Ride Schedules and Prices

Looking for a real horseback riding experience?


Recently touted as one of the top cities to visit in 2018 according to a recent Expedia Travel Blog, Lockhart Texas is finding itself more and more so placed on the map as The Place to See for Texas vacationers, locals looking for a staycation, and folks who want to experience a taste of the small town life close to the big city.  Located just 30 minutes from the heart of downtown Austin, Lockhart has all the charm of a Texas town with an outstanding location that places it an hour from San Antonio, 20 minutes from San Marcos, and convenient to Houston as well.

Maverick Horseback Riding is thrilled to be mentioned in this article, and excited to bring our lesson program to travelers and locals looking to get a full Texas Experience.

Best horseback riding facilities to tour in 2018

We have been featured on YoloTX Travel TV Show, Do512, Austin Top 50 Things, Best of Austin and Versatile Kids.  In February we will be featured in Texas State Highways Magazine, and this spring Big Review TV is visiting with us to film our work.

Our horses have been used for music videos, Animal Planet B Roll on the Texas Rangers Show and a variety of photo shoots.  We love to get creative!  Have a fun horse-inspired idea you’d like to accomplish?  Please let us know.  Take a look at our “Full Day Programs” to see examples of experiences we’ve offered in the past.

Ride Schedule & How to Book

If you think you’d like to experience a horseback ride with us, please give us a call at 512-230-8413 to book.  You may also text this number with your preferred day or dates and each rider’s age, height, weight and riding experience.  Generally we are able to respond to text messages faster than calls.

 Price & Details 

If you would like to be placed in a group with other riders, please let us know!

Family Ride:  Prices vary from $100 and up depending on group size, lesson length and mounted time.  Please call and inquire!

Group Ride: $150 per rider (limited to 6-8 persons)

Semi Private: (3-4 people)- $185 per rider

Private Ride for Two: $150 per rider for 1.5 hours total (45 minutes mounted) or $225 per rider for our standard length ride.

One Hour Private: Sessions for individual riders are available for $125 per hour.

DISCOUNTED RATE FOR WEEKLY RIDERS: $50 off each private lesson.  $75 off group rides.

Have a larger group?  Not a problem.  Call and ask what we can do for you.

We never let cost impede a group or individual from riding.  If you have read our reviews and website and you are familiar with what we do but cannot afford the ride, please call us and speak with us directly.  There are always weeds that need to be pulled in our voyage to develop organic grazing land for our livestock.  Come get your hands dirty or ask about research and writing opportunities that we have as part of a work-reflect-write-and-ride approach.

What´s the ride like?

Whether you are a total newby or an experienced rider, you are going to love our approach to horseback riding lessons in a natural, beautiful environment.  We take riders of all ages and skill levels through a lesson-based horsemanship experience from the ground-up, which will leave you with an understanding of so much more than just sitting on a horse that’s robotic.  Our horses are responsive, and because we use them for a wide array of activities, you’ll find them to have great, unique personalities.  Our trails, woods, hills and pastures are stunning, with panoramic views of hundreds of acres of valley, a pond (sometimes referred to as our lake!) and a creek system that runs through the property, giving us a natural wetlands area that attracts all kind of animals.  Regularly on the ride we see great blue heron, white cranes, deer, armadillo, and even skunks!  While the views are fantastic and very “trail-esque,” with hills, woods, open spaces and water features,  equestrian riders who have been on trail rides before will immediately notice that this is not structured like a trail ride.  We want to bring you the joy of horseback riding that has touched our own lives.

The unique experience we offer is a lesson, appropriate for children, adults, beginners and even experienced riders who wish to join us for a one-time ride or weekly riding sessions.  As a lesson-environment, we are able to differentiate teaching.  This means that more experienced riders will not only get a more forward horse, but they’ll be able to pick up the pace on our walking trails if they can execute a 20 and 40 meter circle away from the group and back in both directions.  Can you keep your furry friend straight on the curve, collect him and round him out?  You’ll have the opportunity to trot and canter even if you’re riding with a complete beginner group.  Additionally, our lesson horses are responsive, which means that a confident beginner can steer the horse where he or she likes.  This is something that simply can’t be achieved with trail horses.

Still have some questions about the difference between a “trail ride” and a “trail riding lesson?”  Take a look at our reviews or give us a call.  We are happy to help you determine if what we offer is a good fit.  Generally, if your goal is solely to sit on a horse and take some photos, this isn’t the best activity for you.  If you care about horse health (check out what our reviews say about the condition of our horses!), how to ride in a way that is SAFE for you and HEALTHY for the horse which will IMPROVE his working life and his lifespan, then this trail riding lesson is just the ticket for you. We look forward to seeing you and yours in the saddle.

Not sure what’s the difference between riding lessons at a facility, a trail ride or a horse rental?  We’ve got you covered, Friends!  Click HERE to learn more.

We reserve the right to charge in full for no-shows or cancellations less than 72 hrs before the ride, as well as riders who misrepresent their weight by over 5 lbs. Thanks for understanding this policy, which protects our small family business, as well as the horses who make dreams come true. We care about equine health & we know you do, too!

Trail ride around our 1.5 acre pond. Maybe even take the horses in for a swim if you dare!



Horseback riding birthday parties to the river and beyond! Trail riding into the water is a highlight of what we do.

Special Event Saturday 11/18 and Sunday 11/19

Maverick’s is sponsoring the Lockhart Public Library for free community education classes this January 2018.  Come visit with us this weekend, Saturday 11/18 for free activities for the public at 9am, 3pm and 4-7pm.  Click HERE for more information about our Special Event!




Birthday Parties

How about a pony painting session for your birthday boy or girl! Spend 45 minutes painting the fabulous canvas of Maverick, our large, white namesake who humbly stands by as children write birthday messages, make horsey hand prints, or turn him into a zebra or unicorn! As always, the experience caters to each group, but focuses on developing comfort, respect and awe of the horse during unmounted activities.  After the work is done, we’ll throw a saddle on this noble steed and children can spend another 45 minutes taking turns horseback riding, learning about posture, hand and foot position, and goal setting.

Our birthday sessions remain focused on educating participants on horse safety, horse care and the fundamentals of safe riding.  We do not offer “pony rides,” but rather a beautiful experience that engages the senses.  What we provide is more of a challenge, and requires children to focus, follow instruction and care for the horse.  It’s quite rewarding to little cowboys and cowgirls to know they are giving back to these wonderful animals who offer we humans so much!

Ride a painted pony!: $250 for up to 6 buckaroos

Have a large event and you’d like to explore venue options?

Check out our Special Events Page for more information.

Austin pony party extravaganza. Enjoy a unicorn, painting horses, pony rides and instructional interactions between your children and our knowledgeable and friendly guides. WARNING: silliness may ensue.

Trail riding lessons can be so exciting for folks who want to get a taste for what real horseback riding is about.  We do not believe it’s about riding in circles in an arena three times a week for ten years, and we do not believe its about joy riding the snot out of unresponsive animals that only pick up the pace when they are headed back to the barn.  Our trail riding lessons-paradigm on trail gives us the opportunity to educate riders, and this means that we can differentiate our teaching to the individual.  THAT means that individuals who demonstrate good balance, good control and kind hands and seat are able to execute more advanced obstacles than others.  We often ride with mixed skill-level horseback riding groups on trail, and we are happy to work with more confident or more experienced equestrians to be able to pick up the pace, have a little extra fun and experience something a little more gratifying than a trail ride.

Visiting from out of town?  Ask us for recommendations on beautiful places to visit in San Marcos and South Austin.  At just 20 minutes away, we are the closest riding ranch to downtown Austin.

Horseback rider takes AQHA gelding into the water of our lake
Beautiful water features on our Texas Dude Ranch, just outside of San Marcos and South Austin
So much fun taking a trail ride in the heat of Texas when you have a nice place to cool off
Enjoy splashing around in our lake on property or check our our beautiful creek!
sunset at dude ranch in San Marcos offers scenic views and horseback riding adventures for equestrians of all skill levels and ages
You’ll love the views on our Texas Dude Ranch
Children and family rides are a great way to get out and explore the area.
We offer rides to horse enthusiasts of all ages. Children as young as 2.5 can get involved. Call for details!
Big bay draft cross takes trail riders into the water for an epic trail riding adventure in San Marcos Texas at our family dude ranch
Horseback riding convenient to San Marcos
Natural horsemanship trainer MacCoy poses with her students in the background, enjoying the river of McKinney Roughs in Bastrop state park on a horseback riding adventure
All smiles on a sunny day in the Colorado River on a horseback riding vacation at MCKINNEY ROUGHS in Bastrop Texas
Here we are taking a drink of water in San Marcos on a summer day with a great group of friends
Horseback riding over the hills and through the woods, and to the water, of course, for a little sip.
Couple shown in the background over a field of Blue Bonnets at Parrie Haynes Riding Ranch in Killeen, mounted on walking horses while Equine photographer Joan Marie MacCoy takes a between the ears shot from the back of her trusted paint mare, Coca
Take a romantic vacation to PAIRRIE HAYNES in KILLEEN TX with your horses, or use some of ours!
Horse ranch pond is low from drought, but trainer Joan Marie MacCoy still enjoys a trip around the lake with Maverick and her dog Cecelia
Views from our ranch, when the lake was low during drought. Still beautiful and nice for a good swim.
Blue, orange and green summer pool noodles create the perfect horseback riding obstacle, as demonstrated by youth play day rider on APHA mare, Coca
Try out the play day obstacles like this colorful noodle wall
Riders take the plunge into the lake on horseback, pictured here are Rocky our trust chestnut quarter horse and Annie, our paint mare who is currently bred
Horseback Riding in the Water is always a fun time at our ranch!
horses in the lake at our horse rental facility in San Marcos
When you’re a little thirsty and you need a little lake of water to drink from…


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