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Lassithi Trek - Crete

Lassithi Trek

4 star rating   2 October 2022

Liz who has been on 12 In The Saddle rides. Greek odyssey to the sea | A challenging trail. The exceptional heat we experienced on several days made the riding tougher.
Picking fresh fruit (pear, apple, grape, pomegranate) along the way was a delight but of course swimming with the horses was the highlight of the trip.
[Becky from In The Saddle replies: Thank you very much for taking the time to leave us your feedback. We are glad to hear you enjoyed the expedition in Crete.]


Alcainca - Portugal

Riding Holiday

5 star rating   2 October 2022

Janice (this is their first In The Saddle holiday) Outstanding vacation !


Miyak Tribe Trail - North Macedonia

Miyak Tribe Trail

5 star rating   2 October 2022

Julie who has been on 4 In The Saddle rides. Exhilarating Unforgettable Ride | Vasco takes great care to match you well with your horse and Johan my horse was a dream. I loved every minute of the riding especially the fast walking and great fast canters and gallops. Such a thrilling ride.


Los Alamos - Spain

Villa Based Ride

5 star rating   2 October 2022

Sarah who has been on 3 In The Saddle rides. Outstanding. | Horses were superbly looked after. Rachel had great insight and diplomacy, with all the riders. Unusually we were allowed to gallop on the beach day 1. (We only found out after they normally assess you first but seemed happy w us after we said we hunted regularly). There was not a single horse that misbehaved or put a foot out of line at any point in the week. Fantastic ratio of horses to riders to ensure adequate rest time between work. They all knew their job and are a great testament to Rachels investment into training over a long period. They were all well shod, sound and a delight to ride. I was given three greys through the week.
[Becky from In The Saddle replies: Thank you very much for your feedback, we are so pleased to hear you enjoyed your holiday at Los Alamos.]


Los Alamos - Spain

Villa Based Ride

4 star rating   2 October 2022

Claire who has been on 3 In The Saddle rides. Beach and Forest riding | Definitely met expectations
Horse operation was excellent


Lassithi Trek - Crete

Lassithi Trek

4 star rating   2 October 2022

Lisa who has been on 3 In The Saddle rides. A great way to see the Island of Crete | I was a little disappointed with the riding as the terrain was really rocky with lots of walking single file in an order set by the ride leader. Although we had numerous opportunities to canter it was not on good ground.


Monte Velho - Portugal

Monte Velho

5 star rating   1 October 2022

Maxine who has been on 3 In The Saddle rides. Fabulous week of riding | I had an amazing week at Monte Velho, my riding improved so much with some great instruction and superb schoolmasters.

[In The Saddle replies: Thank you for your feedback on Monte Velho. We're so pleased that you enjoyed your return visit.]


Monte Velho - Portugal

Monte Velho

5 star rating   1 October 2022

Juliet who has been on 10 In The Saddle rides. Fantastic - as always | Super, well trained and willing horses. A great variety to suit all abilities.
I have had numerous trips here ( I’ve lost count!) and can always feel an improvement in my riding when I get back home. Emphasis on correct riding but also the opportunity to work on ‘the tricks’ too.


Ant's Lodges - South Africa

Ant's Nest

5 star rating   1 October 2022

Karen who has been on 2 In The Saddle rides. Amazing in every way | The guides ensured the riding was geared to all members of the group. We had some steady and some faster rides depending on how everyone was feeling on the day. The horses were great, forward going but sensible and we all found a favourite.


Ant's Lodges - South Africa

Ant's Nest

5 star rating   1 October 2022

Rachel who has been on 20 In The Saddle rides. Perfect riding safari | They are really good at matching horse and rider, for me I had a perfect combo straight away and fell in love with all the ponies I rode. Each of us in our group found their ideal pony after a couple of rides. All abilities catered for.
[Becky from In The Saddle replies: It's great to hear that you enjoyed your holiday to Ant's :-)]


Macatoo - Botswana

Riding Safari

5 star rating   1 October 2022

Miquel (this is their first In The Saddle holiday) Horseback riding safari in the Macatoo Paradise | All ridings were carefully cared about.
The guides were excellent.
All was specially prepared for Kate. All horseback riding endings were on a different location and we were always surprised and excited.
All the staff were really good.


Kambaku Safari Lodge - Namibia

Kambaku Safari Lodge

5 star rating   30 September 2022

Magdalena who has been on 3 In The Saddle rides. Wonderful lodge and people and horses of course! | Very well schooled and very fit horses. I wanted to take home especialy one.


Kambaku Safari Lodge - Namibia

Kambaku Safari Lodge

5 star rating   30 September 2022

Sue who has been on 6 In The Saddle rides. A wonderful experience at Kambuku, Namibia | The horses at Kambaku were lovely, calm, responsive and well behaved, and extremely well looked after. The staff seemed to have a knack of matching the right horse to rider. Most people, including myself, kept the same horse for every ride (8 rides over 6 days..)
I loved the fact that on stopping for sundowners (after most evening rides), the horses were untacked and allowed to make their own way home, sometimes quite a considerable distance.
However, I can't give full marks for the riding experience on a couple of counts:
The riding is on mainly sandy tracks through Acacia shrub. The ground is very flat, and terrain can all look a bit of the same after a while. But this did allow for some lovely long canters!
You have to like trotting! As a Western rider, there was too much trotting for my personal taste (and my back!)
I would have been a bit negative about the game viewing experience from horseback, had we not experienced a fabulous interaction with a number of giraffes!
Kabuku is a rare location in accommodating both Riders and Game Hunters. Whilst we had absolutely no problem with hunting (which is well managed, and kept completely separate), and the hunters staying were all lovely people, I think this did have an impact upon our game viewing experience. The Antelopes and Zebras appeared very wary and kept a good distance away from the horses. Only the Giraffes were curious, and we only got one good sighting of them in 8 rides.. That may be down to luck, as we did hear of guests being able to ride alongside Zebra the previous week. But when we saw Zebra, only once, and far away, they ran away still further.


Sierra Nevada Short Break - Spain

Alpujarra Short Break

5 star rating   29 September 2022

Ebba Weigelt who has been on 4 In The Saddle rides. The weather was impeccable - the horse super good and the terrain as I had imagined - so all in all a trip I would like to recommend to others. The fact that it also was an excellent group does not make the experience any worse!
Consideration was given to the work load on the horses going downhill, and they were given adequate rest when going uphill.


Sierra Nevada Short Break - Spain

Alpujarra Short Break

5 star rating   29 September 2022

Nicolette (this is their first In The Saddle holiday) Fabulous; horses, scenery, riding and food! | The riding was excellent. Varied terrain, stunning scenery. Dallas Love, the leader was very experienced and her horses were well trained and lovely to ride. She took care to ensure we knew what lay ahead and ensured her horses were ok. The getting on and off for short periods of walking when the terrain was two steep or slippy to ride on helped to reduce stiffness. Lunches with a spot of merlot on the mountainside were delicious.
[Becky from In The Saddle replies: Thank you very much for your feedback. I'm so pleased to hear that you enjoyed riding with Dallas - she is a wonderful guide.]


Sierra Nevada Short Break - Spain

Alpujarra Short Break

5 star rating   29 September 2022

Dawn (this is their first In The Saddle holiday) Fabulous trip never to be forgotten trip on great horses | The riding certainly met my expectations. The rides were challenging enough to be interesting and engaging. The best way to see rural Spain and some fabulous scenery. Confident that the horses were fit, up to the job and very well cared for. They enjoyed their work. Food And accommodation great too.
[Becky from In The Saddle replies: Thank you very much for your feedback and we are so pleased to hear that you enjoyed your holiday in the Sierra Nevada Mountains]


Velani Country Hotel - Crete

Sun and Riding

5 star rating   25 September 2022

Louise who has been on 7 In The Saddle rides. Fabulous time in a beautiful setting | Excellent


Velani Country Hotel - Crete

Sun and Riding

5 star rating   25 September 2022

Charlotte (this is their first In The Saddle holiday) Excellent


Velani Country Hotel - Crete

Sun and Riding

5 star rating   25 September 2022

Tessa (this is their first In The Saddle holiday) brilliant | great stable and very fun rides and guides


Los Alamos - Spain

Villa Based Ride

5 star rating   25 September 2022

Anita who has been on 3 In The Saddle rides. 5 Star | Absolutely love the horses the wonderful people that look after us, the amazing food, all round fantastic.
[Becky from In The Saddle replies: Thank you very much for taking the time to leave us your feedback. We are so pleased to hear that you enjoyed Los Alamos.]


Alentejo Trails - Portugal

Coastal Trail South to North

5 star rating   25 September 2022

Louisa (this is their first In The Saddle holiday) Holiday of a lifetime! | Had the best week in Portugal with Miguel and Anwar. My first riding holiday and it certainly lived up to what I’d been hoping it would be! I travelled solo but met an incredible group of people and felt at home straight away.
The horses were all incredibly well cared for and fit.
We rode through some beautiful scenery, on a variety of tracks and terrain finishing off with the incredible gallop on the beach on our final day at sunrise.
There were long days in the saddle, usually averaging 4-5 hours with a break for a lovely bbq lunch in the middle while the horses were fed, watered and rested. The longest day was 6.5 hours. You therefore definitely need to be riding fit for this one to fully enjoy it!

[In The Saddle replies: Thank you for taking the time to review your holiday. We are so pleased that you enjoyed it].


Chianti Castles and Wine Tasting - Italy

Chianti Castles and Wine Tasting

5 star rating   25 September 2022

Caroline (this is their first In The Saddle holiday) Fabulous holiday | Riding was excellent, well cared for, fit, and well behaved horses.
One thing we would say is that participants need to be riding fit as some of the rides are long and terrain can sometimes be challenging.


Sierra De Gredos - Spain

Castles of the Gredos Mountains

5 star rating   24 September 2022

Katie who has been on 3 In The Saddle rides. Out of this world amazing horses, delicious food, warm and lovely hosts, fabulous accommodation, | The riding was great. I always felt safe. Emilio was calm and professional. The horses were all very well behaved. We had a chance for canters. We could have trotted a bit more but all the walking didn't detract from the holiday. The days were long, we loved the tapas stop and then we rode on for a late lunch, which was always home made and delicious, and then a long siesta and back in the saddle for two more hours and getting to our accommodation about 7:30. This is the Spanish way but not much time for relaxing before dinner.

[Abbie from In The Saddle replies: Thank you very much for your feedback. I am so glad that you enjoyed your trip.]


Sicilian Trails - Italy

Deep Sicily Trail

5 star rating   24 September 2022

Ray who has been on 11 In The Saddle rides. An absolute treat in Sicily on and off the horses | This was an oustanding trail riding experience.
We felt huge admiration and affection for our wonderful horses who would do anything for you and yet have you feeling ultrasafe in their charge.
[Becky from In The Saddle replies: We are so pleased to hear that you enjoyed your holiday in Sicily.]


Wild Coast - South Africa

Kei River Mini Trail

5 star rating   23 September 2022

Judith who has been on 12 In The Saddle rides. Worth the second trip | Due to very wet weather we had to adapt the trail and therefore did not get to do the long beach gallop. This was an expected amendment but obviously disappointing.
[In The Saddle - you were very unlucky with the weather on your visit to the Wild Coast. I'm glad that overally you enjoyed your adventure. Olwen]


Round Up - Iceland

Sheep Round Up - Landmannaafréttur

5 star rating   22 September 2022

Paula who has been on 13 In The Saddle rides. Seventh In-The-Saddle Holiday and still different | Exceeded expectations.
Our guides Ingvar and Anton looked after us well, and we enjoyed their company.
The horses were all sound, fit and very well cared for.
I think the description of the riding we received before departure was accurate.
The horses are all quire forward going, and terrain can be challenging, but I don't think that was any different to what we expected.

A good tip would be taking a small light curry comb (brush that is) would be a good idea, as you have to brush off mud to tack them up, and that may be two horses a day - those who'd been before carried these, so we were able to borrow.

It is very weather dependent, and we were lucky on that front (but other guests told us of poor weather conditions last year.


Monte Velho - Portugal

Monte Velho

5 star rating   21 September 2022

Catherine who has been on 2 In The Saddle rides. A fabulous holiday | On the last trail ride, I felt a little out of my depth on the horse I was riding.


Monte Velho - Portugal

Monte Velho

5 star rating   21 September 2022

Susan who has been on 3 In The Saddle rides. Absolutely superb! | The riding exceeded my expectations. I learnt so much in just 3 days. The horses were just amazing - well trained and an absolute pleasure to ride. My instructor (Lorena) was very patient and helpful - I really benefitted from her guidance (and did want to bring her back to the UK with me!).

[Abbie from In The Saddle replies: Thank you for your feedback. We are happy that you enjoyed your stay at lovely Monte Velho].


Tuli Safari - Botswana

Tuli Safari

5 star rating   18 September 2022

Lindsay (this is their first In The Saddle holiday) Amazing setting, brilliant hosts and superb riding | The horses were very well cared for. The riding was mainly at walk and steady canter, with a few gallops and jumping (optional). The riding exceeded expectations - it was really fun tracking animals and exploring the landscape.

[Abbie from In The Saddle replies: Thank you for your feedback. I am delighted that you had such a memorable safari in Botswana.]


Lassithi Trek - Crete

Lassithi Trek

5 star rating   18 September 2022

Debby (this is their first In The Saddle holiday) Fantastic | Excellent


Nile Explorer - Uganda

Nile Explorer

5 star rating   18 September 2022

Richard who has been on 2 In The Saddle rides. Wonderful, stimulating, memorable week. | The riding is frequently amongst villages and around cultivated land, so not open country gallops like other safari experiences. We were well aware of this beforehand. It is very special to ride so close to villagers and children, especially as there is no horse culture in the area. There are enough good canters to enjoy, and wonderful scenery all around. The guides made it very comfortable for all of us. Horses were fit, eager, well-schooled and had functioning brakes when needed. They know their job and were solid in all terrain. There are quite a few hours in the saddle, so best to be riding fit to enjoy the experience.
[In The Saddle - so pleased that you enjoyed this great riding holiday].


Nile Explorer - Uganda

Nile Explorer

5 star rating   18 September 2022

Fiona who has been on 10 In The Saddle rides. Amazing riding experience along Nile with fabulous hosts, Natalie and TJ | It is clear that Natalie is 100% committed to the welfare of the horses. All were beautifully trained and in great condition.

[In The Saddle - we are so glad that you enjoyed this wonderful holiday in Uganda]


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