Family Trail Ride

Ah, picture it now. You’re mounted up upon your loyal steed, galavanting off into the yonder. Ahead of you is your eldest boy, and trailing you are your two littles. It’s one of those picturesque moments you know is worth so much more than words.

At Maverick’s we’ve developed a reputation for family-friendly fun. This summer we want to invite you and yours to enjoy our new trails at the Lockhart location for 15% off. Families of 4 or more (2+ children, 2 adults) can enter code FAMILY to get 15% off their Lockhart Ranch Trail Ride at booking.

Horse riding at our Texas dude ranches on your horse vacation

As always, we do have weight restrictions, so adults over 185lbs, please do check in with us before booking.

Our ranch rides are appropriate for most children ages 4 and … Continue Reading

Austin Fitness

Fitness–and health–are about lifestyle. Hit the gym for five hours once a week and you’re not going to see much of an impact. Make everyday an active one, and you will surely not the difference.

Austin is a fitness friendly community, with tons of activities to do. With so much fun in the area, why li it yourself to working out at the gym? One of the best ways to get active and stay active is to get horsey.

Maverick’s is an Austin staple for visitors and locals hoping to score some saddle time, but what about fitness junkies looking for a new type of workout? Riding horses is excellent for the core, and builds good habits like awareness of breath and posture.

Use promo code KEEPTEXASFIT to receive 15% off your Lockhart Ranch Trail Ride this weekend. Molly and … Continue Reading

A Letter to Local Businesses

The Mission of Maverick Horseback Riding is to create local spaces for children, families and visitors to learn about Texas history, ecological restoration, and cultural preservation. We believe that small towns are worth protecting, and can greatly benefit from educational programs for locals to preserve real working skills as well as a place to develop an understanding of modern skills needed to promote, market and sustain the workforce.

When small towns open their doors to tourism and travel, they gain the opportunity to raise revenue for local projects, schools and organizations. After having traveled many places in the US and abroad, the Mavericks have seen firsthand how town that keep their doors closed eventually succumb to outsiders, in the form of new residents.

Maverick Horseback Riding champions local preservation by supporting businesses and non profits in an effort to raise … Continue Reading

State Capitol

Joyce Matthews, an Austin things to do blogger, contributed this post.

Austin, Texas. The city where there is culture, history, and modern fun all in one. You can either choose to make your trip a modern, fun one in which you would visit all over downtown and enjoy the company of the locals, or you can go the historic route and visit the State Capitol. When in Austin visiting the state capital is a must. As you walk in you can see the mixture of the old architecture and the new refurbishments. Although from two completely different time periods, the architecture goes together so well. An interesting fact about it was that the same architect who designed the Michigan Capital also designed the Texas State Capitol.

As you walk in, you go through a brief security checking station, but as … Continue Reading

Barton Springs Pool

Earth, a world filled with many adventures and opportunities for us to experience the wonderful beauties of nature and what it has to offer. However, it is nearly impossible for a tourist to travel to every corner of the world and completely experience the thrill it has to provide. Therefore, that is the main reason as to why countless immigrants and tourists come over to the United States of America. A country that offers life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness to all that lay their feet upon this lands fruitful soil. Soil that is formed due to lands historic importance and physical attraction that drives many towards it. But where in the United States of America can one truly experience the joy and satisfaction of setting up on a voyage. To narrow down this well-asked question, the answer is … Continue Reading


Keep Austin Learning! Enjoy this post on UT Austin, submitted by Joyce Matthews, a Maverick Horseback Rider helping contribute to our blog roll on Things to Do in Austin, TX.

In 2017, the US News and World Report ranked this place’s program number 5 in the nation. They also ranked establishment number 2 in archives and preservation, number 2 in legal librarianship, number 5 in digital libraries, and number 10 in information system. These rankings are applicable to none other than The University of Texas at Austin. UT Austin was founded in 1948 as a part of the UT Graduate School, coursework that led to a Master Library Science degree and eventually to a certification for school librarianship. This was one of the main selling points of the school back in the day.

In 1967, the school initiated a sixth … Continue Reading

Austin Bouldering Project

Looking for some economical fun in Austin, Texas? You don’t have to spend tons of money to get to see our amazing city. Below, read about the Austin Bouldering Project. This post was contributed by Maverick Horseback Riding, Joyce Matthews. If you’d like to learn more about contributing posts, please Contact Us!

Austin, the capital of Texas has left an immerse mark in the history of Texas. Through its historic involvement, this place slowly evolved to become a hub of diversity, culture, and food. The geography of Austin is distinct in its way of being a city bordered by the hill country region. This city also gave rise to the University of Texas campus. Due to the large population, the city is also known for its electric live music scenes centered around genres such as: country, blues and rock. … Continue Reading

Lady Bird Lake

Looking for some Austin Fun in the Sun? Read about Lady Bird Lake, a post contributed by Joyce Matthews.

Austin TX, a city filled with countless activities and adventures for those willing to reflect upon the historic importance of this beautiful city and engage in the thrill of life it offers. Austin in none like the other lifeless and dull cities, in fact, it is one filled with colorful lights and immense diversity to capture the tourist attractions. Since Austin is a city filled with many attractions, it is only natural for tourists to hesitate on choosing a location. Therefore, as a common visitor to this marvelous city, I am here to inform you of my favorite site.

As said before, Austin has countless attractions such as museums, parks, lakes, galleries, and many other monumental crowd-pleasers. However, a well known … Continue Reading

Texas Rowing Center

Joyce Matthews, a Maverick Horseback Rider, contributed the following on a fun thing to do in Austin!

Texas Rowing Center is a fun outdoor activity to do with friends or with family. It’s located on the north shore of the Lady Bird Lake hike and bike trail directly across from Austin High School. The Rowing Center offers kayaking, canoeing, and paddle boarding. If you follow them on Instagram,
you receive discounts and more offers (@txrowingcenter). You can also receive a free additional hour with your rental when you tag them in your pictures. Another great thing about Texas Rowing Center is that they usually offer discounts with groupon so make sure to check it out on there before purchasing a rental ticket online or in person.

I have personally used Texas Rowing Center three times now. I have only done … Continue Reading

Importance of a High Forage Diet in Your Horse Boarding Program

Our horses have given us everything we have. To give back to them, we continue to learn and grow, improve our pastures and our treatment of them. The horses boarded at the Dude Ranch enjoy a diet with varied forage options, to improve gut health and function. Below, read an excerpt by Nikki, who participated in a reading, research, writing prompt to learn more about the best way to feed horses.

“Forage is the foundation of a horse’s diet and provides 50-90% nutrient intake. Horses have unique and sensitive digestive systems therefore, horses need to consume a minimum of 1% of their own body weight in grass and hay. Most people feed their horses 2-2.5% forage which is about 10-20 pounds! “This means that a 450 kg (1,000 lb) horse will easily eat 5 to 7 kg (11 to 15 … Continue Reading