Reviews
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Balkan Rides - Bulgaria

The Devetaki Plateau

5 star rating   15 June 2019

Simon who has been on 7 In The Saddle rides. Riding was one of the best I have ever had.


African Explorer - Botswana and South Africa

African Explorer

5 star rating   14 June 2019

Fi who has been on 4 In The Saddle rides. Exceeded all expectations | I loved my Gazelle at Horizon, and Rodeo at Tuli.
The horse welfare seems to be a very high priority, and they did their best to match us with the horses and give us the option to change if we wanted (no one did!).
I did have a bit of a sore on my leg from the saddle at Horizon, but didn't notice it myself till I got in the shower that evening so just one of those things and they helped to adjust buckles the next day to sort it out.


Ant's Lodges - South Africa

Ant's Nest

5 star rating   14 June 2019

Liz who has been on 2 In The Saddle rides. The most incredible holiday ever | The horses, the riding and the guides all exceeded my expectations. The horses were so well cared for and the guides knew the exact personalities and traits of each horse to match them perfectly to each rider.
The rides were so much fun, mixed up with walks and canters and routes were always varied


Galiny Palace - Poland

Galiny Palace

4 star rating   13 June 2019

Gillian (this is their first In The Saddle holiday) Galiny Palace | Horses and tuition was excellent. I really enjoyed the flexibility of lessons and hacks and the instructors were extremely knowledgeable, my confidence has greatly improved.


Monte Velho - Portugal

Monte Velho

5 star rating   12 June 2019

Niccho who has been on 5 In The Saddle rides. A boutique hotel experience with high level training and hacking. | I had specified before arrival that I am older (62) and hadn't ridden for over a year. However, I don't think this was taken on board in my initial horses for lessons and hacking. Once I had explained to staff on the ground I was very satisifed but horses I rode on the first day were too much for me in my non-riding fit state.


Alcainca - Portugal

Riding Holiday

5 star rating   12 June 2019

Myrla (this is their first In The Saddle holiday) Horses were excellent.


Alcainca - Portugal

Riding Holiday

5 star rating   12 June 2019

Golondrina (this is their first In The Saddle holiday) Exactly what I wanted. | I was very impressed with the quality of the horses and their training and I was very pleased with how much I learned.


Namib Desert - Namibia

Namib Desert

5 star rating   10 June 2019

Isabelle who has been on 2 In The Saddle rides. A wonderful fast ride in varied desert landscape. The horses where really well taken care of - the team super well organized and fun. | Excellent


Horizon Lodge - South Africa

Horizon

5 star rating   10 June 2019

Rebecca who has been on 10 In The Saddle rides. Horse heaven with great hospitality. | I gave feedback about a couple of horses that really matched me well and was spoilt with riding both of them a lot. I would have taken either home. I rode plenty of other horses too - also well matched to me. The guides and Kirsty, the stable manager, were fantastically responsive to my comments. I enjoy riding a forward horse, although on one occasion, when I had just ridden one who had been itching to overtake and lead....I could feel it in my muscles - I asked to ride "push button" horses the following day and sure enough the next day I was given two horses with beautiful manners and light mouths. I swam with my horse which is something I have always dreamed of doing and did some rustic jumps - the first time I had tried that for more than 10 years. It was all great fun and we had some wonderful game viewing too.
Something must be said about the people involved with the horses and riding... They are the friendliest, most knowledgeable, thoughtful and fun guides, volunteers and staff. Thank you.


Alentejo Trails - Portugal

Coastal Trail South to North

5 star rating   9 June 2019

Nellie who has been on 4 In The Saddle rides. Amazing experience | The horses were extremely fit and well looked after.
The riding was amazing. Very comfortable saddles and the horses were very well mannered and responsive.


Lassithi Trek - Crete

Lassithi Trek

5 star rating   9 June 2019

Lindy-lou (this is their first In The Saddle holiday) Despite emailed information and discussion with Sabine before the trek my initial horse was totally unsuitable, with little streering or brakes, was known to have been broken with a very harsh bit and only been in the yard for a few months. A little Cretan horse given to me on the basis of my small stature. I asked to change and had a wonderful responsive well schooled horse who I felt safe on and thoroughly enjoyed. [ITS comment: We are pleased that you were able to comfortably raise the issue of changing horses, and that the second horse was such a good choice for you.]
The only criticism of the equipment was the very stiff saddle pads considering the climate and length of ride. The tack itself was very good.


Los Alamos - Spain

Villa Based Ride

5 star rating   9 June 2019

CarolD who has been on 9 In The Saddle rides. Fabulous! | Excellent


Los Alamos - Spain

Villa Based Ride

5 star rating   9 June 2019

Wooly who has been on 5 In The Saddle rides. The perfect riding holiday | I last visited Los Alamos several years ago for 2 holidays and was really impressed. I was delighted to find it hadn’t changed and offered the same excellent experience with beautifully schooled horses, fabulous riding terrain, lovely accommodation and relaxed atmosphere


Lassithi Trek - Crete

Lassithi Trek

5 star rating   9 June 2019

BettyBoop (this is their first In The Saddle holiday) Mountainous adventure. | The horse matching seemed a little off, with one rider changing horse after the first day. Other riders who requested a very forward going horse were given steady, sensible and easy horses whilst others who wanted the opposite were given more challenging animals which could not be ridden on a loose rein safely. Although I didn't feel that my horse entirely matched my request, I enjoyed riding him and I felt safe for the entire holiday.

I was very happy with the pace of the ride, there were lots of opportunities for some great canters and gallops up the hillside and through olive groves. There was some challenging riding over very uneven and slippery rocks though the horses managed this very well.

The saddles were very comfortable although they could do with better maintenance. The numnahs were in need of a wash as they were very stiff and rubbed on the horses backs causing sores. The grooms were very attentive however and looked after the horses very well - I think they just needed more help maintaining the tack. The horses themselves were amazing to ride, they were very fit and beautiful to look at. They never struggled with the terrain or the steep climbs despite poor shoeing. They were cold shod by Manolis and my horse in particular had very poor feet and lost two shoes on the trail which were replaced a bit haphazardly with shoes that didn't fit.


Ant's Lodges - South Africa

Game census

5 star rating   9 June 2019

Silvo who has been on 11 In The Saddle rides. An interesting opportunity to experience game on a lovely reserve. The staff were enthusiastic and endeavoured to ensure that everyone had an enjoyable experience | The riding was varied with lots of walking whilst looking for game or waiting whilst animals were located. There were also plenty of fast canters and exhilarating rides through the bush when keeping track of darted animals. There seemed to be horses to suit a wide variety of riders. The saddles were comfortable and the horses loved the action. The mare which I rode knew exactly what was happening and was an important factor contributing to the enjoyment of the week.
[ITS comment: We are so pleased to hear that you enjoyed the riding.]


Wolves and Wild Horses - Portugal

Wolves and Wild Horses

5 star rating   9 June 2019

Bethany D (this is their first In The Saddle holiday) Hideaway horseback heaven | The horses were all incredibly sure-footed, forward, responsive and kind. Whilst initially riding an impressive Lusitano Stallion, I had the opportunity to ride a Garrano mare on day 2 and it was love at first ride. She was bitless but I felt totally safe, most sensitive horse I have ever sat on. Our week was affected by rain so opportunities for fast riding were slightly less than usual and the itinerary did have to change, but still overall a fantastic week of riding in a stunning landscape.


Nile Explorer - Uganda

Nile Explorer

5 star rating   9 June 2019

The March Hare who has been on 16 In The Saddle rides. One of the Best Holidays I have been on with ITS | TJ and Natalie's horses are really well behaved, forward going and bomb proof with excellent brakes. Their tack is well maintained and comfortable. The Pace was fast and furious but great fun with a variety of terrains and wonderful views


Ant's Lodges - South Africa

Game census

5 star rating   9 June 2019

Kate who has been on 8 In The Saddle rides. Amazing | As always amazing well looked after horses


Okavango Mobile Safari - Botswana

Okavango Mobile Safari

5 star rating   9 June 2019

Dotsky who has been on 9 In The Saddle rides. kei river mouth and Okavango Mobile safari | Long gallops on miles of empty beaches on the South African Wild coast followed by a week camping in Okavango with amazing wildlife viewing. The highlight? Galloping with a herd of giraffe, followed by zebra and wildebeest.


Rocking Z - Montana

Ranch Stay

5 star rating   8 June 2019

SJ (this is their first In The Saddle holiday) Absolutely brilliant! | Coming from Norfolk (extremely flat) found the steepness of the hills somewhat of a shock lol but the horses are so surefooted and know the trails so didn’t feel unsafe.
My husband had a slight saddle slipping issue with his horse on the first day but they readily swapped horses and all was good after that.
Loved that we didn’t have to trail ride every day (unless you wanted to) but we wanted to try the other activities on offer. Fulfilled my ambitions of trying barrel racing and cow cutting.
Having said that, the trail rides were amazing - beautiful scenery.
Also loved the parelli and can’t explain how amazing it felt to ride with no reins, just my focus, it was magical.


Transylvania Trail - Romania

Transylvania Trail

4 star rating   8 June 2019

Johnny (this is their first In The Saddle holiday) Fast and Furious | I had two horses during the ride as the first horse was tired by the third day and unable to keep up with the group in gallup.


Balkan Rides - Bulgaria

Kingdom of Thracians

5 star rating   8 June 2019

Virginia who has been on 3 In The Saddle rides. Magnificent | Exceeded all expectations..brilliant guides, fantastic horses..gloriously varied riding country


Balkan Rides - Bulgaria

Kingdom of Thracians

5 star rating   8 June 2019

Susie (this is their first In The Saddle holiday) The best team looking after us | Maria Monica and Rossan were an exceptional team looking after us. Very professional fun and really fun to be with. All the horses were great, the picnics they provided were yummy.

Places we stayed had brat mineral pools and swimming pools plus two very good massages.

Thoroughly enjoyed the riding - I loved my horse Priam. Light mouthed, very comfortable, loved riding him and we passed through some amazing country.


The Hideout - Wyoming

The Hideout

5 star rating   8 June 2019

Palomino who has been on 3 In The Saddle rides. A wonderful time. | It did indeed meet my expectations. Excellent horses, beautifully presented, with immaculate tack, barns and facilities, and rides in varied and lovely scenery.


Balkan Rides - Bulgaria

Kingdom of Thracians

5 star rating   8 June 2019

Rose (this is their first In The Saddle holiday) Kingdom of Thracians | Excellent


Monte Velho - Portugal

Monte Velho

5 star rating   8 June 2019

Tracey who has been on 2 In The Saddle rides. Fantastic. | There was just one horse that maybe wasn’t a great match but one had gone lame and he was ok and they did look after me.


Perol Chico - Peru

The Sacred Valley Ride

5 star rating   5 June 2019

Kirsty who has been on 7 In The Saddle rides. A trip of a lifetime | The horse riding holiday was amazing. It was fabulous riding in the Andes and having the opportunity to ride through the local villages and learn from the local people. The days off to visit Macchu Picchu and Cusco worked in perfectly too.

I think that this is a fabulous horse riding holiday in spectacular surroundings and it was one of the most memorable parts of our holiday in Peru. I would like to thank Abbie for organising such a great holiday and being so helpful prior to our holiday. Metropolitan Touring looked after us so well when we travelled around Peru. They always kept in contact and ensured everything ran smoothly e.g. when there was a train strike they organised a flight for us and kept us updated with the new arrangements. It was a trip of a lifetime that I will be talking about for years to come. Thank you.

(ITS NOTE: We are so pleased that you enjoyed your experiences on the Sacred Valley Ride and also had a great time during your pre and post ride extension to Lima, Lake Titicaca, the Amazon, Colca Canyon and Arequipa which was arranged through Metropolitan Touring, our partners in Peru).


Alentejo Trails - Portugal

Coastal Trail North to South

5 star rating   2 June 2019

Bregje who has been on 3 In The Saddle rides. Good hotels, especially Verdemar, our last place where we stayed. Great food, best BBQ at lunch, fantastic horse!!! | My horse was the best, loved him! Fantastic match!


Quinta do Rol - Portugal

Quinta do Rol

5 star rating   2 June 2019

Åsa (this is their first In The Saddle holiday) Fantastic horses, great teaching. | Absolutely lovely horses, beautifully cared for. Tuition is great too, the instructors really want you to improve. Their english is sometimes tricky to understand (did he say "now canter" or "no canter"???) and yes, sometimes they shout, but it's all good humoured. Take some time to chat to them, and all will be well! The viewing gallery is great and adds alot. Great school, it was 30C outside but still ok to ride in there.


Alentejo Trails - Portugal

Coastal Trail North to South

4 star rating   2 June 2019

Jockey123 who has been on 12 In The Saddle rides. Enjoyable ride | This ride was an enjoyable mix of terrains and countryside, looking particularly lovely in late Spring. I'm also into birding and hearing and seeing birds that are rare in UK was an added pleasure- even if Miguel, our guide, called everything that was not a stork a sparrow. It was also good to have more than one night at some locations so we didn't spend every morning re-packing. The weather was unseasonable hot and keeping adequately hydrated was an issue when their saddlebag only provided space for a single 500ml bottle.


Los Alamos - Spain

Villa Based Ride

4 star rating   2 June 2019

Jimmy (this is their first In The Saddle holiday) Great riding, disappointing accommodation | Rachel and her team seemed to look after the horses well and were very welcoming and happy to change horses as needed.
The riding described on the web site indicated later starts and riding some country trails. We started early every morning, it was not always hot, and no country trails so the forest riding was a bit repetative, the beach rides were great fun.
[ITS comment: We have followed this up with Los Alamos and they have told us that during your holiday there was extremely high winds which curtailed riding in the open countryside. Each day they have to assess the weather conditions before determining which route is taken and what the ride involves.]


Castle Leslie Estate - Ireland

Riding Programme

5 star rating   2 June 2019

Sitone (this is their first In The Saddle holiday) Super, just what we were looking for! | Absolutely met expectations, both horses and instructors.


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