Trail Riding Lessons

All of our lessons are trail-based.  If you are looking to experience what horsemanship and riding is really about, this is an appropriate activity for most beginners (What does that mean?). We offer learning experiences for the one-time rider visiting from out of town as well as regulars.

Times are approximate and will vary based on the speed of the ride. Confident, athletic groups typically experience a faster ride, because the horses know when to pick it up!  If you’ve been on a trail ride before, you’ll find that this is not like that!  Our mission is to provide students with a learning experience that is safe and one that supports good horsemanship.  We definitely want you to have fun, but commitment to educating and horse safety exceeds our desire to ensure that you have a fun time.  If you want more information, check out our reviews on YELP, TRIP ADVISOR, FACEBOOK and GOOGLE REVIEWS.

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.

Introduction to Horsemanship

Our intro to horseman ship class is held Monday evenings at 6:30pm.  This is a 1.5 hour session in which participants ages 4-12 are welcome to participate.  During intro classes, parents take an active role in learning side-by-side with their children.  Both parents and children will learn to handle a horse safely on the ground.  During mounted portions of the lesson, the focus is on developing a balanced seat and good contact with the horse through leg and hand position.  Parents will learn about pressure and release as they walk side by side with their children during the session, which offers terrific views of our ranch.

The Ranch Ride

Enjoy elevation changes of up to 80 feet with glorious panoramic views of lowland valley, a 1.5 acre pond, open horse pastures, natural woods, a creek on property and beautiful rolling land with classic split rail fence. The Ranch ride is best for enthusiastic children ages 3+, or horseback riders any age 5 years and up.  Riders who book a private ride and travel at a trot/canter pace may occasionally complete this ride in as little as 60 minutes, although the average group ride will take about 1.25-1.5 hours in the saddle to complete.  Call for available times.

$125 per person 

Private Rides and trot/canter rides are $150 per person.

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

The River Ride

The River Ride is great for confident outdoor lovers who are totally new to riding, but open to learning and experiencing some adventure, folks who rode way back when, or more advanced riders.  You’ll enjoy extended portions of walking through the water, a magical experience for people who have never done it before (and it remains special for those of us who’ve done it time and again!). If you think you might like to pick up the pace and see the most varied terrain, this is the ride for you. Make sure you ask about a private ride if you are sure you want to attempt a faster pace. Generally, a group River Ride will include some light trotting. For safety reasons, please keep in mind that we have to cater to the weakest rider in the group.  Our standard River Trail is about an hour and forty five minutes in the saddle, although it may be completed in as little as 1.25 hours for trot/canter groups, or as long as 2 hours if we take a more leisurely pace.  Call for available times.

$150 per person

$185 per person for private and trot/canter pace.

 

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

Visit local stores and restaurants Downtown Lockhart

We have a variety of options for folks who want to get a real Texas experience.  We have frequented many local downtown restaurants, stores and site-seeing landmarks on horseback.  Interested in trying out one of Lockhart’s wonderful BBQ or alternative restaurants?  Check!  Want to go boot shopping and enjoy a vintage boot store that will make the inner cowgirl in you squeal?  We can do that.  Want to visit the candy store with the kiddos?  We’ve done that too!  Call for custom packages and offers.

 

Downtown Lockhart, pictured here with horseback rider in front of the courthouse, is just a skip away from the dude ranch, and only 30 minutes from South Austin, 45 minutes from Round Rock. Nice!

Birthday Parties

Ride a painted pony!

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.

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.

 

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