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Quinta do Rol - Portugal

Quinta do Rol

5 star rating   2 March 2019

Monika who has been on 3 In The Saddle rides. Fantastic Experience | It exceeded my expectations, wonderful horses and the best instructor I ever had


Monte Velho - Portugal

Monte Velho

5 star rating   28 February 2019

happihorse who has been on 4 In The Saddle rides. Absolutely fantastic! | Great lessons on a variety of horses with fantastic instruction which really helped me develop my riding over the course of the week.


Ultimate Uruguay - Uruguay

Ultimate Uruguay

5 star rating   27 February 2019

Chris who has been on 7 In The Saddle rides. Great trip in a fascinating country | I had said in advance that I had a bad back and would like a narrow horse with smooth paces. My first horse met this brief well and the second was amazing - one of the most flowing walks I have ever sat on. There was less scope with the third set of horses who were basically trekking horses. But our excellent guide and the gaucho in charge of the horses there did their best for me. I was very grateful to everyone for the care they took over this which was crucial to my enjoyment of this holiday.
As my back objected to too much fast work I was fine with the quieter pace made necessary by the hot weather. And we had some good fun canters along the beaches.
The variety of terrain was part of the charm of the holiday. The birdlife on the wetlands was mind-blowing and the beaches were stunning. But I was disappointed that the promised day on a working cattle ranch never materialised and no explanation or apology was given for this. I had been looking forward to that. [ITS comment: We are sorry that there was no cattle work for you to become involved in during your stay. We will make this clearer in the itinerary that this is season dependent.]
Overall the first three days were interesting and fun and the middle section was wonderful riding in beautiful surroundings. The final two days would have been better described as an opportunity to relax rather than part of a riding holiday. We had a couple of pleasant two hour treks each day on adequate horses and our guide and the gaucho in charge did their best to offer us a decent second ride each day. The gaucho even let us take turns riding his own horse. But the proprietors of the hotel seemed to have had no idea that we were on a riding holiday. [ITS comment: We have followed this up with our partners and in the future there will be more riding on these last two days, although it is also a beautiful place to relax.]


Ultimate Uruguay - Uruguay

Ultimate Uruguay

5 star rating   27 February 2019

Sue who has been on 14 In The Saddle rides. Ultimate Uruguay | The weather was unusually hot so quite rightly there were fewer canters than expected and a lot of walking. But it was great to ride in so many different environments - tracks and lanes, forests, beaches, sand dunes, fields and wetlands. The wetlands were challenging and fun. The horses in the middle section of the holiday were excellent - we had them for 5 days and I couldn't fault the buckskin Criolla I was given. Unfortunately the quality of the horses in the final two days wasn't so good. A number of our group, including me, were on horses with such strange confirmation, that they were quite uncomfortable at trot and canter. This was disappointing given the hotel where we stayed, Balcon del Abra, clearly considers itself a class place...but the horses were more used to walking in a line pony-trekking style than being ridden by relatively experienced people.


Ultimate Uruguay - Uruguay

Ultimate Uruguay

5 star rating   27 February 2019

Janet (this is their first In The Saddle holiday) Ultimate Uruguay | The horses were healthy and well, the middle batch of horses were superior to the first and last group. I have my own horses at home and ride all the time so the actual riding wasn't probably as important to me as it would be for others, I wanted to go on a riding holiday as I thought it would be a fantastic way to see Uruguay.


Ultimate Uruguay - Uruguay

Ultimate Uruguay

5 star rating   27 February 2019

Janny (this is their first In The Saddle holiday) Ultimate Uruaguay | To be honest the horses were not great but the scenery made up for it!


Desert Trails - Morocco

Desert Cavalcade

5 star rating   24 February 2019

Jan who has been on 3 In The Saddle rides. Great riding, great food, great fun | A good variety of paces across very different terrains. The day of the fast gallop was very windy, so it literally took my breath away!


Los Alamos - Spain

Villa Based Ride

5 star rating   24 February 2019

Los Alamos fan. who has been on 10 In The Saddle rides. Relaxing stay with exciting riding | Good variety at all paces. The horses were well chosen for the rider and were fit, forward and carefully prepared so that each rider could have the horse he or she was best suited to. The guides were careful to make sure that the horses and riders were cared for throughout.


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.


Macatoo - Botswana

Riding Safari

5 star rating   23 February 2019

Vivien who has been on 34 In The Saddle rides. Macatoo - Botswana | I rode a total of 5 horses that were all great, forward going and well behaved but I especially liked riding little Apache, very comfortable and super-speedy. Bongwe is a fantastic guide and I really enjoyed the long fast canters in the morning rides. Saw wild dogs on the first two days and leopard 4 times which was really special. Also witnessed hyenas tucking into a giraffe kill which was like being in a wildlife documentary.


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


Wilderness Ride - Costa Rica

Wilderness Ride

4 star rating   20 February 2019

Lisa (this is their first In The Saddle holiday) A wonderful getaway | Everything was well described ahead of time by In The Saddle. I really enjoy riding in the mountains, but that does mean virtually the entire ride is at a walk. It’s good to emphasize that to riders booking this holiday.


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


Ant's Lodges - South Africa

Ant's Hill

5 star rating   12 February 2019

Christina P who has been on 2 In The Saddle rides. Great riding experience. Horses were very well trained, fit and cared for. Pace was varied but with plenty of long canters.


Los Alamos - Spain

Villa Based Ride

5 star rating   10 February 2019

HB who has been on 6 In The Saddle rides. Wonderful winter break | Was as articulated.


Alcainca - Portugal

Riding Holiday

5 star rating   9 February 2019

Annette (this is their first In The Saddle holiday) Classical dressage | Very good instruction, good accommodation and meals. A lovely setbup


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.


Ant's Lodges - South Africa

Ant's Nest

5 star rating   7 February 2019

Travelling Trekker who has been on 6 In The Saddle rides. Excellent as always | This is our third visit to Ant's Nest so they knew our favourite horses, and riding skills. We were matched perfectly with the right horse.


Assam Tea Gardens - India

Heritage Ride with Reh Festival

5 star rating   6 February 2019

Jo who has been on In The Saddle rides. On the first day the horses were very sharp and excitable. This was addressed and afterwards we had a great time. The horses in our opinion were only suitable for experienced riders.


Wild Coast - South Africa

Kei River Trail

5 star rating   2 February 2019

Vanessa who has been on 5 In The Saddle rides. Wild Coast | I rode five different horses during the Kei Mouth Trail and all of them were extremely fit, incredibly sure-footed and very willing. They scrambled over rocks and canter over hills and gallop on the beaches beautifully. It was very hard to pick a favourite as they were all so good. The deserted beaches are perfect for long canters and gallops but I also enjoyed cantering up and down hills inland. Credit to team for keeping 40+ horse in such top condition!


Winter Ride - Romania

Winter Ride

5 star rating   2 February 2019

Savannah (this is their first In The Saddle holiday) Greatest week I 've ever had | The riding on the winter ride was amazing. It was a little challenging at times, but In The Saddle as well as the staff at Equus prepared us for this. The horses are great, super well trained, taken care of and really excited at times, but stil very well behaved. Everything is arranged in such a way that everyone is happy, both rider and horses.


Wild Coast - South Africa

Kei River Trail

5 star rating   2 February 2019

B. Bormann (this is their first In The Saddle holiday) Absolutely amazing! | The horses and the riding by far exceeded my expectations - the horses are very well trained, with amazing personalities, sure-footed and with outstanding athletic abilities. Even on the steepest terrain, on slippery and wet rocks, I never felt unsafe. It was great that Mel had all participants try different horses at first, and once we'd found our matches, we went on the two-day trail to Wavecrest. The canters along the beach were almost the best - only exceeded by the gallop along the beach - I don't think I've ever been on a horse going so fast!


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.


Estancia Los Potreros - Argentina

Estancia Los Potreros

5 star rating   29 January 2019

Older rider who has been on 2 In The Saddle rides. Estancia Los Potreros | It surpassed my expectations. Varied terrain, good riding, well guided. The opportunity to "work" horses (in cattle herding) was especially enjoyable when in the UK we almost never have such opportunities.


Wild Coast - South Africa

Wild Coast Adventure Trail

5 star rating   26 January 2019

Bridgie who has been on 14 In The Saddle rides. Another great ITS ride. | My second time riding the Wild Coast and just as good as before. Weather much more varied this time.

(ITS NOTE: We are so pleased that you enjoyed your return visit despite the varied weather).


Wild Coast - South Africa

Wild Coast Adventure Trail

5 star rating   26 January 2019

Donna D who has been on 31 In The Saddle rides. Wild Coast | Great ride - we both loved our horses.


Wait A Little - South Africa

Camp Safari

5 star rating   24 January 2019

Campbellcat who has been on 27 In The Saddle rides. Very beautiful horses and a lovely friendly place to stay | The horses that I rode were the best trained I think I've ever had on a holiday (Nugget, Theakston and Ice), not lacking in personality (Nugget had a little go at sitting down in a pond), but very responsive whilst relaxed, and as happy at the front as at the middle or back of the ride. You get closer to the game on this safari than any other one I've been on, just a few yards away from a rhino, for example. The horses are immaculately turned out , and seat savers readily provided on our request. The only thing I got really fed up were the thorn bushes, but there's not a lot can be done about that! Pace was a little slower at times as we had a couple of mishaps with riders being unshipped, and one rider had aggravated a previous back injury on the last day.


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