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  • Austin Horseback Riding Camp 2014-2014

    2014 Summer Camp Activities

    for Children in the Austin, Georgetown, Pflugerville, Manor, Round Rock and Hutto Areas

    Looking for fun and engaging summer camp activities for your children while you are working?  Or would you like to explore opportunities to learn side-by-side with your child during vacation?  Whatever your interests are, Austin Tri Star and Maverick Horseback Riding have teamed up to provide you with comprehensive services to meet your needs.  Take a look at what we offer, and if you have any ideas on how we can custom-tailor horseback riding programs to meet your needs, let us know!

    Horseback Riding Lessons on the Trail

    Maverick Horseback Riding offers horseback riding lessons on the trail to individuals of all skill levels.  Because all of our lessons are trail based, your child (and you!) can enjoy a varied setting with practice on hills, water crossings and lovely horseback rides through the woods and to see some amazing animals.

    Children will learn how to catch, lead, groom and tack their horses as well as general information about horses such as horse breeds, nutrition, adequate care and more.  For a photo tour of our rides, click here.

    We are currently offering riding packages to children (and parents) if purchased throughout the month of March:  Purchase 10 “Buffalo Rides” for $500 and enjoy an extended session with summer ranch days, where your child can take advantage of learning about ground work in the round pen, feeding duties and caring for horses.  The typical Buffalo Ride is a full 3 hour session, but with the package purchase, your summer rider will get an additional hour of round pen work, ground work with horses, horsemanship lessons and, at your request, Spanish immersion.  You may use two rides in one day to complete a morning and afternoon ride totaling 8 hours.

    Learn more about package options custom-tailored to your equine-related needs.  Call us at (512) 230-8413 for more information.

    Horseback riding camps of Austin, Pflugerville, Manor, Round Rock, Hutto and Georgetown!


    – Brown bag lunch with camper’s name

    – Riding helmet (can be borrowed)

    – Paddock boots or cowboy boots

    – Breeches, jeans, or chaps

    – Shorts

    – Sunscreen

    – Large refillable water bottle

    Summer Camp Options with Tri Star Farm

    Horseback Riding at its Finest

    An equine summer adventure filled with fun and learning about this amazing animal: the horse!

    horseback riding for summer capers: a little girl kisses a horse on the nose inside of a side lit barnAustin Summer Camp Options for Horseback Riders of all Levels

    Whether you are a horseback riding beginner beginner who wants to learn to ride or an experienced rider who wants to improve your skills, there is a place for you at our Summer Riding Camp! We teach English and Western horseback riding to our campers, ranging in age from 7-14.

    Three youth riders participate in a summer camp near Austin, TXHorseback Riding Camp in Hutto, convenient to Georgetown, Austin and Round Rock


    Five 1-week sessions are available. From 9am to 3pm, we fill our days with horses, friends and fun! Pay in full by May 1st and get $50 off. Discounts also given for siblings and multiple weeks of camp. Deposit of $100 per week is required to hold space, for all not paying in full.

    A youth rider is pictured driving a pony with a cart suring a summer camp located in Hutto, convenient to Georgetown, Round Rock, Austin and ManorLearn to drive ponies during Summer Camp 2014

    All horses all day

    Five riders are pictured on beginner horses and a pony in the middle in an arena in a professional equitation facility in Hutto, TXWe have horses for every shape and size

    Campers are split into small riding groups based on their ability and previous riding experience. Our goal is to build each horseback rider’s skills and confidence enabling them to ride horses safely and correctly. Theory is an essential plank of our equitation curriculum. The ‘whys’ of horseback riding, horse training, and horse behavior, are equally important to the ‘how’s’. Small groups  allows our instructors to offer individualized attention and develop riders at their own pace. While beginner riders may be aided with a leader (if they need one), our advanced riders use a variety of tools including video tape to critique their progress.

    Sally, a mustang, and Corona, a retired barrel horse, take two youth riders around the arena during summer campSally and Corona are excellent beginner horses

    Group horse care allows  our campers to have hands-on experience taking care of “their own horse”. Campers work as a group to groom, tack, bathe, and care for their horses. While time in the saddle develops riding skills, the barn lesson teaches all aspects of horsemanship and caring for horses. Beginner campers learn about  grooming, tacking, tack care, horse bathing, and horse breeds including colors and markings. More advanced campers continue their education learning about feed,shoeing, caring for injuries, wrapping, and show prep.



    – Brown bag lunch with camper’s name

    – Riding helmet (can be borrowed)

    – Paddock boots or cowboy boots

    – Breeches, jeans, or chaps

    – Shorts

    – Sunscreen

    – Large refillable water bottle

    2014 Camp Dates

    Beginner June 16-20 $325

    Beginner June 23-27 $325

    Advanced June 30-4 $325

    Beginner July 14-18 $325

    Novice July 21-25 $325

  • Horse Boarding Near Austin

    Looking for horse boarding options convenient to Austin?  Check out Austin Tri Star, located just 30 minutes Northeast of downtown Austin.  Call (512) 230-8413 for more information about boarding details.  Enjoy runs or stall boarding, horses turned out to lovely pastures 12 hours a day, 14% protein grain and several trainers on site.

    boarding options at equine facilities near Georgetown, TX
    Horse Boarding Convenient to Austin

  • Austin Spring Break Horseback Riding Lessons ON THE TRAIL!

    Are you looking for something engaging to do with your children over spring break?  Would you like to custom tailor a horseback riding lessons package for your children while you get some things dine?  Whatever your equine needs, we are happy to work with you to the best of our ability to create a horseback riding experience your children (and you!) are sure never to forget.

    We take children as young as 3 with up to two side walkers and a leader.  We have horses suitable for all levels of riders from pure beginner to advanced.

    Call (512) 230-8413 for more information.

    MaverickHorsebackRiding.com is owned and managed by AustinLessons.com
    Austin Horseback Riding Lessons

  • Basic Horse Tack

    Basic Horse Tack

    Halter: Often made of rope or nylon, these are loosely worn by horses around their faces (equivalent perhaps to a human bracelet), with a lead rope attachable under their chin for – you guessed it – leading them places.

    A nylon halter. The alternative is a rope halter, which is excellent for trail riding as it can be left on under the bridle



    Bridle & Reins: Neither of these is of much use without the other. The bridle is similar to a halter except it also includes a bit in the horse’s mouth, which is in turn connected to reins, which you then hold for steering! Note: there are bit-less bridles, such as hackamores. There are also many many different kinds of bits.  Many.  Check back for a future blog post: “Which bit?”

    An English D-ring (with a simple snaffle bit)

    Saddle Pad & Saddle: Again, one isn’t much use without the other. The saddle pad makes the saddle more comfortable for the horse, and the saddle is your seat!  Of course, there is always the bareback pad.  Test one out before you purchase.  They can be slippery.

    A western saddle with a rope cinch


    Girth: This strap is attached to the saddle, and serves to hold the saddle pad and the saddle (and by extension you!) in place. The girth goes around the horse’s girth (aka belly), as pictured to the left with saddle and saddle pad.  In western tack it’s called the cinch.  See above: A Rope Cinch.  Be sure that it is centered.  Rope cinches, even more than leather, can cause sore spots if they are off-center.  Use the D-ring as your guide when tightening the cinch.

    Breastplate: This is an additional strap, that goes around the horse’s chest, to keep the saddle more firmly in place (no sliding back or around to either side).


    Black breast plate

    Martingale: An English piece of tack that keeps the horse from raising its head too high. Often used as a security measure, for unreliable mounts or for jumping competitions. Often attached via breastplate, but if there is no breastplate they can be attached around the neck and to the girth.


  • Autism and Horseback Riding

    Here’s a post on the benefits of horseback riding for special needs riders.  If you are interested in scheduling a ride for your autistic or special needs rider, or if you are an autistic individual looking for an engaging activity, please call (512) 230-8413 for more information.
    “Autism and Horseback Riding”
    Riding horses is a scientifically proven way to stimulate the neuromuscular abilities of people with disabilities. While mounted on a walking horse, the rider participates in the swaying hip motion and the balance and upward posture required were they themselves doing the walking. Similar to how, for four-limbed animals with disabilities, they are often first taught to swim in order to practice the motions, and build confidence, for walking independently.
    Besides the therapeutic benefits of riding a horse, simply being around a big calm and warm animal can aid in relaxation. Participating in feeding or grooming a horse can help with joint range of motion, as well as the psychological benefits of caring for another creature.
    An eight week study in 2001 by G. Land, E. Errington-Povalac, and S. Paul (Occupational Therapy in Health Care, 14(1), 1-12) of people with disabilities riding horses found “significant change in four out of eight measures of sitting posture.” Riding certainly helps with a wide variety of disabilities, but it’s benefits for autistic riders in particular are well-documented. The Wikipedia article on Therapeutic Horseback Riding, says that the activity is proven to “benefit the communication, motor skills, and social skills of an autistic person. It also causes improvement in responses to verbal and external stimuli and relaxation.”
    There is an entire therapy, called Hippotherapy, devoted to essentially using horses as a tool to set physical goals for the rider. This can be expensive, but like other therapies may be covered by your medical insurance. Therapeutic riding, on the other hand, could be as simple as going to a stable or camp equipped and informed to accommodate the disability. They will have volunteers to sidewalk and assist in leading the horse and ensuring the rider’s safety.
    Horses are companion animals, and while there are many scientific reasons that the motions and verbal actions and etcetera involved in riding them aids in all manner of physical development, it is also certainly true that spending time with them in a more casual sense, grooming them, petting them, can have dramatic and inspirational emotional benefits that aren’t so easy to predict or quantify.
    Four horses, Skipper, Maverick, Coco and Rocky practice ponying all together.
    Austin Horseback Riding

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  • A Response to “So You Want to Purchase a Horse”

    “So You Want To Purchase a Horse” was written by Holli Lotz, a Maverick Horseback Rider.  Below, a response from Joan Marie MacCoy, MaverickHorsebackRiding.com‘s head trail guide and horse trainer.
    Considering the monetary investment of a horse is absolutely crucial.  Too many horses end up going to brokers or cared for improperly.  It irks me to now end when wonderful, pleasant, hard-working horses are let go in one form or another, and obnoxious, poorly mannered, un-working horses are pampered in stalls.
    Luckily, keeping horses in Texas in the winter is not too much of an issue.  Do NOT unnecessarily blanket your horse.  It will prevent them from growing the coat they naturally would to protect them, and over heating is much more dangerous than the cold.  Blanket when it’s cold and wet.  Check back in for a future blog post “When to Blanket Your Horse.”
    Space issues are interesting.  On the one hand, most horses do need a large amount.  On the other, working horses can be kept on very small plots of land and be very happy.  Check back on a future post “How Much Land Does Your Horse Require?”
    There are two types of Arabians.  One was bred for looks.  The other was bred to STAND IN THE FAMILY TENT to keep them warm at night.  I’d highly recommend an Arabian.  Check back in for a future blog post “Arabians– Fact and Fiction.”

    I think I enjoy the only profession where looks actually do matter.  And I LOVE it!  As an owner/operator of a trail ride company, I know that people love color.  I know the power of colorful horses in marketing, and I know people enjoy a recognizable horse.  Other than trail riding though, Holli is spot on.  Conformation, not coat color, is key.


    Great job Holli!

    –Joan Marie

    Pictured is Coca, an 8 year old paint mare This horse has lineage on two different lines to Man of War. She can be registered (Dam is Bronze Beam and Sire is Cutter’s Black Lynx). She is flashy, collected, engaged and well-seasoned. She has been on numerous highway rides, used with special needs riders and young children, and has thousands of miles on her. She has successfully and soundly completed 25 mile rides, 10 mile canter trails and has encountered all kinds of experiences. She follows right along on trails with minimal steering and would be ideal for a woman or child who wants a safe, beautiful horse. Although she is so easy-going and follows along, she is not broken spirited. You can take her on a different route with ease. Coco is a cute jumper and would make a lovely horse for a youth rider for showing, or simply as an amazing family horse for trails and pleasure riding. She is ridden bareback on canter trails and over jumps. She can be ridden without a bridle as well. $8,000 Firm, open to full or partial trades on horses, vehicles or trailers

    Trainer Joan Marie shown on her first ride on Coca.

  • “So You Want To Purchase a Horse” A Post by Holli Lotz, a Maverick Horseback Rider (Original Post from MaverickHorsebackRiding.com, an AustinLessons.com company)

    “So You Want To Purchase a Horse” A Post by Holli Lotz, a Maverick Horseback Rider