Reviews
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Ant's Lodges - South Africa
Experience Level

Ant's Nest

5 star rating   7 February 2019

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
Experience Level

Heritage Ride with Reh Festival

5 star rating   6 February 2019

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
Experience Level

Kei River Trail

5 star rating   2 February 2019

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
Experience Level

Winter Ride

5 star rating   2 February 2019

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
Experience Level

Kei River Trail

5 star rating   2 February 2019

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
Experience Level

Monte Velho

5 star rating   1 February 2019

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
Experience Level

Estancia Los Potreros

5 star rating   29 January 2019

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
Experience Level

Wild Coast Adventure Trail

5 star rating   26 January 2019

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
Experience Level

Wild Coast Adventure Trail

5 star rating   26 January 2019

Great ride - we both loved our horses.


Across the Andes - Argentina and Chile
Experience Level

Across The Andes

5 star rating   24 January 2019

In Argentina the rides were all I expected the only thing I did not expect was the amount of dust. The Chilean rides were also lovely and so different. Excellent horses on both sides.


Shekhawati Rides - India
Experience Level

Shekhawati Desert Ride

5 star rating   24 January 2019

Excellent


Across the Andes - Argentina and Chile
Experience Level

Across The Andes

4 star rating   24 January 2019

Exceptionally fit and well mannered horses.


Across the Andes - Argentina and Chile
Experience Level

Across The Andes

5 star rating   24 January 2019

I have done this trip before so I know the route - to the extent of being asked for confirmation that we were going the right way! The first day has lots of long canters but the other days are slower due to the terrain. On this occasion all the riders were sensible about this and we had a lovely time.


Wait A Little - South Africa
Experience Level

Camp Safari

5 star rating   24 January 2019

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.


White Stallion Ranch - Arizona
Experience Level

White Stallion Ranch

5 star rating   20 January 2019

Riding that caters to all levels of experience. Wranglers are happy to share their knowledge so that even complete beginners can enjoy faster rides by the end of their stay. For those with experience there are plenty of fast rides, long rides, and cattle work for you to enjoy. To top it all off, the horses are extremely well cared for in all aspects.


Explore Winter - Sweden
Experience Level

Explore Winter

5 star rating   19 January 2019

Totally different, cantering in the dark in the snow, learning to tolt, can't say I was terribly good but the horses were great. Lovely natured horses, really a pleasure to spend time with. The scenery was stunning.


Ant's Lodges - South Africa
Experience Level

Ant's Nest

5 star rating   18 January 2019

We were 3 girls from 12 to 38 years old and there was always a horse that suited our riding skills, wishes and temperament. The tack was top notch and the horses were fit, sweet and well taken care of. We had the impression that all our guides knew all the horses very well and had a great love for the horses.
The riding were organized according to our wishes and each day was different. I will give a double satified for the guides' knowledge of both the area, the game and the nature.c


Horizon Lodge - South Africa
Experience Level

Horizon Lodge

5 star rating   13 January 2019

I had a different horse for every ride bar the last one - which was a lot. I was happy to canter but not gallop which meant for the last few rides I was in a group which separated with the odd canter.


Wait A Little - South Africa
Experience Level

Big Five Safari

5 star rating   12 January 2019

Everything was perfect.


Atlantis and Green Island Trail - Azores
Experience Level

Atlantis Ride

5 star rating   11 January 2019

Excellent


Galiny Palace - Poland
Experience Level

Galiny Palace

5 star rating   10 January 2019

Excellent


Los Alamos - Spain
Experience Level

Villa Based Ride

2 star rating   8 January 2019

The riding was a bit one-note compared to our previous experience with the dolphin trail in Portugal (which was brilliant) - most of the time was spent walking in single file on very tight woodland tracks which wasn't that conducive to chatting, punctuated with short spells on the beach and firebreak. It would've been great to spend more time riding around the town next to the beach, as I think we all found it really interesting to see the houses there and something that wasn't forest!

[In The Saddle Comment: Los Alamos is based in a forested area and so much of the riding is based on forest tracks. However there are lots of open spaces where people chat if they want to. The rides are not around the town because the vast majority of clients prefer the serenity of being away from houses.]

The main, and rather unusual note I have is on the business model that the farm seems to be run on. Many of the customers end up buying the horses which then stay in Spain for training, before being taken back to the UK. Half of the group were new, and we all collectively found this rather strange.

There seemed to be some pressure to buy, and in-fact two sales were made over the week we were there. It's obviously a great model for the owners – customers buy horses and then pay for their keep in Spain while other customers ride them, but we felt a little bit uneasy about the whole thing

Myself and one other guest rode horses that both reared on a couple of occasions – this was fine for us, but I don't feel the standard of horse is as high as was drummed into us (rather exhaustingly) throughout the week.

[In The Saddle comment: Los Alamos do occasionally sell their horses but this is no more than 3 or 4 horses a year and is definitely not a business focus. We have checked our records and by coincidence on this particular week (September 2018) the other guests had previously bought horses from Los Alamos and two of the group were specifically in Spain to buy horses and so we can see how this could have left you with the impression that it was a key focus for Los Alamos.

We are surprised and sorry to read that your horses reared on occasion. This is very unusual feedback on Los Alamos horses. All incidents such as this would be logged and we hadn't been informed that any horses were misbehaving.]


South Kaipara - New Zealand
Experience Level

Riding Holiday

5 star rating   7 January 2019

Excellent


Desert Trails - Morocco
Experience Level

Desert Cavalcade

5 star rating   6 January 2019

Excellent


Macatoo - Botswana
Experience Level

Riding Safari

5 star rating   5 January 2019

The selection of horses available is great. It was nice to ride different horses over the two weeks which added to the overall experience


Macatoo - Botswana
Experience Level

Riding Safari

5 star rating   3 January 2019

Breakfast was fine , but a little bit more variety wouldn't go amiss .


Horizon Lodge - South Africa
Experience Level

Horizon Lodge

5 star rating   3 January 2019

The holiday far exceeded our expectations. From the staff through to the facilities. Nothing was too much trouble. I loved the family atmosphere of the ranch. Words can’t describe how great a time we had.


Shekhawati Rides - India
Experience Level

Christmas ride

5 star rating   3 January 2019

The marwari horse was so fun to ride. Rode Sonia, a sparkly little bomb of energy. The horses were very well kept and looked after.


Shekhawati Rides - India
Experience Level

Christmas Ride (Finishing in Jaipur)

5 star rating   2 January 2019

Really beautiful and well looked after horses, and great fun to ride.


Veláni Country Hotel - Crete
Experience Level

Sun and Riding

5 star rating   31 December 2018

The horses were all extremely well cared for, in good condition and obviously loved. They all had sweet natures and were all very well trained with very soft mouths. The horses were all fit, forward going but extremely responsive; they were all happy to ride in the position they had been given in the line and got along well with each other so there wasn't any attempt at biting or kicking the other horses. It meant you could truely sit back and enjoy your surroundings and company. The tack was well cared for and the saddles extremely comfortable Wintecs - something I was very grateful for, having been out of the saddle for a while!

The rides were all varied and interesting and the pace appropriate for the terrain.

The guides were both very friendly, interesting and knowledgeable.


Horses, Dunes & Nomads - Morocco
Experience Level

Horses, Dunes & Nomads

5 star rating   30 December 2018

The guide selected a perfect match of horse for me and the variety of riding was very good; faster where possibly slower when needed due to the track.


Horses, Dunes & Nomads - Morocco
Experience Level

Horses, Dunes & Nomads

5 star rating   30 December 2018

Excellent


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