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HORSES & HORSEBACK RIDING
IN THE TEXAS HILL COUNTRY
This page is all about the adventure of horseback riding in the Hill Country.
On this page we present all those facilities we have experienced or been told about, from training to boarding and livery.
In addition, there are many private ranches that welcome horseback riding on their land in the Hill Country, but we do not yet have listings for them.
There is a lot of overlap in terms of what these facilities have or allow. There are no tight categories to classify these facilities, so be sure to look through all the listings and compare them.
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Horse Camps are facilities where you can bring you own horse to ride, and typically to camp nightly. Often these facilities are available at the many dude ranches listed further below and also on a private ranch basis.
Some folks think of camps as children's day or week programs with scheduled horse activities. Some think of them as training clinics or camps. However, for this section of the Portal, we are thinking a "horse camp" is where you make your own camp, with a campfire, a few companions, and roughin' it to some degree, all on your own. No class, no program, no schedule. Pack your own gear on your own horse. More like the old days plus some transportation and maybe some sleeping conveniences.
The things we look for in these horse camp facilities are:
- How many miles of trails can be accessed?
- Type of trail terrain?
- Degree of riding difficulty and experience needed?
- What kind of stalls are available if we can bring our own horses?
- Can we bring and leave our own camper trailer/hauler/RV, and is there water, sewer and electric hookup?
We use the following symbols to describe the type of trail terrain:
S=Steep; R=Rocky; W=Water Crossings
Many places require negative Coggins, so be sure to bring them.
Some horse camps also rent horses.
DIAMOND C STABLES & RANCH: 830-755-4911; 27030 Toutant Beauregard Rd, Boerne, TX 78611. www.diamondcstables.net. Has 25 stalls, riding lessons, camps, clinics and breeding services.
SISTERCREEK RANCH: 830-324-6525; 1818 FM 1376, Boerne TX 78006 (but located 6 mi N of Sisterdale). http://sistercreekranch.com. Owners of this 700-acre working ranch have tailored it to be a perfect spot for horse owners to enjoy themselves to the fullest. No horse rentals, you must bring your own horses. Full and pasture boarding. Upscale guest houses, saloon, barn, arena, round pen, and lots of horse riding trails, hiking, catch and release fishing, and great spots for cooling off in the creeks. Available for corporate retreats, meetings, weddings and private parties. Spa services. Tennessee Walker trail horses for sale. All trailers and rv's must be gray and black water self-contained. No drop-ins, ranch is gated and requires security code.
2E TWIN ELM GUEST RANCH:
888-567-3049; 830-796-3628; 810 FM 470, Bandera, TX 78003. www.twinelmranch.com.
General: 21 rooms in cabins and bunkhouses.
250 acres on the Medina River. Full American Plan. Horseback riding, meals, pool, hayrides, hiking, wildlife viewing, fossil hunting, campfires, games, river swimming and tubing. Rodeo's are held every Friday in the ranch arena during the summer and Chuck Wagon Races are held in May. Meeting facilities. Golf nearby.
Horse Facilities: Horse Rentals Available: Y; Bring Own Horses: Y; Horse Trailers Allowed: Y; RV's Allowed: Y; RV Hook-ups: 30/50/w/s
Services Available: open pens ($), covered stalls ($), feed ($), water (free), electric ($), etc., etc.
Trail Description: Total acreage: 250; Trail Miles: x; Type: S: none; R: most; W: 2, normally very low or dry, but flash is possible. Also on Trails: H, B, MC, ATV Terrain: Gentle rolling hills, very picturesque.
Trail Map: Not available
IN THE TEXAS HILL COUNTRY
There are a number of traditional dude ranches in the Hill Country, with most of them in the Bandera area. All of them offer horseback riding on their horses on a guided basis. Many allow you to bring your own horses as well. See full details at Dude Ranches.
Also check out Day & Guest Camps for boys & girls, as many have horseback riding facilities or arrangements with local outfitters.
Key considerations include: Rates, taxes, gratuity; length of ride; liability issues; guided or alone; minimum age; minimum experience; adult accompaniment; maximum weight; height proportion requirement; group size; mix your horse with theirs; daily; overnight ride; sunrise ride; sunset ride; cattle drive rides; meals; riding lessons/instruction & clinics; other activities at the ranch; lodging.
BARKSDALE FREEDOM FARMS 830-234-3284; POB 44, 202 CR 360, Barksdale, TX 78828. www.freedomfarms.org. A place for you and your horse to spend the night, rest, and trail ride. Indoor and outdoor arena with facilities for overnight horse accommodations. The human overnighters can stay in one of the rustic cabins. Dedicated to sharing the Gospel. Christian horse camps, lessons, and Cowboy Church services take place during the year. Chrisitian Summer Horse Camp, July-Aug: Instruction in Barrel Racing, Poles, Safety, & Horsemanship, Bible Study, Swimming, Trail rides, Hiking, Archery, & More.
BAR M RANCH: 830-796-9096; 2569 RR 1077 W, Bandera, TX 78003. www.bar-mranch.com. Not a dude ranch. Bar M specializes in unique Hill Country trail rides on private lands where you'll see no other humans or constant signs of modern civilization. Their trails offer all the terrain the Texas Hill Country has to offer and are mapped to delight you with constantly changing scenery. Overnight stays available at a cabin. Hiking trails along creeks. Only one private group at a time, maximum of 3 riders, with each ride tailored to the skills and interests of the group and guided by an experienced, professional wrangler. "Hands-on" horse handling by prearrangement. Free basic initial instruction plus coaching on the trail. Well-trained, mannerly and responsive horses. No personal horses or horse camp arrangements. Age 12 and up. 2 miles from town.
B.R. LIGHTNING RANCH: 830-535-4096; 800-994-7373; 818 FM 1283, Pipe Creek, TX 78063. www.lightningranch.com. This is a dude ranch but not overly regimented - pick and choose what you want to do. Family owned and operated working ranch. Has 7 cottages, 1 & 2 bedroom. Trail rides, hay rides, camel rides, exotic animals, and barbecues. Meeting/party room will accommodate up to 85. Chuck wagon dinners available. Rodeo every Friday night during the summer. Horseback riding available by the hour, 2 hours, half-day with lunch, and overnight with all meals & camping equipment included. Riding and roping lessons. Equine facility with boarding, lessons, training, breaking, arena, round pen and miles of trails. Nightly and weekly boarding. Pavilion with a dance floor, yard games, pool. Great for kids, very family oriented. Near Bandera.
CHALK BLUFF PARK: 830-278-5515; 1108 Chalk Bluff Road, Uvalde, TX 78801. www.chalkbluff.com. A 400 acre multi-use, family playground destination located on Nueces River S of Camp Wood. With upwards of 1000 guests in the peak summer period you won't be lonely! Features a 300' superb cliff near the water and lake frontage. Rentals of canoes, tubes, kayaks, bikes, fishing poles. Shuttle service for tubing or paddling down the river. Store, fishing, trails for hiking and mountain biking, boats, putt-putt golf, yard games, arrow head hunts. Animal menagerie. Pavilion with cooking facilities. 60 Cabins with bath and AC. 40+ RV sites with full service hookups. Primitive camping. Horseback rides (1 hour with 3 river crossings) and hayrides provided by neighboring outfitter. Horse camps with prior arrangements. Round pen. Fall hunting (deer, hogs, birds).
COLBERT RANCH: Bertram, TX 78065. No longer operating.
DESERT HEARTS COWGIRL CLUB: 830-796-7001; Bandera, TX 78003. Two hour rides in the Hill Country State Natural Area (HCSNA) & Bandera are offered as well as half and full day rides. No web site, no office, call owner Jeanne for arrangements and reservation. She trailers her horses to HCSNA, for from 1 to 3 riders at $80/rider, meeting you at the Park HQ. Pack lunch. Cash & checks only. Guide service for horse camps. 512-355-2444/3225; 2505 S FM 1174, Jeanne Beauxbeannes firstname.lastname@example.org -->
DIXIE DUDE RANCH: 830-796-7771; 800-375-9255; 830-796-7771; 833 Dixie Dude Ranch Road, Bandera, TX 78003. www.dixieduderanch.com. Traditional dude ranch wiht 20 units in cabins and lodge. 725 acre working stock ranch. Longhorn breeders. Horseback trail-riding, advanced rides, and arena for lessons. Pool, hot tub, fishing, playground, basketball, volleyball, horseshoes, hiking and nature trails. Cowboy breakfasts, bonfires, cookouts, hayrides and Western entertainment, authentic ranch experience. Overnight trail rides and Native American spiritual/vision quests. Historic barn and Range War cemetery. Bandera's oldest since 1937. Full American Plan.
DOUBLE B RANCH & RESORT: 830-990-9500; 800-830-5008; 225 Living Water Ranch Rd, Harper, TX 78631. Dude Ranch. Camping, hiking, catch and release fishing (perch, bass, catfish and trout), swimming and riding. Lodge rooms and one, two and three bedroom cabins, and tent camping. 1,100-acre ranch is located outside of Tivydale, S of Fredericksburg. www.double-b-ranch.com
ELM CREEK STABLES HORSEBACK RIDES: 830-232-5365; US Hwy 83, Concan, TX 78838. Near FM 1050
(THE) FARM COUNTRY CLUB: 830-589-2276; NW of Bandera, between Hwy 16 and Hwy 173 on FM 2828. www.farmcc.com. 365-acre Texas Century Farm. Working/entertainment ranch for group excursions. Day or evening functions. Domestic animals, abundant wildlife horseshoes, washer toss, bean bag toss, rodeo roper, pool tables, ping pong tables, swimming pool, basketball, tennis court, volley ball, hiking. By special arrangements, BBQ, Western bands, trick roper, hayrides, gunfighters, ranch work demonstrations, and use of large pavilion. Companies, reunions, convention groups can create their own private affair.
FLYING L GUEST RANCH & RESORT: 830-460-3001; 800-292-5134; 566 Flying L Dr, Bandera, TX 78003. www.flyingl.com. 86 Texas-sized suites and condos, many with fireplaces. Hill country cuisine in a western style resort. Horseback riding along San Julian Creek and through the hills. Family activities include fishing, hayrides, swimming, tennis, basketball and 18-hole championship golf course with driving range. Petting corral, playground. Campfire and s'mores each night. 3-acre water park, fitness center, and putt-putt golf course.
FLYING M RANCH: 512-355-9492; 1335 CR 264, Bertram TX 78605. http://flyingmtexas.com. Horse boarding, trail rides, lessons, horses for sale
HALF MOON RANCH: 830-796-8577; 4423 FM 2828, Bandera, TX 78003. www.halfmoonranch.org. Horse boarding and training on 33 acre ranch, with 34 covered stalls, round pens, close to state park and trails, full/part/overnight boarding, temporary trailer parking. Special "Cowboy Town Campfire Series", with chuck wagon supper, campfire, live music, poetry, stories, equine entertainment, trail rides, emporium & cantina, and more. No web site.
HIDDEN FALLS ADVENTURE PARK: 830-798-9820; 7030 E FM 1431, Marble Falls, TX 78654. www.hiddenfallsadventurepark.com. 3,000 acre family outdoor adventure park offering a variety of activities and 200 miles of off-road trails for family fun. Private park on private property. Primitive and improved site camping, RV sites, 200 mile off road trail systems for motorcycle, ATV, UTV and full size vehicles from stock 4x4's to rock crawlers. Paintball. Horseback riding on 300 acres, 4.5 mile equestrian trail, bring your horse or rent theirs. Full service shooting club. Team building activities.
HILL COUNTRY EQUESTRIAN LODGE: 830-796-7950; 1580 Hay Hollar Rd, Bandera, TX 78003. www.hillcountryequestlodge.com. Luxury accommodations in secluded cabins with limestone fireplaces. Overnight boarding for guest horses. Private rides and riding instruction available on lodge's horses. Clinics. Adjoins Hill Country State Natural Area. 6,000 acre ranch. Wildlife viewing, hiking, mountain biking. 10 minutes from golf, shopping, dining and entertainment in Bandera.
HILL COUNTRY TRAIL RIDING: 612-961-9441; Center Point, TX 7810. www.hillcountrytrailriding.com. Horseback riding, camping trips, petting ranch. 2 ranch locations. Jennifer Bursaw
HOMER MARTIN GUEST RANCH: 325-347-6852; 10022 Simonsville Rd., Mason, TX 76856. Camping, horseback riding, hiking, birding. Has cozy, air-conditioned cabins, and a main Lodge House with fully equipped kitchen, dining room, social room and game room for cards or dominoes.
LAKE & CREEK HORSE RANCH 512-587-9656; 13400 FM 150, Driftwood, TX 78619
LAKE MEDINA RV RESORT: 830-751-2640; 1218 Leibolds Point, Lakehills, TX 78063. www.lmrvresort.com. Horseback riding
LH7 RANCH: 830-796-4314; Hwy 16, Bandera, TX 78003. Just E of town. www.lh7ranchresort.com. Nine limestone cottages with Heat & AC, equipped kitchens on 1,200 acre working longhorn ranch. Lodge with fireplace, pool. 14 RV hookups/electric & water. Primitive camp sites lakeside and riverside. 50 acre fishing lake for guests. Bring your own horse. Longhorn Ranch Tours for groups and individuals. Birding Tours available. Group picnics, celebrations and weddings.
MALCOLM OTTO TRAIL RIDE: 325-247-4028; Llano, TX 78643. Beautiful Hill Country scenery, friendly worldwide riders, and an evening of dancing is time well spent. The price of the meals provided and opportunity to meet other trail riders is a wonderful and unforgettable experience.
MAYAN DUDE RANCH: 830-796-3312; 350 Mayan Ranch Road, Bandera, TX 78003. www.mayanranch.com. 68 rooms in cottages or lodges, some with fireplaces, VCR's & microwaves. Full American Plan. 350 acres, Medina River for swimming, fishing, tubing. Morning and afternoon trail rides along the Medina River and surrounding hills. Pool, tubing, tennis courts, volleyball, basketball, horseshoes, nature trails, barbecues, hayrides, steakfrys, cowboy breakfast cooked on the trail. General Store. Conference Center. Children's activities during summer & holidays. Golf nearby.
MEDINA RIVER RANCH RESORT & CONFERENCE CENTER: 832-262-2805; 1515 Old Castroville Rd, Bandera, TX 78003. www.medinariverranchresort.com Home to some of the finest hunting action you will ever experience along with upscale luxury accommodations. A scenic serenity located 6 mi outside of historic Bandera. Developed to provide guests with the highest quality adventures possible while participating in all types of different events. Corporate meetings & hunts, family vacations, and couple get-a-ways are a few of their services. Others enjoy pursuing native or exotic game on exhilarating hunts that can go on for a few days but last a lifetime. Hunting and leisure packages available. Year round exotic game hunting, fishing, wildlife safari, horseback riding, skeet shooting, wave runners, pontoon boat, ATV's. Rustic Texas ranch style accommodations in four cottages for hunters, vacationers, and corporate groups. Full amenities.
OL' CACTUS JACK: 512-263-2388; 13433 W. Hwy 71, Bee Cave, TX 78738. Close to Lake Travis. Horseback riding.
POST OAK FARM & GUEST RANCH: 512-756-4647; 1019 Hoover Valley Rd (CR 116), Burnet, TX 78611. www.postoakfarm.com. Offers ranch rides, riding lessons for all ages, horsemanship clinics, horse boarding and training. 1.5 hour trail rides. They will let you ride out in the pastures range-style instead of having to ride in-line like most places do. Lodging. Advance reservations are required for all riding. No web site.
PURPLE SAGE RANCH CONFERENCE CENTER & RETREAT: 800-373-0931 or 830-796-7703. 756 Purple Sage Rd, Bandera, TX 78003. www.purplesageranch.com. 500 acre corporate conference and meeting facility with over 3,000 square feet of meeting space complete with conference tables, ergonomic chairs, audio/visual equipment, meeting supplies, continuous beverages and snacks. Suited for corporate outings up to 100 with lodging for 60 in 8 cabins and 2 lodges. Customized menus. Pool, exercise room, horseback riding, skeet shooting.
RAMAKER STABLES TACK & FEED: 512-259-3009; 303 CR 179, Leander, TX 78641-3148. Horse training.
RANCHO CORTEZ: 830-796-9339; 866-797-9339 or 830-796-9339; 872 Hay Hollar Road, Bandera, TX 78003. www.ranchocortez.com. 15 deluxe suites and bunkhouse with porches, 2 RV spaces, pool & outdoor spa, lodge, and dining room. Adjacent to Hill Country State Natural Area for trail rides. Guests can choose between ranch packages and fitness packages. 40+ miles of trails. Rides can be scheduled for one to two hours or longer. Riding lessons.
RANCHO ROCOSO RIDING CLUB: 512-756-1427; 5127 CR 335, Burnet, TX 78611. A 6,000 acre working cattle ranch that offers horse-related education and various activities including: horseback riding, working cattle, clinics & seminars, and sorting competitions.
RUNNING-R GUEST RANCH: 830-796-3984; 9059 Bandera Creek Rd, Bandera, TX 78003. www.rrranch.com. 14 western-style cabins and a bunkhouse. Horseback riding for beginners and advanced riders from 1 to 5 hours, direct access to 5,500 acre Hill Country State Natural Area, arena and riding lessons. Guests may also bring their own horses. Pool, bar-b-ques, campfires, cowboy breakfasts, hayrides, biking, hiking. Lodge with open fireplace, TV/video and pool table. Breakfast & lunch served. Hiking and mountain bike riding. Birding. Call to inquire about meal and ride combinations.
SCENIC TRAIL RIDES: 830-597-6400; Camp Wood, TX 78833. Horseback riding facility located in Nueces Canyon area. Rides arranged via Clear Creek Outfitters.
SILVER SPUR GUEST RANCH: 830-796-3037; 9266 Bandera Creek Rd, Bandera, TX 78003. www.silverspur-ranch.com, www.silverspurranchweddings.com. 300-acre dude ranch with 15 western style rooms & cabins. Junior Olympic-size pool, hiking trails, hay wagon rides, campfires and s'mores, meals. Spacious lodge for family reunions, business retreats, weddings and receptions, dances and special events. Next to the Hill Country State Natural Area with 5,500 acres for horseback riding. Day visitors for horseback riding at hourly rates. Ride/meal combinations.
TRAIL RIDE RANCH & AQUA VERDE STABLES: 830-634-2622; 150 Bledsoe Ranch Road, Center Point, TX 78010. www.trailrideranch.com. 700 acres for guided trail rides. Horseback riding lessons for beginners. Monthly, weekly or daily horse boarding. All stables have paddocks and provide protection from sun, wind and rain. All turn-outs have shaded areas. One cabin sleeps 6. Cows, horses, goats, deer and more on ranch. Guadalupe River three minutes away.
TAPATIO SPRINGS GOLF RESORT AND CONFERENCE CENTER: 830-537-4611; 314 Blue Heron Blvd, Boerne, TX 78611. www.tapatio.com
UNBRIDLED SPIRIT: 830-438-6100; 430 Stoney Ridge Rd, Bulverde, TX 78163. www.unbridledspirit.com. Horse riding lessons, clinics, camps, boarding. Trail rides, with overnight camping at nearby ranches.
Y.O. RANCH: 1-800-967-2624; 830-640-3222; 1736 Y.O. Ranch Rd, Mountain Home, TX 78058. www.yoranch.com. Store, entertainment, restaurant-steak house, lodging, RV sites, retreats, weddings, land sales, social club, adventure/summer/day camps, swimming pool, tent camping, hunting (exotic, native game), wildlife/game tours/safaris, trail drives & horseback riding throughout a rugged 40,000 acre ranch. While not a traditional dude ranch, the Y.O. Ranch offers a wide variety of outdoor activities most often found at dude ranches.
ZARCO GUADALUPE RANCH: 830-324-6663; 1033 FM-473, #C, Boerne, TX 78611
IN THE TEXAS HILL COUNTRY
Many of our national, state and local parks in the Texas Hill Country allow horse riding in their parks, and some have extensive equestrian-friendly trails and horse camp facilities. None have horse rentals, but several have nearby concessionaires who provide rentals. See our comprehensive presentation of these parks at Parks.
In particular, the following are noted for horse riding facilities:
- Cedar Point Primitive Area (LCRA park on Lake Buchanan)
- Grelle Recreation Area (LCRA park on Lake Travis near Spicewood)
- Guadalupe River State Park (near Bulverde & Boerne), day-use only trails
- Harrison Ranch Park (city park in Dripping Springs, www.dswildwestfest.com)
- Hill Country State Natural Area (TSP near Bandera. Overnight & day-use trails. See great TWPWD video below)
- Muleshoe Bend Recreation Area (LCRA park on Lake Travis)
- Pace Bend Park (aka Paleface, on Lake Travis)
- Pedernales Falls State Park (on Pedernales River near Johnson City). A 10 mile rugged trail winds up and down over the hillsides through the park. Riders should be experienced, as the trail is very rocky and has some steep slopes. Horses should have shoes. There is a water trough at the trailer parking area and an additional trough at the midway point on the trail. At this time, there are no rental horses available near the park. The park has a new Group Equestrian Camp available for overnight use.
- Shaffer Bend Recreational Area (LCRA park on Lake Travis)
- Turkey Bend Recreation Area (LCRA park on Lake Travis)
See TPWD Horseback Riding page with full details on day-use only parks, day-use & overnight parks, and documentation required for bringing a horse to a state park: TPWD
IN THE HILL COUNTRY
Here are some equestrian centers and traditional horse stables in the Texas Hill Country. Typically they do not have the land and trails for long rides. Some call 'em "horse motels" if you are just staying a short spell.
2E RV GUEST RANCH RESORT: 888-567-3049 or 830-796-3628; 810 FM 470, Bandera, TX 78003. Adjacent to Twin Elm Guest Ranch. 12 pull thru's, 15 back-ins (65' to 80'). All have concrete slabs 65 to 80 ft with full hookups (30/50). Two horse (panel) stables per site if needed.
BEASOM STABLE: 830-755-4903, 9 Spring Hill Dr, Boerne, TX 78611. www.beasomstable.com. Formerly Victory Lane Farm. Boarding and training services.
BEE CREEK STABLES: 512-264-0307: 4918 Bee Creek Rd, Spicewood, TX 78669. www.beecreekstables.com. 50 acres. Pasture board or stall care. Harriott McCord
BEL CANTO FARMS: 512-797-1178; 4205 Lone Man Mountain Rd, Wimberley, TX 78676. www.belcantofarms.com. An equestrian training facility offering full-service horse boarding, training and lessons in the beautiful Hill Country of Texas. Disciplines are Hunter-Jumper and Dressage.
BOERNE STABLES: 210-326-5290; 25 Zoeller Ln, Boerne, TX 78611. www.boernestables.com. A traditional boarding stable with monthly or nightly arrangements, with pasture turn-out, paddocks, stalls, wash-docks, horse grooming area, round pen, hot-walker. Trainer on-site, and a few RV spots. No horse rides or trails.
BRIARCLIFF PERFORMANCE HORSES: 323-810-3660; 24422 71 W, Spicewood, TX 78669. FB. Care and riding lessons for both casual and competitive horse riders
(THE) BUNK HAUS BED & BUCKET: 830-660-3124; 3366 Westmeyer Rd, New Braunfels, TX 78130. www.thebunkhaus.net. A unique "horse hotel" that allows you to comfortably sleep literally just feet away from your horses yet close to area conveniences. Choice of three 10'x12' inside stalls (with possible additional 12'x12' run out), three 12'x12' covered stalls, two 10'x12' covered stalls, a round pen, two one-acre turn-out pastures and a wash area. No trail rides or rentals. Not a dude ranch.
C & C CUTTING HORSES: 830-285-4662; 4662 RR 1623 S, Stonewall, TX 78671. www.chancecutting.com
CALLIOPE STABLE: 512-699-0989; 100 Terry Ln, Leander, TX 78641. Horse stable, boarding, riding lessons, kid's camp.
CROSS-G-RANCH TRAIL RIDES: 830-688-2717; Pipe Creek, TX 78063. www.cross-g-ranch-trailrides.com.
DEER CANYON STABLES: 512-636-2592; 10720 Deer Canyon Rd, Jonestown, TX 78645. www.deercanyonstables.com. Horse boarding, riding lessons & training.
DIAMOND C STABLES & RANCH: 830-755-4911; 27030 Toutant Beauregard Rd, Boerne, TX 78006. www.diamondcstables.net. High quality boarding at an affordable price. Family focused facility offers a large covered arena as well as two round pens, riding lessons for students of any age, breeding services and more. Horse rentals and trail rides available year round, weather permitting.
DOLCE HOLISTIC HORSEMANSHIP: 830-257-377-8888; 325 Deer Park Ln, Kerrville, TX 78028. www.braxtondolce.com. Specializes in beginner riding lessons, and lessons to intermediate and advanced riders teaching a holistic approach to horsemanship. Consultations and evaluations, boarding, training, clinics, horse parties, youth day camps, ride in movies, and can host events. Facility includes 100x200 arena, round pen, 16x16 stalls and turn out areas.
DOORINGCOURT HORSE BOARDING STABLES: 210-392-9627; 32600 Smithson Valley Rd, Bulverde, TX 78163. www.doringcourtstables.com. Has a couple of large round pens, large arena, riding lessons, horse shows, day camps, clinics, competitions and other events.
DREAM A DREAM THERAPEUTIC HORSEMANSHIP: 512-260-595; 23650 Round Mountain Cr, Leander, TX 78641. www.dadth.org. Therapeutic riding programs for children and adults with physical, mental and emotional disabilities. Second location at: 512-966-0578; 4918 Bee Creek Rd, Spicewood, TX 78669. Located at Bee Creek Stables. See above profile.
ELM CREEK STABLES HORSEBACK RIDES: 830-232-5365; US Hwy 83, Concan, TX 78838. Near FM 1050
FOURWINDS RANCH & ARENA: 512-954-8674; 9871 US 281 N, Burnet, TX 78611. http://fourwindstx.com. Horse and driver training facility
FULTON RANCH TRAINING FACILITY: 830-644-2800; 485 Werner Ranch Rd, Stonewall, TX 78671
GRAY-LEIGH WILSON QUARTER HORSES: 325-372-1242; San Saba, TX 76877. www.glwilsonquarterhorses.com. Horses for sale, reining, reined cow horses, roping, barrel racing.
HEALING HORSE RANCH: 512-560-3820; 301 S Oak Forest, Dripping Springs, TX 78620. www.healinghorseranch.com. Riding lessons for all levels, parties, camps, horse training, boarding
HOLLOW TREE RANCH: 830-609-8993; 789 Herbelin Rd, New Braunfels, TX 78132. www.hollowtreeranch.us. Horse training riders, horse camps, roping/riding lessons, events
HORSE RANCH OF OZ: 830-885-5136; 354 Mountain Dr, Spring Branch, TX 78070
HUNTERS CHASE FARMS: 512-842-2246; 4909 Lone Man Mountain Rd, Wimberley, TX 78676. www.hunterschasefarms.com. Horse lessons, boarding, training, sales, children camps, shows. A full service lesson program, boarding facility, summer and holiday day or overnight camps, and horse and pony sales. 2 open airy barns with stalls and runs, big paddocks and pastures. 2 outdoor arenas, mini cross country course and miles of trails. Family owned and operated and has an awesome family atmosphere. After school program. Train and sell all sizes and colors of horses or ponies. Show team competes at the local and A-rated horse shows across Texas.
IN THE IRONS EQUESTRIAN CENTER: 210-698-5270; 25785 Boerne Stage Rd., Boerne, TX 78611. www.intheironsequestriancenter.com. Boarding, lessons, shows. Horses reside in a 35-stall barn, which includes under one roof, a climate-controlled tack room, five grooming areas, four wash racks, a kitchen, and large client lounge. Adjacent are roomy paddocks, two lighted arenas, one with a full size dressage arena. Focused on the young rider, but students range in age from 5 to 75, and from beginner and adult amateur riders to serious show competitors.
INMAN HORSE STABLES: 830-885-4855; 1831 Acacia Pkwy, Spring Branch, TX 78070.
K BAR M EQUESTRIAN CENTER: 830-995-5260; 29 Zoeller Ln, Waring, TX 78074. www.kbarmequestrian.com. Riding lessons. Can also provide food and overnight accommodations.
KINSWOOD FARMS: 830-336-4474; 539 Hwy 46 E, Boerne, TX 78611. No web site. Equestrian facilities on 100 acres, dozens of horses, stable, barn, training, dressage, eventing, boarding, lessons.
LIBERA EQUUS SHOWJUMPERS: 210-310-6388; Scenic Loop Rd, Boerne, TX 78006. www.LiberaEquusShowjumpers.squarespace.com. Boarding, training, horses for sale
LIVE OAK STABLES: 830-792-4455; 227 Wharton Rd, Kerrville, TX 78028. www.liveoakstables.com. Horse training, breeding, boarding (full and pasture) and horses for sale. 31 stalls, 43 covered pens, 18 outside pens, all pipe fencing, round pen 80'x100', covered arena 150'x200', outdoor arena, walkers, chute, tack room and wash racks.
LORI RAGLAND PERFORMANCE HORSES: 512-295-4714; 124 Sunrise Dr, Kyle, TX 78640. www.lrph.com. Performance horse lessons, shows, camps, horses for sale
LOS CABALLITOS RANCH EQUINE & SPECIAL EVENT CENTER: 830-257-0524: 1626 Harper Rd, Kerrville, TX 78028
OPEN MY WORLD THERAPEUTIC: 512-259-6665; 1020 CR 270, Leander, TX 78641. www.openmyworld.org
PHELAN GOOD STABLES: 480-440-1049; 701 Wolf Pass, Fredericksburg, TX 78624. www.phelangoodstables.com. Boarding, training, rope lessons, clinics.
RIED THOMAS PERFORMANCE HORSES: 361-739-1951; Boerne, TX 78611. www.reidbthomas.com
RIVER RANCH PAINTS: 512-489-2400; 9755 E FM 243, Bertram, TX 78605. Horse boarding stables.
RUSSELL EQUESTRIAN CENTER: 210-698-3210; 24850 Scenic Loop Rd, San Antonio/Boerne, TX 78255. www.russellequestriancenter.com. 57 acre facility located just NW of San Antonio, and offers three sand arenas, wooded trails, cross country jumps and plenty of open space for hacking. Five large turnout areas. 24 hour manned facility include spacious 12 x 12 box stalls, a convenient tack room providing boarders with personal lockers for storing equipment, and wash areas with hot and cold water. You can comfortably watch the many activities from the large windowed lounge area. A full service barn, offering various care packages, lessons, shows and horses for sale.
SPIRIT REINS, INC: 512-515-0845; 2055 CR 284, Liberty Hill/Leander, TX 78642. www.spiritreins.org. A Ranch Where Children Find Hope. A non-profit whose mission is to improve the emotional and behavioral health of children with the help of horses. Serves children who have experienced abuse and/or neglect or other traumatic events.
SPOTTED PONY RANCH TRAIL RIDING SERVICES: 830-456-1933; 87 T Bar J Ranch Rd, Willow City, TX 78675. spottedponyranch.com. Guided horse tours. Trail riding, lunch and wine tasting packages with or without lodging.
SPRING HILL STABLES: 210-723-6345; 118 Hillview Loop, Boerne, TX 78611. www.horse-connection.net. Horse Connection - Therapeutic Riding
STERLING HUNTER/JUMPERS: 512-673-7476; 13304 Wright Rd, Buda, TX 78610. Riding, lessons, training, boarding, camps, shows, horse sales
TEXAS TRAIL RIDE COMPANY: 210-269-7736. www.texastrailridingco.com. Trail rides in Bandera, Canyon Lake, Bastrop areas
TRIPLE H EQUITHERAPY CENTER: 830-510-9515; 791 Backhaus Rd, Pipe Creek, TX 78063. www.triplehequitherapy.org. "Horses Helping the Handicapped". 120-acre ranch, studded with oak trees and crossed by a small creek, with a large barn with 20 horse stalls, two outdoor arenas, wheelchair mounting ramp built to ADA standards, a bunkhouse/office/training center which is wheelchair-accessible including a disabled access bathroom, training room, tack room, small kitchen and office.
WAGON WHEEL STABLES: 830-966-2153; POB 23, Utopia, TX 78884. Located just outside town. Rides are available everyday and can accommodate groups with advance notice.
WILDFLOWER RIDGE HORSE RECREATION RANCH: 830-329-0077; 3043 Medina Hwy, Kerrville, TX 78028. www.wildflowerhorse.com. Horse boarding, lessons and horse recreation
For major trail ride events in the Texas Hill Country, see Events. Trail rides to note include:
Early Feb - TRAIL RIDE: Uvalde. Leaving 8a from Downtown plaza. Contact: Rudy Reyes, Trail Boss: 830-279-7998. Mike Martinez, Asst: 830-275-9920. Tony Medina, Head Scout: 830-279-1240
Early March - TETRA - TEXAS EQUESTRIAN TRAIL RIDERS ASSN - SPRING BENEFIT TRAIL RIDE: Bandera, at Hill Country State Natural Area. 830-393-7037. www.hcsnap.org.
Early March - ST. JUDE'S TRAIL RIDE: Pipe Creek, at Western Heritage Cowboy Church, 7146 FM 1283. 210-771-3697. Sponsored benefit ride.
Early March - TEXAS STAR TRAIL RIDE: www.texasstartrail.com. A 107 mile horse ride that the Original Texas Star Trail took through Fredericksburg, Luckenbach, Stonewall, Johnson City, Blanco, Fischer, Wimberley and Driftwood.
Mid April - AROUND THE CAMPFIRE ON THE GREAT WESTERN CATTLE TRAIL: Menard, at Stock Pen Crossing Park. Chuck wagon meal, cowboy poetry, songs, story telling, trail riders, covered wagon, longhorns and much more. Live music and entertainment. Dinner at 6p. $25 for dinner and entertainment, $15 for entertainment only. Chamber office, 325-396-2365. Web
Mid April - BOOTS N' BLUEBONNETS - SADDLE UP FOR SAFER FAMILIES BENEFIT TRAIL RIDE: Marble Falls, at LCRA's Shaffer Bend Recreation Area, 706 343A. 8:30a-3:30p. Box Lunch/drinks/water provided. Annual event benefiting Highland Lakes Family Crisis Center. Glenna 512-756-6789 or 830-798-3656. Sponsor Web. 2015: 4/18
Early May - BENEFIT TRAIL RIDE FOR BRIGHTER DAYS HORSE REFUGE, Bandera, at Hill Country State Natural Area (see Parks), 10600 Bandera Creek Rd. 830-796-7001. Two day event open to all trail riders and other interested parties, Some wagon space available. This unique ride will trail through neighboring dude ranches as well as this scenic park.
Late May - TRAIL RIDE: Fredericksburg. Annual fund raiser event organized by the Hill Country Horse Club. 3 hr ride. $25. Yvonne Gerhardt, 830-456-4792. Event Web
Late May - HILL COUNTRY TRAIL RIDE & COWBOY CAMP: at Camp Stewart, 612 FM 1340, Hunt, TX. Littlegrass Ranch (see listing below), a nonprofit offering sanctuary and support for horsewomen and their horses, invites everyone to two days of competitive rides, live music, trick roping, storytelling, and horse clinics. Plus prizes and cash jackpot! To raise awareness and funds to develop Littlegrass Ranch, a transitional housing shelter for female victims of domestic violence, their children, and their pets. The unique mission of the shelter is offering facilities for horses and other large animals. Contact: Christie Kitchens, 830-968-3361. Web. 2015: 5/30-31
Second Weekend Sept - WAGON WHEEL RANCH: at Lometa, TX. www.WagonWheelRanch.com. An annual ranch horse production sale & ranching heritage weekend event with trail rides, horsemanship clinics, campfire cowboy songs, chuckwagon/bbq cookin', cattle work, colt branding & lots of fun! Bring your horse! Contact Rusty Rodgers, WWR Foreman, (512) 734-0234 or email: email@example.com. 2015: 9/11-13
Early Oct - MOUNTED SCAVENGER HUNT & TRAIL RIDE FUNDRAISER: Pipe Creek, at Triple H Equitherapy. 830-510-9515. Annual fundraiser, 9a-4p.
BLOCK CREEK FARM: 830-522-4804; Comfort, TX 78013. www.blockcreekfarm.com. Breeding and showing of fine AQHA Palomino horses.
CIRCLE STAR LAND & CATTLE RANCH: 325-251-6688; 8307 Hickory Grove Rd, Pontotoc, TX 76869. www.circlestarranch.com
CIRCLE S RANCH STABLES: 830-644-2426; 438 Schumann Lake Rd, Stonewall, TX 78671. www.circlesranchstables.com. Horses for sale, breeding horses for show, competition and pleasure. A small, family-owned horse and cattle breeding ranch.
QUARTER ROC RANCH: 830-443-4614; 255 Wilson Creek Rd, Comfort, TX 78013. www.quarterroc.com. Breeder of quality AQHA quarter horses.
A BETTER HORSE - TROY GREENFIELD: 830-889-5900; Fredericksburg, TX 78624. Farrier
ABSOLUTELY EQUINE: 512-934-8449; POB 1913, Johnson City, TX 78636. www.absolutelyequine.com. Riding and horsemanship lessons at a private farm or your location, on your horse or hers. Day camps. Amy Yachimski.
ANSON HAYNES FARRIER SERVICE: 830-825-3476; Round Mountain, TX 78663
AUSTIN EQUINE ASSOCIATES: 512-858-0058; 20640 Hwy 150, Driftwood, TX 78619. A full-service equine veterinary hospital serving the greater Austin region. Services include all manners of equine surgery, digital radiography, shockwave therapy, acupuncture, ambulatory, and 24-hour emergency care.
BARKLEY'S HOME & RANCH: 830-249-2656; 888-249-2656; 32450 IH-10 W, Boerne, TX 78006. www.barkleysonline.com.
BLUE HEAVEN EQUESTRIAN TRAINING: 254-206-1726; 2055 CR 284, Liberty Hill/Leander, TX 78642. http://blueheavenhorses.com. Offers private and small group horseback riding lessons, which are focused on assisting the beginning or intermediate rider Training usually at nearby Spirit Reins. See above.
BLUEBONNET EQUINE HUMANE SOCIETY: 888-542-5163; www.bluebonnetequine.org
BOERNE STAGE SADDLERY: 210-698-7802; 24165 IH-10 W, Ste 209, San Antonio, TX 78257. www.boernestagesaddlery.com
BRACKEN EQUINE CLINIC: 18675 Marbach Ln, San Antonio, TX 78266. www.brackenequine.com. SW of New Braunfels, near Garden Ridge.
BRAD STRAUCH, FARRIER: 210-834-9197; Fredericksburg, TX 78624
CIRCLE D RANCH: 512-663-7433; 3514 RR 1320, Johnson City, TX 78636. www.circledranch.usHorse training and riding events. Tommy Dillingham
CHEM TAC: 830-997-4371; 800-654-8547; 2207 US 87 N, Fredericksburg, TX 78624. www.chemtac.com. Wholesale distributor of Equine equipment, animal health products and farm and ranch supplies.
CHILSON NATURAL HOOF CARE: 214-250-2678; Miller Creek Loop, Johnson City, TX 78636. Facebook. Hoof trimming for horses, donkeys, mules
CLAYTON TURNER: 830-385-3948; Johnson City, TX 78636. Farrier, horseshoeing
HORSE SENSE LEADER: 210-912-5226. www.horsesenseleader.com. Fulfilling your potential through the power of the horse
KLINE SADDLERY: 830-522-0335; Bandera, TX 78003.
L.M. EASTERLING BOOTS: 830-997-8980; 888-811-8980; 107 N Adams St, Fredericksburg, TX 78624. www.easterlingboot.com
LAKOTA FARM & RANCH BUILDINGS: 830-537-5068; 104 Ten West Dr, Comfort, TX 78013. www.lakotafarmandranch.com
LITTLEGRASS RANCH: 888-547-9393; Comfort, TX 78013. www.littlegrassranch.org. A transitional housing shelter for female victims of domestic violence, their children, and their pets. The unique mission of the shelter is offering facilities for horses and other large animals.
NATURAL BAREFOOT TRIMMING: 512-878-9996; Fredericksburg, TX 78624. Trimming & training
RAMAKER STABLES TACK AND FEED: 512-259-3009; 303 CR 179, Leander, TX 78641-3148. Horse training.
RANCHES SADDLERY: 325-446-8888; 601 College St, On The Square, Junction, TX 76849
RED ARENA: 512-393-8430; Dripping Springs, TX 78620. www.redarena.org. Supports inclusive opportunities for people with disabilities, through equine-assisted activities and therapies.
SAN SABA EQUINE SUPPLY: 325-372-3651; San Saba, TX 76877
SABINO SALINAS: 956-285-4288; Hill Country. Horseshoeing, corrective shoeing, trimming
STUBBS EQUINE DENTAL CLINIC: 830-868-7544; 2928 Flat Creek Rd, Johnson City, TX 78636
TAYLOR MADE SADDLES: 830-234-3322; N Hwy 55, Barksdale, TX 78828
TRAVIS P'S HORSE & LIVESTOCK SERVICES: 830-385-1658; 738 Triple Trail, Blanco, TX 78606. www.travispshorseandlivestockservices.com
WINNERHAVEN: 512-689-9900; 10720 Deer Canyon Rd, Leander, TX 78645. www.dmacksridingschool.com. Riding lessons, training, conditioning, judge. Located at Deer Canyon Stables
LOCATED JUST OUTSIDE THE TEXAS HILL COUNTRY
BELLA PEREGRINA RANCH @ PIONEER FARMS: 512-269-6309; Pioneer Farms, 10621 Pioneer Farms Dr, Austin TX 78754. http://bellaperegrina.netfirms.com. This non-profit is a full service horse facility for individuals, families and groups. We share the magic of horses with children of all ages, from 1 to 92. Novice, beginner, intermediate and advanced - we are delighted to custom tailor an experience to fit your needs. Whether you own your own horse or want to some day, regardless of your riding ability, we will share the magic of our horses with you. Here is your chance to take part in an exciting social atmosphere at a one-of-a-kind, unusual and unique facility: Trail Rides, Horseback Riding Lessons, Pony Party Rides, Horse Boarding, Horse Breeding, Horse Leases, Horse Training, Horse Transportation
BLACKROSE STABLES:830-822-1339; 10890 Kingsbury Rd, Kingsbury (Seguin), TX 78638. http://blackrosehorse.org. This is a full service ranch supported by the Blackrose Equine Rehabilitation and Riding Facility
INSPIRED RIDING FOR HORSES & HUMANS: 512-297-8586; Located between Bastrop & Smithville, E of Austin. Riding lessons, dressage, jumping, western & bareback riding. Beth Parrish. www.inspiredriding.com
LYNETTE'S RIDING SCHOOL: 210-887-9043; 7857 Triple Oaks, San Antonio, TX 78263. www.horseridinglrs.com
PAUL CATES STABLE: 512-565-3886; 2900 Gattis School Rd, Round Rock, TX 78664. www.paulcatesstable.com. Stables, boarding, lessons, training, horses for sale
RIVER OAKS RIDING SCHOOL: 210-803-5028; 3383 Green Valley Rd, Cibolo, TX 78108. Provides boarding,training and lessons to children and adults of all ages. Summer camps for a jump start on your riding experience and knowledge. 150 acres of trail riding.
SADDLEUP AUSTIN: 512-289-1882; E Slaughter Ln, Austin, TX. www.saddleup-austin.com. Lessons, training, shows
SWITCH WILLO STABLES: 512-345-2507; 4829 Switch Willo, Austin, TX 78727. www.switchwillo.com. Boarding, lessons, training, sale horses, camps
WESTCREEK TRAIL RIDES: 210-446-8515. 12230 Westcreek, San Antonio, TX 78253 (NW area). www.westcreektrailrides.com
WHITE FENCES EQUESTRIAN CENTER: 512-282-6248; 10908 Jones Rd, Manor, TX 78653. http://whitefencesaustin.com
WILD SUNDAY FARM: 830-980-4201; 490 Specht Rd, San Antonio, TX 78260. www.wildsundayfarm.com. Boarding, instruction & training. Specializes in hunters, jumpers, and equitation
AMERICAN COMPETITIVE TRAIL HORSE ASSOCIATION LLC (ACTHA): 877-992-2842; 637 Soda Creek Rd, Spicewood, TX 78669. www.actha.us
AMERICAN HUNTER-JUMPER FOUNDATION: www.ahjf.org
(THE) AMERICAN MEDICAL EQUESTRIAN ASSOCIATION AT THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS: http://tarlton.law.utexas.edu/dawson/amea/amea.htm
AMERICAN PAINT HORSE ASSOCIATION: Fort Worth, TX 76161. www.apha.com
AMERICAN QUARTER HORSE ASSOCIATION: www.aqha.com
ARABIAN HORSE ASSOCIATION: www.arabianhorses.com. Information on the Arabian horse breed, Adult and Youth Nationals, and where to register to show in Class A, Regional and National horse shows.
CENTRAL TEXAS ARABIAN HORSE CLUB: www.ctahc.org. Local club. Information on mini shows around the area as well as the big Class A Show-Lone Star Classic, in Waco.
CENTRAL TEXAS HUNTER JUMPER ASSOCIATION: www.cthja.com
CHICK'S DISCOUNT SADDLERY: www.chicksaddlery.com. Discount, on-line equine products.
EQUEST THERAPUETIC HORESEMANSHIP: www.equest.org
EQUINE.COM: www.equine.com. Horses For sale, horse classifieds, pictures & horse trailers.
FOAL CARE: www.foalcare.com
(THE) HORSE.COM: www.thehorse.com. Guide to equine health care.
(THE) HORSE GAZETTE: 210-846-1514; 9214 Victory Pass, San Antonio, TX 78240. www.horsegazette.com. An all-breed newspaper dedicated to promoting equine activities, business and knowledge
(THE) NATIONAL HUNTER/JUMPER COUNCIL OF THE AMERICAN HORSE SHOWS ASSOCIATION: www.nhjc.org
NEWHORSE: www.newhorse.com. An Independent Guide for the Equestrian Community.
PALAMINO HORSE BREEDERS OF AMERICA: 15253 E Skelly Dr, Tulsa, OK 74116. www.palominohba.com
PONY CLUB: www.ponyclub.org
TEXAS ANIMAL HEALTH COMMISSION: www.tahc.state.tx.us
TEXAS EQUESTRIAN TRAIL RIDERS ASSOCIATION: www.tetratrails.com
TEXAS HILL COUNTRY BARREL RACING ASSOCIATION: 512-517-4994; 29401 RR 12, Dripping Springs, TX 78620. www.thcbra.com. Contact: Debbie Spears, 512-784-3008
TEXAS HUNTER JUMPER ASSOCIATION: http://thja.org
TEXAS QUARTER HORSE ASSOCIATION: www.tqha.com
THOROUGHBRED RETIREMENT FOUNDATION: www.trfinc.org
US EQUESTRIAN FEDERATION: www.usef.org
US EQUESTRIAN TEAM: www.uset.com
US HUNTER JUMPER ASSOCIATION: www.ushja.org
VALLEY VET SUPPLY: www.valleyvet.com. 800-419-9524; Horse supplies, pet supplies, farm & ranch, goat supplies & human health.
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