“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.
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.
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.
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!
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
Summer campers get to meet The Official SXSW Unicorn
It is impossible to prove the nonexistence of something…
Saturdays are a popular time here at Maverick Riding Dude Ranch in Central Texas. Today, we are booked from sun up till sun down and we’ve got some pretty exciting things on the menu. But just because we are booked doesn’t mean you can’t get in on the fun.
Volunteer to take a photo with our horse, ahem… that is… our UNICORN!
While Equine trainer and riding instructor MacCoy is busy taking a group out to The Original Black’s Barbecue, Director of Unicorns, Perla, is going to be overseeing the creation of what will surely be our greatest unicorn creation yet. This time, we are using non-toxic soft pastels on Maverick’s glorious mane to fabricate a unicorn of the likes we can only imagine. Until he’s completed, of course.
COMMON MISTAKES WHILE LONGEING: A blog post by Kathryn Hetzenforfer.
The following is a post by a working student. This information should not be used without consulting an equine trainer, as the purpose of this post is first and foremost for the benefit of the student. Enjoy, and feel free to contact us if you have questions, or if you’d like to contribute.
He who moves the other’s feet is in control.
Moving your feet to move your horse’s feet
When longeing a horse, you may have to move around to position yourself in a position to apply pressure. That’s fine. However, when asking your horse to move, you shouldn’t push them by walking towards them or pull on the lunge line to move him closer. Remember, the purpose of lunging is to communicate with your horse through your body … Continue Reading
Horse Volunteer in Austin
Volunteerism – one Grandmother’s point of view.
Volunteerism, a noun. The policy or practice of volunteering one’s time or talents for charitable, educational, or other worthwhile activities, especially in one’s community.
The policy or practice, not once in a while when you feel like it. It also does not mean to give up all your free time. We all have wasted minutes within our days, weeks, months… and we say, “Wow where did that time go”. Do we have anything to show for it? Do we have a feeling of accomplishment, or calluses on our hands, or red ant bites – too many to count?
The feeling when you help someone build their dream. Give them the benefit from your wisdom (age affords us), and in turn you learn something from them that you knew nothing about. Volunteerism is a … Continue Reading
Find Your Inner Calm: Pursuits in horseback riding and yoga
Enjoy the following reflection on yoga and horseback riding. Emily Bolt is a yoga instructor in Austin. She’s going to be supporting our 2017 Horse Camp with yoga classes in a lightly air conditioned room above the barn during the heat of the day. Yoga crosses over with horseback riding in so many ways, and so we are delighted to have Emily contribute to the camp in such a meaningful way. Enjoy!
I went back to riding after a long hiatus. I was nervous I wouldn’t remember what to do, or loose control of my horse. As I rode, I realized I was more prepared to be in the saddle than I thought, thanks to all the time I’ve spent on the mat.
Let’s face it. Horses are huge and they can be intimidating to horseback riding students of any age. I’d be lying if I told you that I wasn’t intimidated by horses when I was younger, and I think people who aren’t initially a wee bit hesitant about approaching a half-ton animal are probably not running with all cylinders. So who’s to blame a seven or eight year old kid for getting nervous when a horse stomps his foot at a fly, swishes his tail abruptly or takes an unexpected side step? There are a lot of different classical methods of improving rider confidence. Round the world, mounted longeing sessions and assisted bareback riding can all be a great way to get a rider more confident with his or her seat, but we’ve come up with a few… er… sillier alternatives.