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Monte Velho - Portugal

Monte Velho

4 star rating   23 February 2019

Allison who has been on 14 In The Saddle rides. Relaxing, beautiful location. | Monte Velho is a beautiful property in tranquil rural Portugal. Hanging out and relaxing was half the fun. I particularly enjoyed the light trail rides through the farm, with dressage horses doing a very collected canter over terrain. I'm not an expert dressage rider so I was matched with school horses for the dressage training component and found them very responsive which helped me work on my skills and position.


Monte Velho - Portugal

Monte Velho

4 star rating   21 February 2019

jennywren (this is their first In The Saddle holiday) Good chance to try things | The 1st horse I rode was fine but the instruction was weak and therefore I did not get much from the 1st lesson. The 2nd session was on a different horse and with a much stronger instructor and that was very good. I rode the 1st horse a couple more times but the good instructor said it had a sore back and she would find me something else. The 3rd horse I rode we had to stop after half an hour because that was also "not right". Finally the 4th horse I rode was very good but by this time I'd gone back to the first weaker instructor. So overall a bit variable


Monte Velho - Portugal

Monte Velho

5 star rating   15 February 2019

Lou (this is their first In The Saddle holiday) Great holiday | Hi
We really enjoyed the holiday
All the people were friendly and welcoming and horses were well turned out, nicely behaved and good to ride
I think the training could have been managed better, assessment of your riding and your expectations including a plan for the training during your stay could have improved the experience further


Monte Velho - Portugal

Monte Velho

4 star rating   9 February 2019

New-spurs who has been on 12 In The Saddle rides. Great lessons and horses | Monte Velho provides both dressage lessons and trail rides. So, second answer above relates to trail rides.I had specifically enquired about these before booking but found the first one very disappointing. Any canters were very slow and in a very collected pace. This turned out to be because horses had been little ridden and so were very fresh. It would have been preferable to be told this beforehand not after one has questioned it! This is likely to be an annual issue and I-t-S might like to warn clients considering riding out in the first week or 2 of February. The other trail ride I did was much better.

The dressage lessons were good with an interesting range of horses. It is worth noting that you will need to explain your goals to each instructor. None will ask and info does not seem to be shared between them.


Monte Velho - Portugal

Monte Velho

5 star rating   1 February 2019

BeebleFink (this is their first In The Saddle holiday) The perfect holiday for a dressage lover who likes a little luxury and great food! | The riding more than met my expectations. The horses were wonderful - talented, patient and safe and the tuition was exceptional - all teachers had a slightly different focus which was really helpful.


Monte Velho - Portugal

Monte Velho

5 star rating   22 December 2018

Emerald (this is their first In The Saddle holiday) Dressage at Monte Velho, Portugal | Absolutely outstanding. This is my second trip to Monte Vehlo and, again, it surpassed expectations.
The horses are beautifully schooled to the highest of standards and the instructors top notch. It is very rare to find somewhere where one can ride horses of this quality. All my lessons were brilliant and by the end of the week i had done half-passes, passage and piaffe on my favourite horse Regalo. Will be going back again and again i hope.


Monte Velho - Portugal

Monte Velho

4 star rating   29 November 2018

Edward (this is their first In The Saddle holiday) I was definitely bottom of the class! but positively showed how much I have to learn. Had a different teacher each day and each did have their own approach/preferences but all was useful. I think they had a lot more they could have taught had I been more advanced


Monte Velho - Portugal

Monte Velho

5 star rating   25 November 2018

Catherine who has been on 2 In The Saddle rides. The riding at Monte Velho was amazing. During lessons, I was well matched to my horses and the tuition was excellent and very encouraging, with good focus on strengths and areas for improvement. I liked that different instructors focused on different areas. The horses were beautifully turned out every time and cared for to the highest standards. I also enjoyed two trail rides where I was able to ride the same horse both times, and there were good opportunities for cantering and exploring different areas across beautiful countryside.


Monte Velho - Portugal

Monte Velho

5 star rating   7 November 2018

CM who has been on 2 In The Saddle rides. Monte Velho | Wonderful instructors and perfectly turned out and well looked after horses.


Monte Velho - Portugal

Monte Velho

5 star rating   6 November 2018

happihorse who has been on 4 In The Saddle rides. Absolute heaven - just perfect! | Fantastic horses for both lessons and trail rides which provided for a great and varied experience. Horses were turned out to a very high standard and clearly very well cared for.


Monte Velho - Portugal

Monte Velho

5 star rating   18 October 2018

Ingrid (this is their first In The Saddle holiday) DREASSAGE AND TRAIL RIDES | Yes, some variability in trainers, but we were swapped over to our preferred trainer when we expressed reservations


Monte Velho - Portugal

Monte Velho

5 star rating   25 September 2018

Sharon B. (this is their first In The Saddle holiday) Monte Velho | Fantastic instructors on a variety of well trained horses. It's best to tell the instructor at the beginning of the lesson if you want them to concentrate on a particular area or subject as we found they didn't ask.


Monte Velho - Portugal

Monte Velho

5 star rating   25 September 2018

Hell's Bells (this is their first In The Saddle holiday) Monte Velho | Apart from the information given when booking no further assessment of our riding was made. That said all the horses we rode at Monte Vehlo were very well schooled and knew their jobs well. Once the correct buttons were found....wow!
The lessons were great. Each of the instructors we had knew the horses well and adapted their teaching for us as individuals. Our group had three lessons each over our stay, it would have been nice to have continuity of teaching over our stay but we had different instructors each time. It would also have been nice to have a discussion with the instructors about what you would like to focus on during your stay, but this was not forthcoming. I asked at the start of my last lesson what we would be focusing on and was told by the instructor they had not yet decided, however when I said can we do lateral work the answer was a very quick yes. I guess the answer is to ask/discuss before you get going. I'll know next time!

The trail rides were Ok, the terrain was very dry and stoney, not the best time of year for riding out. Spring would be wonderful. By this stage I'd got the lesson bug! I am spoilt by my home hacking so probably over critical.

The school horses are immaculate clean good quality tack, nice dressage saddles. Legs bandaged and hoof oil every time. The trail horse are second class citizens by comparison, not so gleaming and tack much older.


Monte Velho - Portugal

Monte Velho

4 star rating   17 September 2018

Bustergirl (this is their first In The Saddle holiday) Monte Velho | The horses are exceptionally well looked after and the yard is immaculate. Our trail guide was lovely and we really enjoyed our rides even if not very fast as it was very hot. We found that sometimes when large groups come in they start to alter the lessons and horses to suit them so you have to make sure you are up to date with times and happy with the horses selected. If you’re not don’t be afraid to let them know or members of other parties will. Also ensure your instructor knows what you want to achieve and either give the horse a rest when they are teaching another person or work on something for yourself.


Monte Velho - Portugal

Monte Velho

4 star rating   16 September 2018

Jennifer who has been on 2 In The Saddle rides. Monte Velho | Good or Very Good


Monte Velho - Portugal

Monte Velho

5 star rating   12 September 2018

Roz (this is their first In The Saddle holiday) Monte Velho | I loved both the trail rides and lesson.Would have more lessons next time to really improve in that area.


Monte Velho - Portugal

Monte Velho

5 star rating   28 August 2018

Kathryn (this is their first In The Saddle holiday) Amazing | Excellent


Monte Velho - Portugal

Monte Velho

5 star rating   23 August 2018

Barbara who has been on 2 In The Saddle rides. Portugal - Monte Velho | Beautiful horses showing off rider's mistakes and rewarding any improvements made. Possibility of mixing trails and lessons gave me the ability to enjoy every minute spent in the saddle.


Monte Velho - Portugal

Monte Velho

5 star rating   17 August 2018

Charlie (this is their first In The Saddle holiday) Monte Velho | Superb horses trained to a high level. Instructors that wanted you to do well- my riding improved over the week whilst having fun. Horses looked after to a top class standard

Only improvement would be to have a individual, fitted saddle for each horse as some were not quite right (I am a saddler in the UK).


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