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Estancia Los Potreros - Argentina

Estancia Los Potreros

5 star rating   25 October 2019

Lots of variety, stunning scenery. Lots of horses available, all responsive and good mannered.


Sierra Nevada Short Break - Spain

Sulayr Ride

5 star rating   23 October 2019

I rode Janus an Andalucian x TB who was a perfect gentleman. Responsive but mannerly and super sure footed on some quite difficult terrain.


Sierra Nevada Short Break - Spain

Sulayr Ride

5 star rating   23 October 2019

Riding was excellent, my horse was forward and lively, and very friendly. I like that the route was flexible and our guide Dallas could choose the path depending on the weather conditions and the wishes of the group.


Fairs & Festivals - India

Fairs & Festivals (ending Jaipur)

5 star rating   23 October 2019

Excellent


Best of Transylvania - Romania

Best of Transylvania

5 star rating   21 October 2019

The countryside was amazing we had some lovely rides.


Best of Transylvania - Romania

Best of Transylvania

5 star rating   21 October 2019

I thought the second horse I had felt really tired and it was very difficult to keep up with the rest of the group.
[Becky from In The Saddle replied: Thank you very much for your feedback and we will certainly follow this up.]


Tuli Safari - Botswana

Tuli Safari

5 star rating   20 October 2019

The riding on the Tuli trail far exceeded my expectations! Right from the moment we set off from the stables we started to encounter some of the many game the reserve is homed to. The guides had no issues stopping whenever we asked to so we could snap pictures (although only when safe to do so!). Over the week we had so many sightings, not just on horseback but in the jeep to, including; leopards, lions and a mother with younger cheetah cubs enjoying their freshly caught lunch.
Each ride had a varied pace to it, and for much of the week we stuck to a slower pace to accommodate a less confident rider who joined our ride as part of the "African explorer", but after they left the guides were happy for us to kick it up a few gears and also allowed us to jump some of the fallen trees.
All the horses were cared for impeccably and the grooms were happy for you to assist them, when appropriate, at the end of the rides. They always had fresh water and full haynets provided for them at all times of the day


Tuli Safari - Botswana

Tuli Safari

5 star rating   20 October 2019

Fantastic adventure through varied landscapes with exciting game sightings. The pace was varied with some long slow canters in denser vegetation and faster paces on open ground with jumping for those who wanted. We were lucky to have a great guide, David, who went to great lengths to ensure the varying needs of the group were met and all were happy. Game sightings exceeded expectations, lion, leopard, elephant, hyena, all seen from horseback and cantering amongst the giraffe was unforgettable. David and Tsoane’s knowledge and obvious love of this environment was infectious, thank you to them!


Wolves and Wild Horses - Portugal

Wolves and Wild Horses

5 star rating   20 October 2019

I rode a really lovely young Lusitano gelding. I liked him very much. Well trained, and pretty.


Los Alamos - Spain

Villa Based Ride

5 star rating   20 October 2019

I was very lucky as Rachel found me a different horse to ride on each of the six days (we were given an extra day riding too!) - this was fantastic and I really appreciated her going to this trouble.


Wild Coast - South Africa

Wild Coast Adventure Trail

4 star rating   19 October 2019

The saddles were uncomfortable, very wide and put a lot of pressure on the inner thigh. I ride every day and am riding fit, but the saddles caused a fair bit of discomfort. They were good for the horses which is paramount, but it did impact quite strongly on the riding pleasure. Claire from In The Saddle writes – the ride operator uses good quality South African trail saddles with sheepskin covers so we are very sorry to read that you were not comfortable. We do recommend that if you are in any discomfort that you raise this with the guide because sometimes buckles from the stirrup leathers or girth can be moved to relieve pressure.


Provence Trails - France

Luberon and The Camargue

5 star rating   19 October 2019

It exceeded my expectations! The group was of mixed ability, ranging from people who own their own horses and ride everyday, to less frequent riders such as myself who only ride occasionally, and despite this, everyone commented that the riding was perfect for them, which is really hard to achieve! A good mix of mostly walk, trot, and the occasional canter (galloping on the beach past the flamingos in the Camargue was the best moment of the holiday for me!) Scenery was incredible. The horses were superb and despite varying terrain you never felt worried on them at all. Getting involved with the grooming and tacking up I loved as well, but with people always on hand to help if needed. By the end of the holiday I put the bridle and saddle on for the first time by myself! I already miss my horse Carmen.


African Explorer - Botswana and South Africa

African Explorer

5 star rating   18 October 2019

The riding in SA was a mixture of walk and fast paced short canters for roughly 3 hours at a time. Terrain was almost sandy, with rocky hills - the canters were fast along tracks or weaving through bushes. Great fun.
The riding in Bots was a mixture of walking and long controlled canters, riding for approx 6 hours at a time. Terrain was dusty and rocky, with a lot of thorny bushes. Canters were either in open spaces, or through the bushes. Be prepared for long canters (they go on and on!).


Ant's Lodges - South Africa

Ant's Nest

5 star rating   18 October 2019

The riding and experience of seeing the wild animals in the bush at close hand even surpassed our high expectations. It was fantastic. My daughters and I are all at different levels of riding but we all totally enjoyed the same rides by being on well matched horses. I liked being on a steady horse whilst one of my daughters enjoyed riding forward going horses


El Bronco - Hungary

Ranch Stay

5 star rating   18 October 2019

The staff and trainers at the ranch were really fantastic.
Both Raj & I were paired perfectly with our horses, Dorris and Pouffy, who were both exceptionally well trained and impeccably behaved.
Raj had had western lessons previously but never ridden outside an arena before and on every trail Pouffy looked after him brilliantly at walk, trot and canter. He was forward going and responsive whilst being utterly safe for an inexperienced rider, Raj's enjoyment went from strength to strength as did his confidence and ability.
Dorris was exactly what I had hoped for and more, calm and dependable whilst being responsive and capable, having felt very nervous about riding again, she looked after me completely and helped me find my feet back in the saddle after a 4 year gap since suffering an injury following an accident.
We were impressed by all the horses we saw, they are clearly cared for to a very high standard, well trained and their individual characters and strengths perfectly understood by those responsible for allocating them to the riders.


Los Alamos - Spain

Villa Based Ride

5 star rating   13 October 2019

The high points of my week at Los Alamos were the gallops along the beach, but I have many other wonderful memories as well. I rode Camboria all week and was completely in love with her from the first day. The guides took good care of us and the horses were all very well cared for.

On the less than perfect side, the biting insects were definitely a problem and the extremely dry trails meant that lots of dust was kicked up when we did anything faster than walking.


Alentejo Trails - Portugal

Dolphin Trail

5 star rating   13 October 2019

The rides were perfect for me after I got used to the horse which was kind and very safe and sure footed.


Los Alamos - Spain

Villa Based Ride

5 star rating   13 October 2019

Excellent


Balkan Rides - Bulgaria

Caves, Waterfalls and Castles of Bulgaria

5 star rating   12 October 2019

It was faster paced than most of the other trails I’ve done, I am glad I did this one. I loved the horse I was matched with & he was so responsive to the slightest touch. Felt completely safe on him. Thoroughly enjoyed myself.

Just be aware you need to be experienced to do this ride.
Excursions were great change as well.


Extremadura - Spain

Monfragüe National Park

2 star rating   12 October 2019

I rode a lovely forward going mare with a sweet temperament. The ride relied on the horses drinking from water we found, during the long days on the trail. Due to the unusual heatwave (four days of 32 to 34 deg C) and drought there was not much water, less grazing at night so they had more hard feed. They had just about started their winter coats. On one day, when we hadn't ridden past water, my horse went downhill, needing a drink. She needed a pain killer injection, rehydration and rest that afternoon. There was not a back up plan with spare water to deal with that. She was fine the next day but I had been worried about her.
Personally, I would have preferred some alteration to the itinerary so we were not out for so long in such heat.


Balkan Rides - Bulgaria

Caves, Waterfalls and Castles of Bulgaria

5 star rating   12 October 2019

I was barely up to the rigors of this ride. It was strenuous with long long canters through the beautiful countryside. But, my daughter and friend were more fit and thus able to enjoy the longer faster pace.
My horse was perfect for me. The family who put on the ride were all genuinely concerned about my safely, comfort and joy. I also loved the tours and the camaraderie among the riders. It was an adventure I will always treasure.


Balkan Rides - Bulgaria

Caves, Waterfalls and Castles of Bulgaria

5 star rating   12 October 2019

It was outstanding; The combination of fast pace on well trained horses riding freely over stunning countryside was truly a treat.


Rocking Z - Montana

Ranch Stay

5 star rating   12 October 2019

Loved being able to ride and work with all the different horses.


Macatoo - Botswana

Riding Safari

5 star rating   12 October 2019

Excellent


Transylvania Trail - Romania

Transylvania Trail

5 star rating   12 October 2019

The riding exceeded my expectations. The horses were all super fit, forward going and appeared so well looked after.


Transylvania Trail - Romania

Transylvania Trail

5 star rating   12 October 2019

The horses were really well cared for, schooled in a menage between trails, so remained fresh and responsive. Very forward going which was a joy. Would have liked more jumping of 'natural obstacles'.


Rocking Z - Montana

Ranch Stay

5 star rating   12 October 2019

Our horses were incredibly well-schooled. We rode in mountains, through rivers, and over vast open countryside. It was a wonderful and amazing experience.
During our stay we were lucky enough to wake up to a landscape completely covered with snow. As with a "magic trick", the landscape had turned into a Christmas card scene. Although there was a lot of snow it was no obstacle to our riding. One day, we rode with Ben, the cowboy of the ranch, to drive a herd of cattle over to another mountain, while the snow fell quietly. The snow, the scenery, and the riding and the experience of driving cattles were overwhelming and unforgettable.


Balkan Rides - Bulgaria

Caves, Waterfalls and Castles of Bulgaria

5 star rating   12 October 2019

This mainly run business was very well organised and thought of in its itinerary. Everyone was very friendly and welcoming and nothing was too much trouble. My horse was fit and responsive. The rides pushed me and I felt over the week I became a more confident and comfortable rider. There was loads of riding and it was fast paced, there was nothing boring about any of it. The day excursions were interesting and a nice mix in with the rides.

I felt challenged on this ride which is exactly what I wanted. A good mix of ascents/descents and open plains.


Balkan Rides - Bulgaria

Caves, Waterfalls and Castles of Bulgaria

5 star rating   12 October 2019

Excellent


Macatoo - Botswana

Riding Safari

5 star rating   12 October 2019

The riding was excellent and the horses were superb! Can’t fault Katie and Mod on their ability to match people to the right horses.


Transylvania Trail - Romania

Transylvania Trail

5 star rating   12 October 2019

Very strong, well-groomed, sweet and obedient horses. Riding was at times quite fast and for a long time, so you had to be a capable rider who does not mind high pace.


Rocking Z - Montana

Ranch Stay

5 star rating   12 October 2019

The family Wirtht (Maria and Anna), his daughters, took on every ride into account that I can not ride for long. Each ride was approx. 1 hour, sometimes 11/2 hour, which suited me perfectly. There was always one of the daughters, Anna or Maria who followed me back on the ride when the body began to "squeak". Incredibly considerate. Besides, they had also found a super sweet and loving horse (Nonni) for me. A cute little Paint horse, which I miss very much. The terrain we rode in was taken out of a western movie. Anna or Maria always had a story to tell about the places where we rode. At each ride we always had the company of Maria’s Border collies. Great to see how they work together..


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