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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 horse 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. After your first session you’ll have the chance to book 4 more rides for 20% off plus pay no online booking fees if you pay by check, which saves nearly 10% more. Based on the consistency of tour riding and your group size (family or couples booking options vary) as well as how wuickly you catch onto which horse is which and how the gear is allocated, you’ll hvae continual price drops. For example. most of our second year students pay around $60 a session, whereas we have third year students paying between $30 and $45 a class, including the BBQ rides, river rides and drill team participation. We are slowly building a series of hunter courses to provide low-level jumping at the Lockhart location. Think 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.

Private Lessons

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.

Horsemanship Lessons are NOT about riding around in endless circles. We love our round pen and grass arena on the bluff top overlooking the valley, but we love even more the incredible spaces we can provide for students to learn how to handle the diversity of Texas trails and gorgeous terrain. Scroll down for more photos the Maverick dude ranch!
Horses of all temperaments and sizes will enable you and your youth rider to learn to handle a wide variety of horse personalities and behaviors.
We offer incredible spaces to learn and grow.
Learning about your gear is a huge priority. Austin horseback riding students will learn how to assess English and Western saddle fit, bit and bridle options, as well as safety checks on gear.

between the ears shot by Texas equine photographer mounted on black morgan quarter horse cross mare for sale
Texas horse tours and travel options for the one time student or regular riding for Austin locals.
Texas trail rides take equestrians of all skill levels into the pastures, woods, hills and... water! Go riding in the water on our beautiful trails
Hey everyone, Want to go for a swim?
Big bay gelding for sale, pictured with rider in Bastrop
Cat is a gelding for sale in Central Texas
Maverick Poses in Pundt Park, Houston TX
We enjoy sharing a plethora of water crossings and water-based experiences with you!
Learn to ride bareback. It’s a great way to get a good workout, and really understand the biomechanics of horse and rider movement.

Check out our instagram account for updates and photos on these locations. See hashtags below for links to photos from each location on Instagram. #mavericksinAustin, #mavericksinDale, #mavericksinLockhart, #mavericksinKilleen, #mavericksinSpicewood, #mavericksinBlanco, #mavericksinBastrop, #mavericksinRoundRock, #mavericksinHutto, #mavericksinHouston
We have generous price cuts for regular riders as well as lots of opportunities to get involved with us more.Check in with us to see what offers are available.
Ask about overnight accommodations with AirBnB in Lockhart and Northwest Austin!  

Private rides that may be booked with preference for group.  Call for more information.  Prices and conditions vary.

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