL PRACTICE AND REMEDIES CODE), AN EQUINE PROFESSIONAL IS NOT LIABLE FOR AN INJURY TO OR THE DEATH OF A PARTICIPANT IN EQUINE ACTIVITIES RESULTING FROM THE INHERENT RISKS OF EQUINE ACTIVITIES

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Trainer MacCoy and Maverick on a horseback ride in Houston

 

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A ride from the home ranch out to see the buffalo

 

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Here we are at the park in our Austin location

 

Natural horsemanship trainer Joan Marie MacCoy and grey gelding Maverick, canter along the lake in one of the Houston horseback riding lessons on the trail

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Yes, we have actually fed the buffalo bull. Yikes!

 

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Members of the family who choose not to ride will enjoy all the ranch has to offer.

 

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Once you leave the property there is even more exploration to be done! You might see some long-horned steer

 

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Horseback Riding Trails… and roosters!

 

Buffalo shown here during an off-property train ride in Austin Texas

Visit the buffalo in an off-property ride!

 

 

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Time to Party! Unicorn parties, pony painting and trail rides galore.

 

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Horseback riding on the riverside with a team building group from Facebook