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.

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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

Horse Health 101: The Causes of Laminitis

A post by Charlotte Edmond

I have been around horses my entire life. One of the most common diseases I have heard about is laminitis. Countless times I have heard owners discuss in admiration the glory days of their horses. That is, until their beloved pets developed laminitis and were retired to a pasture. So what exactly causes this disease and is it something that can be prevented? I read three articles to find out. 

There are multiple causes of laminitis which are mentioned in all three of these articles. They are poor shoes, poor hoof trims, and a poor diet. Two of these articles specify a poor diet as a diet that is too high in carbohydrates, or sugars and starches (“Laminitis”; “Laminitis in horses-prevention and cure”). A large intake of these types of foods results in a lot … Continue Reading

Horse Training 101: Desensitization and Habituation

This post was submitted by Makayla Peoples

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 anywhere on their body. Once you have spent a significant amount of time getting the horse used to your touch and contact you can move on to desensitizing them to other objects. In this article we will be exploring Habituation as a form of desensitization and the methods within Habituation.

Habituation is one of the common desensitization methods, this method is based on the idea that if you … Continue Reading

Warning: Confirmed Cases of Horse Fever in Central Texas

My First Horse: The Grown Up’s Guide to Keeping Horses and Managing Horse Fever

Posted by Veronica Looney

My dad had been listening to my not-so-subtle hints that I wanted horseback riding lessons for several months. Eventually, I had him convinced that I wasn’t just going through a phase. On my eighth birthday, my whole family drove out to a barn about an hour outside of Austin, Texas. The barn was huge, echoing with the sounds of clip clopping hooves and hay munching. The smell of the horses brought on a calm, warm feeling in my belly. 

I met a man who was to be my instructor. He was older, in his seventies, with deep wrinkles and calloused hands, but twinkly blue eyes. He patiently showed me how to groom and tack an enormous bay Thoroughbred. When we unclipped his … Continue Reading

Horse Safety, from the eyes of a Maverick Youth Equestrian

Bridey submitted this post on horse safety. If you’d like to learn more about how to earn a discounted rate on your lesson or trail ride, please click HERE.


When handling a horse it is important to act carefully and be aware at all times, this is not only for your safety but also the horses. Some of the main rules are to never walk behind a horse without it knowing you are there. Always keep your hand out of the loops when you tie a horse, this is important because the horse could scoot back, while your hand is still in the loop and crush your fingers and or the horse could drag you. Another safety rule is to never ducking under the horse, unless the horse is trained to do so. While handling or grooming a horse … Continue Reading

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