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Spain - Los Alamos

Villa Based Ride

Received on 6 July 2015

Posted by: Yorkshire lass (this is their first In The Saddle holiday) "Fantastic" It totally met my expectations, it was excellent in every way. The horses were well behaved and a pleasure to ride and my son loved riding one of the fastest ponies they had.

 
Overall Holiday Rating - Excellent
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Botswana - Best of Botswana

Best of Botswana

Received on 6 July 2015

Posted by: KIM SIMKINS who has been on 13 In The Saddle rides. "Fantastic riding safari and luxury camping" Rode a shire x TB called twist for 5 days in Limpopo. Calm, well schooled and comfortable, only quirk which was explained to me at the start was that he bolted when the stop whistle went and would overtake the guide. However once we got used to each other i managed to stop him ok. At Macatoo we rode different horses each day, not as well schooled as limpopo but lots of different breeds, temperament and difficulty dependent on the rider. If you werent happy after an evening ride they would change it. I rode Nxabega who was an arabx, very forward, short strided and bouncy but easy to stop. Loxley a pure arab who was very forward and stoppable but i found too short strided, and very uncomfortable as i am used to longer strided horses, so i switched to Charlie who was a very sweet and willing horse if you rode him with plenty of leg. caesar was my final mount who was perfect for me, very forward but polite and very comfortable. The riding was varied depending on terrain lots of walking but some long canters. Limpopo was more sociable as all the horses got on together so could ride abreast when possible, some steep banks and a few natural obstacles to negotiate and quite long periods in the saddle (up to 6 hrs) to get between camps. Was a tendency for people to fight for the front so i stuck to the side and back to allow easier stopping. Did end up having to canter in line after one guy rode into a tree when 3 abreast, which was a shame as it was an avoidable incident if people had been paying attention. Good game viewing opportunities. Macatoo had a short 1.5 ride in the evening to try horses and then 4.5 next day. No cantering in evenings as if fell off there was no evacuation til first light! Mainly in line due to wading through water of unknown depth and less open spaces. A few places to spread out and gallop through the shallow water and some fabulous water gallops but expect to be completely soaked. Some areas where you have to almost swim so you will have water to knees so dont take precious boots as they come back wet and smelly! Great game opportunities but less social riding, more off horse socialising. Group size kept small which is great.

 
Overall Holiday Rating - Excellent
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