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Nile Explorer - Uganda

Nile Explorer

5 star rating   6 October 2019

Bob who has been on 13 In The Saddle rides. Exceeded my expectations | I have had some excellent experiences with ITS, but this was the best yet! The horses were so well cared for, and as requested mine was certainly forward going but controllable. I have never felt so safe whilst cantering and galloping along sandy tracks, certain that nothing was going to spook my horse, not even the numerous small children who would suddenly appear, particularly when passing schools. Riding through the many villages was fascinating, and the people were so friendly that I almost got repetitive strain injury from so much waving!


Nile Explorer - Uganda

Nile Explorer

5 star rating   6 October 2019

Amy (this is their first In The Saddle holiday) Amazing Riding Holiday along the Nile | The horses were spectacular. Some of the best horses I have ridden (very responsive) and extremely well cared for. Everything was perfectly organized.


White Stallion Ranch - Arizona

White Stallion Ranch

5 star rating   6 October 2019

Bridget who has been on 2 In The Saddle rides. Dude ranch | I just loved that many of the horses were 'rescues'.


Highland Trails - Iceland

Winter Riding and Northern Lights

5 star rating   5 October 2019

Laura (this is their first In The Saddle holiday) Beyond my expectations | Riding was beyond my expectations. These horses are extremely well cared for, willing, strong and very competent in their environment. The views were beautiful with the ride carefully planned to get lots of different views of mountains, waterfalls and geysirs. This was my first time riding the Icelandic Horse and I thoroughly enjoyed the Tolt!

There was a beginner on our ride who struggled the first day, but the guide was so kind and supportive that she sorted it out by Day 2. I would suggest though that you will enjoy this ride more if you are not a beginner, but was so pleased to see how much help and kindness the guide was offering the struggling rider.


Canyons and Waterfalls - Brazil

Canyons and Waterfalls

5 star rating   5 October 2019

Mary who has been on 11 In The Saddle rides. Fabulous Riding with Super Guides | I did the Darwin’s Trail & Canyons & Waterfalls. These are great combo rides for experienced riders. The Darwin’s Trial involves a lot of ascending and descending, so you need to be secure on your horse. My horse, Hercules, was amazing and a great jumper, which I really enjoyed. Some of the accommodation was basic, so be prepared for wet boots, wet clothes with no drying facilities (it poured when we were there). Ending up riding on sunny Buzios beach was a fitting end to the ride. The other ride (Canyons & Wterfalls) is a great contrast, more rolling plains and faster pace and country dirt roads. Scenery was diverse and these two rides gave you a perfect overview of different parts of Brazil.

(Abbie from In The Saddle says: We are so pleased that you enjoyed the Brazilian Odyssey combining the new Darwin's Trail with the Canyons & Waterfalls ride. We were sorry to hear that you encountered such wet weather on the Darwin's Trail. Thank you very much for your feedback about the accommodation and drying facilities, which we have passed on to the ride operator).


Castellare di Tonda - Italy

Medieval Tuscany

4 star rating   5 October 2019

Sue who has been on 6 In The Saddle rides. Lovely place to ride - on fit, willing and surefooted western trained horses. | The people running riding here were pleasantly surprised to have clients who could not only ride well, but also ride western. I got the impression that having this does not happen very often.
We were the only two clients on our riding programme (which surprised us a little) although we were joined for some afternoon rides by a Dutch couple, who, luckily, could also ride well, and ride Western. Having only two guides, The operation would have been very strained had more levels of riding ability needed to be catered for.
Marco, our guide, turned out to be very capable and a knowledgeable and interesting person to talk to. His English was perfect. He made sure that we achieved the best possible riding experience.
I was initially concerned about being allocated the same horse for all 5 days of riding, but my Sicilian mare, Caramella, proved to be very fit, responsive and reliable. Plus, after experiencing the very steeply sloped up - and down terrain - I was grateful that she was very sure footed too. No scope for long canters or gallops, given the often challenging geography, but plenty of short, sharp canters up slopes. The variety of terrain, plus amazing views, plus the terrific, leisurely picnic lunches on whole day rides, made for an excellent riding experience.


Miyak Tribe Trail - North Macedonia

Miyak Tribe Trail

4 star rating   5 October 2019

Claudia who has been on 5 In The Saddle rides. Mountain Adventures | The horses are a sure footed mix of Balkan mountain horses and Arabs who are very fit and well trained with impeccable manners. My horse Fidan was a true gentleman and a joy to ride. Whilst most of the riding is done in single file you are actively encouraged to take independent control of your horse and be able to ride out of order when the terrain permits. Mostly the riding is done in a fast paced walk and you are encouraged to make the horses walk out rather than trot and are told how to achieve this. There are some short fast burst of canters within the forest trails and some glorious gallops across the plains where the horses can show their true speed! The variety of terrain leads for some interesting and challenging riding - these horses are extremely able to climb very steep slopes although you will have to lead them for short periods on some days. There are a couple of very long days in the saddle but the variety of the terrain on each day makes it worthwhile. We had exceptional weather bar the last two days when the fog descended, which meant the views across the mountains were phenomenal. It is a beautiful landscape to ride across, seeing how the traditional sheep farmers live and work, together with the huge flocks of sheep and dogs make you really feel part of another way of life.


Miyak Tribe Trail - North Macedonia

Miyak Tribe Trail

5 star rating   5 October 2019

Bertina (this is their first In The Saddle holiday) Miyak Tribe Trail | It went over all expectaions for my first trip, my horse was wonderfull and steady exactly what I needed since I had not ridden much the last 15 years. I did not feel unsecure or that I held the group back.


Quinta do Rol - Portugal

Quinta do Rol

5 star rating   5 October 2019

Sarah who has been on 4 In The Saddle rides. Exceptional riding holiday! | The instructors at Quinta do Rol really take care and anticipate your evolution as a rider during your time at the centre. My learning and progression during my time exceeded anything I could have imagined! The pairing of horses is spot on.


Quinta do Rol - Portugal

Quinta do Rol

5 star rating   5 October 2019

Lisa (this is their first In The Saddle holiday) Dressage riding I could only ever dream of! | The horses and instructors were fabulous. Riding superbly trained, fit and willing Lusitano stallions was an amazing experience. Whilst beautifully trained, they also demanded correct and confident riding to get the best out of them - they exceeded my expectations in every way. They were in tip top condition and obviously very well looked after and loved.

The chief instructor, Pedro, was excellent - he was positive, patient, encouraging and keen to give me new tools to take back home and use when working with my own horse. He carefully chose different horses for me to ride, that would benefit my learning experience and also made sure my holiday ended on a high. All the staff were friendly and professional, calm and well organised. The facilities were also outstanding.


Macatoo - Botswana

Riding Safari

5 star rating   3 October 2019

Belinda who has been on 5 In The Saddle rides. Amazing Africa | Due to a severe drought, the gallops in water did not happen. That being said, the riding was great with plenty of wildlife. The camp is very nice. I can't imagine a better one, anywhere. The staff was excellent and the food amazing and delicious. Having wild animals, literally, at camp, was a wonderful experience I never tired of. The guides extensive knowledge of wildlife and birds, enriched the experience. A big variety of horses for anyone, provides suitable mounts for all. The horses were taken care of very well, as were we. I'd go back any time, loved it.


Macatoo - Botswana

Riding Safari

5 star rating   3 October 2019

Vivienne who has been on 17 In The Saddle rides. Fab-u-lous!!! | The 2 horses I rode were exactly what I asked for - I loved both of them and wouldn't have changed either of them for the world. The riding was as expected and as described and exactly what I was hoping for. Fantastic!


Barichara Ride - Colombia

Barichara Ride

5 star rating   3 October 2019

James who has been on 5 In The Saddle rides. Colombia - Hardcore riding with spectacular views | The riding was challenging, with some very long days in the saddle and some tough terrain. However, the horses were amazing, strong and resilient, in keeping with In The Saddle's ethos. Spare horses travel loose at times, which can lead to some issues but are essential for keeping them all fit.


Barichara Ride - Colombia

Barichara Ride

4 star rating   3 October 2019

Ken who has been on 2 In The Saddle rides. Colombia Barichara - An adventurous ride in a little-travelled area of the world | The horses were all very fit and well cared for. The terrain was hilly, if not mountainous, with a few very steep sections that were easily handled by the horses. We did a fair amount of trotting and cantering up and down hills. Overall the pace of the riding met my expectations as described.


Horizon Horseback - South Africa

Horizon

5 star rating   2 October 2019

Marian who has been on 2 In The Saddle rides. Absolutely Fabulous | The horses were extremely well cared for, in fact I would go as far as to say you would be hard pushed to find anywhere any better at this. All the horses looked very well and you could tell they were happy as they were always willing to work. This is probably due to the fact that one, they are not overworked and hence are always fresh and keen and secondly, they live as close to a natural life as possible, ie live in a herd and turned out 24/7.


Barichara Ride - Colombia

Barichara Ride (short)

4 star rating   2 October 2019

Sarah who has been on 17 In The Saddle rides. Colombia Barichara Ride - Beautiful country and lovely, willing horses | Colombia is a beautiful country and this is a great opportunity to see the 'real' countryside away from the tourist trail. The horses were lovely and clearly well loved and cared for. The riding was fun and fast but there are one or two days with a lot of roadwork and one day that was very strenuous for the horses. During the week I rode two horses and enjoyed both of them very much. The scenery really was incredible.


Barichara Ride - Colombia

Barichara Ride (short)

4 star rating   2 October 2019

Ana who has been on 3 In The Saddle rides. Barichara Ride Colombia - beautiful countryside to explore | There were more road rides than expected. The rides on the roads were not very assuring all the times. Most of the riders, including myself, we care as priority the well being of the horses. Some of the rides through the trip were quite challenging on the horses, which sometimes was a concern. Maybe is worth considering dividing the difficult rides in stages, not to add some much pressure on the horses. Also, there were quite a few injuries because of the equipment, which probably is normal in such demanding environment, but the type of the injuries (withers).

(Abbie from In The Saddle replies, "Thank you very much for your feedback, which we have forwarded to the ride operator".)


Los Alamos - Spain

Villa Based Ride

4 star rating   29 September 2019

Elsa who has been on 5 In The Saddle rides. Very good | Yes, it met my expectation.


Lassithi Trek - Crete

Lassithi Trek

4 star rating   29 September 2019

Drusilla who has been on 7 In The Saddle rides. Good, but could've been great. | The first horse I was given constantly chucked its head up an down and was very close to my face going up hill at canter. The guide said that it was because it was trained as a race horse, so didn't like not being at the front, plus it was being ridden in the wrong bit and was fighting it. The horse was quite unpleasant to ride. Why put it in this bit and in the middle then?

The next day the guide and I swapped horses. My original horse was ok at the front and with the new bit. I then rode Alex who was a sensitive horse, but I liked him. However, it was obvious that his front hoof was very sensitive to stones and he constantly limped after standing on stones, which made me feel a bit sorry for him. He also ended up having two large saddle sores after the trek.

In my opinion, Alex's back was very poor with the saddle sores. The saddle cloths were rock hard which I don't think helped and he obviously was very sensitive to stepping on stones, which was for 90% of the ride. On the subject of horses, there were two kickers in the group too which is not that sensible when they are placed near the front of the ride.

The guide was a very nice person, but sometimes there was very weak communication in terms of times and instructions.

When swimming in the sea, the riders would benefit from neck straps and riding them into the sea. When trying to mount the horse once they are already in the sea is more tricky and resulted in the guide getting stood on in a pair of sandals. Once we were in the sea we were then shouted at to only turn a particular way and people weren't aware of this. If we would've had instructions BEFORE entering the sea it wouldn't have turn out so chaotic.


White Stallion Ranch - Arizona

White Stallion Ranch

5 star rating   29 September 2019

Stephen who has been on 2 In The Saddle rides. Another Excellent Stay | My second stay and just as good as the first. Great riding for a wide range of abilities, with a variety of ride lengths and terrain.


Wolves and Wild Horses - Portugal

Wolves and Wild Horses

5 star rating   29 September 2019

Drusilla who has been on 6 In The Saddle rides. Unusual and very good | Yes it was very good - unusual in that we were up so high and remote, but wonderful that we could see for miles and into Spain. The weather was not too good, but the willing and charming horses made up for that.


Wolves and Wild Horses - Portugal

Wolves and Wild Horses

5 star rating   29 September 2019

Patricia who has been on 15 In The Saddle rides. Fantastic riding holiday for those interested getting away from it all and riding in nature and wildlife | Pedro, Is really concerned about all his animals in his care. The horses are well cared for, used to their work and very fit. The speed of riding is very much governed by the terrain most is walking admiring the wonderful wild mountain scenery. Pedro is very relaxed and so calm and patient with his horses and makes the guests feel really well cared for. He is very knowledgeable and happy to inform one all about his horses and the animals which reside in the National Park. It's a great holiday to combine riding with sightseeing and visiting places of interest within a wild national Park. Pedro adjusted the days riding and programme dependent on the weather in the region.


Lassithi Trek - Crete

Lassithi Trek

5 star rating   29 September 2019

Simon who has been on 9 In The Saddle rides. Sun, Sea, and Gallops! | Exciting riding on good horses over varied and difficult terrain. One of the highlights was taking horses for a swim in the sea.


Chianti Castles and Wine Tasting - Italy

Chianti Castles and Wine Tasting

5 star rating   29 September 2019

Gail who has been on 7 In The Saddle rides. Amazing and beautiful riding in Tuscany | The riding was really good. Each day was different. The full days were fabulous as covered a lot of ground, and we saw some amazing sights and had lovely picnic lunches. The area is very beautiful and traditional Italian.

The horses were all fabulous and knew their job very well. The center is amazing and the horses are really well cared for. I would recommend this riding holiday to everyone.

Donatella and Sadio, the hosts were SO lovely and nothing was too much trouble.


Los Alamos - Spain

Villa Based Ride

5 star rating   29 September 2019

Leslie Ann Hesse who has been on 21 In The Saddle rides. Wonderful | Excellent


Quinta do Rol - Portugal

Quinta do Rol

5 star rating   27 September 2019

Lesley who has been on 6 In The Saddle rides. Fab horses. | Good informative and fun lessons.


Catalan Coastal Trails - Spain

Mediterranean Trail

5 star rating   27 September 2019

who has been on In The Saddle rides. Fantastic! Coastal mountains, old stone villages, a dawn beach canter! | This was a superb riding holiday! The horses were excellent and very well cared for, our guide was superb and the riding terrain so varied from Old Medieval stone villages to oak and pine forests and river valleys! It was also extremely well orchestrated to provide a couple of incredible catered picnics on the trail and always a stash of food for our horses. We stopped each night at a different inn where we enjoyed being well fed. I would highly recommend this!


Quinta do Rol - Portugal

Quinta do Rol

5 star rating   27 September 2019

Julie (this is their first In The Saddle holiday) Paradise | The horses are wonderful , very well cared for and beautifully schooled.


Sierra Nevada Short Break - Spain

Sulayr Ride

5 star rating   25 September 2019

Helen (this is their first In The Saddle holiday) Amazing | The whole holiday was amazing, from the lovely, well cared for horses to the food, and drink , we where lucky to have some lovely people in our group.

The riding exceeded my expectations, it’s was slightly tougher than I thought, but I coped with it and it gave me a lot of confidence


Sierra Nevada Short Break - Spain

Sulayr Ride

5 star rating   25 September 2019

Katie who has been on 3 In The Saddle rides. Truly exhilarating and beautiful | My horse was so beautiful and lovely. Sweet tempered and willing. We bonded instantly and she didn’t put a hoof wrong. Dallas our guide was amazing and I have huge respect for her. She was great company and ensured we had a wonderful holiday. We rode up some high mountains and the scenery was breathtaking. Really unusual place to ride. The lower forests were beautiful too with the smell of wild thyme and mint. Horned cattle and sheep. Wild horses. Gorgeous villages.


Sierra Nevada Short Break - Spain

Sulayr Ride

5 star rating   25 September 2019

Sian (this is their first In The Saddle holiday) Beyond all expectation | The horses were in fantastic condition and incredibly well trained, the mountains were breathtaking and the riding was out of this world.


Namib Desert - Namibia

Namib Desert

5 star rating   23 September 2019

Stephanie who has been on 11 In The Saddle rides. Wow experience! | The team including Andrew and Telane are extremely professional and take 100 % of the horses!


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