FAQs

 

Where are you located?

We serve the Greater Austin Metropolitan Area in a variety of locations.  Our Special Events venue is located in Lockhart, TX, 6 miles from downtown.  Our home ranch where we offer most of our horseback riding lesson experiences is also in Lockhart, TX, 1 mile from downtown.  Our home ranch is 20 minutes south of SE Austin, 20 minutes away from San Marcos and Kyle.  We are located just 45 minutes from Downtown Round Rock, 50 minutes from Hutto, 45 minutes from Steiner Ranch, 45 minutes from New Braunfels.  We are 50 minutes away from the hearth of Georgetown and 1 hour north of San Antonio.  We do make house calls.

What should I expect?

Horseback riding is challenging. This is not a nose to tail trail, and more people find the experience to give them a great overall feel for horsemanship, walking away prepared to feel a little sore the next day! If you’re looking for pure relaxation, let us know! We can bring out an additional guide to work with you one-on-one and pull your horse along whenever necessary or create a custom private ride for you or your group. Want to read a little bit more about perceptions, expectations, and realities? Read our blog on What to Expect During Your Horseback Riding Lesson on the Trail.

Is it safe?

“There is no such thing as a safe horse.” –Joan Marie (Owner)

How do I book?

Visit our Prices and Schedules Page.  You’ll find valuable information to help you determine if our approach to trail riding resonates with you.  Thanks!

What to Bring

Please bring the Equine Release Waiver signed for each participant. If you are unable to print the waiver, please read it before you come so that you know what you are signing. If you are unable to open the document, please plan on coming early. Thanks!

Bring water for before and after the ride.

Equine Release Waiver

Please click to download the Liability Waiver and Assumption of Risk 2017  It’s extremely helpful if you’re able to bring this form signed and ready to go.

What to Wear

We recommend that horseback riders come outfitted with long pants, boots with a half inch heal or less, a hat that will not blow off (or better yet-a helmet), sunscreen and/or a long-sleeved shirt.

What is your weight limit?

It depends.  On a lot of factors.  Our weight limit ranges from 200-248lbs, depending on conditions of the trails, work use of the horse, rider height to weight ratio, rider experience level, rider activity level, etc. For example, we have no problem accommodating a 6ft tall rider with extensive experience and a fit physique who weighs 210lbs, but it may not be possible for us to take a 5ft tall rider with no experience who weighs 200 lbs.  Please Contact Us for more information.

 

How far in advance should I book?

For the average group, booking one to two weeks in advance is ideal.  For larger groups or special requests, more time may be required.  That being said, you are welcome to call or email us for rides the day of!

How big of a group can you accommodate?

We can work with groups of any size.  Because we have several ranches that we are able to utilize in Lockhart, Austin, Killeen, Bastrop and Houston, we can cater your experience to your needs.  Read: Corporate events, weddings, photo shoots, film and TV, family reunions, birthday parties.  We’ve hosted a wide variety of experiences over the past five years.  See General Services for examples of tailored ventures we have helped create and mold.

Do you offer special events?

For large special events or large groups, we can offer a variety of options.  Our horses make for a spectacular backdrop to your special event or large group.  We have a variety of alternative activities that can entertain and educate guests so that we are able to rotate riding groups.  Activities with our preferred vendors:

What’s your inclement weather policy?

God Bless Texas. Luckily, we are able to ride all year round. In the event that weather makes conditions unsafe, we will cancel at no cost to the rider. If it drizzles, we ride. If it’s hot, we ride. If it’s cold, we ride. Ride on!

What’s your cancellation policy?

We have a limited number of trails and lessons we permit a day, to keep our horse’s healthy.  If you need to cancel with less than 72 hours notice, we will reserve the right to charge in full.  As a courtesy, we offer riders the opportunity to reschedule for a 25% rebooking fee.

 

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