Horse Care 101: Floating and Preventative Maintenance
FLOATING & PREVENTATIVE MAINTENANCE
By Linda Walovich
An oral examination should be an essential part of an annual physical examination by a veterinarian. The end result is a healthier, more comfortable horse.
Routine maintenance of a horse’s teeth has been historically referred to as “floating.” Floating removes the sharp enamel points. Occlusal equilibration is the term now used to describe smoothing enamel points, correcting malocclusion, balancing the dental arcades and correcting other dental problems listed under “Common Dental Problems.” A complete oral examination should precede any dental procedures.
When turned out on pasture, horses graze almost continuously, picking up dirt and grit in the process. This, plus the silicate in grass, wears down the teeth. Stabled horses, however, may not give their teeth the same workout. Feedings are more apt to be scheduled, not continuous, and include processed grains and … Continue Reading
Looking to fill that summertime with some equine fun? We have two spaces remaining for overnight camp the week of June 18th through the 24th and five spaces total remaining for the week of July 10th-14th for both day and overnight camp options for the horse lover in your life.
Summer campers arrive 1-3pm on the 18th
Adios, Friends! Certified horsemanship campers will depart at 8-10am on the 24th
Our equine day camp program runs from 8am-5pm
6:15am: First Wake Up Call
6:30am: Second Wake Up Call. Time to stop hitting the snooze button.
6:45am: Final Wake Up Call. Buckets of ice water can and will be used! Splash!
Breakfast is served at 7am (oatmeal, tacos, cereal, pancakes and eggs)
7:30-8:30am: Horse Handling (call the horses in, ground safety,
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.
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…
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…”
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.
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.
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