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Ant's Lodges - South Africa

Ant's Nest

5 star rating   2 August 2019

Gay who has been on 2 In The Saddle rides. Awesome trip from start to finish. First stop at Ants Nest/Ants Hill then onto Garonga (Big 5 reserve but no horse riding) at recommendation of In The Saddle. Exceeded expectations in all respects | Riding was great - well schooled horses get very safe for non experienced riders but fun enough for those with more experience. Plenty of long canters but also lots of time to see game close up. The guides were excellent - good fun and happy to do some cross-country tracking to make sure we saw as much as possible. They were knowledgeable and really seemed to care about our experience of the reserve and were fun - made the holiday great for all the family.
The reserve was very well stocked so we got to see a large selection of game from horseback: giraffe, zebra, wildebeest, warthog, rhino, buffalo, loads of impala, kudu, eland. The night drives were a bonus - porcupine, jackal, civet etc.
[ITS comment: I'm so pleased to hear you enjoyed the riding at Ant's Lodges, they have a great selection of horses for all levels.]


Quinta do Rol - Portugal

Quinta do Rol

5 star rating   1 August 2019

Anna Abigail (this is their first In The Saddle holiday) Great place, with incredibly nice, well-groomed horses and talented staff. Already ready for one more trip! 🙂


Sierra Nevada Short Break - Spain

Sulayr Ride

5 star rating   31 July 2019

Nina who has been on 2 In The Saddle rides. Wish I had gone for longer! | Dallas paired me up perfectly with my horse, Honrado, who was not only beautiful but wonderfully schooled. He was so safe and sure footed when it came to being led on some of the steeper terrain.


Kujwana - Botswana

Riding Safari

5 star rating   30 July 2019

Emmanuelle who has been on 2 In The Saddle rides. Good horses and experienced guides
However I was lucky to be alone with another rider for the first days and then with a small family - there was another group of 5 riders who were very noisy and not that friendly - my week would not have been so good if I had been with them. Thanks to the camp manager for managing it the right way for me.


Tuli Safari - Botswana

Tuli Safari

5 star rating   28 July 2019

Alison who has been on 5 In The Saddle rides. Another amazing Trip to Africa | Kicking up dust we cantered across the plains spotting animals. Lots of fast canters and a chance to jump if anyone wanted to. I was perfectly matched with a cheeky pony called Lightening who was forward and responsive. He did get a little fidgety whilst game viewing which made taking photographs quite a challenge. :-). The guides were outstanding - fun and informative.
However, it does states in the brochure a maximum group number of 8 - we were a group of 10 and although we were split up to go out game viewing this did lead to a guest having varying accommodation to the other guests, not enough seats around the camp fire and it got quite cosy around the dinner table.


Essaouira Coastal Trail - Morocco

Essaouira Coastal Trail

5 star rating   28 July 2019

Caroline who has been on 2 In The Saddle rides. Peaceful | Excellent


Tuli Safari - Botswana

Tuli Safari

5 star rating   28 July 2019

Live2Ride who has been on 5 In The Saddle rides. Holiday of a lifetime. | I was matched with an ex-racer much to my delight as it's what I'm used to. Lynx was simply the best Thoroughbred I've ever had the privilege to ride. So well behaved and bold. Beautifully schooled. He responded to the lightest of aids and was a complete joy to ride. My son, Josh, was also equally pleased with Rodeo, the horse he was selected. There were 10 of us on the trip and nobody asked to swap horses which I think says something. Lindy was very careful to listen to what sort of horse we wanted to ride and she got my request perfectly


Kujwana - Botswana

Riding Safari

5 star rating   27 July 2019

Angie who has been on 18 In The Saddle rides. Fabulous | I was expecting the Delta to be flooded but as it was totally dry I had a different riding experience altogether. I think the rides might have been faster with more cantering as the ground was visible. Plenty of holes though due to Aardvark. The horses were all lovely and they matched me perfectly to a sweet 15 hand mare whom I would have taken home if possible. Everything was perfect.


Equus Silvania - Romania

Equus Silvania

5 star rating   27 July 2019

Katy who has been on 2 In The Saddle rides. Fast Paced, fun holiday with beutiful scenery | The horses I was matched with were perfect for me, responsive and forward going. The riding met my expectations, there was lots of fast paced riding and there was a branch to jump over on the first day to jump over on the first day which I particularly enjoyed.
[ITS comment: We are so pleased you enjoyed the fast paced riding.]


Velani Country Hotel - Crete

Sun and Riding

5 star rating   27 July 2019

Kristine who has been on 2 In The Saddle rides. When I arrived I was the only one on the Sunny Rides program, so after 2 days we made changes
My sons got one private lesson with each riding instructor so I agreed with one riding instructor to try a little dressage so it became 10 days dressage instead as it suited us all better. I learned a lot


Kaskazi - Tanzania

Kilimanjaro Elephant Safari

4 star rating   27 July 2019

Sophie who has been on 3 In The Saddle rides. Lots of giraffe | Both Mum and I had horses perfectly suited to us. It seemed the whole ride did. I think Jo is obviously very good at matching people and ponies.


Pyrenean Adventures - Spain

Fresh & Saltwater Trail

4 star rating   27 July 2019

Flash (this is their first In The Saddle holiday) I thought,there would be more Pyrenes mountains and I would have known more details before for the Wake-Up-Time.


Kaskazi - Tanzania

Kilimanjaro Elephant Safari

5 star rating   27 July 2019

Canada Guy who has been on 3 In The Saddle rides. another epic adventure | Could not believe the ability of the horses handling some very difficult terrain. They took everything in stride. Very impressed.


Pyrenean Adventures - Spain

Fresh & Saltwater Trail

5 star rating   21 July 2019

Madelen (this is their first In The Saddle holiday) Fresh and saltwater trail | Good and well cared for horses. I had to change horses during the trailride because the first horse i got was a bit too much of a challange. The second horse i got was simply amazing. Excellent trots and canters and the saddle was very nice to sit in.


Wolves and Wild Horses - Portugal

Wolves and Wild Horses

5 star rating   21 July 2019

Mette who has been on 2 In The Saddle rides. Wolves and Wild Horses | If you expect to be picked up exact on time in the morning and arrive at a streamlined barn with posh equipment and facilities you will be disappointed. If, on the other hand, you expect to be picked up at 'southern relaxed time' and arrive at an authentic, warm-hearted and 'living' barn with horses, dogs and cats, you will be delighted. Very happy!

Pedro was very concerned about matching the most optimal equipage - based on temperament and personality. Not just riding skills. The connection between horse and rider was prioritized, which to me was an absolute plus, showing great love and a deep respect for the horses.


Tuli Safari - Botswana

Tuli Safari

5 star rating   21 July 2019

Pip P (this is their first In The Saddle holiday) Holiday of a lifetime | Absolutely loved my horse, a real character, I trusted him completely. The riding definitely met my expectations.


Tuli Safari - Botswana

Tuli Safari

5 star rating   21 July 2019

Stripeytop (this is their first In The Saddle holiday) Ride on the wild side | The guides bent over backwards to make our holiday a truly fabulous time. Their expertise was evident.


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 12 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

The Great Trek A

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]


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