Reviews
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Los Alamos - Spain

Villa Based Ride

5 star rating   3 April 2022

Mette (this is their first In The Saddle holiday) Los Alamos | Super beautiful horses that were easy to ride, in really good fitness and happy to walk. A little for everyone and you wanted to ride them all.


Los Alamos - Spain

Villa Based Ride

5 star rating   3 April 2022

Lisbet who has been on 2 In The Saddle rides. Beautiful well-groomed horses that were taken very good care off and was safe in the terrain. Rachel was so good at finding the right horse for me.


Horizon Lodge - South Africa

Horizon

5 star rating   3 April 2022

Shannon who has been on 3 In The Saddle rides. An Amazing Family Holiday | We had an fantastic week at Horizon. All five members of our family are at different riding levels, with ages ranging from 9 to 50, but we managed to ride together all week with no one feeling left out or held back. The staff and horses were perfect. Some great activities were organised from Polocrosse to swimming with the horses. I wouldn't change a thing.


Velani Country Hotel - Crete

Sun and Riding

5 star rating   31 March 2022

Gillian who has been on 3 In The Saddle rides. A great Spring riding break. | The riding was varied in pace and type of surface. Cantering on hard stoney paths came as a bit of a shock at first, however, the horses are clearly well used to the terrain and I felt very secure. It was lovely riding amongst all the Spring flowers.


Los Alamos - Spain

Villa Based Ride

5 star rating   27 March 2022

Rachel who has been on 20 In The Saddle rides. Wonderful horses, hosts and setting | Wonderful horses, perfectly matched to each rider.


Explore Winter - Sweden

Explore Winter and Ice Hotel

5 star rating   26 March 2022

Naomi (this is their first In The Saddle holiday) A week full of bucket list adventures! | Incredible experience riding beautiful Icelandic ponies riding through thick snow; they were so clever, strong and sure footed. Also it was great fun learning to ‘tolt’ on the oval track and I really enjoyed a groundwork session learning new skills.


Sierra Nevada - Spain

Contraviesa Ride

5 star rating   26 March 2022

Michael who has been on 9 In The Saddle rides. Good fun but just unlucky with bad weather | Excellent


Explore Winter - Sweden

Explore Winter and Ice Hotel

5 star rating   26 March 2022

Emily who has been on 20 In The Saddle rides. Lovely holiday exploring snowy Sweden | This isn't a holiday of fast and furious riding; but it was lovely exploring the snow covered forests in a picturesque, winder wonderland setting. Due to the conditions, it not always possible to go fast as the horses can stumble in the snow. The horses are very sure footed and are lovely to ride. Tilting was an excellent experience.


Serengeti Migration Safari - Tanzania

Serengeti Migration Safari

5 star rating   20 March 2022

Jackie (this is their first In The Saddle holiday) A great adventure | I could not bond with my first horse (Ganadore), mainly because of the seriously uncomfortable saddle. Also, his tendency to veer off in the direction of home and his very uncomfortable jog when heading homeward. When he lost a shoe I was given a different horse (Mr Percival) who, with his sublimely comfortable saddle and his easy to control pace, transformed the whole experience. He was wonderful.


Tuli Safari - Botswana

Tuli Safari

5 star rating   20 March 2022

Anne who has been on 17 In The Saddle rides. Another excellent safari | Lots of walking to view game but long canters where appropriate and terrain allowed.
Perfectly matched to my horse ( a bit of 'cheating' as I had ridden him before and was delighted to be reacquainted after 4 years!).


Castle Leslie Estate - Ireland

Riding Programme

5 star rating   20 March 2022

Michelle (this is their first In The Saddle holiday) Fabulous riding holiday | The variety of horses was good, the facilities great and the instructors were also very good - it exceeded our expectations


Highland Trails - Iceland

Northern Lights Ride

5 star rating   19 March 2022

Rochelle (this is their first In The Saddle holiday) Magically Enchanting | There were plenty of helmets - of varying sizes - for everyone to use. At least for this specific riding operator -IslandsHestar - run by Sophie and Hanes, helmets are NOT necessary to bring. I would have liked knowing that, as helmets take space in a suitcase. I also think that it needs to be strongly stressed that the Northern Lights are very unpredictable, even during March. We had very extreme winter weather during our 3 day ride, so the Northern Lights were not visible. That’s normal, as we have no control over the weather, but I think this ride needs to say it several times, that the chances of seeing them are never assured.
[Becky from In The Saddle replies: Thank you very much for your feedback and I'm sorry to hear the weather was extreme during your holiday and you didn’t see the Northern Lights. We will review the ride information and make sure it is very clear that the lights are subject to the correct weather conditions.
Our 'recommended packing list' mentions that hats are available to borrow locally but we would always recommend riders take their own to ensure fit and quality.]


Estancia Los Potreros - Argentina

Estancia Los Potreros

5 star rating   17 March 2022

Joanna who has been on 3 In The Saddle rides. Los Potreros Argentina - out of this world - eat, ride, sleep, repeat! | The riding at the estancia is absolutely superb. The terrain is hilly and rocky and the horses are incredibly sure-footed, managing the rocks like mountain goats. They are beautifully calm and well trained, yet forward going and fun to ride, all absolute sweethearts! I really enjoyed riding the Peruvian Pasos with their extra gait, the Paso, which is so comfortable to ride. We rode out twice a day, in the morning at around 10:00 returning for lunch at the estancia followed by a siesta and then a late afternoon ride after afternoon tea. I rode at every given opportunity and maxed out the opportunity. Bringing the foals in off the hills in the evening was a highlight. We also rounded up the brood mares for pregnancy testing. A real highlight was herding the cattle to the cattle station which was so much fun, channelling our "inner gaucho". A few of the later afternoon rides were "sun downer" rides - a special gin and tonic stop on the eve of my birthday (complete with ice and lemon) was incredibly special, as was the moonlight ride under the full moon for "Rose on the Rocks. The gauchos were amazing as were our three guides, Kim, Milly and Niek who were incredibly attentive, ensuring we were always safe and well cared for as well as fun.


Highland Trails - Iceland

Northern Lights Ride

5 star rating   12 March 2022

Madeleine who has been on 2 In The Saddle rides. A really fun experience! | We rode Icelandic Horses at a mixture of walk and tolt. These horses are so smooth to ride and lovely to handle. A really fun experience I would definitely recommend!
[Becky from ITS replies: It's great to hear that you had such fun riding the Icelandic horses!]


Ant's Lodges - South Africa

Ant's Nest

5 star rating   11 March 2022

Nuph who has been on 9 In The Saddle rides. Ants Nest - we all had the most amazing holiday | The riding as always was brilliant- horses were great and Amanda was really good at organising everyone and making sure we had the correct horses everyday.


Ant's Lodges - South Africa

Ant's Nest

5 star rating   10 March 2022

Linnea Lund who has been on 22 In The Saddle rides. Perfect | Excellent


Monte Velho - Portugal

Monte Velho

5 star rating   10 March 2022

Barbara who has been on 8 In The Saddle rides. Monte Velho Portugal - wonderful horses, fantastic accommodation and lovely hosts | As on my previous four occasions at Monte Velho, the holiday met all my expectations.


Galiny Palace - Poland

Galiny Palace

4 star rating   7 March 2022

Kristin who has been on 3 In The Saddle rides. I had a wonderful stay and can highly recommend Galiny. Stables, riding facilities, forest and horses are absolutely beautiful. I also was accommodated very nicely and the food and service were really good. I was there a little out of season, so I was the only foreigner who rode and I participated in lessons with a few other local riders, which was really nice and it fit with my riding level. However, it was different from single tuition that I have had on other stays. Out of the eight lessons, two were single lessons, one a hacking out on the estate, the other lessons were jumping and riding lessons in teams with approx. three to four riders. It suited my level well.


Los Alamos - Spain

Short Break - Sunday to Thursday

5 star rating   3 March 2022

who has been on In The Saddle rides. Lovely relaxing holiday with fantastic riding | Second time at Los Alamos - had a brilliant time again! Rachel is fantastic with her horses. Andrew and Rhiannon are amazing hosts and very accommodating. The guides are amazing with the horses as well, and are generally very attentive.


Desert Trails - Morocco

Desert Cavalcade

5 star rating   27 February 2022

Marian who has been on 3 In The Saddle rides. Morocco Desert Trails - an adventurous encounter with the Moroccan desert | I liked the blend of riding in line up the mountain and over the dunes with the free canters across the open flat areas. Abdel did a good job of evaluating our ability before he "let us loose" in free canter. The horses were absolutely gorgeous and well-behaved.


Desert Trails - Morocco

Desert Cavalcade

5 star rating   27 February 2022

Alexandra (this is their first In The Saddle holiday) Desert Trail - fantastic experience | Just so nice, freedom, great hospitality.


Desert Trails - Morocco

Desert Cavalcade

5 star rating   27 February 2022

Elisabeth who has been on 18 In The Saddle rides. Desert Cavalcade in Morocco - Forward going horses, fantastic supportive guides and service, tenting in the desert underneath the stars | A true adventure that I can recommend if you would like a very different holiday riding 4-6 hours a day, sleeping in a tent, not afraid crossing a steep mountain and endless desert areas with forward going horses.


Desert Trails - Morocco

Desert Cavalcade

5 star rating   27 February 2022

Kari who has been on 2 In The Saddle rides. Morocco - Desert Cavalcade | The riding were really good, and I could enjoy good canters and gallops on the fantastic flat areas (steppes) between the mountain ranges.
Very nice and gentle stallions.
The guides were all very nice and fun to be with. I felt safe and taken care of at all times.


Desert Trails - Morocco

Desert Cavalcade

5 star rating   27 February 2022

Hilde (this is their first In The Saddle holiday) Desert Cavalcade - Exciting, challenging and unique experience | The Berber/Arab horses were great. They have lots of energy, and are still easy to handle.
The landscape was both beautiful and challenging, particularly over the rocky mountain passes.
The riding exceeded my expectations, it was fantastic!


Desert Trails - Morocco

Desert Cavalcade

5 star rating   27 February 2022

Leslie Ann Hesse who has been on 21 In The Saddle rides. Desert Calvacade - wonderful | Excellent


Monte Velho - Portugal

Monte Velho

5 star rating   24 February 2022

Jessica (this is their first In The Saddle holiday) Monte Velho - Portugal | Monte Velho certainly exceeded all of my expectations! As my first riding holiday, to have such amazing facilities, truly fantastic horses and experience a huge variety of dressage Lusitanos in the lessons. Accomplishing wonderful dressage movements throughout, from tempi changes, to canter pirouettes, the whole thing was utterly brilliant. With everything twinned with lovely people and really friendly atmosphere along with great trail ride across the beautifully scenic surroundings I cannot recommend Monte Velho enough.


Ol Donyo Lodge - Kenya

Ol Donyo Lodge

5 star rating   21 February 2022

Margaret who has been on 5 In The Saddle rides. The best horse riding safari experience | This was a dream come true after 2 years of waiting. The 3 horses I rode were wonderful and lovely characters. I always wanted to canter on an African Plain and had a great experience. We had a riding assessment to see how we rode at the school at the stables. It was fantastic to get close to many types of antelope (impala, Gazelles, and Okapi), we saw giraffe, zebras, cheetah, an elephant, warthogs, many type of birds all from horseback. The wonders of riding up to a bush breakfast (a first for me) added to the magic of the place and the peace and quiet made this so memorable.


Ant's Lodges - South Africa

Ant's Hill

5 star rating   19 February 2022

Vivien who has been on 34 In The Saddle rides. Making memories | We had some wonderful game viewing, I couldn't believe how relaxed the game were, just kept on chewing the grass and letting us watch them close up. We had some full on long, speedy canters along the tracks and went for a swim with the horses but, best of all, we took part in an impromptu game capture session, complete with helicopter (vet hanging off the side with his dart gun at the ready). I'm not sure how helpful I was but it was the best fun ever! So exciting and different from any other riding experience I've ever had. That memory will last with me forever, seriously good fun, and we actually caught some of the intended game as well, which always helps!


Wild Coast - South Africa

Wild Coast Adventure Trail

5 star rating   19 February 2022

Patrick who has been on 4 In The Saddle rides. A week of adventure into an unspoilt and stunning part of South Africa with fast paced riding. | The ride exceeded our expectations on many levels.
The scenery was stunning with long sandy beaches, rocky foreshores with grassy headlands set against a backdrop of the roar of the Ocean waves. It was all breathtaking and when you thought you couldn't better the view another spectacular scene appeared.
The sure footed nature of the well trained and responsive very fit horses ensured us an excellent riding holiday. They never seemed to tire despite the long hours with many beach long canters. Julie Anne, our host and ride organiser, runs a very slick operation. Our riding guide, Tertia, was excellent taking great care over our safety at all times and in particular on the many river crossings. However she also ensured that a fast pace was maintained with numerous fast long canters during each day. A huge thanks to Julie Anne and her team.


Ant's Lodges - South Africa

Ant's Nest

5 star rating   19 February 2022

Carol who has been on 12 In The Saddle rides. An incredible experience | The horses are superbly fit and very well cared for.


Catalan Coastal Trails - Spain

Mediterranean Trail

5 star rating   13 February 2022

who has been on In The Saddle rides. Fun | Yes. This is an amazing holiday for experienced and fit riders only. It is not suitable as a first riding holiday due to the no. of hours and the hard terrain. The beach ride is also not easy. It is exhilarating but riders need to be in control at all times. It is not a beach ride like other places where you just gallop in a straight line.

The horses are wonderfully looked after. Be completely honest about your riding ability and they will match you with the right horse.


Sierra De Gredos - Spain

Castles of the Gredos Mountains

5 star rating   12 February 2022

Sarah who has been on 6 In The Saddle rides. Fabulous | A fabulous ride through the most beautiful part of rural Spain. The horses were excellent, well cared for and the saddles were very comfortable.


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