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.

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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.

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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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Community Based Partnerships, anyone?

Greetings,

WHO
Seeking someone gifted in teaching with a potential variety of educational outlets from foreign language immersion, arts & crafts, photography, yoga, music lessons, martial arts, even a unique approach to core subjects like math and reading & writing.

Purple Texas wildflowers dotting the ground on North Austin trail ride
Trail riders enjoying the Texas wildflowers

WHAT
Help me create a new program that offers integrated teaching to students of any age or skill level. I work with a lot of children (you’ll need to provide a background check), but open to adults as well. Here’s an example of a program we’ve done in the past:

A Spanish-speaking student was having trouble academically and socially in school when she went from a Spanish-speaking home to a 100% English speaking school. She stopped showing interest in interacting with others, and this was affecting her ability to learn. Her parents brought her … Continue Reading

Horse Photography During Summer Camp 2017

A picture really is worth a thousand words, and after many years working as semi-professional photographers, this year’s Camp Director and Co-Director are excited to offer parents the chance to see their children’s day-to-day summer experiences. We know how important it is for you to be a part of your child’s camp, even if you can’t be there in person. So we are bringing our best to provide you with a daily glimpse of the goings-on here at Ranch Management Camp.

Beautiful horse model with orange dress and green head piece reminiscent of a carrot teases hungry horses in the background, in the middle of green fields at a Round Rock horseback riding lesson stables in Texas
Horses eagerly awaiting a slice of carrot cake, held by equine model and instagram hit 1finecookie

Most of the pictures you see on our site, Instagram and Facebook pages are from Iphones. While we do have guest photographers come visit with us, we have gotten pretty handy at finding the best shot in the situation. Your children are going … Continue Reading

Weekend Overnight at the Ranch

Sometimes one overnight session just isn’t enough for that avid horse lover of yours. Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered! Horseback adventurers who attend two weekly summer camp sessions can stay with us in the bunk room on Saturday night at no extra charge.

Overnight Campers arrive Sunday afternoon to get settled in. They can take a walk down to our gorgeous 1.5 acre pond and relax in a paddle boat, meet some of the horses, or just enjoy some rest and relaxation on the back porch of the ranch house with some cards or board games. From the porch, campers will get a glimpse of hundreds of acres of valley view. Take a look at the view from the porch, below!

Two rocking chairs sit on a shady porch at Texas dude ranch just south of Austin, where we host our most epic summer camp program for the true horse lover
The back porch provides a stunning spot for parents to relax after dropping their kiddos off for summer
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Multiple Intelligence Theory: Ways we teach you summer camper

This summer camp season is going to be a busy one, and parents are already calling to hear more about our Equine and Ranch Management Camp. We’ve got all sorts of activities planned for your horse lovers this summer, and our experience integrating lessons into different learning environments, utilizing all of multiple intelligences, as proposed in Frames of Mind: The Theory of Multiple Intelligences according to Howard Gardner.

According to Multiple Intelligence Theory, all individuals have capacity in each of visual-spatial, verbal-linguistic, logical-mathematical, bodily-kinesthetic, interpersonal, interpersonal, and naturalistic methods of learning. So what does this mean for horseback riding? Everything. The fact, as we see it according to this theory, is that all people who are not facing special needs, can develop each of these intelligences to an average level. And all people, no matter what type of intelligence they … Continue Reading