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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+
Our year of riding program offers weekly rides at $47 a session. Each session is approximately 3 hours long. You’ll enjoy an hour and a half of mounted time as well as support while you learn to prepare your mount. Riders pay $2350 up front for the year, and have a total of 50 weeks of enjoying our diverse and beautiful lesson-base trail rides on responsive horses in Austin, Lockhart and beyond. This is a pilot program. We are currently working with existing students to mold the program, step-by-step. We are so appreciative of our regular riders, and we know they love the amazing opportunity we’ve created. We have THREE spaces remaining for the pilot program.
Starting March 2020 the riding program fee structure will change to 4 monthly payments of $801.05 OR you may pay as you go with consecutive weekly sessions of the Horsemanship Trail ($185 per session) for four months. You may opt out at anytime. After you have paid for four full months, ride the rest of the year for free! There are 32 spaces total available for the year. Registration is open throughout the year. Discounted rates available for Monday through Thursday morning ride times.
Children Ages 2-8
Check out our Children’s Intro to Horsemanship Classes. For $35 a session, you may drop in at your leisure. 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 competent 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!
Children Ages 7-12
We have Children’s Group Classes on a rotating basis. Space is limited. If you are interested in joining a children’s class (price ranges from $40-68 a lesson), please email us with your request at firstname.lastname@example.org
Confident intermediate riders currently enrolled in a lesson program may be a good candidate for the year of riding option. Please inquire.
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.