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Ultimate Uruguay - Uruguay
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Ultimate Uruguay

5 star rating   27 February 2019

I had said in advance that I had a bad back and would like a narrow horse with smooth paces. My first horse met this brief well and the second was amazing - one of the most flowing walks I have ever sat on. There was less scope with the third set of horses who were basically trekking horses. But our excellent guide and the gaucho in charge of the horses there did their best for me. I was very grateful to everyone for the care they took over this which was crucial to my enjoyment of this holiday.
As my back objected to too much fast work I was fine with the quieter pace made necessary by the hot weather. And we had some good fun canters along the beaches.
The variety of terrain was part of the charm of the holiday. The birdlife on the wetlands was mind-blowing and the beaches were stunning. But I was disappointed that the promised day on a working cattle ranch never materialised and no explanation or apology was given for this. I had been looking forward to that. [ITS comment: We are sorry that there was no cattle work for you to become involved in during your stay. We will make this clearer in the itinerary that this is season dependent.]
Overall the first three days were interesting and fun and the middle section was wonderful riding in beautiful surroundings. The final two days would have been better described as an opportunity to relax rather than part of a riding holiday. We had a couple of pleasant two hour treks each day on adequate horses and our guide and the gaucho in charge did their best to offer us a decent second ride each day. The gaucho even let us take turns riding his own horse. But the proprietors of the hotel seemed to have had no idea that we were on a riding holiday. [ITS comment: We have followed this up with our partners and in the future there will be more riding on these last two days, although it is also a beautiful place to relax.]


Ultimate Uruguay - Uruguay
Experience Level

Ultimate Uruguay

5 star rating   27 February 2019

The weather was unusually hot so quite rightly there were fewer canters than expected and a lot of walking. But it was great to ride in so many different environments - tracks and lanes, forests, beaches, sand dunes, fields and wetlands. The wetlands were challenging and fun. The horses in the middle section of the holiday were excellent - we had them for 5 days and I couldn't fault the buckskin Criolla I was given. Unfortunately the quality of the horses in the final two days wasn't so good. A number of our group, including me, were on horses with such strange confirmation, that they were quite uncomfortable at trot and canter. This was disappointing given the hotel where we stayed, Balcon del Abra, clearly considers itself a class place...but the horses were more used to walking in a line pony-trekking style than being ridden by relatively experienced people.


Ultimate Uruguay - Uruguay
Experience Level

Ultimate Uruguay

5 star rating   27 February 2019

The horses were healthy and well, the middle batch of horses were superior to the first and last group. I have my own horses at home and ride all the time so the actual riding wasn't probably as important to me as it would be for others, I wanted to go on a riding holiday as I thought it would be a fantastic way to see Uruguay.


Ultimate Uruguay - Uruguay
Experience Level

Ultimate Uruguay

5 star rating   27 February 2019

To be honest the horses were not great but the scenery made up for it!


Ultimate Uruguay - Uruguay
Experience Level

Ultimate Uruguay

5 star rating   15 November 2017

Variety of horses and terrain. Paula and her team/partners were fantastic, they tried really hard to match us with the right horse given all our exacting requirements. She was very happy to provide alternatives and swap us round when preferences and (rider) issues required.
Maybe not quite as fast a ride as I had expected but I think that was mainly due to the weather (we were unlucky to have severe winds and some rain storms) which can't be predicted or controlled and was hardly Paula's fault.
The riding style was very different and it took me a while to 'get it' - so different from English riding (and I was told different to Western). But once I'd got it I enjoyed the riding and the saddles were comfortable - great sheepskins. I rode six different horses altogether - nice to try different ones.
So lovely to be able to ride 'in open order' and not single file, walking and cantering side by side along the beach and over the open pastures.


Ultimate Uruguay - Uruguay
Experience Level

Ultimate Uruguay

5 star rating   15 November 2017

Didn't really know what to expect before I went. With the benefit of hind sight I should have been better prepared for the different style of riding ie should have gone to the physio before I went rather than when I got home! I have ridden Western style previously but somehow this was different (or was it me???)
Couldn't fault how accommodating Paula was when I wasn't able to fully participate. In fact it was rather pleasant having a bit more time to enjoy some of the places we stayed.


Ultimate Uruguay - Uruguay
Experience Level

Ultimate Uruguay

5 star rating   15 November 2017

Riding South America style takes some adjustment as its quite different from English style but the horses were all well schooled and obedient and the saddles were really comfortable. It was great to eventually master the canter style and interesting to be able to try different horses.


Ultimate Uruguay - Uruguay
Experience Level

Ultimate Uruguay

5 star rating   15 November 2017

Fantastic riding once we had got used the Groucho style !


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