Welcome

“There is something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a man.”
Winston S. Churchill

At Maverick Horseback Riding, we are inspired by real-life settings. Like our mentors, we operate fully on a trail environment, as opposed to out of a proper “Equestrian Riding Facility,” and have educated complete beginners up to walk, trot, canter. We work with advanced riders on more complicated subjects such as collection and engagement, how to handle a horse that is acting up, and everything from bareback riding and posting bareback to assuming good hunter form over low cross country jumps.

We do not believe that you have to have lots of money to learn how to ride, enjoy horseback riding, or become a good horseback rider. You don’t need to own your own horse, your own tack, wear certain clothes, or compete to be a good rider. In fact, we know a lot of people who own their own horses, spend lots of money on clothes and tack, and compete and saddle incorrectly, don’t know how to even fit a saddle or bridle, can’t answer questions like “Should you always mount from the left side?” and so on.

We are big proponents of understanding the fundamentals of Dressage, and applying that in a real way. You don’t have to ride around in circles to understand how to improve your horse’s health and longevity of use. Horseback riders can learn about these fundamentals of horseback riding on the trail.

That being said, there’s some serious skill to horseback riding on the trail, even if that means you’ve clocked 1000 hours on a horse and don’t know what collection and engagement are, how to stay straight on the curve, or properly post. Your horse would certainly THANK YOU if you did, but just because you don’t know these things doesn’t mean you’re not skilled.

Let’s imagine a world in which you combined the core concepts from Western and English riding in a real learning experience– out in the open blue. Well, that’s kind of what we are– a world of combinations. Come ride with us and see what the original “Lesson on the Trail” is all about.

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Just 20 minutes from South Austin and 45 minutes from Round Rock

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Location

Our Dude Ranch is the closest Riding Stables to Downtown Austin!

Call 512-230-8413 for appointments & directions to the ranch. RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED.  We do not publicly list our Lockhart address, for the protection of those riding, living and working on the ranch as well as out of respect for those who have appointment times with us.  We are just 20 minutes away from San Marcos, TX, 20 minutes from South Austin, 45 minutes from North Austin, 45 minutes from Round Rock, 50 minutes from Hutto, 45 minutes from New Braunfels, 20 minutes from Kyle and 20 minutes from Buda.

Don’t forget to ask us about off-property rides. We enjoy trips. Click on the links to learn more: Parrie Haynes Equestrian Park in Killeen TX, McKinney Roughs Equestrian Park in Bastrop TX, Pund Park and Sam Houston National Park in Houston TX. Interested in going somewhere else? Just ask! We love the chance to explore with you and so do our horses. Happy trails y’all!

The Blog

Thoughts, musings, and ruminations.

Fall Break Camp

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Adult amateur horseback riding student poses with her mount for the day at our San Marcos based stables

Five Tips to Overcome Your Fear of Horseback Riding

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Things to do in San Marcos: Wonder World Park

Wonder World Park is a natural and wildlife area, somewhat akin to a mini San Marcos theme park, and perfect for a family looking for another fun activity to do in the area after their ride with Maverick Horse Rentals.  It’s got a little bit of everything, from wondering around a cave with some informative […]

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