Reviews
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African Explorer - Botswana and South Africa
Experience Level

African Explorer

5 star rating   20 September 2019

At both camps the staff kept making sure you were still happy with your horse.

The horses had good manners and were easy to ride. I felt totally confident that whatever I asked of either of the horses I rode they would deliver.


Ant's Lodges - South Africa
Experience Level

Ant's Nest

5 star rating   20 September 2019

Exceeded expectations. Excellent well cared for horses. Faster riding than expected, tailored to our needs.
We were able to get very close to animals, much closer than expected.
The guides were excellent, one in particular (Sekhwiri) was so informative it made the holiday really special.


Sierra Nevada Short Break - Spain
Experience Level

Alpujarra Short Break

5 star rating   20 September 2019

Dallas and Mordecai were great guides. We rode fabulous horses in amazing country and had a great time.


Estancia Los Potreros - Argentina
Experience Level

Estancia Los Potreros

5 star rating   19 September 2019

The riding was superb with excellent horses that were very well behaved, responsive and willing. We had variety every day from riding across the rugged terrain to herding cattle and playing polo. There were plenty of opportunities for faster paces plus experiencing the paso horses and their gait - so comfortable! I particularly liked the schedule of riding where there is a nice break during the day for lunch, either at the estancia or out on the trail, so nothing feels hurried and the day is full but at a nice pace. All the guides were knowledgeable and experienced riders and happy to help and tailor the pace to cater for everyone. I have never ridden such a selection of good horses before, well trained and sure footed, well looked after and living in a truly natural horse environment. Of course I had my favourites but I couldn't fault any of the horses I rode.


Monte Velho - Portugal
Experience Level

Monte Velho

5 star rating   18 September 2019

Excellent


Perol Chico - Peru
Experience Level

The Sacred Valley Ride

5 star rating   18 September 2019

It far exceeded my expectations. The Paso horses were very well cared for. I got to ride three different horses during the ride. All were wonderful.


Footsteps of Lawrence - Jordan
Experience Level

Ride and Visit to Dead Sea

5 star rating   16 September 2019

What a wonderful week! Wonderful people, beautiful scenery and lovely horses.


Footsteps of Lawrence - Jordan
Experience Level

Ride and Visit to Dead Sea

5 star rating   16 September 2019

Forward going horses, which were very fit.


Alentejo Trails - Portugal
Experience Level

Coastal Trail North to South

5 star rating   15 September 2019

It was quite demanding & some on the holiday struggled. Perhaps a day off instead of 1/2 day could be an optional choice as the trip to the fishing village could of been for a day.


Lassithi Trek - Crete
Experience Level

Lassithi Trek

5 star rating   15 September 2019

The riding was fantastic. I think Sabine matched us pretty well with our horses. My horse, Evropi, was very responsive and easy to ride but also quite forward and lots of fun. All of the horses on our trek seemed forward and responsive, and everyone seemed quite happy with their mounts. Luckily the people on the trek were well-matched in terms of riding ability, so we had lots of lovely fast riding. The terrain is often quite rough but I never felt unsafe, even when cantering over very uneven stony ground, because our horses were so sure-footed and confident.

A new experience was going swimming with our horses - something I'd never done before and which was enormous fun.

Our guide, Vladimir, was fantastic and clearly has a natural affinity with horses. He was very careful and safety conscious, but at the same time making the trek fun and interesting with lots of long canters. He also kept a close eye on everyone to make sure we were all happy and enjoying our trip. Vlad and Yanni were up early every morning to feed, groom and tack up our horses. This is something we riders could have done ourselves - and it's a good way to bond with your horse - but we appreciated their hard work.


Wild Coast - South Africa
Experience Level

Wild Coast Adventure Trail

5 star rating   14 September 2019

The riding lived up to high expectations


Pyrenean Adventures - Spain
Experience Level

Herdsmen's Trail (Pyrenees High Mountain)

5 star rating   14 September 2019

The riding was good, lovely scenery, the guide Nicky was brilliant, making sure every one was ok and the horse tacked up correctly, Horses were great and very fit.

Some of the rides were too long could have done with finishing a bit earlier, 16:00ish not 19:00 (not to do with my fitness). We had a couple of shoes came off which didn’t help.

It would be nice to enjoy the the villages we stayed at, maybe an early lunch in the village and the rest of the afternoon off.

Overall very good would go with them again.


Rocking Z - Montana
Experience Level

Ranch Stay

5 star rating   14 September 2019

We started the week with a discussion and match-up to horses and then with an afternoon of ground work - at the end of which, we rode our horses bareback. The following morning we went on one of many rides over the surrounding country and hills. Plenty of opportunity for trots and canters. During the week we also tried our hand at rounding up cattle, separating cattle, playing a 'cow game' -in which one rider pretends to be the cow and the other tries to round them up. We also tried barrel racing and had a session of 'liberty' - in which the horse is free in an arena and the rider has to persuade it to follow and turn with non-vocal signals. We were never more than 6 riders to an instructor. Patty and Zac's daughters Maria and Anna are expert horse 'wranglers' and Parelli practitioners and their advice and instruction was superb.
[Becky from In The Saddle replied: It’s lovely to hear how much you enjoyed the riding and natural horsemanship.]


Balkan Rides - Bulgaria
Experience Level

Caves, Waterfalls and Castles of Bulgaria

5 star rating   14 September 2019

The riding exceeded my expectations. This is the best trail ride I've ever done.
The horses are perfectly trained and all the riders loved their horses. They are very forward going and extremely responsive.
The pace of the riding is excellent. Lots of lovely long canters and often there is lots of space, you dont need to canter nose to tail. You pick your own line in the fields.
The western style of riding is awesome as you never get tired, it's so comfy.
The scenery is stunning! It changes everyday from pine forests to sunflower and corn fields to mountain views, then pretty villages.
The family that looks after you all week are some of the most wonderful people I've ever met. I felt like i was part of the family while I was there. Super friendly and caring.


Tombstone Monument Ranch - Arizona
Experience Level

Tombstone Monument Ranch

2 star rating   14 September 2019

The slow rides were suitable for complete novices, the fast rides were fairly short and a very controlled slow lope, mostly dictated by the ground, which was fairly hard and stony. Horses were very well behaved and knew their job. The wranglers were good and knew each horse well. Team penning was great fun.


Castle Leslie Estate - Ireland
Experience Level

Riding Programme

5 star rating   12 September 2019

We arrived a t Case Leslie a little anxious as neither hubby or myself are great 'jumpers'. We left very happy and proud of ourselves having successfully jumped everything presented to us!


Quinta do Rol - Portugal
Experience Level

Quinta do Rol

5 star rating   11 September 2019

Beautifully cared for horses, carefully matched to our ability and also allowing us some challenge within safe boundaries which facilitated learning.
Stables immaculate and ménage excellently cared for.
Well organised , efficient and fun.
More then matched our expectations


Maasai Mara - Kenya
Experience Level

Maasai Mara

5 star rating   11 September 2019

The places we went were wonderful, and there was often a choice of riding or going on a game drive in a vehicle, which was great.


Mlilwane Explorer - eSwatini (formerly Swaziland)
Experience Level

Mlilwane Explorer

5 star rating   11 September 2019

I had two lovely horses. African Ace was experienced, fast (I won the race!!!) and very sure-footed. Manola a big rangy WB x was lovely, polite and also very sure footed despite it being his first time in the mountains.
The riding was varied, fabulous scenery and the hills were challenging, especially the scrambles, so a little adrenaline produced, which is always good. We did plenty of canters and our two guides looked after us superbly.
While not full of big game there were lots of antelope and a great encounter with a Baboon, lots of crocodiles (Aghh), cows and amazing birds. A lovely chilled enjoyable 6 days.


Ant's Lodges - South Africa
Experience Level

Ant's Nest

5 star rating   10 September 2019

Excellent


Nile Explorer - Uganda
Experience Level

Nile Explorer

5 star rating   8 September 2019

Wow.

The riding was excellent - so much better than I had expected based on the description in the brochure. The horses were the healthiest, happiest, best trained, and most well cared for horses that I've ever witnessed. The ratio of grooms to horses is almost 1:1 so every little thing is well taken care of. The horses were so fast but very responsive on the great long canters, and thrilling gallops. The guides were accommodating, knowledgeable, and a pleasure to talk with.

The locals were so wonderful and friendly and seemed more than happy for us to be exploring the local villages, forests, and agricultural landscape.

Honestly, my standards were already high with ITS trips but this trip has exceeding expectations and raised the bar!


Los Alamos - Spain
Experience Level

Villa Based Ride

5 star rating   8 September 2019

Please add any further comments on the riding e.g. did it meet your expectations: Totally happy with the overall experience. Rachel matched me with the very best horse for my ability with the promise that “he would take care of me” and he did just that! I felt so safe even at a gallop. It was a riding experience never to be forgotten. Our guides, Hosea and Roberto, were knowledgeable, professional, caring and fun.


Veláni Country Hotel - Crete
Experience Level

Sun and Riding

5 star rating   8 September 2019

Our riding was limited (our fault entirely!) but undoubtedly it would have lived up to expectations as was confirmed by the other riders who were very much enjoying themselves and one of these had returned to ride at Velani many times.


Nile Explorer - Uganda
Experience Level

Nile Explorer

5 star rating   8 September 2019

Loved this trip!! Beautiful horses, so well cared for and a pleasure to ride. I'm really picky about horses and I was so impressed at the standard. Nat and TJ must be amongst the best hosts in the world, nothing too much trouble. Lots of guides and grooms, able to vary the ride should someone want to go faster / slower, not feel up to riding the whole day and choose to go home with the vehicle and let the groom take the horse home. And lots of fun!!


Los Alamos - Spain
Experience Level

Villa Based Ride

5 star rating   8 September 2019

Yes it did. I rode two horses and they were both rideable and fun. The pace was fast at times but I was always well within my comfort zone and the guides made sure were all prepared and ready for the canters and gallops on the varied terrain. Rachel made a point of talking to us at the yard the day we arrived about our experience and our aspirations for the week and was always interested in how each ride went.


Los Alamos - Spain
Experience Level

Villa Based Ride

5 star rating   8 September 2019

The riding is wonderful , exhilarating canters and gallops . Beautiful peaceful walking through the forest . Amazing beach rides . This experience always surpasses my expectations .


Atlantis and Green Island Trail - Azores
Experience Level

Green Island Trail

4 star rating   8 September 2019

The horses were a bit hard in the mouth. I exclusively ride western. I am used to horses that pay attention to the reins. I had to constantly fight to hold the horses in an effort to prevent them from sticking their nose into the horse in front. Perhaps that's how the English snaffle bit works. That wasn't fun.

The horses had to be ridden nose to tail in a particular order; apparently they don't get along. On my first day I was the 9th guest rider out of 9. I did not hear a single thing that the guide said. On my second day I was 8th out of nine. I was aimlessly following the rider ahead without hearing anything that the guide had to state. I did not learn anything about the islands.

I then skipped a few rides. On my 3rd full day ride I was 4th in line and head some of what the guide had to say. On the last day I was second last again. Did not hear a thing.


Los Alamos - Spain
Experience Level

Villa Based Ride

5 star rating   8 September 2019

I was given another fab horse that I kept for the week who was both fun, fast and friendly and liked all the bread sticks I had smuggled out in my suitcase. There was 10 of us riding plus the 2 guides and all the horses were great, I don't think you'd be disappointed with any of them. They are well cared for and enjoy the rides.


Nile Explorer - Uganda
Experience Level

Nile Explorer

5 star rating   8 September 2019

This was a very fast ride which catered to the level of the capability of the riders. I know Natalie & TJ can adjust this to suit the group. The horses were superb and there was a variety to choose from. Each day was very different, which was great and allowed us to see a variety of terrain and the countryside/villages.


Nile Explorer - Uganda
Experience Level

Nile Explorer

5 star rating   8 September 2019

The riding far surpassed all expectations....! The write up did not give it justice. When we came to decide which riding holiday to book the “selling point” for Uganda was the Gorillas not the riding - how wrong we were!!

I’m so glad that we picked this holiday as Uganda is an amazing place. Natalie and TJ are truly the best hosts that you could wish for, their horses are spectacular and the places that you visit and stay at are breathless! Riding through the local villages and the welcome that you received along the way (especially from the children!) was something that I will never forget.

The gorilla experience was unbelievable too - you were closer than you could ever imagine! Appreciating the conservation programme and meeting the people in the local community was fascinating.

This is a MUST DO holiday 🙂


Pyrenean Adventures - Spain
Experience Level

Fresh & Saltwater Trail

5 star rating   8 September 2019

The riding was really good. My horse (Flash) was absolutely awesome. I would have taken him home if I could. I had a little cry when I left him.
The only issue I had was with the tack. My stirrups repeatedly came off. Losing one on a walking phase of the ride. Meaning spending the rest of the day stirrupless. Then the stirrups came away at other random times, particularly during faster sections of the ride.
The bridle was also in an awful state. It also came off during the ride.


Atlantis and Green Island Trail - Azores
Experience Level

Green Island Trail

4 star rating   8 September 2019

Horses could be more responsive.


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