Canyon Lake Bicycle Shop keeps cyclists churning with repair services, replacement bikes, and accessories and amenities that keep pedal-powered steeds in peak form. Half-day rentals allow patrons to enter a corral of mountain, comfort, and road bikes, choosing the perfect synthetic stallion for four-hour tours across nearby mountain trails or about a zillion laps around the cul-de-sac.
Horsemanship isn't just about strapping on a saddle and shouting, "Go horsey!" It's an art form bonding human and equine in which technique and finesse overpower instinct. Following her passion for horse-powered performance from Southern California to the pastures of Spicewood, expert trainer Liz Peltola has instructed hundreds of students in the ways of English and Western riding for 17 years. In the well-lit, covered training arena or outdoor lesson paddock at Briarcliff Performance Horses, all ages and experience levels learn the ropes on kid-friendly horses, including breeds such as Paints, Pintos, and Quarter Horses. In lessons for both casual and competitive riders, individuals learn a range of horsemanship styles, including the slow gait of "western pleasure" and the quick flowing strides of "hunter under saddle."
Even pets that brush their teeth twice daily are prone to health issues—that’s where Friendship Pet Hospital and Wellness Center steps in. The caring staff at this AAHA-certified clinic helps keep furry companions in peak physical shape with comprehensive checkups. Veterinarians inspect teeth to root out dental disease and administer vaccinations to prevent common maladies in cats and dogs. A focus on breed-specific healthcare helps vets stay aware of which ailments most commonly afflict which pets, saving the trouble of testing Sphynx cats for hair loss. As pets visit with the doctors, complimentary cookies and beverages keep owners satiated.
Located on 12 acres of Texas hill country, Hill Country Pet Ranch is a pet resort offering doggy daycare, dog training, grooming, and pet boarding. The experienced, pet-loving staff provides everything from mealtimes to exercise time for each clients’ pet. Outdoor spaces, nature trails for romping, and a dock for swimming and diving make this pet hotel a doggy heaven.
At Silver Fox Farms, owner and trainer Colleen Brombach guides students and steeds through premiere hunter and jumper learning programs. Colleen’s training arenas sit in the hill country of Wimberley on a pasture that reaches far out to a wooded border. The carefully designed new facilities allow hoofed residents to exercise no matter the weather and without students having to dress them in trench coats and ride them through the mall. Among the programming offered at Silver Fox Farms are training sessions designed to help students to progress toward competition in the show ring. Summer day-camp programs encourage children to learn early with educational demonstrations on horse care and fun activities.