Ride Overview - Heart of Texas
A delightful horseback riding vacation in Texas! The region is considered the “Switzerland of Texas”, rich with rolling hills and turquoise rivers covered by cypress. This is the cowboy capital where herds of cattle were driven along the Great Western Trail. In addition, horses are most welcome in town so you can ride right up to your restaurant! You will stay in the 3 bedroom house surrounded by nature, horses, oak-trees and a creek. The house is fully equipped including a bbq/smoker outside for those who really want to do the Texas “thang.” This is not a “nose to tail” ride rather your trails will be customized to your riding ability. During your ride, your trails will take you to two of the most gorgeous riding areas in the Texas Hill Country – the 5.300 riding acres of the Hill Country State Natural Area and the free range riding on a 500 acre private ranch in Medina. As a special treat, you can ride from the ranch all the way into town to attend the town’s most popular weekly event, Steak Night.
“Friendly people with well-tempered horses. Thank you for the enjoyable ride, and thank you for not having the typical trail-mannered horses. They had personality and went focused on a single-file line.”
Ride Itinerary - Heart of Texas
Day 1: Monday,
You will be transferred from the airport in time for a noon check-in. At 2:00 PM, you will meet your horse and begin an introductory ride.
Day 2: Tuesday
At 8:00 AM, you will ride for 4 hours through the Hill Country State Natural Area. The rugged canyons, scenic plateaus and tranquil creek bottoms will help you escape from the bustle of modern life to a more relaxed time and place.
Day 3: Wednesday
At 1:00 PM, your group will mount up for a 5-hour ride from the ranch to the town of Bandera. When you arrive in town, you will tie your horse at the Cowboy Bar and attend the famous Steak Night. Afterward, you and your horse will be transferred by vehicle back to the ranch.
Day 4: Thursday
You will have a choice from Western pleasure/reining or cutting lesson or 2-hour trail ride in the Hill Country State Natural Area. Total riding will be 3 – 5 hours.
Day 5: Friday
Today, you will enjoy 2 – 4 hours of free range riding across hills, meadows and creeks secluded on a private ranch in Medina. Check-out is noon.
Ride Details - Heart of Texas
Dates: Monday – Friday, February – September
Airport: San Antonio, Austin, Dallas, Houston
Horses: Quarter, Arabian, Mule, Paint, Standardbred
Riding Ability: Intermediate
Group Size: 2 – 6
Weight Restriction: 220 lb.
Daily Riding Hours: 2 -5
Non-riding activities: hiking, bat cave visit, museums, shopping, gun range
Accommodations: 3 bedroom ranch house
September – February: $1,852.00
Included: accommodations, 17 hour guided trails, horse, tack, taxes, transfer to and from San Antonio Airport, Tuesday lunch
Not Included: airfare, transfer to and from Austin, Dallas, Houston Airport $200 round trip, most meals
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