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Posted on December 2, 2020
With so many trips being cancelled this year, we were thrilled that our exploratory trip to Sicily, deferred from April 2020, was able to go ahead in September 2020. Here Becky writes about her trip.
In September I was lucky enough to be able to travel to Sicily with a group of guests on the first In The Saddle exploratory ride. Here are the highlights of the trip for me.
The varied scenery throughout this ride was amazing and ever-changing. Not only from the first day to the last day but even from morning to afternoon, the landscape continually changed.
Over the course of the week we rode through farmland and fields; along ancient tracks; through forests; over rivers and finally up and down an active volcano. What more could you ask for?
Each day we would catch a glimpse of our final destination – Mt Etna. At the start of the week it would be just a shadow or looming silhouette but as the days passed by we were offered beautiful views of the volcano.
The horses on this trail were some of the most sure-footed that I have ever ridden. Their ability to navigate the lava flows whilst climbing up and down Mt Etna was particularly impressive.
They were fit, well cared for and genuinely seemed to love their job. The horses all live together as a herd and so there was a natural pecking order but each was good natured and well behaved. My horse for the week was the lovely Cora, who earlier in the year had a foal. She was fit, happy and the perfect trail horse.
The food was another real highlight and I particularly enjoyed the picnic lunches. I was not surprised to find that I put on a pound or two on my return! Each day (bar one) we were met by the support vehicle and treated to beautiful salads, breads and other Italian treats.
My week in Sicily is one I’ll never forget. The well trained and forward-going horses were a pleasure to ride and being able to see such beautiful scenery along the way made it extra special. I would absolutely recommend this trail to anyone who is up for long hours in the saddle and an amazing landscapes.
If you’d like to hear more about the trail in Sicily or are ready to plan your holiday, please call Becky on 01299 272 244 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.