Where yoga and horses meet

You feel it coming, that mantra that your riding instructor repeats.  Breath all the way in, all the way out.  It’s pretty incredible that as a society we need to be reminded to breathe.  Sounds hard to believe, but this is the truth!  Breath is a things that evades many of us.  Even those who practice the art of focused breathing have to remind themselves once in awhile to breath properly, and pay mind to the breath that moves through them.  Here at Maverick Riding, we see breath as such an integral part of the experience of being here at the ranch, out in Texas sunshine, and riding, that it’s actually become on of our “Rules of Riding.”

As a rider, whether you are a total newbie or a seasoned equestrian, you probably have a sense of both self preservation … Continue Reading



I’m sitting at my office (ok, it’s not really my office, but it is the most scenic space in the whole house), and the loan chicken, “Lone Star,” is pacing back and forth in front of the window.  Occasionally she pauses her porch patrolling to stop at the window.  Lone Star cocks her head back and forth, looking in the window.  Tap Tap Tap.  She wants in.  I should probably get her some more feathered friends.

One of the little grey kittens, who is not quite so little anymore, bends low, creepy cat walking toward my silly chicken.  He and the other grey kitty (I call them Romulus and Remus) came to me from a most unpleasant situation.  They are the last of their litter and did not get adopted out.  I’m not surprised.  They’re both a little awkward … Continue Reading

Tack Care 101: The importance of cleaning and oiling your gear

Importance of Taking Care of Your Tack

By Marilyn Darrell

On a recent ride out at Maverick Horseback Riding in Lockhart, Texas, part of my day’s lessons (as a newbie to horses and the riding experience) was learning about tack. One of the most important aspects of horse riding is taking care of your tack. You know… the gear and equipment used to ride your horse. Bonus information: Tack is short for “tackle”.  And that’s what I am going to do in this post – “tackle” (muahahah) the importance of caring for and inspecting your tack.


As I mentioned, tack is the gear used to ride the horse, including: saddles, stirrups, bridles, halters, reins, bits, harnesses, and the like. When you are riding your horse, your tack is gonna take some wear and tear and get dirty. During my … Continue Reading

Halloween is in the air

Greetings Friends,

The weather is getting cooler, and that makes the call of a robust country bonfire a bit more enticing.  Can you hear the crackling of the fire?  If your kiddos are bananas about roasting hot dogs over the open flame (and I mean, really, who isn’t?), then you won’t want to miss our “First Annual Lockhart Halloween Bash.”


This year, Maverick Riding has paired forces with Spoaks Motopark of Flying H Ranch to provide free family activities for the community.  We’ll have a bouncy house, face painting, an arts&crafts table, pony rides and of course, an appearance by a unicorn or two… or three.  Add a costume contest open to the public with a CASH PRIZE and you’ve got a recipe for fun.  If you’d like more information, take a look at our Saturday October 28th ScheduleContinue Reading

Horario del Sábado, 28-10-17

Saludos Amigos! Estamos muy contentos de poder compartir nuestra nueva sede con usted en una gran apertura este fin de semana para celebrar el otoño. Durante todo el día este sábado desde la 1 de la tarde hasta las 9 de la noche. tendremos actividades para la familia. Vengan todos para hacer manualidades, disfruten de la casa inflable, paseos en pony y tomar fotografías con un unicornio.

Por favor, vuelvan a esta página para obtener actualizaciones sobre los tiempos exactos. A las 6pm, tendremos un concurso de disfraces. Usted y sus hijos son bienvenidos a venir luciendo su mejor disfraz de Halloween. El ganador en la categoría de adultos ganarán $100 y el ganador del grupo de niños ganará $30 más un mes de lecciones de equitación de forma gratuita. Traer una manta, unos perritos calientes para asar en el … Continue Reading

Saturday October 28th Schedule

Halloween Festivities are swinging into full gear, and at Maverick Riding we plan on riding the wave of child and adulthood silliness alongside the best of them.  Our weekend will begin on Friday at noon at our new Special Events Venue, “Flying H Ranch,” in Lockhart, TX, where our professional photographer will be present to snap some photos of riders decked out in their favorite Halloween gear.  Care to sport a costume and selfie it up with a unicorn?  Now’s your chance.  Book a ride with us at noon, 3pm or 5:30pm to enjoy the sunset and we will enjoy the spooktacular energy of one of America’s favorite customs as well as the opportunity to ride on Spoaks Motopark’s professional race track.  Yep.  You heard us.  Professional motocross track.  Sweet.

Saturday morning at 10am and again at 1pm we will … Continue Reading

Saturday Community Festival

Come celebrate a spooktacular Halloween festival this weekend with Maverick Riding and its new venue and partner ranch, Flying H Ranch.  You’ll find all things fun and free at this community event.  We will provide pony rides, photo ops with our infamous unicorn, face painting, a bouncy house, relay races and pumpkin decorating.

Join us at 1pm to check out the new digs, or stop by later in the afternoon for a few hours of family-friendly fun.  21+? We’ve got you covered there, too.  Enjoy a bonfire, dancing and a costume contest to kick off the Halloween events for 2017.

Rides will go out at 10am and 1pm, so if you are hoping for some saddle time, we are happy to oblige.  Give us a call at set up your riding session and enjoy perusing a professional motocross race track … Continue Reading

First Annual Maverick’s “Flying Halloween” Bash

Get Pristine for Halloween 2017


Well do we have some festivities in store for you this weekend!  Clearly, the inner child in you can’t wait for Halloween, and here at Maverick’s we know what it’s like to await this iconic American holiday.  We also know there’s no better way to celebrate Halloween in cozy Central Texas than to sport your favorite costume and pose for a few photos… with a unicorn, obviously.

You may have seen our dazzling unicorn in all his rainbow glory in the past but HAVE you seen his two new friends?  Right.  We didn’t think so.  This year, Maverick will be making a special appearance as the unofficial Lockhart Unicorn.  If that’s not enough fun in the bag for you, his friends Angelita and Ghost will be decked out by his side.  What could be … Continue Reading

Maverick to be Featured by Texas State Highways Magazine

They’re at it again!  Maverick just wrapped up with YoloTX Travel TV Show as a featured item of Top Texas Travel things to do, but they’re not finished yet!  Texas State Highways Magazine will be coming out on Monday, October 16th to feature our acclaimed riding lessons in Central Texas.  Maverick’s Horseback Riding Stables is beyond thrilled to have Gene Fowler come check out the family farm, which generally holds the spotlight on top places to take a riding lesson.  While Maverick Riding does love to travel, the folks here are quite content to bask in the sunlight of the little valley they call home.

“It’s a great opportunity, for sure,” says MacCoy, owner.  “We are always excited to get the word out about what we do.  I remember as a child, taking lessons and going on trail rides thinking … Continue Reading

YoloTX arrives tomorrow at 7:30am to premier Maverick’s as a Top Texas Thing to Do

Well believe it or not, the time is here.  Soon we will be able to point to YoloTX TV show along with an array of Austin-based companies that have represented Maverick’s Horsemanship Lessons as a top thing to do.  We are super excited to be part of this fun filming process.  We figure, hey, if they can work their magic like they do with little cafes and restaurants, imagine what Quarter Moon Production’s host, AC, will be able to do with our horses of every shape and color?  We’re pretty sure it’s going to be better than good!

The day will start with some B roll.  Moseying through the ranch on foot, we hope to guide the YoloTX crew to deer, song birds, blue heron, white cranes, maybe even an armadillo or two!  Who knows what we’ll come across?  The … Continue Reading