Grit and Gratitude

Grit and Gratitude

Austin Woman Magazine features owner Jo Marie MacCoy as part of fit and healthy lifestyle series

Author Gretchen M. Sanders came to join the Mavericks for an evening hack, and the sky rewarded us with a miraculous sunset.  We had a blast, and hope Gretchen did, too.  She rode Rowdy, our beautiful appaloosa gelding who ported Gene around the ranch when he came to visit us for a feature in Texas State Highways Magazine.  Rowdy is currently at the Northwest Austin location as part of a children’s lesson program.  He’s enjoying some hunter fun and easy-paced trail rides.  He will revisit Lockhart in February.

“I was thrilled when Austin Woman Magazine contacted me.  Over the past seven years of working with horses full time (and some other animals here and there), I’ve been through a lot of Continue Reading

Our new BYOBBQ experience is delicious AND fun!

If you’re entertaining guests or visiting us here in Texas, there are probably two things at the very top of your “To Do” list.  Horseback riding and barbecue, right?  Luckily our Lockhart location puts you right in the heart of BBQ country.  With world renowned barbecue options, Lockhart, TX is a stable of the state’s prime eateries.  It’s also home to one of our beautiful ranches where you can enjoy an incredible horseback riding experience… and more.

Starting on December 14th, 2018 we are offering half day excursions.  While guests are welcome to come ride and dash, we are happy to invite them to join us for a delicious BBQ plate on the house.  Diners are welcome to enjoy some of the magnificent views the Lockhart location has to offer.  Enjoy the back porch of the ranch house over looking … Continue Reading

Desensitizing your horse

Horse Training 101: Desensitization

A post by Makayla Peoples

Makayla leads lesson programs for Mavericks at the Northwest Austin location.  She has been involved with Maverick Horseback Riding since the beginning, the she first came out for a riding lesson so many years ago.
Makayla spent three years training in Dressage while supporting Maverick’s in the Round Rock and Lockhart locations.  Interested in how you could learn, work and ride?  Contact us for more information!

Desensitization is crucial to the training of every horse. Whether you are working with kid horses or sport horses it is important to introduce them to different kinds of objects and situations. This builds the horses confidence in itself, and builds their confidence in the relationship that you have together. Basic desensitization starts with making sure that the horse is comfortable being touched by YOU Continue Reading

The leaves they are a’changing

Howdy Folks,

It’s that time of year when big changes are brewing in Texas.  For starters, the weather in Central Texas is currently giving every farmer a run for his or her money.  It’s incredible how different city and country mice live, for sure.  Rest assured, the country mice see snowfall (yep, that’s right, I said snowfall) before the middle of November as a sign that all the talk of a really tough winter is getting closer and closer to the mark.  Keeping in mind that while we adore providing horseback riding opportunities to the public, our primary goal is creating sustainable ranching tactics for our mixed herd, which now adorably includes a donkey and lamb and sadly excludes our goat little Lydia, who was never recovered after much searching.  The lamb, Hey Ewe, isn’t too lonely now that she … Continue Reading

Letter from the Owner

June 9th, 2018

It’s a beautiful day outside and as I write this I’m looking out over the valley.  Sunflowers dot the hillside and the summer heat hasn’t reached sweltering yet.  I’m always amazed at the feeling this place gives me, and I’m not the only one who feels it.  If you’ve been out to ride with us before, you know all about that energy.  Where else do horses, dogs, cats, goats, lambs and ponies roam together?  It’s harmony.  As we continue to grow and diversify, we are challenged and excited by new opportunities with different animals, people and even places to visit with our trusty horses.

This summer marks a big change.  We’ve reduced our own horses by six but with the acquisition of some boarded horses, two new ponies and three babies (plus one on the way!) it’s … Continue Reading

Consejos para montar a caballo

“4 Consejos Para Montar A Caballo Para Principiantes”

Escrito por: Marcia Rozenblat

Estos días, los caballos y los paseos a caballo pueden llevarlo a todas partes y conectarlo
con personas de todas partes. Haz nuevos amigos, viaja a lugares distantes y disfruta de los
espacios más bellos de la tierra simplemente porque sigues caballos a lugares nuevos y
desconocidos. El amor por los caballos se extiende por países, personalidades y culturas. Otras
personas que son apasionadas por los caballos se pueden encontrar en casi cualquier lugar al que
vaya, y el vínculo que conecta es universal. Mucha gente que galopea te puede decirle sobre este
sentimiento de “libertad” que uno gana desde lo alto de un caballo. “Ser un buen jinete significa
que cuidas de tu caballo incluso después de terminar su trabajo. No quiere que su caballo se
sienta … Continue Reading

Horse Vacation

Chatting with some tourists over an immense breakfast of guacamole, eggs, veggies and tortillas this morning I learned that one of the gals had worked on a ranch in Nicaragua.  I recommended that she visit with a local named Don Pedro who rents horses to people.  While we do not offer horse rentals at Maverick Horseback Riding, it’s an activity that I thoroughly enjoy in my own travels.  Because of my Spanish and clear comfort around horses, horse gear of all types, and establishment online and in paper form, I’ve been able to talk my way into some pretty incredible opportunities.

Nicaragua has not made it on my list of countries visited or horse vacations enjoyed, but I like to think I can live somewhat vicariously through my good friend and cameraman extraordinaire, Carlos Suarez, who over the past few … Continue Reading

Outdoor Special Events 11/18-11/19 with Maverick’s

Schedule of Events Saturday 11/18

1904 Barth Road, Lockhart TX 78644

Maverick’s is sponsoring the Lockhart Public Library for a free community event this weekend.  We are happy to support the creation and implementation of two community-based education programs to begin at the library January 2018 for both Spanish and English speakers.  Classes will be free:

Early literacy classes for Spanish speakers ages 2-7 and their parents, and;

Spanish learning classes for children and adults.

Classes are offered by Austin Lessons and Tutoring, LLC and will be free of charge to the community.  Come find out more information at the Library’s info booth this Saturday.

9am: Photography Session with Chad W Adams Photography of Austin for women and couples.  Ladies, sport that beautiful dress you’ve been wanting to show off, but this time, do it with our horses and the … Continue Reading

Lockhart State Park is coming to Maverick’s!

Free Community Event

Get ready to have a beautiful weekend this Saturday and Sunday.  We have a variety of activities lined up for Saturday, including public riding lessons in the morning at 9 am and noon, as well as FREE pony rides and photos with a unicorn starting at 4pm.  We are excited to present Caldwell County Snake Relocation services, who will be providing a free class to children and adults in the area to learn about FREE snake removal services in Caldwell County.  Donations very happily accepted.  In addition, Tom and Jeanne McDonagh of Texas Ride ‘Em, who provide outdoor amusement services, will be revisiting Lockhart to provide FREE mechanical bull riding on Saturday afternoon.  You may have seen them in Lockhart’s Diez y Seis Festival this past September.  Maverick’s will be helping with a promotional video on Sunday … Continue Reading

Special Event: Community Day 11/18 and Motocross FLY day 11/19

We are kicking off for another great weekend of adventures and fun at Maverick Horseback Riding.  On Saturday, we currently have a few spaces left on our morning ride.  We are booked for the afternoon.


From 4pm-7pm we will be hosting a variety of great activities, free for the community.  Enjoy riding the mechanical bull if you’d like to test your shot as a country cowboy or cowgirl, learn about ancient weapons and the classical bow and arrow with Ranger Lauren, who is visiting from the Lockhart State Park to spend the afternoon with us, free cupcakes and face painting and crafts.


Like our last event, our First Annual Halloween Bash, Maverick’s will be providing free pony rides to the public as well as photos with a unicorn.  Can’t really beat that!


Keelan Smith of Caldwell County … Continue Reading