FAQs

 

Where are you located?

We serve the Greater Austin Metropolitan Area in a variety of locations.  Our Special Events venue is located in Lockhart, TX, 6 miles from downtown.  Our home ranch where we offer most of our horseback riding lesson experiences is also in Lockhart, TX, 1 mile from downtown.  Our home ranch is 20 minutes south of SE Austin, 20 minutes away from San Marcos and Kyle.  We are located just 45 minutes from Downtown Round Rock, 50 minutes from Hutto, 45 minutes from Steiner Ranch, 45 minutes from New Braunfels.  We are 50 minutes away from the hearth of Georgetown and 1 hour north of San Antonio.  We do make house calls.

What should I expect?

Horseback riding on responsive equines is challenging. This is not a nose to tail trail, and more people find the experience to give them a great overall feel for horsemanship, walking away prepared to feel a little sore the next day! If you’re looking for pure relaxation, let us know! We can bring out an additional guide to work with you one-on-one and pull your horse along whenever necessary. Want to read a little bit more about perceptions, expectations, and realities? Read our blog on What to Expect During Your Horseback Riding Lesson on the Trail.

Is it safe?

“No.  Horseback riding is not safe.  Neither is driving on I-35.  By the numbers though, I prefer to go horseback riding over driving on Texas’ Interstate 35.”  –Joan Marie (Owner)

How do I book?

We are not a huge corporate trail riding company that shuffles riders in and out.  We are a small family business that takes a limited number of riders each week.  We do our very best to return all of your phone calls.  Please visit our site our Ride Schedules and Prices page for information on ride details and costs.  The best way to reach us for a booking is to please email us at MaverickHorsebackRiding@gmail.com with the following information:

  1. Each rider’s age, height and weight;
  2. Any special considerations (Deaf, Spectrum, Rider of Advanced Age, Physically Disabled, Experienced Rider, Private Ride Request, Proposal Ride, Several Small Children, etc.);
  3. Your dates of availability.

We do take phone calls and can answer questions about our rides.  However, we cannot reach all individuals in time to tell them we did not have availability.  You are welcome to call, but you may be met with instructions to email with the aforementioned information.

How far in advance should I book?

For the average group, booking one to two weeks in advance is ideal.  For larger groups or special requests, more time may be required.  That being said, you are welcome to call or email us for rides the day of!

How big of a group can you accommodate?

We can work with groups of any size.  Because we have several ranches that we are able to utilize in Lockhart, Austin, Killeen, Bastrop and Houston, we can cater your experience to your needs.  Read: Corporate events, weddings, photo shoots, film and TV, family reunions, birthday parties.  We’ve hosted a wide variety of experiences over the past five years.  See General Services for examples of tailored ventures we have helped create and mold.

How do you handle large groups?

For large special events, we can offer limited riding and horse-based experiences to party members.  Our horses make for a spectacular backdrop to your special event or large group.  For large groups in which there are many participants wanting to get a riding experience, we can cater to groups as large as 40.  We have a variety of alternative activities that can entertain and educate guests so that we are able to rotate riding groups.  Available activities with our preferred vendors:

Food and catering service

Roping lessons

Mechanical bull riding

Photos with a longhorn

Petting zoo

Skeet shooting and archery

Paddle boats and fishing

Unicorn appearances and more!

What should I bring on my Top Texas Horseback Ride?

Please bring the Equine Release Waiver signed for each participant. If you are unable to print the waiver, please read it before you come so that you know what you are signing. If you are unable to open the document, please plan on coming early. Thanks!

Bring water for before and after the ride.

What should I wear?

We recommend that horseback riders come outfitted with long pants, boots with a half inch heal or less, a hat that will not blow off (or better yet-a helmet), sunscreen and/or a long-sleeved shirt.

What is your weight limit?

Our weight limit ranges from 200-248lbs, depending on conditions of the trails, work use of the horse, rider height, rider experience level, rider activity level, etc. For example, we have no problem accommodating a 6ft tall rider with extensive experience and a fit physique who weighs 220lbs, but it may not be possible for us to take a 5ft 2 inch tall rider with no experience who weighs 200 lbs.  Please Contact Us for more information.

Where’s the Equine Release Waiver?

Please click to download the Liability Waiver and Assumption of Risk 2017  It’s extremely helpful if you’re able to bring this form signed and ready to go.

How do I book a ride?

In order to book with us, whether that be a one-time trail or a lesson package, we will need to get some information from you. Each rider’s age, height, weight and riding experience as well as a credit card number will be required in order to book. We reserve the right to charge in full if cancellations are made without a full 72 hours notice. In the event that we have to cancel because of unforeseen circumstances including inclement weather, no charge will be made.

We are very good at working with folks to get them rescheduled when necessary.

What’s your inclement weather policy?

God Bless Texas. Luckily, we are able to ride all year round. In the event that weather makes conditions unsafe, we will cancel at no cost to the rider. If it drizzles, we ride. If it’s hot, we ride. If it’s cold, we ride. Ride on!

What’s your cancellation policy?

We have a limited number of trails and lessons we permit a day, to keep our horse’s healthy.  If you need to cancel with less than 72 hours notice, we will reserve the right to charge in full.  As a courtesy, we offer riders the opportunity to reschedule for a 25% rebooking fee.

2018 Summer Camp

We have offered both day time and overnight summer camp programs for children.  Our approach to summer camp is continuing to develop.  We are working on a schedule for Horse Camp 2018 that includes four to six hours of horse-related experiences, plus options for archery, skeet shooting, kinaesthetics and arts & crafts. Read more about our Horseback Riding Summer Camp.  Registration is open.  Please take a look at our camp page for more information and call us for any questions.

Special Events

We are happy to help host your special event at one of our partnering venues, with options for individuals to create a truly custom experience.  See our Special Events page for more information.

Horseback riding student camper on black Morgan quarter horse cross with equine photographer Joan Marie MacCoy behind the lense
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