Reviews
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Ant's Lodges - South Africa

Ant's Nest

5 star rating   29 November 2019

Karen who has been on 4 In The Saddle rides. Excellent


Assam Tea Gardens - India

Heritage Ride with Arunachal Pradesh

5 star rating   28 November 2019

Diane (this is their first In The Saddle holiday) Unique and unforgettable, would love to go back. | A second horse was arranged after the first did not suit me, and after that I really enjoyed the riding. It was very clear that the horses were cared for to the highest standard and we saw the stables where they live when they are not out on rides. They are used for other equestrian activities, such as show jumping there. The riding was enhanced by being able to see the local people in the tea plantations, the children who came out to wave to us and a group of students who wanted to talk.
The horses are extremely good in traffic - not that there is any of them once you are in the plantations themselves.


Ultimate Uruguay - Uruguay

Ultimate Uruguay

5 star rating   27 November 2019

Donna who has been on 27 In The Saddle rides. Ultimate Uruguay | The riding wasn’t very exciting, but was pleasant once you got used to the riding style. It was a fantastic way to see the country and very laid back.


Ultimate Uruguay - Uruguay

Ultimate Uruguay

5 star rating   27 November 2019

Vivien who has been on 30 In The Saddle rides. Beautiful country. | It took me a day or two to adjust to the Uruguay gaucho style of riding (different from other gaucho/western riding I've done) but it was a great way to see a beautiful country. The beaches, especially in the Rocha province, were absolutely stunning and we did the most chilled out, relaxed canters I've ever done on a beach.


Ant's Lodges - South Africa

Ant's Nest

5 star rating   25 November 2019

Katherine (this is their first In The Saddle holiday) Best family holiday of my life | The rides were great, the guides chose the best times of the day to avoid the real heat of the day and to ensure the horses were cared for.


Los Alamos - Spain

Villa Based Ride

5 star rating   24 November 2019

Linnea Lund who has been on 20 In The Saddle rides. Perfect. | Excellent


Los Alamos - Spain

Villa Based Ride

5 star rating   24 November 2019

Rachel who has been on 18 In The Saddle rides. Fabulous riding in Spain. | The horses are a dream, beautiful Spanish horses perfectly matched to each rider, Rachel is a genius at knowing which would suit you best.


Fin del Mundo - Argentina

Mitre Peninsula

5 star rating   23 November 2019

Annette who has been on 4 In The Saddle rides. Wow! | The only thing I did not like was how the horses were tied nose to tail 🙁
They were so good they could run free rather than being dragged around. This did upset me and one received a nasty kick to his chin.


Fin del Mundo - Argentina

Mitre Peninsula

5 star rating   23 November 2019

Angus who has been on 8 In The Saddle rides. Charming, rustic, great. | This ride has varied terrain and pace. Adolfo had the perfect combination of safe rider restraint without being overly controlling. I thoroughly enjoyed this ride experience.


Fin del Mundo - Argentina

Mitre Peninsula

5 star rating   23 November 2019

Kirsten (this is their first In The Saddle holiday) Amazing scenery, horses and guides made for a spectacular holiday | The riding was a good combination of slow and fast with a bit of climbing thrown in for good measure. Excellent. Good to have had the same horse for the whole trip as that builds a bond and confidence and allows for more independent riding which gives an amazing sense of freedom.


Wait A Little - South Africa

Ride and Dine Safari

4 star rating   23 November 2019

Jane who has been on 7 In The Saddle rides. Mixed | The riding was described as pacy with jumps. It wasn't which gave us one extremely awkward day when the issue was raised and dealt with aggressively and in a very confrontational way by the owners.

I am unsure exactly what happened but to me that day...on an expensive holiday …. was wasted and deeply unpleasant

I don’t expect hosts to shout at their guests! I do expect a holiday to match descriptions


Wait A Little - South Africa

Ride and Dine Safari

5 star rating   23 November 2019

Nicola who has been on 7 In The Saddle rides. Wait A Little | The horses were amazing and extremely well cared for.

The pace was a lot slower than advertised in the holiday description….. Although we did eventually get to canter along the tracks there was no fast riding or jumping.

[Olwen from In The Saddle adds - gallops are rare and the only jumping would be should there be a small log in your path. We are sorry if we misled you on this].

Ray is a very different guide to Rusty who no longer works there and so the style and pace of the riding has changed dramatically. This is fine but it may be worth changing the description so people know what to expect. Had we known this in advance then expectations of a very fast ride would not have been so high and the whole problem might not have occurred.

The animal sightings from the horses exceeded all expectations and our guide Ray was amazing- such a knowledgeable young man with a total love of all things in the bush- I learnt a lot and it was really interesting riding with him learning about tracking and all the animals.
In no way am I complaining about Ray as a guide- he is awesome and I’d happily ride with him again any time, But as I said above he is a lot slower than Rusty!)


Wait A Little - South Africa

Ride and Dine Safari

4 star rating   23 November 2019

Gillian who has been on 9 In The Saddle rides. Wait A Little | The riding is different as the countryside is dense and careful riding is required. I felt that we were treated like learner riders with little thought of the fact that we may know what we were doing and that we did have considerable past knowledge behind us. The guide is a young budding natural horseman and is keen to impress and the follow at the rear girl is a student keen to pick fault as she is a budding dressage rider/showjumper, unfortunately with no knowledge of cross country riding. Rather spoils the feel of the ride. The discription in your itinery says long fast canters and that they can be long in duration so require to be fit. Ray our guide did not like more than a walk we did canter very short canters but because they were start stop it became untidy to keep organised.

[Olwen from In The Saddle writes - we have spoken to Wait A Little about your feedback. They have told me that there was a lot of rain prior to your holiday which made it very slippy in the first couple of days and so made faster riding impossible. Wait A Little have also explained that their impression was that some of the group were very happy with the slower pace.
Everyone has commented that Ray was a great guide and that you had amazing sightings, which of course would not have been possible if you had been going very fast].

As a guide Ray was amazing, maybe a chancer with the wildlife but we learnt an awful lot from him.


African Explorer - Botswana and South Africa

African Explorer

5 star rating   22 November 2019

Cathy who has been on 5 In The Saddle rides. A great varied trip | Definitely to be recommended


Alcainca - Portugal

Riding Holiday

5 star rating   19 November 2019

Graham who has been on 8 In The Saddle rides. Excellent | Instruction was brilliant. You often are asked to do things whilst riding, carry your hands at a certain height, sit on this or that seat bone, but not often are the effects of the aids explained in detail. George was excellent at doing this. I enjoyed his and Renato's lessons very much and look forward to a return visit.


Ant's Lodges - South Africa

Ant's Nest

5 star rating   18 November 2019

Andrew who has been on 4 In The Saddle rides. Another wonderful experience at Ant's Nest | As with our previous trip to Ant's, the riding was exceptional - varied and exciting. The guides were engaging, entertaining and knowledgable. The quality , variety and preparation of the horses was outstanding and the team went to great lengths to match horses, riders and groups to ensure we all got the best from our rides.


Lesotho Expedition - Lesotho and South Africa

Lesotho Expedition

5 star rating   18 November 2019

Anna who has been on 4 In The Saddle rides. A fantastic adventure | This is a fantastic ride with a good amount of time in all paces. Some brilliant long canters on lovely terrain, the horses on our ride were all strong, sure footed, polite and trustworthy - total heroes.

The landscape is beautiful and different every day - with good, clean and comfortable accommodation every night, even when basic.

The team were amazing - absolutely nothing was too much trouble - friendly and welcoming (I am a solo traveller and never felt at a loose end), excellent company and a lot of fun. The guides were very knowledgable about the country and its history (I learnt a lot), about the mountains and about the horses. They looked after the horses brilliantly.


Ant's Lodges - South Africa

Ant's Nest

5 star rating   17 November 2019

Tracy who has been on 3 In The Saddle rides. Fun riding, superb food | Early in the week we found the riding a little too focused on long canters and then over an hour of walking. However, once we mentioned we would prefer shorter canters and shorter periods of walk changes were made and the result was superb. Plenty of close up animals and fantastic riding.
[Becky from In The Saddle replied: It's great to hear you enjoyed the riding :-)]


Los Alamos - Spain

Short Break

5 star rating   17 November 2019

Louise (this is their first In The Saddle holiday) Superlative horses and hospitality | Excellent


Estancia Los Potreros - Argentina

Estancia Los Potreros

5 star rating   17 November 2019

Flynn who has been on 14 In The Saddle rides. Excellent holiday | Excellent


Estancia Los Potreros - Argentina

Estancia Los Potreros

4 star rating   17 November 2019

Rosa who has been on 3 In The Saddle rides. Los Portreros - a little luxury within a warm welcome | All of my riding experience is in the English style and this holiday requires a very different riding style which it took a bit of getting used to. I'd encourage ladies to take advice on sports bras seriously. The Criollo horses were a little bit bouncy for me (I'm about 7 and a half stone) so it can be difficult to screw myself into a saddle, but the Pasos were wonderful.

The riding was at a varied pace and the mix of activities (standard hack / herding cattle / herding horses / gaucho games meant that it was kept interesting.


Wild Coast - South Africa

Wild Coast Adventure Trail

5 star rating   16 November 2019

Victoria who has been on 2 In The Saddle rides. Incredible beaches, great horses and a wonderful holiday | The riding was varied and at times quite fast paced. Given the size of the group (9 riders plus two guides) and bad weather at times, the guides did incredibly well to keep within everyone's limits while keeping things interesting for those of us who like to push ourselves a bit more.

The horses were lovely - forward going but manageable and reliable - and were obviously very well looked after.


Wild Coast - South Africa

Wild Coast Adventure Trail

5 star rating   16 November 2019

Jackie who has been on 10 In The Saddle rides. Exhilarating | Yes, our leader, Mel, did a great job of keeping us moving at suitable speeds to match the terrain and keep us safe


Wild Coast - South Africa

Wild Coast Adventure Trail

5 star rating   16 November 2019

Cheryl (this is their first In The Saddle holiday) Stunning location good horses | Excellent


Wild Coast - South Africa

Wild Coast Adventure Trail

5 star rating   16 November 2019

Sue who has been on 14 In The Saddle rides. Surely one of the best trail rides in the world! | My mare Tatum was perfect for me...kind, forward going and polite - a real credit to the training given by the Wild Coast team. All the group seemed really happy with the horses they were matched with. These horses are fit and clearly love their job.
The riding, whether on pristine beaches, crossinf rivers, through the hills and valleys or in villages, was perfectly paced with plenty of long fast canters and loads of photo opps. The tack was comfortable and in good condition. Our guides Mel and Tertia, plus Chelle in support, couldn't have been better - safety conscious, caring of the horses and super fun.
Julie-Anne spent time with us at meals on the first and last days which was lovely. She is deservedly proud of her operation. I've done many rides all over the globe and this is one of the very best!

(Claire from In The Saddle comments: We are so delighted that you had such a great riding holiday.)


Assam Tea Gardens - India

Heritage Ride with Arunachal Pradesh

5 star rating   16 November 2019

Michael (this is their first In The Saddle holiday) Holiday of a Lifetime | Super horses, well cared for and well led.

Good variety of riding experience from ambling walks to exciting canters. Appropriate rest periods and refreshments along the way.

Great tack and stabling.


Wild Coast - South Africa

Wild Coast Adventure Trail

5 star rating   16 November 2019

Linda who has been on 18 In The Saddle rides. Fantastic week-long trail ride along the stunning Wild Coast of South Africa | Expectations fully met. Our second visit to the Wild Coast - a longer trail this time. Julie Ann's horses are amazing, clearly very well loved and cared for, sure footed, fast when you want them to be, with brakes, and with the stamina to go for 30 - 40 kms a day and still be up for fast canters or gallops . The riding is varied and interesting (who knew horses could climb rocks?), fun and fast on the endless beaches, challenging at times when negotiating rivers and steep inclines inland and up and down to the beaches, relaxing to meander through the villages. I love the Leon Liversage trail saddles that are used - comfortable and secure. Troy is one of the best trail horses I have ever ridden. Guides Mel and Tertia worked extremely hard to look after all of us and made sure that everyone's needs were catered for. All done with a smile even on the day that rain peed down on us for 6 hours!! They were also very good hosts at meal times. Michelle provided great back up and was also a fun, cheerful companion at meal times.


Alcainca - Portugal

Riding Holiday

5 star rating   15 November 2019

Caroline who has been on 6 In The Saddle rides. Fantastic | Excellent


Monte Velho - Portugal

Monte Velho

5 star rating   12 November 2019

Veronica who has been on 3 In The Saddle rides. Truly memorable. | Please add any further comments on the riding e.g. did it meet your expectations: I rode two trail horses and four arena horses (we had a trail ride and lesson each day). The only blip was my very first trail horse, Conquistador, who is the biggest trail horse, i.e. the smallest, lightest (43kg) person was on the biggest striding horse! I was OK but then slightly anxious about later horse matches. However, my first lesson was on trusty Xico so all was well. I haven’t had arena lessons for many years and never Dressage lessons. I enjoyed the lessons more than I thought I would and the instructors deserve a medal for patience! The experience exceeded my expectations.


Los Alamos - Spain

Villa Based Ride

5 star rating   10 November 2019

Pauline who has been on 5 In The Saddle rides. Fast | Los Alamos has fabulous well bred and trained horses.


Horses, Dunes & Nomads - Morocco

Horses, Dunes & Nomads

5 star rating   10 November 2019

Michael who has been on 7 In The Saddle rides. Excellent, interesting and challenging | Yes, a good variety.


Los Alamos - Spain

Villa Based Ride

5 star rating   10 November 2019

Trisha (this is their first In The Saddle holiday) Los Alamos | I loved the riding but could have ridden for longer, but realise it is hard work in the sand for the horses.


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