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Where do trails end and lessons begin? At Mavericks, we’ve created a unique approach to trail riding. All of our trails are lesson-based, so any time you ride with us there is an educational component.
Looking for regular riding lessons? We offer weekly sessions for locals who want to learn all the ins and outs of horsemanship, from the ground up. Private and group sessions are aggressively priced, and subsidized by our public trail riding program. Whether you are an adult looking to learn, or scouting out programs for your child, we will be thrilled to offer you a space on the Maverick Team. Over the course of riding with us for a year, students will:
-Learn to approach, halter, lead, tie, groom and tack their horse for the ride;
-Assess gear fit and functionality for horse and rider;
-Sit and post the trot in English and western saddles, as well as ride the trot bareback;
-Canter in a way that is polite to the horse;
-Handle a variety of horse breeds, young horses and other stock animals;
-Learn about and support our mission to share the joy and refuge of healing natural spaces and working directly with animals;
-Understand nutrition and its impact on behavior;
-Learn to pony another horse on the trail;
-Understand leg pressure, how to open gates while mounted and how to maneuver a horse with the seat;
-Get fit! Our sessions will give you a real workout. You can kiss that gym membership goodbye.
-Understand the fundamentals of English and Western riding. The more tools you have, the better you will be able to take obstacles. We believe in the power of a versatile equestrian education.
We have several options.
Adults and Riders Age 12+
Start by booking a Horsemanship Trail with us to see what the lessons are like and met other students in the program. If you enjoy the unique environment of learning on trail, you can schedule a month of riding for $375. Second year students who demonstrate mastery of saddle fitting may be offered an annual payment of $3200 for once weekly lessons over the course of one year that build on the fundamentals of riding and caring for horses and the land we need to keep horses running free. We are slowly building a series of hunter courses to provide low-level jumping at the Lockhart location. Thing amateur eventing. We are excited and will keep you posted.
Additional fees for travel are optional. Students are not required to travel but will receive first right of refusal to Blanco, Austin, Killeen, Spicewood, Bastrop and beyond.
Children Ages 2-12
Check out our Children’s Intro to Horsemanship Classes. You may drop in at your leisure by booking online. The fees amount to approximately $65. There is no commitment, and we will work with you at your desired pace. This class is structured so that a parent, legal guardian or other able-bodied adult is learning side-by-side the youth rider. Adults must be present at all times.
Children will learn all the fundamentals of horsemanship. Mounted sessions start low and slow, with just a few minutes on the horse. Riders who come consistently will enjoy longer mounted sessions as they continue attending classes, up to the full length of our Ranch Trail. It’s incredibly lucrative for committed families!
Packages with discounted rates are custom. Package rates/ride vary according to frequency of sessions and length of commitment. Individual ride rates will vary from $35-$48. To get started, sign up for a Children’s Intro online.
Older children may join the Regular Riders program if they are able to follow multi-step directions, sit the trot for 20 feet, execute a proper “drop and grab” (holding the reins in one hand and the horn with the other) and pull and tack their own horse.
We have private lessons available in Lockhart, Austin, Bastrop, Blanco, Canyon Lake, Spicewood and Gonzales. At this time, we are unable to meet the demand of weekly private rides, but please stay tuned for updates. Riders enrolled in our year of riding program receive priority space for private horseback riding lessons.