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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 6 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 8 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.


Ant's Lodges - South Africa

Ant's Nest

5 star rating   1 June 2019

Pegasus who has been on 3 In The Saddle rides. Luxurious and thrilling | My only minor suggestion would be to introduce other breads at breakfast if possible. As a group we probably wouldn’t normally choose white sliced (like Mother’s Pride)?
[ITS comment: This is very unusual for Ant's as there are normally several options of fresh bread available. After following this up with the lodge it seems that there was a mix up regarding the food orders.]


Rocking Z - Montana

Ranch Stay

4 star rating   1 June 2019

Marnie who has been on 2 In The Saddle rides. had a great time | would have loved some longer faster paced rides, but season fitness was not great for the horses just coming out of a snowny spring and other riders were not prepared for such riding. It was really good but just not great.


Ant's Lodges - South Africa

Ant's Nest

5 star rating   1 June 2019

Briony who has been on 6 In The Saddle rides. A truly fantastic trip | Ant's staff were fabulous at matching us well to horses - not only in terms of ability but also in terms of character. They were incredibly helpful in providing rides of varying speeds and routes, kept us safe and were and also very knowledgeable and entertaining.
[ITS comment: It's lovely to hear that you enjoyed the riding at Ant's Lodges.]


Ant's Lodges - South Africa

Ant's Nest

5 star rating   1 June 2019

Charlotte (this is their first In The Saddle holiday) Amazing and Inspiring! | Excellent


Ant's Lodges - South Africa

Ant's Nest

5 star rating   1 June 2019

Miss B Buchanan who has been on 2 In The Saddle rides. Breathtaking: phenomenal riding and safari experience combined | This holiday was fantastic. I loved every minute of it and 100% intend to return at the earliest time I can.
The hosts did everything in their power to ensure all of your needs and requests were met. The food was delicious, the accommodation was absolutely perfect.
The ability to have washing done after a days full riding in the dust meant that packing was manageable.
The horses, rides and safari animals were astonishing. What a brilliant holiday. Thank you so much.


Galiny Palace - Poland

Jump Tuition Programme (up to 100cm)

5 star rating   1 June 2019

Hope who has been on 2 In The Saddle rides. Show jumping | Excellent


Wild Coast - South Africa

Kei River Trail

5 star rating   1 June 2019

Dotsky who has been on 9 In The Saddle rides. kei river mouth and Okavango Mobile safari - 2 holidays back to back - both excellent | 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.


Relaxed Ride - Azores

Relaxed Ride

5 star rating   1 June 2019

JKDerbys who has been on 7 In The Saddle rides. beyond any expectations and the best riding holiday ever! | I cannot praise too highly the care and attention taken to ensure that we all had a good riding experience and the right horses for our ability. We had fun but also learnt so much, and rode some fantastic horses. I have previously enjoyed a wide range of fast and challenging trail rides in some amazing places. but this holiday had an extra dimension. I went in a mixed group with my daughter (an experienced rider) and grandson of 9 who had only ridden previously in confined spaces. We could never have imagined the difference a week could make to his riding, with an inspirational instructor who enabled him to test his skills safely. The lesson for everyone on the first day of the holiday is a fantastic idea, in that riding ability is thoroughly assessed and horse choice confirmed, which is so much more effective than trying to match horses to riders on the basis of personal summaries of riding experience. We enjoyed that so much that we requested more, and one of the great features of being at the Quinta is the commitment to visitors and fulfilling as far as possible their wishes each day. We were very lucky in enjoying more lessons as well as wonderful rides out. Nelson was able to provide Oliver with safe and forward going horses so that from day one he was able to join us on rides out of increasing length, with controlled canters, and by the end of the week riding for 3 hours and more taking everything in his stride and loving every minute. This holiday has transformed his riding and given him opportunities and experiences which will transform his enjoyment of riding. And the grown ups had a fabulous time too!!


Quinta do Rol - Portugal

Quinta do Rol

5 star rating   1 June 2019

Kate B who has been on 16 In The Saddle rides. A brilliant (and exhausting) week! | I was paired very well with horses that matched the type of horses i like and were suitable for my ability.

I learnt so much on this holiday working on the dressage movements i wanted to improve and improving my seat etc. They also guided me to had a go at several very difficult high level dressage moves that i never dreamed i would perform, including spanish walk, piaffe and passage, and canter pirouette! It was exhausting physically and mentally but brilliant, I learned loads and had so much fun.


Castellare di Tonda - Italy

Medieval Tuscany

5 star rating   1 June 2019

Burner63 (this is their first In The Saddle holiday) Perfectly perfect | The riding was through really beautiful country. It had rained for like 40 days or something before we arrived, making the trails pretty messy, so we had to adjust our paths, sometimes taking the same loops to keep us in the saddle longer. Once the ground dried, we could go out for full days and see some incredible ruins, old towns and amazing views. Our guides, Sammy and Marco were very safety minded: horses and guests first. These horses and tack were impeccably maintained, that tells you what you need to know about a facility and it’s owner, Franco.
[ITS comment: We are so pleased to hear that you enjoyed the riding.]


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