Welcome to Azteca!

Azteca Stables is owned and managed by Donna Murphy. Donna and her husband Michael live on the premises so the horses are watched and monitored closely. She has over 25 years of professional experience and horses are her passion, her love and her life. She started riding at age 6 and has never stopped, her love for the equine continues to grow. Azteca Stables is located in central Texas Hill country, in the Canyon Lake area. We are between Austin and San Antonio. The area is beautiful with hill country vistas and Canyon Lake is nearby with awesome horse trails.

At Azteca Stables we treat horses like part of our family. Horses run in small herds with horses they get along with, and don't live in stalls. We let the horses be horses. However, stalls are available for use during inclement weather. Whether you trail ride, arena ride, or just want to “play with your horse” in the round pen , you are welcome at Azteca Stables, where we have fun with horses! We strive for happy horses in a friendly environment. A happy horse is content and wants to please!

Horse Training

Have a horse ready to start  under saddle? Or one giving you fits on the trail? How about a horse you'd like a better handle on.  Donna can put a good foundation and better finish on your horse.   Are you interested in learning about endurance riding and getting your horse ready for a ride?  She has over 25 years of experience and  has a background in Dressage and uses that as a training disclipline to work off legs and seat and uses Natural horsemanship to gain respect. She uses gentle but firm methods to train. Donna has spent years learning from professional trainers such as  Pat Parelli , John Lyons, Clint Anderson, Chris Cox, and Craig Cameron.  She loves going to clinics to learn from the professionals and applies all of her learned knowledge to teach each horse individually.  Natural horsemanship techniques with lots of ground work gets the horse to accept people as leaders.  They want to bond and we need them to respect and listen to us! 

Remember that horses are prey animals and have a natural fear of flight built into them. We must understand this and build their confidence, based on horse psychology rather than intimidation. De-spooking is also very important and Donna has some great ways to build their confidence!   Donna can also help with trailer loading , better finish, better control, a better walk, trot , and canter, trail riding, endurance riding, and much more. Need a better stop or nicer soft turns?  Confidence and balance are also important factors. Donna has worked with numerous  horses and their owners to create that partnership folks are  looking for!

She teaches the horse to respect  the  rider, to have better manners,  to engage its hindquarters, and to have better flexion and softness.  Proper headset is the foundation to a soft horse that listens! Donna feels that softness in the poll is they key to better movement.  Horses get verstatile training with Donna, including   round pen work, arena work, and trail work.  " I think a horse to needs be de-sensitized to many environments, and I work horses to be quiet and to have respect. I love putting a better finish on a horse and love seeing the results with a happy horse!"

Donna works with all breeds:  Arabians, Morgans, Quarter horses, gaited horses, thoroughbreds, Andalusians, and Aztecas.  She can also train and condition a horse to get the horse ready for an endurance ride. She likes to work with  both horse and rider to become a team!   Come ride with me!

Donna Training 3 year old to have proper headset and movement.

Learning to yield to leg pressure and side pass
Donna training gaited horse to move down trail!

Donna imprinting newborn Azteca who loves to sleep on her lap!