“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 believe in learning in real-life settings. We operate fully on the trail, 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.
I 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 we are all about.