Reviews
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The Great Trek - Kyrgyzstan
Experience Level

The Great Trek

5 star rating   5 July 2019

The horses were well looked after and the guides were very keen on correctly tacking up and did regular checks. Where possible we did some nice gallops however most of the trip was in walk due to the nature of the terrain. We regularly had to dismount and walk, which for me was a perfect balance between riding and some ‘exercise’, it was nice to get out of the saddle regularly. Some people did struggle a bit with the altitude and were not very fit, which made it difficult for them to climb uphill but the pace was adjusted so everybody eventually made it.


Ant's Lodges - South Africa
Experience Level

Ant's Hill

5 star rating   5 July 2019

Great all round riding for all abilities


Los Alamos - Spain
Experience Level

Short Break - Sunday to Thursday

5 star rating   4 July 2019

The only disagreement in group all week,was which was best, beach gallop, rollercoaster (got to try it!) Or fire break gallop???, we just couldn't decide, fortunately you get to do them all.

Wonderful horses, perfectly matched to each person's needs, I had Camboria and Hercules who are both lovely, speed with brains. Special note to Camboria who took me from calm as you like walk at start of gallop, and then flew all the way down the fire break, no better feeling!


Los Alamos - Spain
Experience Level

Short Break - Sunday to Thursday

5 star rating   4 July 2019

Riding at Los Alamos was quite literally the best holiday i've ever had. The riding was varied and so much fun. Lots of long walks through the forest which were then interspersed with fast canters and gallops as and when the guides advised us. The guides always always kept us fully informed and ensured everyone was ready for whatever we were about to do. The horses were matched to the riders impeccably. The first day was a slightly slower pace as everyone got used to their horses, although still lots of cantering through the forest. The second day was the beach ride day and the horses although very up for the speed were so well mannered and galloped beautifully alongside the waves. Such an awesome experience first thing in the morning, my heart got so full it almost spilled out of my eyes! Then afterwards we went for breakfast and I felt a little sad that the beach ride was done, however to my amazement our lovely guide then announced he was taking us on what they refer to as the roller coaster. This was basically fast going down the sand dunes. It was amazing!! Best experience ever!! I'd never ridden fast down hill until then, but needless to say at the end of it I was wanting to do more! The final day we got to race on one of the fire breaks. I was somewhat blessed with a little horse called Shukran, a gorgeous flea bitten grey and oh my goodness can he fly! His walk was so laid back and chilled I could have fallen asleep on him but boy oh boy when he got onto the fire break, again he was super polite and just sat behind the others quite happily until I found a gap and got up out of the saddle and by nothing more than voice and lifting off his back asked him to go go go!! He flew so fast I'm surprised he didn't sprout wings!!! Literally the best experience of my life as he sped up to be with the front runners. That is why my review is headed as it is, because riding Shukran was quite simply a few minutes of heaven to enjoy on earth. Most amazing experience ever. There is absolutely no doubt I'll be going back again and again.


Los Alamos - Spain
Experience Level

Short Break - Sunday to Thursday

5 star rating   4 July 2019

The riding experience for my daughter was excellent. She thoroughly enjoyed the holiday and would love to return.
I had great confidence in Rachel at the stables. She was very competent around and with the horses and gave me a real security in her ability.


Los Alamos - Spain
Experience Level

Short Break - Sunday to Thursday

5 star rating   4 July 2019

I was unlucky as my first horse was unwell and so I’m sure we would have been a great match but the first ride was not quite as I expected through no fault of the stable.


Veláni Country Hotel - Crete
Experience Level

Sun and Riding

5 star rating   2 July 2019

The riding guide at Velani was great. We were able to go out in a small group of just me and two friends all of similar riding ability. This meant we could explore more terrain and had some great challenging rides.


Macatoo - Botswana
Experience Level

Riding Safari

5 star rating   1 July 2019

yes, the horses were incredibly kind and well trained and SAFE. Tack (saddles) could be slightly more comfortable, but were certainly suitable.


Damara Ride - Namibia
Experience Level

Damara Elephant Safari

5 star rating   1 July 2019

This is an adventure to remember. What an amazing country Namibia is!

Extremely fit, well looked after horses riding across an ever changing landscape from dry river beds through magnificent canyons, across what seems like the surface of the moon, through tall reed beds and ending up on the wild but beautiful skeleton coast.This is a fast ride with lots and lots of canters and gallops in open order with loose horses accompanying you, so yes you need to be riding fit and experienced - you are expected to look after your horse and absolutely must be able to ride with a light seat and hand especially in the faster paces - this is not a novice ride!

You must be honest about the type of horse you want to ride and your own riding capabilities and you will be matched with a hardy and equally adventurous companion for the duration of the trip. Mostly you stick with one horse so you know each other well by the end of the ride which only adds to the experience.

Tack is trail saddles with simple bridles and halters/lead ropes, you are expected to groom and tack up your horse - under the watchful eyes of Andrew and Telane!

Andrew is a fantastic guide, experienced, calm with a dry humour and excellent horsemanship - you will have no problem putting your fatih in him or the wonderful back up team so do them a favour by listening and obeying their instructions, mucking in and bring your sense of humour and adventure - as with any of these types of rides the more you are willing to put in the more you will get out and you will hopefully meet a great group of like minded individuals who you will see in the saddle again - we certainly did!


Castle Leslie Estate - Ireland
Experience Level

Riding Programme

5 star rating   1 July 2019

The horses were absolutely fantastic - I was totally blown away by the high standard. Without doubt, the best I have ever encountered at a stables that caters for such a variety of riders. Thank you, thank you, thank you!


Macatoo - Botswana
Experience Level

Riding Safari

5 star rating   1 July 2019

My family and I had a wonderful time on all of your horses. When we had a concern about something, you fixed it right away. The rides themselves were beautiful and full of excitement. On the days we were feeling a little sore, our guide made our rides fun but not over taxing on our bodies. The grooms and stable manager know the horses so well and were very insightful when it came to any questions we had.


Castle Leslie Estate - Ireland
Experience Level

Riding Programme

4 star rating   1 July 2019

Good or Very Good


Los Alamos - Spain
Experience Level

Villa Based Ride

5 star rating   30 June 2019

The riding, horses, terrain, escorts and whole experience far exceeded my expectations - it was superb, I couldn't fault a thing. The rides were exciting and led in a safe and sensible manner. The care for the horses was very apparent. The routes were varied and the scenery and riding tracks splendid. The beach was spectacular. The horses themselves were stunning and it was an honour and a great privilege to be riding them.


Tsylos Lodge - British Columbia
Experience Level

Lodge Horseback Riding

5 star rating   30 June 2019

The horses were great as were the place itself, the staff and the food. We had an amazing time there. A thoroughly wonderful experience!


Macatoo - Botswana
Experience Level

Riding Safari

5 star rating   29 June 2019

Mod, as stable manager, was brilliant at his job.
The horses are in very good condition, extremely fit and their welfare is paramount.
Over the period of a week I rode 4 horses and felt they were all ideal mounts. 3-4 different horses over a week is typical due to horses resting requirements.
If any member was struggling with their horse a suitable replacement was found immediately.
It is vital not to overstate your riding ability.


Horizon - South Africa
Experience Level

Horizon

5 star rating   29 June 2019

The horses were excellent and bomb proof. Horizon takes very good care of their horses, which is nice to see. I loved the long canters too and all the pretty scenery. It was very relaxing and the guides were super. They all had fun stories and a good sense of humor. Can not say enough good things.


Old Mulberry - Croatia
Experience Level

Fixed Programme

4 star rating   29 June 2019

The riding was fantastic... our guide Saphi was just the right amount of crazy while keeping everyone safe . It took me back to riding my ponies when I was a kid fun fast riding over miles of unspoilt countryside . I don’t think I have laughed so much on a riding holiday . My horse Junior was exactly what I had asked for small fast and fun I loved him . Despite the heatwave we rode in the horses were all happy fit and up for a gallop .
They all appeared happy and well cared for and knew their jobs and the whole group agreed all horses were well matched . It was an amazing experience on the last day when two people weren’t riding that their horses came loose with us back home as a herd . Saphi the guide clearly has a real affinity with the horses which was lovely to see.
This is excellent holiday for someone wanting some fun riding and escape the constraints of UK riding !


Monte Velho - Portugal
Experience Level

Monte Velho

5 star rating   29 June 2019

I have a prelim/novice level understanding of flatwork so was slightly anxious that I would be out of my depth here. I needn’t have worried though as after a week of lessons and trail rides on so many different horses my riding had improved significantly. Lorena’s teaching combined clear instructions, encouragement and sensitivity regardless of who she was teaching (and I watched many other lessons). However, I would advise anyone to communicate what you want to achieve from each lesson and to question an instruction if it is not clear to you. The outcome of the experience depends on all concerned after all. Which brings me to the trail rides. Personally I had a great time and long collected canters through beautiful countryside are my idea of heaven, but Cesar who leads the rides is a very dry and somewhat brusque character at times. I found him hilarious, but I think if you are nervous or a beginner he can be a bit daunting. So to précis, keep an open mind, a sense of humour and you will appreciate what these well schooled, hard working horses and people have to offer. I will definitely be returning.


Balkan Rides - Bulgaria
Experience Level

Caves, Waterfalls and Castles of Bulgaria

5 star rating   29 June 2019

The riding on this holiday was fabulous. Fast but safe. 2km canters were quite normal.
The horses were all extremely well schooled and responsive.
The flies were a problem for both horses and riders but nobody could have predicted that.
We rode through stunningly beautiful countryside


Ant's Lodges - South Africa
Experience Level

Ant's Nest

5 star rating   27 June 2019

Excellent


Alcainca - Portugal
Experience Level

Riding Holiday

5 star rating   27 June 2019

had wanted to go on a dressage holiday and it was certainly that. The dressage teaching, schoolmaster level of the horses and therefore the level of execution possible even for me was to a level that I have not been able to access at local riding schools.


Wait A Little - South Africa
Experience Level

Big Five Extended Safari

5 star rating   24 June 2019

This was my 8th trip to Wait a Little and more than exceeded my high expectations. I rode 5 horses, from my favourite, to the old boy and 3 newish ones who were all a sheer privilege to ride, enthusiastic to canter, characterful, calm and patient in the sightings and when faced by 3 advancing and extremely interested lions when asked, all the Ride quietly walked out of the sighting whilst the bull whip cracked and the riders pulse rates soared!

You never can guarantee what you will see, that's the fun of it, it's always different. From the Cheetahs who welcomed me at the gate, the elusive but from the tracks ever present Leopard, Buffalos, stroppy Lions, Rhinos including a baby, inquisitive Hippos, and Elephants who allowed us so many sightings. Nights punctuated by the pride male roaring his tenancy of the reserve sometimes from outside my room, hyena calling, to the Sleep Out at Beacon Rock and the lovely lodge Xidulu, this made for another very breathtaking and special trip.

The tack is beautifully looked after and each horse is turned out for each ride immaculately. Horses and riders showed no problems from the tack.


Quinta do Rol - Portugal
Experience Level

Quinta do Rol

5 star rating   24 June 2019

The first lesson was challenging, because the horses and riding style is different from the German style I am more familiar with. However, the horses were patient with my mistakes and tried so hard to interpret my requests. By the third lesson it all clicked into place and it was the most amazing holiday I have ever had. I really recommend taking two lessons a day, and although some days, my body didn't feel up to the challenge, the rate of improvement was worth every ache and pain! By the last ride, I was accomplishing moves I had only ever dreamed of, and with enough confidence I believe I now know the 'feel' to find on my own horse.

There are inevitable 'lost in translation' moments, but the instructors were amazing and again, after a couple of lessons, my ear was better tuned in to the words and less mistakes were made. 🙂 All three instructors - Pedro, Carlos and João, brought different personality styles to the lessons and I learned from each of them. There is definitely a high level of energy and animation from the instructors, and I can understand why some participants struggled with that. However, the intent is so good and with such a drive for you to improve as a rider, that I wasn't bothered by the volume and passion. There was also an amazing amount of fun and laughter. I can't remember when I laughed as much as I did with these wonderful people.

All the horses I rode were incredible. Some were more complex to ride than others, but of course, that simply helped me to improve my sensitivity and skills. I did feel that each horse I was paired with was a good match for my ability and I never felt over-faced. The horses know their jobs and are excellent teachers. Considering they have different riders at different levels all the time, I was impressed with their kindness and willingness to try.

If you have the option to try working equitation, I strongly recommend it. It gives you an opportunity to put your dressage skills to practice in a very different environment, sometimes at speed. I had 2 WE sessions, and after each one, it felt like I had champagne sizzling through my veins and I had the biggest smile on my face.


Atlantis and Green Island Trail - Azores
Experience Level

Green Island Trail

5 star rating   24 June 2019

The horses were really well mannered and very pleasant to ride. You could really see how much the people who work there care for them. Because they know their horses so well, they can match riders and horses perfectly. There are horses for every kind of rider.

The guides know the island really well and give a lot of information during the rides which makes it even more interesting. Every day we did a different tour, so everyday we were surprised by the countless and wonderful new views.


Lesotho Expedition - Lesotho and South Africa
Experience Level

Lesotho Expedition

5 star rating   24 June 2019

The riding was very well paced; an initial hour on the first day to match you on your horse and plenty of opportunities to gallop, climb and descend once you are in the swing of things. The horses are really something special - hauling riders up and down the rocky paths and managing some amazing ascents and descents.


Los Alamos - Spain
Experience Level

Villa Based Ride

5 star rating   23 June 2019

Love the mix of fast riding and walking through the forest taking in the views. I think I have a new favourite horse in India, she's just fab, beautifully behaved and can certainly shift, despite her size. Looks gorgeous too. The rest of the riding group were really nice as well - good company.


Los Alamos - Spain
Experience Level

Short Break

5 star rating   23 June 2019

Excellent


Nile Explorer - Uganda
Experience Level

Nile Explorer

5 star rating   23 June 2019

I was very happy with my horse and we had many canters and gallops


Monte Velho - Portugal
Experience Level

Monte Velho

5 star rating   23 June 2019

I was very satisfied with the overall standard of the horses, I was satisfied with the tack apart from one saddle which was split on the seat, this was not so comfortable to ride on - I was lucky that I only had to use this saddle the once, but even then it had caused a rub & sore spot on my right butt cheek which then needed ‘managing’ for the rest of the holiday - thank god for sudocrem!!!


Nile Explorer - Uganda
Experience Level

Nile Explorer

4 star rating   23 June 2019

With the exception of a couple of areas, most of the riding was on hard dirt tracks but the horses are well used to this. It would have been nicer to be on softer ground but there are no such options here. I enjoyed the pace of the ride which was varied, so though there was quite a lot of walking there were also loads of long canters and some very good gallops.


Veláni Country Hotel - Crete
Experience Level

Sun and Riding

5 star rating   23 June 2019

My horse was an Andalusian called Laboriosa. I speak Spanish and this isn't a flattering name basically the translation is laborious and it would be used for a worker who needed a lot of pushing. Actually I though the name a little unfair, after the first hour of the first ride we got along just fine.
The weather was very hot, hotter than normal for June and 4 hours a day in the saddle with no shade (lots of olive trees but they are not tall so provide no shade) was a struggle for all of us. I actually skipped the third day when we due to ride for over 5 hours as I already felt beaten up by the sun. Only two people actually went out the third day and they came back after just over two hours.
Lively rides plenty of cantering and galloping where it allowed.
Horses well cared for, their backs were covered in talcum powder before saddling and after the ride they were washed down and their coats treated with a water and tea tree mix.


Los Alamos - Spain
Experience Level

Villa Based Ride

5 star rating   23 June 2019

The riding on our holiday at Los Alamos was amongst the best that we have ever had , two days riding on the beach was amazing. Leaving at 8 o'clock meant that we got to the beach before any people so we could gallop for a long time which was amazing.
The other days the riding through the forest and cantering and galloping on the fire breaks was fantastic.
Our Guides and Rachael were so nice and helpful, couldn't wish for nicer people.
[ITS comment: It's great that you enjoyed the riding!]


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