Horseback Riding in Texas

The traditions of horseback riding in Texas are centuries old and horses have played a hugely important role in the history of Texas from the time of the conquistadores. The Spaniards had for long jealously kept horses to themselves as they were a tremendous military asset which had greatly facilitated their conquest and control of Latin America. Their monopoly was broken in the 17th century when the Pueblo Indians revolted against Spanish rule in 1680 and captured hundreds of horses, with many more escaping into the wild, thus enabling Native American tribes on the Great Plains to acquire the horse. The Comanche became such skilled horsemen and fearsome mounted warriors that they were able to control much of Texas for over a century. Then came the fabulous era of the cowboy and the great cattle drives from Texas to the north made famous by countless movies, books and songs.

Today we can offer you an excellent trail riding and instructional opportunity. You will ride well trained and responsive horses and you can learn how to interact with your horse for a meaningful riding experience. This riding center is located in the beautiful Hill Country northwest of San Antonio, Texas. Trail rides arein small groups guided by a wrangler in pleasant surroundings dotted with oak and juniper trees. You can also take lessons and your instructor has an unusual gift for showing you quickly how to improve your riding skills. Guests can also receive expert instruction in both dressage and jumping. Accommodations are in spacious, comfortable cabins and delicious meals are served in the main lodge.

Texas is the nation’s biggest cattle state and has a rich cowboy history so it is appropriate that you should be able to learn how to work cattle and this is an excellent place to do that. You can refine and sharpen theriding skills you have learned by team sorting because horse and rider have to work as a team to handle the job. If you have learned to connect well with your horse, you can use his speed, agility and strength to accomplish a job which no man on foot ever could do. It is a great pleasure for your horse as well as for you to have successfully formed such a partnership and this experience of horseback riding in Texas will help you achieve it.

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"The instructor was great. She was extremely knowledgeable and was a really good teacher. It was good to get back to basics and improve simple techniques that made a huge difference in my riding. She explained things clearly and gave us an opportunity to work"

Gabrielle White, 2012

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