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We started boarding horses in 1998. We realized that we love the boarder's horses as much as our own. Now we have more horses to love -- a great deal!
We keep 15-20 horses on the property. We sold our calves we have a mechanical cow to keep our cow horses sharp in their training. We live year-around on the ranch, and joke that we don't like to travel because we live at a bed and breakfast. We feel so lucky to call such a beautiful place home, with horses a permanent part of the landscape.
Christi Bacot shows in reining, working cowhorse and cutting. Out-of-town shows require some weekend travel, but there is always a knowledgeable horse person at the ranch. Christi also builds websites, like the Austin Stables site, for a living. Chipp Walters, her husband, runs their software business and handles all welding repairs for the ranch.
We have a 35-acre ranch with a 10-horse barn and four 4-horse run-in shelters for pasture care.
Our wonderful next door neighbor allows us to turn horses out on their property, which gives us a total of more than 50 acres for 20-25 horses.
Our down-the-hill neighbors allow us to trail ride to Barton Creek, providing us hours of beautiful trails along the creek when our horses need a change of pace from arena work. It is a breath-taking, quiet and safe trail ride.
We have a covered, cement wash rack with room for four horses and plenty of hot water to give warm baths.
Click here to see the views at Austin Stables.
Christi Bacot's Experience
Christi Bacot began raising and caring for horses in 1976 when she got her first horse. Her parents knew very little about horses and it was up to her to learn about and provide good care. Since then, she has absorbed every bit of training, medical, hoof care and even horse mental health information she can find to keep her horses in the best possible condition.
Christi breeds, breaks, trains and shows her valuable horses, keeping her aware of the latest equine health and performance information available. Her close, professional relationship with Dr. Eric Winston, Dr. David Dutton, Dr. John Fling and others helps her stay informed. Dr. Winston goes the extra mile to see that she is giving her animals the best and most effective care. We never underestimate the value of a vet we can trust! Dr. Winston is key to our success as a reputable boarding and rehabilitation facility.
She has enjoyed success in the NRHA (National Reining Horse Association), NRCHA (National Reined Cowhorse Association), Cattle Sorting, Cutting, long distance mountain riding and camping and more.
She won the Rookie of the Year in the Texas Reining Horse Association and represented her region at the Affiliate Championship in 2001. The same year, she and her horse, Joe, earned the title of First Place Novice Rider in central Texas. She was awarded Fifth Place at the National Reined Cow Horse Association World Championship Show... the first year she tried the sport. As she says, "I have been lucky to ride the horses I have bought or raised to such potential. My trainers, co-competitors and family have been all the support I could ask for!"
She won first place at the San Antonio Stock Show Cattle Sorting Championship with her talented partner, Kathy Slack. Her horse Cecil, by Smart Chic Olena has brought her many wins and many dollars in prize money in cattle sorting.
She and her reining horse, Joe (Jessie Blains Chance) took many trips to the mountains of NM to prove his versatility and usefulness as an all-around horse.