Bluff Top Trail

Howdy Mavericks!

We are excited to share with you a new trail option for Spring 2020. The Bluff Top Trail Ride offers incredible views and elevation changes that are more gradual than the Ranch Trail. Bluff Top Trail Riders will enjoy 45-50 minutes in the saddle, and a total of about an hour and 15 minutes with us. This Lockhart ride highlights some beautiful scenery from your mount, with panoramic views of the Blackland Prairie Valley and Native Texas Wetlands.

Riders who are cautious to jump into the full Ranch Ride will appreciate this more leisurely experience, which offers undulating trails over gorgeous rolling hills in Lockhart, just 15 miles outside of Austin city limits. Families, nervous riders, or large groups under time constraints are the perfect fit for this trail ride.

Mixed groups are welcome to inquire regarding mixed … Continue Reading

Horseback Riding Lessons for Adults and Youth 12+


What you’ll learn

By the end of the year, most students will be comfortable:

*Walking and trotting bareback;

*Sitting and posting the trot;

*Cantering over uneven terrain, cantering in open areas, cantering in a way that is polite to the horse;

*Encountering a variety of water crossings, including opportunities to swim with the horses;

*Evaluating tack fit to horse and rider and understanding how important that is for the healthy working life of the horse;

*Handling common horse behavioral problems;

*Assessing lameness and basic horse health how-to’s

*Working with young horses and our mixed herd (goats, lambs, cattle… llama and camel coming!!)

You’ll get in GREAT shape, learn about principles of ecological restoration through mixed herd management and why that’s so important for horses, reduce anxiety and depression and get out of the matrix a … Continue Reading

Horsemanship Lessons for Children


Beginners and Novice children’s weekly rides offered for $440 for 8 sessions. Learn to handle your horse with confidence and patience. Ages 6-9 require the parent to be a complete participant at all times. Suitable for ages 6-13. Mounted time increases as we go. Begins around 30 minutes mounted and increases to nearly an hour. Next series of classes begins in January. Packages are purchased four consecutive lessons at a time.


Clases en Español para niños que viven en Lockhart, Dale, Luling. Clases comienzan el 6 de enero. Duran dos horas. Enseñamos caballería, como montar Y cuidar al caballo. Cuesta $15 cada sesión. Ofrecemos meriendas y recogemos los niños directamente de Plum Creek Elementary si prefieras. Favor de mandar TEXT a 512-230-8413 y podemos organizar una llamada.


Children’s introduction … Continue Reading

Together We Venture Forth

After its foundation in 2012, Austin Lessons and Tutoring, LLC (DBA Maverick Horseback Riding) set out on a big journey: share powerful, natural spaces with children in the Texas foster care program as well as individuals who have placed out of the system, and their families. No, we most certainly are not your average trail riding company.

For years our mentors, advisors and Maverick visionaries have been quietly working toward an almost impossibly large dream. Building up a sustainable working ranch from scratch is a feat in and of itself. Guiding it toward a non-profit mission is even bigger.

Over 13 years ago, owner Jo Marie MacCoy was struck by a vision so strong and so clear she knew she would find it: a ranch with rolling hills, water features on property and proximity to a large city (naturally more … Continue Reading

Art is Everywhere Fundraiser Event

Artwork that’s been available for viewing at Mavericks will now be available for acquisition in Blanco at Gillen’s on the 24th at 6pm. For artwork, 10% of sales will benefit Alzheimer’s Texas. A generous 100% of net proceeds from BBQ plate sales and all revenue from our silent auction items will benefit the cause.


John Isaiah Pepion is an artist who hails from the Blackfeet Nation in northern Montana. The art journey has been ceremonial for John as his understanding of his past, family, and culture grows with his work. He descends from Mountain Chief, a Blackfeet leader who preserved history through numerous winter counts. Through art, John finds personal healing and cultural preservation. He speaks with troubled youth in public schools to promote the benefits of art as therapy. John holds formal degrees in Art Marketing and Museum Studies Continue Reading

Free Trail Ride This Weekend!

If you’ve wanted to get in the saddle, but you haven’t had the chance or the funds, now is the time to pay attention! We will be hosting a series of free giveaways for the next TEN DAYS if you’ll follow us along on Instagram. We are kickstarting this giveaway series, with a CONTEST ALERT on Instagram to spread the word of an amazing event.  We are giving away a free Ranch Trail in #lockhart this weekend or next to the lucky winner! 

The Details on the EVENT which is FREE and raising funds for Alzheimer’s Texas: 

Maverick horseback riding is pleased to be hosting a fundraiser event for “Art is Everywhere,” being hosted at Gillen’s Candies + Wine in Blanco, Texas on the 24th.  Some of the artwork you have been able to enjoy out at the ranch will … Continue Reading

Special Events Venue: Texas Dude Ranch

When you’re looking for your best option for a Texas dude ranch event, consider coming to hang with us at Maverick Horseback Riding. We offer incredible views, a true Texas experience, and friendly horses that will meet anyone’s personality.

We have a selection of colorful horses and breeds here at Mavericks. From Thoroughbreds to paints, the timeless classic American Quarterhorse, appaloosas and oddities such as our Arabian Hackney cross or our Arabian Percheron cross, there is a size, color and breed to match everyone’s interests.

Whether you’d like to book to host a low-key ranch event with some gorgeous views and little more, or you’re looking for a little more luxury, or perhaps you want an action-packed day, this is the spot to be! Our panoramic views of ATX skyline make for a most memorable evening.

Texas dude ranches are … Continue Reading

Things to do in ATX: Austin TX Trails

Looking for some fun in the sun? This summer you can book rides seven days a week at multiple Austin locations. Please remember that in order to enforce a “reservations required” policy at our riding facilities, ranches and parks, we do not provide directions until you’ve booked. General geographical locations will give you a good idea of where we will be. Unfortunately, folks showing up at family ranches at odd times during family get togethers or holiday meals has required us to take this approach. Thanks, in advance, for your understanding of the importance of us respecting the folks who let us enjoy their beautiful properties!

South Austin Rides are open for booking online. Go to the Book Online Now page and register your group. Currently, times are available at 9am, 10:30 and noon as well as 5pm and 6:30. … Continue Reading

Riding Instruction for Beginners

A post by Kathryn Hetzendorfer

When working with horses, instruction doesn’t start from the moment you hop in the saddle. Rather, it starts long before, when handling horses on the ground. Whether you’re working with a horse you’ve just met or one you’ve had a relationship with for years, the rules are the same: approach the horse from near their shoulder, let him know you’re there, and watch how he’s reacting. If your horse is pinning his ears back, hopping away, or getting extremely worked up, there’s obviously something that’s bothering him, whether it’s in the environment or the way that you’re approaching him. If this is the case, take a moment to reassess how you’re feeling, how you’re approaching him, and what you could do differently to soothe the horse. 

Before our riders even get to the mounting block, … Continue Reading

Horsemanship 101: Trusting your horse on trail

Post submitted by Sara Clark

Humans are, by all scientific accounts, smarter than the rest of the animal kingdom. Horses, who are herd and prey animals, in particular are not known for their critical reasoning. And it is for that reason, I think, that many people who have spent no time around horses (or other animals, for that matter) tend to discount the capabilities of these wonderful creatures. It is quite easy to blame the horse (rather than the intellectually superior rider) for any problems the two of you might encounter. I grew up around horses, and learned early on that, however small their brains may be (the average saddle horse has a brain diameter of about 3 inches), they deserve more credit than they often get. Learning to abandon your hubris is, in my opinion, one of the most … Continue Reading