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Namib Desert - Namibia

Namib Desert

5 star rating   23 September 2019

Sally who has been on 4 In The Saddle rides. The best riding holiday ever and a privilege to ride on such supremely fit and well kept horses across the oldest desert in the world | Some of the riders were not experienced for this type of ride which did make a difference to an otherwise superb riding holdiay.


Los Alamos - Spain

Villa Based Ride

5 star rating   22 September 2019

Synnove who has been on 6 In The Saddle rides. Great riding-holiday | The riding is excellent. Lovely walks in great scenery mixed with canter and lovely gallops. Very well kept horses which is a joy to be around.


Wolves and Wild Horses - Portugal

Wolves and Wild Horses

4 star rating   22 September 2019

Beth who has been on 5 In The Saddle rides. Relaxing riding in beautiful scenery | The riding pace was not as fast as we expected. There was a lot of walking. Seeing the terrain we can understand why the pace was slow, however maybe the ride description on the website should be worded differently.


Los Alamos - Spain

Villa Based Ride

5 star rating   22 September 2019

Hilde who has been on 12 In The Saddle rides. Excellent


Los Alamos - Spain

Villa Based Ride

5 star rating   22 September 2019

Unni who has been on 10 In The Saddle rides. Fantastic holdiday with excellent horses, fun riding & tasteful food | Excellent


Los Alamos - Spain

Villa Based Ride

5 star rating   22 September 2019

Ingrid who has been on 6 In The Saddle rides. Great days of riding and relaxation | The riding was excellent with very good safety standards provided by the guides (Jose and Roberto). I could have wished for a couple of more hours of riding each day, but understand the length of the ride is to take good care of the horses.


Los Alamos - Spain

Villa Based Ride

5 star rating   22 September 2019

Astrid Synnove who has been on 35 In The Saddle rides. Great riding / food / place to have a holiday | The riding at Los Alamos is so fun and Rachel is great when it comes to matching horse and rider! All of my group were happy with the horses, they have a lot of energy!


Los Alamos - Spain

Villa Based Ride

5 star rating   22 September 2019

Liv who has been on 9 In The Saddle rides. Great horses and very friendly and helpful hosts. | Excellent


Canyons and Waterfalls - Brazil

Canyons and Waterfalls

5 star rating   21 September 2019

Paul who has been on 3 In The Saddle rides. Brazil - Canyons & Waterfalls | The horses – all of them – Los Potreirinhos - a real treat. All responsive, safe and fast when appropriate. This is not a ride with masses of cantering – particularly if the weather conditions are unfavourable – anyway you’re too busy looking at the amazing scenery. All neck reining – all tack and kit fine.

The gauchos – Antonio and his daughter, Tiago, Isabella – all great – knew their stuff and their horses. Absolutely no issues.


Highland Trails - Iceland

Winter Riding and Northern Lights

5 star rating   21 September 2019

Suzy who has been on 8 In The Saddle rides. A really lovely relaxing fun time in an extraordinary environment. | It was fun to learn to ride Tolt. The horses were well cared for and well mannered making it easy and safe.


Catalan Coastal Trails - Spain

Mediterranean Trail

5 star rating   21 September 2019

Johanna (this is their first In The Saddle holiday) Beautiful scenery and amazing horses! | The riding was amazing!
Plenty of it and wonderful horses, who were well cared for beautiful Andalusians and and matched perfectly with their riders
The guide was very experienced, but rather lacking in empathy, which was particularly apparent when my friend's horse shied and she fell off. A few words of kindness and support at the time would have been appreciated, as would help remounting and support during the remainder of the afternoon's ride.

I loved the holiday and the experience. It was physically exhausting, but in a mind enhancing way!


Catalan Coastal Trails - Spain

Mediterranean Trail

2 star rating   21 September 2019

Helen who has been on 2 In The Saddle rides. not great | The horse I was given was super nervy of being groomed and at times to ride although a nice temperament otherwise. He spooked really badly on day 1 whilst we were at a standstill waiting for the guide to clear a path and threw me off. Obviously this made me rather nervous and this probably passed to the horse! The guide did nothing to help, he did not even come back to see if I was ok!
The riding was generally quite hard, with long hours in the saddle and often at either a walk or full tilt! The guide did not engage with us apart from to drill the importance of 'the line' into us, and because of this we were unable to socialise amongst ourselves as much as I would have liked, or relax whilst riding because at any time we were suddenly galloping along narrow bendy trails. When we asked if we could slow the pace down a little our request was met rather scornfully, although he did slow it down a little. We were 6 women and 1 man in the group and only 1 really regular rider so the majority of us were there to enjoy our riding not (as the guide was determined to do) challenge ourselves.
As a final note it must be said that our guide made me very worried about the beach ride (gallop)and whilst I did enjoy it my main feeling was relief that it was over. I would imagine it was also terrifying for the poor people on the beach for early morning walks, fishing etc as we galloped unto them at full pelt with the guide shouting at them to get out of the way!
[Olwen from In The Saddle writes - Thank you for taking the time to leave your feedback. Falling off on the first day must have really shaken you. The riding is quite long and hard on these trails. We feel that our website does highlight this, but I'm sorry to read that the guide didn't make much adjustment to the pace despite your requests. We have forwarded this feedback to the Ride Operator.]


Catalan Coastal Trails - Spain

Mediterranean Trail

5 star rating   21 September 2019

David who has been on 8 In The Saddle rides. Mediterranean Trail - second time as good, or better than the first | Excellent


Monte Velho - Portugal

Monte Velho

5 star rating   21 September 2019

Juliet who has been on 10 In The Saddle rides. Lovely horses and great standard of teaching from all trainers. Only improvement would be the chance to discuss your previous experience and goals at the start of the stay - but if you mention to your trainer what you would like to work on they will do their utmost to accommodate - so don't hesitate to have a chat!


Monte Velho - Portugal

Monte Velho

5 star rating   21 September 2019

Maxine who has been on 3 In The Saddle rides. Fabulous holiday.... total immersion in horses and luxury accommodation. | The level of tuition and range of horses were the best I’ve experienced.... just a note that it is worth outlining your riding ability with the trainer for the day to get the best out of your riding lesson. The trail ride was amazing - I wish we had organised more than one during our visit.... riding out around the estate was superb.


Monte Velho - Portugal

Monte Velho

5 star rating   21 September 2019

Angela who has been on 6 In The Saddle rides. Relaxing, informative & fun. | Instructors able to assess riding faults very quickly & work on these progressively. On final lesson thrilled to ride movement not attempted before.
However, on occasions MV horses were schooled in the arena at the same time as two riders were having lessons. This may be fine for riders experienced in riding in busy warm up areas but for more novice riders trying to ride an unfamiliar horse, concentrate on one's instructor and worry about where another horse and rider are is quite stressful.
Loved the schoolmaster horses.


Horizon Horseback - South Africa

Horizon

5 star rating   20 September 2019

Caroline who has been on 3 In The Saddle rides. Spectacularly brilliant in every way | Beautifully schooled horses who were a joy to ride


African Explorer - Botswana and South Africa

African Explorer

5 star rating   20 September 2019

Susan who has been on 3 In The Saddle rides. Back to Africa. | At both camps the staff kept making sure you were still happy with your horse.

The horses had good manners and were easy to ride. I felt totally confident that whatever I asked of either of the horses I rode they would deliver.


Ant's Lodges - South Africa

Ant's Nest

5 star rating   20 September 2019

Leila who has been on 5 In The Saddle rides. Riding safari | Exceeded expectations. Excellent well cared for horses. Faster riding than expected, tailored to our needs.
We were able to get very close to animals, much closer than expected.
The guides were excellent, one in particular (Sekhwiri) was so informative it made the holiday really special.


African Explorer - Botswana and South Africa

African Explorer

5 star rating   20 September 2019

Michele who has been on 2 In The Saddle rides. Amazing views. | Yes my expectations were met.


Sierra Nevada Short Break - Spain

Alpujarra Short Break

5 star rating   20 September 2019

Beryl who has been on 4 In The Saddle rides. Alpujarra Short Break | Dallas and Mordecai were great guides. We rode fabulous horses in amazing country and had a great time.


Estancia Los Potreros - Argentina

Estancia Los Potreros

5 star rating   19 September 2019

Jane who has been on 3 In The Saddle rides. The Perfect Complete Package | The riding was superb with excellent horses that were very well behaved, responsive and willing. We had variety every day from riding across the rugged terrain to herding cattle and playing polo. There were plenty of opportunities for faster paces plus experiencing the paso horses and their gait - so comfortable! I particularly liked the schedule of riding where there is a nice break during the day for lunch, either at the estancia or out on the trail, so nothing feels hurried and the day is full but at a nice pace. All the guides were knowledgeable and experienced riders and happy to help and tailor the pace to cater for everyone. I have never ridden such a selection of good horses before, well trained and sure footed, well looked after and living in a truly natural horse environment. Of course I had my favourites but I couldn't fault any of the horses I rode.


Monte Velho - Portugal

Monte Velho

5 star rating   18 September 2019

Linda (this is their first In The Saddle holiday) Luxurious and challenging. | Excellent


Machu Picchu and The Sacred Valley - Peru

Machu Picchu and The Sacred Valley

5 star rating   18 September 2019

Sue (this is their first In The Saddle holiday) Fantastic: magical ride through unspoilt countryside | It far exceeded my expectations. The Paso horses were very well cared for. I got to ride three different horses during the ride. All were wonderful.


Footsteps of Lawrence - Jordan

Bedouin Trails & Dead Sea

5 star rating   16 September 2019

Eleanor who has been on 2 In The Saddle rides. A unforgettable trip | What a wonderful week! Wonderful people, beautiful scenery and lovely horses.


Footsteps of Lawrence - Jordan

Bedouin Trails & Dead Sea

5 star rating   16 September 2019

Julie who has been on 5 In The Saddle rides. Fantastic riding in an awesome environment | Forward going horses, which were very fit.


Alentejo Trails - Portugal

Coastal Trail North to South

5 star rating   15 September 2019

Julie (this is their first In The Saddle holiday) Wonderful Experience | It was quite demanding & some on the holiday struggled. Perhaps a day off instead of 1/2 day could be an optional choice as the trip to the fishing village could of been for a day.


Lassithi Trek - Crete

Lassithi Trek

5 star rating   15 September 2019

Sarah who has been on 2 In The Saddle rides. Fantastic Trek | The riding was fantastic. I think Sabine matched us pretty well with our horses. My horse, Evropi, was very responsive and easy to ride but also quite forward and lots of fun. All of the horses on our trek seemed forward and responsive, and everyone seemed quite happy with their mounts. Luckily the people on the trek were well-matched in terms of riding ability, so we had lots of lovely fast riding. The terrain is often quite rough but I never felt unsafe, even when cantering over very uneven stony ground, because our horses were so sure-footed and confident.

A new experience was going swimming with our horses - something I'd never done before and which was enormous fun.

Our guide, Vladimir, was fantastic and clearly has a natural affinity with horses. He was very careful and safety conscious, but at the same time making the trek fun and interesting with lots of long canters. He also kept a close eye on everyone to make sure we were all happy and enjoying our trip. Vlad and Yanni were up early every morning to feed, groom and tack up our horses. This is something we riders could have done ourselves - and it's a good way to bond with your horse - but we appreciated their hard work.


Tombstone Monument Ranch - Arizona

Tombstone Monument Ranch

2 star rating   14 September 2019

who has been on In The Saddle rides. Fun and Relaxing | The slow rides were suitable for complete novices, the fast rides were fairly short and a very controlled slow lope, mostly dictated by the ground, which was fairly hard and stony. Horses were very well behaved and knew their job. The wranglers were good and knew each horse well. Team penning was great fun.


Balkan Rides - Bulgaria

The Devetaki Plateau

5 star rating   14 September 2019

Jennifer who has been on 6 In The Saddle rides. The best countryside for riding! | The countryside is perfect for riding, huge open spaces, no gates or fences. The riding was varied, sometimes we rode along tracks, up and down steep paths to cross valleys, cantered across long flat fields and clattered through seemingly empty villages. There was a lot of cantering and the canters were much longer than we can do in the UK which made for a fantastic ride overall, I really enjoyed it. The itinerary was perfect with exactly the right number of hours in the saddle and cultural trips so that by the time we got to the fourth and longest days riding it didn't seem nearly as difficult as we were expecting. We did not gallop but once Maria was happy we had control of our horses we cantered as a group across the fields and the horses behaved impeccably. Some of the horses did have back sores but the care given to the horses at every stop reassured me that they were receiving the highest standard of care. Numnahs/saddlecloths and tack was in good condition and was changed promptly to ensure the horses comfort at all times. Lots of reviews say this is a ride where you need to be fit and experienced, I didnt find the ride too difficult, I rode once a week before i went for a couple of hours and was fine in Bulgaria, the horses are forward going but sensible. I rode with loose reins all week. The canters are long and sitting in the saddle, push your feet forward Western style, relax and remember to breathe! A ride for fit experienced riders but I wouldn't have said fast paced, definitely not 75% canter as one review has written.


Balkan Rides - Bulgaria

The Devetaki Plateau

5 star rating   14 September 2019

Nina who has been on 8 In The Saddle rides. Absolutely amazing riding! | The riding exceeded my expectations. This is the best trail ride I've ever done.
The horses are perfectly trained and all the riders loved their horses. They are very forward going and extremely responsive.
The pace of the riding is excellent. Lots of lovely long canters and often there is lots of space, you dont need to canter nose to tail. You pick your own line in the fields.
The western style of riding is awesome as you never get tired, it's so comfy.
The scenery is stunning! It changes everyday from pine forests to sunflower and corn fields to mountain views, then pretty villages.
The family that looks after you all week are some of the most wonderful people I've ever met. I felt like i was part of the family while I was there. Super friendly and caring.


Rocking Z - Montana

Ranch Stay

5 star rating   14 September 2019

Richard who has been on 6 In The Saddle rides. A wonderful experience and our first exposure to Parelli training | We started the week with a discussion and match-up to horses and then with an afternoon of ground work - at the end of which, we rode our horses bareback. The following morning we went on one of many rides over the surrounding country and hills. Plenty of opportunity for trots and canters. During the week we also tried our hand at rounding up cattle, separating cattle, playing a 'cow game' -in which one rider pretends to be the cow and the other tries to round them up. We also tried barrel racing and had a session of 'liberty' - in which the horse is free in an arena and the rider has to persuade it to follow and turn with non-vocal signals. We were never more than 6 riders to an instructor. Patty and Zac's daughters Maria and Anna are expert horse 'wranglers' and Parelli practitioners and their advice and instruction was superb.
[Becky from In The Saddle replied: It’s lovely to hear how much you enjoyed the riding and natural horsemanship.]


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