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Ratekjokk Trail - Sweden

Ratekjokk Trail

5 star rating   20 July 2019

Hester who has been on 2 In The Saddle rides. Ratekjokk trail | Excellent


Ant's Lodges - South Africa

Ant's Hill

4 star rating   20 July 2019

GM who has been on 15 In The Saddle rides. Warm and dusty | I've been to Ant's (Nest and Hill) several times before, so had a good idea what to expect. They quickly found the right sort of horse for me. On every other safari I've been on over the last 25 years (including Ant's), guests have rotated their position in the ride, so that no-one spends the entire time at the back (out of hearing of the lead guide, eating everyone else's dust, and often missing game that has been spooked by the front riders or missing photo opps because other riders appear between the game and the back riders). Usually this rotation of riders is achieved by the centre's horse allocation and/or by the politeness/fairness/manners of the individual guests concerned. In addition, all guests are usually asked what sort of riding they want to do in order to meet all riders' interests. This time, a couple of guests got to ride at the front all the time and the rides were run to meet their requests in terms of speed and destination. It was only as we were leaving that we were put on a separate ride, which was a completely different experience and the comparison led me to reflect that, until then, we had not been asked what our riding wishes/priorities were. I also discovered a stirrup leather worn half way through at the buckle, which should not have been used. I'm not sure if this apparent drop in standards is just an unfortunate and unrepresentative blip but, if my previous trips had been like this, I'm not sure I would have returned. [ITS comment: Thank you for bringing this to our attention, we are looking into this. We are sorry that the riding didn't meet your expectations on the first couple of days, but are pleased to hear that you enjoyed the other aspects of your holiday.]


Macatoo - Botswana

Riding Safari

5 star rating   20 July 2019

Walker Family (this is their first In The Saddle holiday) Exceeding all expectations, wonderful hosts - unbelievable amount of game! | The riding was fantastic, an excellent way to do a safari. The horses knew their job inside out. You could stand on buckle end and watch the game, wander across the floodplains and in and out of trees on a loose rein and gallop across country with ease. Bernard, our guide, knew the land exceptionally well - this allowed fast gallops, short winding canters and weaving through the trees watching the game - and we had full confidence in him that we were safe to do so.


Wild Coast - South Africa

Kei River Trail (6 nights)

5 star rating   20 July 2019

Equiphile who has been on 11 In The Saddle rides. Fantastic | Loved the saddles. All three horses I rode were great. Loved the beaches and long canters along grassy tracks


Wait A Little - South Africa

Big Five Safari

5 star rating   20 July 2019

Bertie's owner (this is their first In The Saddle holiday) Fantastic | The horses were all lovely, really well cared for, and because were riding twice daily, we had different horses over the course of the week, so that they were fresh and not over worked. Riding in the Bush was a new experience for me, but the horses ‘knew the job’ perfectly. The tack was fabulous, in every way,; clean, well fitted and the saddles were comfortable.


Atlantis and Green Island Trail - Azores

Green Island Trail

5 star rating   17 July 2019

Mare who has been on 3 In The Saddle rides. Atlantis and the Green Island Trail - Wonderful horses and guides and staff! | I also loved that Nelson gave us a riding lesson before our time out on the trails - he's an excellent teacher and was able to assess our skill level and no doubt helped with us matching up with the best horse for us.

The riding mostly met my expectations - beautiful trots and canters along dirt paths, blooming hydrangeas, lantana, and ginger lilies all around. I do think my skill level wasn't up to par, so I wasn't comfortable at a gallop, as most of the others were.


The Great Trek - Kyrgyzstan

Secret 1

5 star rating   17 July 2019

NM Tibet (this is their first In The Saddle holiday) Way beyond expectations!!!!! | Yann's horses were all in excellent shape and of great temperament.


Atlantis and Green Island Trail - Azores

Green Island Trail

5 star rating   17 July 2019

Ellen B who has been on 3 In The Saddle rides. Azores Green Island Trail | I overestimated my fitness and experience level, so the Green Island Trail that I signed up for proved to be too much for me. Christina was absolutely wonderful when I confessed this - she cheerfully made special arrangements so I could still ride, but at a more suitable pace for my skill level. The horses were beautifully trained trail horses and were cared for so well. And the countryside is beautiful!


Pyrenean Adventures - Spain

Bandit Trail

5 star rating   14 July 2019

AS (this is their first In The Saddle holiday) I thought the participating riders were more experienced. There were a few that didn't always have full control.
The horses matched perfectly with what we had requested.


Los Alamos - Spain

Short Break

5 star rating   14 July 2019

Belinda who has been on 4 In The Saddle rides. Amazing | The Andalucian Arabs were amazing, sure footed and fast, the rides were so much fun and the views amazing, loved the terain of the forest. I’ll be going back again.


Los Alamos - Spain

Short Break

5 star rating   14 July 2019

Mel who has been on 3 In The Saddle rides. Fantastic. | Yet again the holiday exceeded all expectations. Riding was superb horses excellent Rachel, Jose and Roberto were thoughtful and matched me perfectly to the horse.


Okavango Mobile Safari - Botswana

Okavango Mobile Safari

5 star rating   14 July 2019

Maria (this is their first In The Saddle holiday) Pure magic! | Excellent


Pyrenean Adventures - Spain

Bandit Trail

5 star rating   14 July 2019

Jette (this is their first In The Saddle holiday) I was assigned a horse that I requested; one that wasn't too hard for my back and one that was forwardgoing. My request was fully fulfilled, but I would have liked to try a Spanish horse or an Andalusian. Just to try it. [ITS Comment - we were very pleased that you were able to ride the horse that you requested. I'm sorry that on this occasion there wasn't the opportunity to 'try' another guests Spanish horse].

It was a very exciting and challenging terrain. However, the terrain also only allowed the pace to be in walk most of the time. Could have been nice with a little more trot or canter.
Very good saddles and tack. Thorough introduction to how they wanted us to get the horses ready and tacked for each riding.


Pyrenean Adventures - Spain

Bandit Trail

5 star rating   14 July 2019

Pia Moeller (this is their first In The Saddle holiday) Bandit trail | I had a lovely horse and a great trip.


Atlantis and Green Island Trail - Azores

Green Island Trail

4 star rating   13 July 2019

Emily who has been on 3 In The Saddle rides. Stunning scenery! | The horses were spectacular--rock solid even in traffic, forward, responsive and clearly well-loved.

The ride is beautiful, absolutely gorgeous, sweeping views of the island. I do think the way the itineraries are set up on In the Saddle leaves one with the impression that choosing the Green Island Trail will put you with more advanced riders and more forward riding. To the contrary, you will ride with those booked for the more beginner programs and the farm will add unevaluated day-trippers (in tennis shoes) to your full-day rides, with the result that we were really only able to have real canters on one day. The last day we were sent out with ten riders of wildly varying abilities and one guide for a full day. The guide was basically superhuman but that is too much to ask of anyone and needless to say there were none of the "lovely canters" advertised in our itinerary.

It was truly enjoyable as a mainly walk-trot riding holiday, but as the forward horses, the chosen trails and itinerary seemed set up for faster riding, it was a bit frustrating. Particularly as it could have easily been bettered by splitting up into smaller groups or more careful evaluation of riders.
[ITS Comment - Thank you for bringing this to our attention. This is unusual feedback and certainly not the norm. We are speaking with our partners in the |azores to ascertain why this occurred during your stay]


Equus Silvania - Romania

Equus Silvania

5 star rating   13 July 2019

Christopher K who has been on 6 In The Saddle rides. Fab Riding Though A Riot of Flowers | All the guides were really helpful and hard working. The horses were great and the cantering through the flowers was spectacular. Also I quite enjoyed the feel of the endurance style stirrups.


Equus Silvania - Romania

Equus Silvania

5 star rating   13 July 2019

Sunny Dee who has been on 9 In The Saddle rides. Romania | Excellent


Castle Leslie Estate - Ireland

Riding Programme

5 star rating   11 July 2019

Gunnhild (this is their first In The Saddle holiday) Excellent


Maasai Mara - Kenya

Maasai Mara Starting at KO 8

5 star rating   9 July 2019

Mobile Safari convert! who has been on 3 In The Saddle rides. Absolutely Amazing! | The riding completely surpassed our expectations - the horses were absolutely just want we requested and more - very well schooled and looked after. As for the holiday itself .... it was
everything as described and so so much more. We had assurances from Sarah (Dale) that it would be an amazing holiday and it was........ the abundance of wildlife was unbelievable - we saw just about everything... Elephants, Lions (including mum and two babies), Hippos (the stay by the river was one of the real high lights if we had to pick) Crocs, practically all the Antelope and Zebras (1000's of!) Giraffes........ i dont feel like missing any of the incredible animals out but safe to say it really was a holiday of a lifetime!
if theres anyone out there thinking of doing this holiday then just press that button!
I will just say how brilliant the guides, Gordie,Felicia, Pete and crew were as well.....absolutley faultless!


Tuli Safari - Botswana

Tuli Safari

5 star rating   7 July 2019

Robyn who has been on 2 In The Saddle rides. Spectacular | Very impressed by the quality and variety of the horses and the care they clearly receive. From talking to the guides the horses get good long breaks between rides which is great to see compared to some places I've ridden. They are obviously well fed, watered and groomed - which is an impressive task in the African bush!

The saddles were very comfortable and it's nice to see simple bits and bridles. Only slight criticism would be that as I had the smallest horse (Million - what a superstar!) His breastplate was uselessly big so David had to adjust the saddle at every opportunity as it would slide back. My stirrups leathers were also mismatched and couldn't be shorted to quite my liking.


Cappadocia Trails - Turkey

Fairy Chimney Ride

4 star rating   7 July 2019

Gillian who has been on 4 In The Saddle rides. Stunning | The riding more than suited my ability however one member of the group was only used to riding Western Style and struggled. You need to be comfortable riding at speed on hard ground. 3 of the horses were competition endurance horses, fast and very fit. Just putting a western saddle on a horse does not address the very different styles of riding.


Los Alamos - Spain

Villa Based Ride

5 star rating   7 July 2019

Paul who has been on 15 In The Saddle rides. Another fantastic week at Los Alamos | Excellent


Tuli Safari - Botswana

Tuli Safari

5 star rating   7 July 2019

Jill from Cumbria (this is their first In The Saddle holiday) Incredible Holiday! | The horses were all in excellent condition, the saddles very comfortable, the horses were schooled to an ok standard, some of them could have done with martingales - was surprised that no account was taken of height/weight when allocating horses. I ended up on a large horse and people much taller than me ended up on smaller horses which seemed a bit odd. The riding was absolutely excellent and could not have been better, loads of gallops and a lot of hours in the saddle, fast paced, great fun.


Tuli Safari - Botswana

Tuli Safari

4 star rating   7 July 2019

Jennifer (this is their first In The Saddle holiday) Variable | My riding experience was somewhat compromised by travelling companion Jill's stupid request for a none brown horse 15hh plus, having spent the first full day getting to grips with the horse I was allocated, I then felt obliged to swap with Jill when she admitted she couldn't manage her mount's paces. Though by the end of the week she had persuaded herself that I actually wanted to ride her horse. I have previously lead rides in the U.K. & know how difficult & potentially dangerous the job can be. The group was too big & took 2 days to sort out due to some ignorant, selfish and potentially dangerous riding resulting in one very predictable fall. Given the overall cost of the experience I personally would prefer to pay more to GUARANTEE a smaller, therefore safer group able to crack on from day one.[ITS Comment - thank you for advising us that the group size was 9 guests. We had been led to understand that if this was the case, two smaller riding groups would go out from camp. I am sorry that this didn't happen on this occasion]


Castle Leslie Estate - Ireland

Riding Programme

5 star rating   7 July 2019

Lindsey (this is their first In The Saddle holiday) Jump all the things! | Truly and equestrian paradise! Castle Leslie did not disappoint. We were hoping for a luxury "adult riding camp" feel and it was exactly that. Beautiful grounds, superb accomodations and of course, fantastic horses and riding. We expected the riding to be excellent (so many acres and so many interesting cross country fences), but the icing on the cake was the friendliness, expertise and high level instruction given by the equestrian facility staff. They pushed us to try more, corrected bad habits, all while making sure every minute was fun! Absolutely terrific staff that takes excellent care of their rider and all the wonderful horses at the estate.


Cappadocia Trails - Turkey

Fairy Chimney Ride

5 star rating   7 July 2019

None who has been on 3 In The Saddle rides. Incredible | My horse was Zenobia, the current national endurance champion. She was simply outstanding and I loved every minute.


Castellare di Tonda - Italy

Heart of Tuscany

5 star rating   6 July 2019

Vanessa who has been on 5 In The Saddle rides. Superb Holiday | We had a lovely time. We started off in the school and were instructed on the basics of Western riding, so that you are riding the horses in the best way possible and that you understand each other.
We had breakfast at 7.30 and rode at 8.30 as the weather was hot. Beautiful country side, but some very steep valleys so the pace is dictated by that. Horses are sure footed and responsive.
[Chris from In The Saddle replied: We are pleased that you enjoyed your holiday.]


Pyrenean Adventures - Spain

Herdsmen's Trail (Pyrenees High Mountain)

4 star rating   6 July 2019

Tasha (this is their first In The Saddle holiday) Very fun, but a little chaotic | I rode Casper and he bit! I was really stressful trying to quickly tack up a horse that bit me. What I recommend. More time to tack up horses (more help from the guide if you have a difficult horse). Checks to make sure all tack is secure. NO more than 8 people. Our group was 12 and it was nuts.[Sarah from In The Saddle comments: Thank you for your feedback, and we do agree that a group size of up to 8 guests is the ideal, however it is clear within the ride information that on certain weeks in busy times of the season the group size can go up to 12 guests]


Velani Country Hotel - Crete

Sun and Riding

5 star rating   6 July 2019

LJD (this is their first In The Saddle holiday) Relaxed girls' riding holiday - complete success. | Lovely selection of horses to suit ability and age. Some riding experience is necessary but the guides are very happy to adapt the rides to suit the group. Horses were all very well behaved out on the rides but also responsive. Instruction excellent with private lessons often available on request after the evening ride.


Velani Country Hotel - Crete

Sun and Riding

5 star rating   6 July 2019

Debbie (this is their first In The Saddle holiday) Fantastic | Lovely horses & great instructor/leader - Vladimir.


The Great Trek - Kyrgyzstan

The Great Trek

5 star rating   5 July 2019

Mirjam (this is their first In The Saddle holiday) Absolutely stunning! | The horses were well looked after and the guides were very keen on correctly tacking up and did regular checks. Where possible we did some nice gallops however most of the trip was in walk due to the nature of the terrain. We regularly had to dismount and walk, which for me was a perfect balance between riding and some ‘exercise’, it was nice to get out of the saddle regularly. Some people did struggle a bit with the altitude and were not very fit, which made it difficult for them to climb uphill but the pace was adjusted so everybody eventually made it.


Ant's Lodges - South Africa

Ant's Hill

5 star rating   5 July 2019

Christopher who has been on 2 In The Saddle rides. Excellent | Great all round riding for all abilities


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