Remedial Math Classes, Architecture Degrees and Wild & Crazy Dreams

I’ve always had a bit of a different way of looking at the world.  That’s clearly why Maverick Riding has developed as it has.  It’s unique:  a trail program with a focus on horsemanship from the ground-up.  We operate on the belief that you don’t need a riding arena to learn how to ride a horse (how wild!), and trails don’t have to be ho-hum nose-to tail trod-alongs on which riders are passive forms on a horse that’s mostly just looking forward to getting back to the barn to get this sack off his back.

In my Maverick style, I’m always looking for ways to keep trails alive and fresh.  So recently, I’ve been investing considerable time researching the Masters of Ecosystem Science Management and Landscaping Architecture at TAMU.  Why?  Because when I’m kicking back on the porch of the … Continue Reading

Customer Testimonial: Zoe Lehmer

Zoe Lehmer is a horse trainer and farrier working out of Indiana.  As she prepares to make a move to the great ole State of Texas, we invited her for a two week visit to do an evaluation of our herd.  We love consulting folks with a fresh look on our four-leggeds, and her work solo with our fur babies as well as alongside our very talented and beloved current farrier gave us food for thought.  

Zoe is a horse lover herself, and so we of course invited her to tag along on some trails during her stay.  Lucky her, we let her ride the newly broke naughty pony.  It was, truly, our pleasure (har har!!).  Here’s a reflection of her experience with our trails.  Enjoy! 

The two weeks that I spent at Maverick Horseback Riding are two weeks that … Continue Reading

April showers bring… blissful horseback riding adventures.

Spring is here and we are all ready to get outside, enjoy the outdoors and get wet.  But for many of us, the prospect of getting wet from a little sprinkle from the clouds is much less appealing than jumping into a refreshing Austin favorite such as Hamilton Pool, Bull Creek or Barton Springs.  If you’ve made plans to go boating, enjoy a market or festival, or even just stroll through South Congress enjoying all the quirky shops and restaurants, you may see impending weather forecasts and feel a little sense of dread.  And surely that dread rises in your throat when you’ve made reservations to go for a half day horseback riding excursion, after carefully budgeting your daily allowance for your Texas vacation or local staycation.

clip art of rain drop with googly eyes and smile
#TXweather

Here’s something interesting I recently learned from one of my riders: In … Continue Reading

2017 AQHA Filly- Not for sale!

Ha!  We did it.  Gambled on a kind of stand offish ) ok, really stand offish) AQHA mare bred to red roan Wriggly, and we got just what we asked for.  It’s Christmas in March over here at Maverick Dude Ranch because we’ve been blessed with the presence of a beautiful baby bay roan filly.

Meet Charlotte.  She’s a sweet little gal who enjoys long sips of milk, frolicking in high grass, and napping in owner MacCoy’s lap.  Yep, it’s a pretty sweet gig this life is…

Bay roan filly, new to the dude ranch, standing with AQHA mare
Baby bay roan filly, Charlotte. standing with mom on her first morning at the ranch

Charlotte the bay roan filly was born in the wee hours of Monday morning. March 27th.  Her Brown Quarter Horse mom is a good old pro as a brood mare, so she didn’t need much help bringing this … Continue Reading

Equestrian overnight and day camp options for the Austin horse lover

So she thinks she wants a horse?  We parents all know what those baby blues or big brown eyes are begging for.  When your kiddo bats her eyelashes at you every time she talks dreamily about her perfect steed, you think “Uh oh…”

Smiling little girl on cute flaxen mane pony standing in the water with mother, mounted on gorgeous black and white paint mare for sale in San Marcos, Texas
Parents can opt to visit their children and partake in a riding lesson with them during summer camp

Your horse lover has been day dreaming, night dreaming, pleading, plotting and planning since she could walk about how she’d be able to spend a life riding if only… If only she had her own.  But what is the reality of horse ownership like, and what’s it really like to own and care for an equine?  Perhaps you can give her the opportunity to get a taste for it all, at Maverick Riding Stables.

Our Central Texas Dude Ranch … Continue Reading

Barbecue Ride to Downtown Lockhart

It’s 9am and we are getting ready to start the day here at Maverick Stables in Central Texas with our favorite of favorites: a River Ride to Downtown Lockhart.  Central Texas is rife with fun things to do with your loved ones, and whether you are looking for a private horse vacation getaway or something a little more kid-friendly, we’ve got you covered.

Our River Ride to Downtown Lockhart has all the bases covered in your epic quest for a real Texas experience.  You’ll show up ready to meet your mount for the day.  After about 45 minutes of learning about horses and equine safety from the ground at our stables overlooking the valley and pond, you’ll be ready to take to the saddle.  Use the concepts of pressure and release that you learned while grooming and taking your horse, … Continue Reading

Summer Camp Dates are Up!

Greetings Summer Campers and Parents,

 

Our Summer Camp Dates have been announced.  We are looking forward to scheduling your children for a variety of fun activities throughout the day.  Summer campers will have the opportunity to ride, decorate, bathe, groom, handle and train horses this summer.  We are currently collaborating with parents on coming up with alternate activities for different age groups.  We’ve got Horse Yoga, Horse Soccer, Horse Painting, Horse Arts & Crafts, Horse Reading Time, Horse Movie… Ok, you get the picture.  We are excited to share with you how we will be separating age groups and attending to different learning styles.  Please don’t hesitate to contact us and get involved.  Summer camp is going to be busy, with talented instructors working with smaller subsets of age groups during five camping sessions.

We are offering day camp … Continue Reading

Things to do: Austin Rodeo

So you’re coming to visit Texas and you want the full Country Western experience?  Well after you book your epic horseback riding adventure with Maverick Stables, consider a trip to the infamous Austin Rodeo.  You can get all glammed up in yer finest cowgirl boots, sport some sequins and ride your best horse -ahem… modern four-wheeled transportation device– into town.  The Austin Rodeo is most definitely one of the Top Ten Things to Do, and if you miss it while you’re here on vacation (or even if you miss it when you’re a local), then you’re just not getting the full Texas adventure.

This year the rodeo is kicking off with Dwight Yoakum on March 11th.  Enjoy all the great country music the Rodeo has to offer when you purchase tickets to get in and get rowdy with Texas Rodeo … Continue Reading

Overnight Horse Camp

Summer is the time to get away from it all: out into the wild blue yonder to get active, get connected, enjoy nature and, HORSEBACK RIDE, of course! We love our summer camp program because it gives students the chance to get a real hands-on feel for what it takes to care for, train and ride horses in a way that’s going to produce a happy, healthy human-equine partnership. We teach horse training with empathy, and sharing this with your summer camper is the highlight of our program.

We have overnight options available for summer campers ages 10 and up for intermediate riders or 12 and up for beginners. Our overnight accommodations require a minimum booking of three. Overnight campers will participate in our traditional program as explained on the details page, but they’ll have the opportunity to learn … Continue Reading

What should I expect on the trail ride?

Horseback Riding isn’t a Sport!

“That’s not a sport,” or, “You just sit on the horse and it does all the work” are not statements horseback riding enthusiasts appreciate, but on a deeper level there’s a sense of danger in it too. The reality is, horseback riding is mentally, emotionally and physically challenging. As a life-long athlete, I’ve played everything under the sun. I’ve always been active, and I know all about “pushing oneself,” self determination, putting aside personal problems to play for the team and so on. As an adult who is now more physically active than EVER, I can promise you that horseback riding is one of the most challenging athletic endeavors you’ll face. The more advanced you become, the more this becomes true.

Three horseback riding students silhouetted in the setting sun of a north Austin dude ranch in Summer 2016
Three horseback riding students in the setting sun

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