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The Best Spots For Horseback Riding Near Austin

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Updated: 9 February 2017
Horseback riding is arguably the best way to venture into the Texas Hill Country. Thankfully, in Austin, you don’t have to travel far from the city to get the best riding experience possible. Here are some of the greatest spots to both ride for fun and take lessons.
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Maverick Horseback Riding

If you want a unique Texas adventure, try Maverick Horseback Riding. They offer different types of trail rides throughout their 105-acre ranch. For example, you can take a river ride through numerous water crossings, having a chance to swim with your horse. For a little more Texas fun, try the Barbecue Ride, which takes you through downtown Lockhart, making you feel like you’ve arrived in the Old West.

Maverick Horseback Riding, 5766 Balcones Dr, Austin, TX, USA, +1 512 230 8413

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Texas Trail Rides

With two private ranches, Texas Trail Rides offers diverse scenery as you travel the Texas Hill Country on horseback. Take a private tour through 3,000 acres, complete with wildlife, lakes, and open fields. They take on both beginners and experienced riders, and children can ride one of their ponies or miniature horses. If you’ve never been to Central Texas, this is a great way to soak in all things the Texas Hill Country has to offer.

Texas Trail Rides, Austin, TX, USA, +1 512 697 9722

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Switch Willo Stables

For English horseback riding, partake in the programs at Switch Willo Stables. They do both group and private lessons while also offering a Kids Summer Camp Program. They also host birthday parties and holiday-themed events with the horses. The property is beautifully laid out and landscaped, making for an idyllic escape.

Switch Willo Stables, 4829 Switch Willo, Austin, TX, USA, +1 512 920 2276

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Bee Caves Riding Center

Kathy Slack, an instructor with 40 years of experience under her belt, leads Bee Caves Riding Center lessons, offering both English- and Western-style riding. Kathy teaches you not only how to ride but also how to communicate and understand your horse. She provides camp opportunities like the upcoming holiday camp running through winter break – December 19-23, 2016, from 9 am-5 pm.

Bee Caves Riding Center, 15740 Hamilton Pool Rd, Austin, TX, USA, +1 512 632 7433

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Spicewood Farms

Within the city limits, just north of downtown Austin, is Spicewood Farms. They teach both English and Western riding while also tailoring your lesson to fit your own purposes, whether you’re a competitor or just riding for pleasure. The farm is a great place to bring young students; the instructors take their time guiding beginners through the responsibilities of taking care of a horse and the proper ways to ride, ensuring that both the horse and the rider remain safe.

Spicewood Farms, 6607 Spicewood Springs Rd, Austin, TX, USA, +1 512 343 6220

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White Fences Equestrian Center

White Fences Equestrian Center is just east of downtown Austin, but you’ll feel as though you’re hours outside of the city. They provide guided group trips through their beautiful ranch, dotted with tall oak trees. Their horses are very well trained, so any skill level is welcome to join in on the ride. You’re also free to pack a picnic or use one of their BBQ pits to cook up a warm meal after your trail adventures.

White Fences Equestrian Center, 10908 Jones Rd, Manor, TX, USA, +1 512 282 6248

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