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Don’t book without reading some reviews.  All of our sessions are instructional.  All of them are Safety First, Horses Second and FUN COMES AFTER THOSE TWO THINGS.  Yes we DO love to adventure and we do LOVE LOVE LOVE to pick up the pace but we will NOT jeopardize the mental or physical health of our horses for the sake of a rider having a yee-haw.  Hard No.  We will help you every step of the way but this is NOT the place to ride for folks who feel they “already know everything about horses.”  We ride from the seat and leg FIRST and hands SECOND.  Most horses have bozal or bitless bridles.  Strict weight restrictions are for the safety of our horses and those who ride after you.  Please inquire with us directly if you have concerns about physical limitations.

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Trails vary seasonally. Sometimes we book up online weeks in advance. You are always welcome to inquire about a private tour, event or group excursion for your group, but please keep in mind we may not be able to respond to last minute inquiries. It never hurts to ask! 

Group Rides may overlap with each other (so you can combine ride experiences for large, mixed groups), students and horses in training. Private Rides are for individuals or groups who wish to keep their experience limited to Maverick horse handlers and their own preferred guests. 

For Special Events, parties, reunions and retreats please inquire directly for a custom experience. 

Austin River Ride: $250-$350 pp

Ideal for more athletic, balanced beginners or more experienced riders, the water crossings in Onion Creek Park are scenic, with some seasonal exceptions that make for unsafe or less than flattering water crossings. Inquire for booking, 7 days a week. Join us this Valentine’s day 2022 in Austin! We have one time space remaining open for the sunset tour. It will be a day to remember for ever, no doubt about that.  

Lockhart Group Family Bluff-top Trail: $95 for adults, $75 children under 12 

Most children under 12 will experience being ponied for part or all of the ride.  This is a scenic tour structured to be highly leisurely and relaxing.  Because of this, we expect riders to be pleased to get a break from steering by being ponied, for some or all of the ride, as necessary to maintain calm for the whole group.  Want to relax?  Want to gaze out yonder?  Have small children or more mature riders or physical limitations?  This is your choice!  ENJOY the experience and leave the management to us!  *** Open group bookings online very limited so book in advance.  Please inquire directly for large groups, advance bookings or Special Events for groups. Spaces fill quickly so book in advance for your large group.  If ride is marked CALL TO BOOK you may of course inquire but we may not be able to get back to last minute inquiries for these trail rides

Lockhart Ranch Ride: $125 pp

Structured, but with big hills will occasional trotting.  Children and mature riders or looking for a more leisurely experience should inquire about capacity of handlers to lead horses.  This ride requires all participants to follow instructions.  Horses may suddenly trot and some sharp elevation changes require riders to stay engaged.  Good for the average beginner who wants to really ride.  Children as young as 4 years old have participated.  Riders as mature as 90 have participated.  That said, please inquire directly for riders under 12 and over 65 or riders with physical limitations before booking. Spaces fill quickly so book in advance for your large group.  If ride is marked CALL TO BOOK you may of course inquire but we may not be able to get back to last minute inquiries

Lockhart Private Ranch Ride: $175-$250 pp

Similar to the group ride, it is quite structured and geared toward a more leisurely ride.  There’s some room to cater to individuals with excellent balance and control for some light trotting and occasionally a light canter up an incline, but this tour is not geared to folks who know they want to pick up the pace.  You may book this ride online. 

Lockhart Horsemanship Trail: $175 pp

Our original trail, which started on the border of Round Rock and Hutto and took us into a beautiful creek and past a very interesting ranchette with buffalo, peacocks and donkeys going hay wire required tons of instruction. Over the years we’ve crafted this unique and highly instructional experience into an exhilarating, genuine horse interaction. It’s great for more active and healthy beginners who really want to feel what it’s like to move with a horse, in a strong coaching environment. It’s even more fantastic to true horsemen and horsewomen who commit to lifelong learning, can follow instructions, but are confident in the walk, trot and canter. We will cater to the group as a whole and also to individuals in the group. Want to trot and canter? So do we! You may book this ride online. 

Lockhart Private Horsemanship  or River Ride Trail: $350 pp

Embark on a journey you’re unlike to find many other places in the world.  On real horses. That want to go.  We will take you as far as you can on this adventure. We prefer to limit the Private Horsemanship to intermediate riders and up, although we can cater to small groups of beginners as well who are super adventurous and don’t mind a town once in awhile.  

Amateur eventers: This is what you have been looking for.

Bareback adventurers: Let’s cool off in the water

Inquire for booking, 7 days a week.

Lockhart Group BBQ Town Tour: $275 pp

Beginners, children, the mature novice rider and experienced riders have all participated in this truly Texas experience. You may book this epic Texas trail ride online. 

Lockhart Private Town Tour: $350+

This private horse tour can be customized. Take a look at some of the alternative places to visit in Lockhart and don’t be shy to get creative!  Scoops on the Square? Yes! Magical kid’s trip to Lockhart’s beautiful library? Let’s go!  How about we play cops and robbers at the Caldwell County Jail Museum? Truly fun for all ages. Inquire for booking, 7 days a week.

Canyon Lake: $350 pp

Small and large groups can enjoy using 4-6 horses to tour the lake. We can plan half and full day excursions to this iconoclastic Texas To Do. The water is gentle and easy for lounging in on horseback as well as for waders! Great for taking amazing photos and fun for larger groups who are willing to ride and relax, taking turns. Inquire for booking, 7 days a week.

Bastrop River Ride: $350 pp

Enjoy a half-day tour where you’ll get to explore scenic and hilly Bastrop with a trip to the Colorado River. This tour has trotting and cantering opportunities and is best geared toward riders who are able to pick up the pace. Inquire for booking, 7 days a week.

Matagorda Beach Daycation: Inquire for options

Life’s a beach and who doesn’t want to gallop down the beach on a horse who wants to fly? Or lollygag around and enjoy the day? We can make this all your own. Inquire for details! 

The Following Excursions are also available:

Overnight horse camping or day use at Parrie Haynes Ranch in Killeen. Visit their site HERE.

Sister Creek Ranch overnight and day trips, halfway between Boerne and Fredricksburg. Visit their site HERE

Pundt Park near Houston, TX

Pace Bend Park 

Inquire for options by texting the mainline at

512-230-8413 and request a callback. 


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More Information about our Locations

Check online for available private rides or please contact us directly for more information on private rides offered 7 days a week in Austin, Bastrop, Spicewood and Lockhart. Call or TEXT 512-230-8413. Want to get creative? We offer activities for birthday parties, picnics, corporate experiences, special events, retreats and more.


Private horseback riding excursions 7 days a week in Austin, Texas! Enjoy water crossings, wooded and open areas and opportunities to practice picking up the pace if you are looking for a more challenging experience. 


Our most popular location by far, Lockhart boasts incredible panoramic views of the valley with bluff tops and over 200 feet of elevation changes.  Walk, trot, canter rides available to public one time or regular riders through the horsemanship experience.  Gorgeous trail rides for a relaxing day. Come experience Texas, Austin style.
Book daily online.  Eat some of the best BBQ in Texas!  Paddle boats, kayaks, fishing, bonfires and more for special events and parties.  Inquire for extras.  You may book online at the Lockhart location for Family, Rides, Private Ranch Tours, which a more structured trail ride mostly walking with some trotting.  We DO have hills so you will need to be prepared for elevation changes or Horsemanship Trail Rides (More instructional, suitable for beginners through experienced riders who want a more engaging experience).  Check out the epic Texas Town Tour  where you can cruise into town on horseback on the Original Chisolm Trail right in the heart of historical Downtown Lockhart. 


Have a special someone in your life or a group of friends who are fans of motocross? Well this is the ride for you. Enjoy a 400+ acre ranch with 1.5 miles of horseback riding on a professional Lockhart motocross track as well as an additional 4 miles of trails through the woods and fields. VIP parties welcome. Email for Special Events details or information on Corporate Retreats.


Day trips and overnight trips are tailored to your needs.


Click HERE for photos of Pundt Park.


Click HERE for photos of Parrie Haynes Equestrian Center

Check back with us for overnight camping trips once it is a bit cooler. Because of the layout of Parrie Haynes, we reserve trips to this beautiful location to fall and even better, spring, when the Blue Bonnets are blooming.

FAQ’s Page: Click HERE

Cancellation Policy: We reserve the right to charge in full for no-shows or cancellations as well as riders who misrepresent their weight by over 10lbs.Thanks for understanding this policy, which protects the health of the horses who make dreams come true. We care about equine health & we know you do, too!  Curious? Check out our blog roll for more information on the importance of spinal and digestive care for the success of our program.  

Don’t want to ride because it’s muddy, it’s raining where you are or you think it might be raining at our ranch? You are welcome to cancel your ride at anytime. We understand guest preferences vary.  We have a 25% rebooking fee.


Trail ride around our 1.5 acre pond. Maybe even take the horses in for a swim if you dare!
Take a trip around the lake in Lockhart Texas. Lockhart is renowned for its BBQ. Our Texas dude ranch is located 30 minutes from downtown Austin, 45 minutes from Round Rock, and 1 hour north of San Antonio


Horseback riding birthday parties to the river and beyond! Trail riding into the water is a highlight of what we do.
Here we are in Brushy Creek of Round Rock, Texas. We love splash splashing around at the dude ranch. See this amazing unicorn? We offer unforgettable birthdays at our Round Rock/ Hutto location.

Birthday Parties

How about a pony painting session for your birthday boy or girl! Spend 45 minutes painting the fabulous canvas of Maverick, our large, white namesake who humbly stands by as children write birthday messages, make horsey hand prints, or turn him into a zebra or unicorn! As always, the experience caters to each group, but focuses on developing comfort, respect and awe of the horse during unmounted activities.  After the work is done, we’ll throw a saddle on this noble steed and children can spend another 45 minutes taking turns horseback riding, learning about posture, hand and foot position, and goal setting.

Our birthday sessions remain focused on educating participants on horse safety, horse care and the fundamentals of safe riding.  We do not offer “pony rides,” but rather a beautiful experience that engages the senses.  What we provide is more of a challenge, and requires children to focus, follow instruction and care for the horse.  It’s quite rewarding to little cowboys and cowgirls to know they are giving back to these wonderful animals who offer we humans so much!

Ride a painted pony!: $250 for up to 6 buckaroos

Have a large event and you’d like to explore venue options at our premier Texas Dude Ranches?

Check out our Special Events Page for more information.


Austin pony party extravaganza. Enjoy a unicorn, painting horses, pony rides and instructional interactions between your children and our knowledgeable and friendly guides. WARNING: silliness may ensue.
Maverick, half-Percheron, half-Arabian 100% Snacker 

Trail riding lessons can be so exciting for folks who want to get a taste for what real horseback riding is about.  We do not believe it’s about riding in circles in an arena three times a week for ten years, and we do not believe its about joy riding the snot out of unresponsive animals that only pick up the pace when they are headed back to the barn.  Our trail riding lessons-paradigm on trail gives us the opportunity to educate riders, and this means that we can differentiate our teaching to the individual.  THAT means that individuals who demonstrate good balance, good control and kind hands and seat are able to execute more advanced obstacles than others.  We often ride with mixed skill-level horseback riding groups on trail, and we are happy to work with more confident or more experienced equestrians to be able to pick up the pace, have a little extra fun and experience something a little more gratifying than a trail ride.

Visiting from out of town?  Ask us for recommendations on beautiful places to visit in San Marcos and South Austin.  At just 20 minutes away, we are the closest riding ranch to downtown Austin.

Horseback rider takes AQHA gelding into the water of our lake
Pictured here are Sparkling Texas waters on our Dude Ranch, just 20 minutes outside of San Marcos, Texas


So much Austin Texas fun taking a trail ride in the heat of horse country, most especially when our equestrians have a nice place to cool off
Come take a splash around our clear water lake on property at the San Marcos Dude Ranch


Located just 20 minutes from San Marcos, this shot capture the beauty of a Texas sunset at dusk.  Paint gelding, surf (for sale in Austin TX) is pictured on the right.  The brilliant sun is setting on the left.  Need more?  Check out that country wooden Kentucky Fence and take a deep breath.  This is Tesxas, y'all.
You’ll love the views on our Austin-Based, Texas Dude Ranch


Children and family rides are a great way to get out and explore the area.
This family reunion in Round Rock, TX was so much fun. Pictured front and center is a youth rider on Cocala (paint mare sold). Behind her is sorry and white paint mare, Annie Up. Annie is for sale although not currently available. Bringing up the back is the best Texas Trail Ride you can imagine: Family Fun in the waters of the glorious Brushy Creek. Want to learn more? Contact Us at Maverick Horseback Riding! 512-213-5776


Big bay draft cross takes trail riders into the water for an epic trail riding adventure in San Marcos Texas at our family dude ranch
Mariquita pictured splashing around Brushy creek at the trail ride in Round Rock, Texas.


Natural horsemanship trainer MacCoy poses with her students in the background, enjoying the river of McKinney Roughs in Bastrop state park on a horseback riding adventure
All smiles on a sunny day in the Colorado River on a horseback riding vacation at MCKINNEY ROUGHS in Bastrop Texas.  Want to come ride with us at this beautiful state park?  Contact Us for more information!


Here we are taking a drink of water in San Marcos on a summer day with a great group of friends
Horseback riding over the hills and through the woods, and to the water, of course, for a little sip to quench our furry friends’ thirst here at our Texas Dude Ranch.


Couple shown in the background over a field of Blue Bonnets at Parrie Haynes Riding Ranch in Killeen, mounted on walking horses while Equine photographer Joan Marie MacCoy takes a between the ears shot from the back of her trusted paint mare, Coca
Take a romantic vacation to PAIRRIE HAYNES in KILLEEN TX with your horses, or use some of ours! Want to learn more about our trail rides in Parrie Haynes? Look Below for a checkable link

Click here for more information on rides to north-Austin-convenient location: Parrie Haynes Equestrian Center.


Horse ranch pond is low from drought, but trainer Joan Marie MacCoy still enjoys a trip around the lake with Maverick and her dog Cecelia
Views from our “Texas Dude Ranch,” when the lake was low during drought. Still beautiful and nice for a good swim.


A colorful noodle wall of equestrian obstacles is presented to this fearless youth horseback rider.  This young lady is guiding our registrable APHA mare, Cocala, through a series of obstacles at Parries Haynes Equestrian Center just northwest of Austin, Texas.
Try out the play day obstacles like this colorful noodle wall. Look below for link to more information about our trips to Parrie Haynes Equestrian Ranch in Killeen Texas.


Texas dude ranch horseback Riders take the plunge into the lake on horseback, pictured here are Rocky our trust chestnut quarter horse and Annie, our paint mare who is currently bred
Pictured here is a coupe on the MOST incredible date night one can imagine, just shy of Austin, Texas. This is our Lockhart Dude Ranch, which has the most fantastically unforgettable panoramic views and panache of the full Texas experience. So, if you are looking to have some fun in the sun, or in the case of this couple perhaps you’ll brave the cold, come visit our stunning ranch and have a one-of-a-kind horseback riding vacation.


horses in the Texas dude ranch lake at our horse rental facility 20 miles from San Marcos
It is most definitely  time for a refreshing swim at our glorious Texas dude ranch. Pictured here are horseback riding vacationers with black and white paint mare, Cocala and registered Arabian cross, Cat, who is for sale. Check out the link below for more information about our horses for sale. They are currently available at our Lockhart location.

Thanks for reading our Texas Dude Ranch page!  If you have any comments, questions or collaborative ideas, please reach out.  By now, surely you know how to find us.  Yee yee!

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