FAQs

 

Where are you located?

We serve the Greater Austin Metropolitan Area in a variety of locations.  Please visit us on the Ride Schedules and Prices page for information about the different locations.  When you book, you’ll receive directions and an address.  If you have any questions, please let us know!

 

Is horseback riding safe?

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

Booking Information

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

Contact Information

You are welcome to call 512-230-8413.  If we are unable to get to you immediately, we recommend you leave a text message.

What to Bring

Please click to download the Liability Waiver and Assumption of Risk 2017  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!  Extra Water

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 if you have any concerns about your weight.

 

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.

 

A Note on Horsebackriding

Horseback riding is challenging. That’s part of the fun. This is not a nose to tail trail, and many people experience a great approach using the fundamentals of 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.

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