“There is something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a man.”
Winston S. Churchill
What did Winston Churchill mean when he said this? What about the outside of the horse is so good for us humans? We all feel it: Horses are special. There’s something magical about being able to jump on a horse’s back, and fly over the fields or up and down hills, jumping obstacles in your path. There’s something just as transfixing, sharing a quiet moment before your ride to show some gratitude for the partnership in which you’ve engaged. Are you looking for a horsey fix? This may be just for you. Feeling curious about what engagement with another sentient being feels like? Can you take a moment to slow down and listen to nature? If so, you will love this experience. Already have experience? Awesome! We LOVE to pick the pace up whenever it doesn’t come at the expense of the animal’s physical comfort.
At Maverick’s, we pride ourselves in sharing with the pubic an experience that gives back to the animals who have helped us become who we are. That’s not just us becoming Maverick Horseback Riding, that’s Mankind advancing to where he has. Think on it: How have horses aided man in his quests to feed himself, protect himself, advance his goals of global expansion? Would you, Dear Reader, be where you are today if it were not for the back-breaking work of the Horse?
Guests who seek out Maverick’s horsemanship experience love that it is different from the modern-day, nose-to-tail trail ride. They appreciate how we take a moment to learn about horsemanship and the land management that is necessary to maintaining a healthy herd. We also address things like horse and rider personality pairing, how breathing and resulting tension or lack thereof affect the rider’s arms, hands and resulting communication that the horse perceives through his face (in a bites bridle), or through his teeth (if he has a metal bar or “bit” in his mouth). We teach. We introduce our horses, our fellow co-workers to you. We invite you to feel the excitement of riding a horse who appreciates his working conditions. We open our doors to folks who understand that horses who feel appreciated, listened to and respected are the most enjoyable ones to ride. We advocate giving riders the freedom to ride and control responsive horses because that’s what horseback riding –and horsemanship– is all about.
We hope to see you in the saddle!
-The Maverick Riding Team