Reviews
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Motswiri Camp - Botswana
Experience Level

Riding Safari

5 star rating   6 November 2018

The horses were all lovely. Sure footed, brave and very forward going. The tack was in excellent condition, tack room super organised.

(ITS NOTE: We are so pleased you enjoyed your visit to Motswiri Camp).


Los Alamos - Spain
Experience Level

Villa Based Ride

5 star rating   6 November 2018

Andrew, Rhiannon and Rachel really made you feel relaxed and at home. Vinny was a star taking the photos. not forgetting Jim who picked us up at the airport. Rachel really put me at ease as I was very nervous that first day. My horse Hercules was a real star, looking after me so well. Not forgetting our guides Jose and Roberto [toy boy]. roll on new year when we will be back.


Chateaux of the Loire - France
Experience Level

Cadre Noir Saumur

5 star rating   6 November 2018

Excellent


Okavango Mobile Safari - Botswana
Experience Level

Okavango Mobile Safari

5 star rating   6 November 2018

I was perfectly matched to my horse who was exactly what I had hoped for. I didn't know what to expect from the Delta and was certainly more than happy with the riding. Horses very well looked after, plenty of rests during the heat of the day and they were not over worked.


Los Alamos - Spain
Experience Level

Villa Based Ride

5 star rating   5 November 2018

My three horses were excellent and I enjoyed riding them very much. They were well trained and responsive.


Balkan Rides - Bulgaria
Experience Level

Kingdom of Thracians

5 star rating   5 November 2018

I was pleased that the riding group was small (5 + excellent guide) but apparently they do have some quite big groups.


Quinta do Rol - Portugal
Experience Level

Quinta do Rol

5 star rating   3 November 2018

Perfectly selected horses to support, encourage and push my boundaries. I was equally supported and encouraged to develop on strengths and weaknesses - instructors sensitive to my abilities and perceptive enough to push me to achieve more and trust in my own riding. I progressed in detail, evolving a much stronger seat, position and ability.
My expectations were met and more.


Okavango Mobile Safari - Botswana
Experience Level

Okavango Mobile Safari

5 star rating   2 November 2018

Very good and sure footed horses.


Alcainca - Portugal
Experience Level

Riding Holiday

2 star rating   2 November 2018

The horses were in small boxes after Danish conditions and did not get out in fields while we were there. The saddles were somewhat different, both newer Kentauer and very old Passions saddles. There were, however, generally used with gel saddle pads.


Alentejo Trails - Portugal
Experience Level

Dolphin Trail

5 star rating   1 November 2018

6 days in this area is 1 day too many. For me it would be nice with less pork for the meals. And a kettle in the hotel room would be a plus. But overall, very good.


Atlantis and Green Island Trail - Azores and Portugal
Experience Level

Green Island Trail

5 star rating   1 November 2018

A good mix of riding through varied landscapes and villages. Pace, of course, depends on the terrain, but most times there is the possibility of some good canters


Wild Coast - South Africa
Experience Level

Wild Coast Adventure Trail

5 star rating   1 November 2018

The horses were extremely fit, going on for long canters again and again. They were well trained and a pleasure to ride. The accommodation was friendly and comfortable and the food good. Our guides, Melanie and Caty, were friendly, competent and good fun! The views, scenery and seas were spectacular. We saw whales and dolphin as well as many birds. This is the best ride I have been on (out of five ITS holidays).


Los Alamos - Spain
Experience Level

Villa Based Ride

5 star rating   1 November 2018

The riding was exceptional. To gallop on the ocean and through forests and down sand dunes was glorious.


Atlantis and Green Island Trail - Azores and Portugal
Experience Level

Green Island Trail

5 star rating   31 October 2018

Riding is execdlent . Terrain is vary variable and the Azores are beautiful so that every day’s riding was different. We had terrible weather at times so the rides sometimes had to change to adapt but we still managed to have long canters and gallops as well as more sedate paces. The guides are very knowledgeable about the local landscape and they know the horses very well so will give you very good advice about how best to ride them. There is also plenty of scope to move up and down gears in terms of horses so that my very experienced riding daughters were able to ride to their level whilst I had a more relaxed, but still fun, ride. On day one we did a lesson with Christina to check out our ability which I found very useful and reassuring as I hadn’t ridden for a couple of years.


Okavango Mobile Safari - Botswana
Experience Level

Okavango Mobile Safari

5 star rating   31 October 2018

The horses were superb, balanced, decent rides. I like the TB type as have had many over the years and my little pony in Botswana was just like my horse at home. He was nimble, full of life and loved his job. If I could have taken him home I would have done just that.


Los Alamos - Spain
Experience Level

Villa Based Ride

5 star rating   31 October 2018

Met and exceeded all my expectations! Everything was great - horses, tack, guide, accommodations, food, variety of riding terrain - and a special nod to hosts Andrew, Rhianna, and Rachael whose generous hospitality was unflagging in every aspect


Monte Velho - Portugal
Experience Level

Monte Velho

5 star rating   30 October 2018

Yes, some variability in trainers, but we were swapped over to our preferred trainer when we expressed reservations


Balkan Rides - Bulgaria
Experience Level

Caves, Waterfalls and Castles of Bulgaria

5 star rating   30 October 2018

Far exceeded expectations - incredible how much land we had total open access too - varying terrain and awesome views. As the 8th In the Saddle holiday it was definitely the best for the riding and personally I do think it was far better than described in your information!!


Wait A Little - South Africa
Experience Level

Big Five Safari

5 star rating   29 October 2018

Riding was great but we had a few people that were maybe not up to the standard they should have been. This meant we had a few falls which held us up, with one rider going to hospital. Not the fault of wait a little or in the saddle, just disappointing from other agents!


Los Alamos - Spain
Experience Level

Villa Based Ride

5 star rating   29 October 2018

It met my expectations. I have only been on one riding holiday before, so my comparison basis is little.


Los Alamos - Spain
Experience Level

Villa Based Ride

5 star rating   29 October 2018

They are good matching horse and rider. Fun riding in the forest and on the beach. I enjoy the care-taking of the bridle after the ride, this helps keeping the leather smooth.


Ant's Lodges - South Africa
Experience Level

Ant's Nest

5 star rating   29 October 2018

Mostly good, just did not keep up with the pace of others while walking.


Catalan Coastal Trails - Spain
Experience Level

Mediterranean Trail

5 star rating   29 October 2018

Excellent horses & tack, all very well cared for. Pace was a bit on the slow side generally for a very experienced group but improved as the holiday progressed. The only negative is that the company insist one stays in line all the time & some horses, including mine, wanted to have it's nose very close to the horse in front.


Quinta do Rol - Portugal
Experience Level

Quinta do Rol

1 star rating   29 October 2018

Not to be recommended. It did not meet my expectations at all.
The two horses that I rode and (many of the other horses that I observed) were very stiff and could hardly even walk and trot and the canter was like trying to ride a crippled horse. Which was a horrible experience. The instruction was very limited, the first 20 minutes consisted of the two instructors who were in the arena just talking in their own language to each other. I was merely just told to do things rather than having anything explained. I had provided my riding experience and knowledge prior to arriving at the centre which was that I had ridden to FEI level and am a grand prix dressage judge and a coach but the horses I was expected to ride were very basic riding school horses that were very stiff and seemed to have unsoundness issues. I tried to discuss with the senior instructor about the fact that the horses were very stiff and could hardly move forward to which he chased the horse around the arena with a whip just making him rush around. I attempted to explain that fast is not active and has nothing to do with classical dressage. The lesson was a complete waste of time and I felt for the horse being forced to work when he felt so uncomfortable in his way of going. I also on more that one occasion observed the instructor hitting the forearm of one of the horses which made a loud crack while the rider was attempting to do passage, the horse appeared stressed and was a welfare issue as the episode went on around and around the arena for a long time. This was commented on by other riders who also observed the episode. Clearly a welfare issue, horses should not be forced to perform like that while being hit constantly in the manner in which this occurred. For any rider who like myself who were hoping to ride the higher movements on well trained supple horses, this place is not recommended. [In The Saddle - we are very sorry that you did not enjoy your stay at Quinta do Rol. We have visited twice and have very positive feedback from many experienced riders who enjoy riding these highly trained and very well cared for horses.]


Los Alamos - Spain
Experience Level

Villa Based Ride

5 star rating   29 October 2018

Beautiful and well behaved horses. Lots of good canters and gallops.


Catalan Coastal Trails - Spain
Experience Level

Mediterranean Trail

5 star rating   29 October 2018

should be much better emphasized on this ride that one should have both riding experience and be fit ; I enjoyed it but I am athletic and fit for my age. Others my age (60's ) found it to be overwhelming physically. : [ITS comment: We are glad that you were able to enjoy your holiday due to your level of fitness. We advise that these rides have long hours in the saddle and that guests need to be riding fit on our website and itinerary and we are sorry if this was not obvious in both.]


Alcainca - Portugal
Experience Level

Riding Holiday

4 star rating   29 October 2018

I've done this holiday twice before and this time I was surprised at how 'naughty' the horses were. There was quite a bit of spooking and bucking and one woman's horse reared up. I thought it was quite good fun really, but I can imagine not everyone would feel like that. [In The Saddle comment: We are sorry to hear that you had these experiences with the horses. This is unusual to hear and we will investigate this further with our partners.]

For the very last lesson I was put on the most fantastic, responsive horse ever and when I asked why I wasn't put on him before I was told that they didn't think I was capable!

George wasn't there. It was just Paolo and Renato that were teaching and their teaching style is mostly wait until something goes wrong and then shout. Neither of them liked to be questioned or challenged.

But, nevertheless, I got to do loads of riding, eat some lovely home-cooked food and meet some nice interesting people.


Ant's Lodges - South Africa
Experience Level

Ant's Nest

5 star rating   28 October 2018

Friendly staff gave a variety of choices of horses to suit all riders and made me feel very comfortable and confident.


Tuli Trail - Botswana
Experience Level

Tuli Trail

5 star rating   27 October 2018

The only ? I have is the numbers on the ride. We were 9 ( included a camp volunteer) + 2 guides and from Friday - Sunday we were 10 + 2. A couple of horses were prone to kick at each other which proved a challenge at times.


Perol Chico - Peru
Experience Level

The Sacred Valley Ride

5 star rating   27 October 2018

On our first day at Perol Chico I was very pleased to find how important his horses' welfare was to Eddie. He was clearly passionate about how they were ridden and managed by the clients and I thoroughly approve of this. I would be very unhappy to be on a holiday where the horses didn't really matter, were just tools for earning money! The horses were incredible at the job they were asked to do. They were spirited and forward going - looked a bit challenging on day 1 but actually very safe and fun. They were all in good and fit physical shape and well cared for throughout each day by the grooms - well fed at lunchtime for example. One of the horses was lame on Day 2 and was taken back to the ranch and the client given a new ride. I would hate to see unsound horses having to keep going for the sake of convenience.

The briefings were thorough and the ride leaders and grooms excellent. I felt safe and prepared throughout.

Parting from my lovely Chachani at the end was emotional.

I really enjoyed the experience of learning to ride in the unfamiliar tack and in the classical style. It took us all a couple of days to master the Paso Llano but reckon we got it taped by the end of the trip - have a video to prove it! I'm sure it will enhance my overall riding now I'm back home.

(ITS NOTE: Thank you very much for your detailled comments. We are so pleased that you enjoyed riding Eddy's fabulous horses and experiencing Peruvian-style riding).


Borana - Kenya
Experience Level

Lodge stay

5 star rating   26 October 2018

All the horses were very well turned out, looked after and well fed. They all lead nicely and once ridden, they had the next day off for a rest. If you did find a favourite, then the guides would try to make sure you were matched on a fairly regular basis. The guides themselves were extremely knowledgeable and great fun to be with.


Provence Trails - France
Experience Level

Luberon and The Camargue

5 star rating   26 October 2018

I rode a lovely little horse called Carmen who was such a professional and gave me safe uncomplicated five days on the trail.
The variety of the scenery from the Alpilles looking over to Les Baux in the evening sunshine to the uniqueness of the Camargue,,actually wading through the marshes is reason enough to go on this holiday. Plenty of forest trails,the rocky garrigue,fascinating apple orchards and flat marshland meant that there was so much to see.
We had some really good gallops especially on the beach where the hard working horses found a speedy fifth gear.


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