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Quinta do Rol - Portugal
Experience Level

Quinta do Rol

5 star rating   24 March 2018

Exceeded my expectations. Very good level of tuition from both the junior trainer (Goncales) and the chief trainer (Pedro)
Lovely well schooled horses and plenty of opportunity to work on the things that I requested and all in a lovely friendly atmosphere.
I will definitely return


Quinta do Rol - Portugal
Experience Level

Quinta do Rol

5 star rating   24 March 2018

This is dressage training of the highest standard, riding great horses who are training you almost as much as Pedro and Gonzales, the gentlemen who actually tell you what to do. Or try to do. Nearly all of our fellow riders were way ahead of us in terms of expertise, but this made no difference - all anyone wanted was for us to do our best, and get better.

Everything about Quinta is first class - Rita, the owner/manager and force of nature behind the estancia only does things full tilt, with amazing attention to detail. So the Centro de Hipico mirrors the facilities you will see at the national Portuguese riding school, with an amazing string of beautifully schooled, pedigree Lusitanos that, astonishingly, they allow guests to ride.

I’m not surprised more than half the guests were on second or third visits. The training is real - with two hour-long sessions every day I haven’t worked so hard since my teens - and it was worth every sweaty minute.


Quinta do Rol - Portugal
Experience Level

Quinta do Rol

5 star rating   23 March 2018

The riding here is just exceptional and the horses divine, you are given horses to match your riding ability and pushed to become a better rider. I had two lessons a day and my position improved so much over the time I was at Quinta Do Rol. You can tell the horses are loved and cared for well and all the staff take pride in the smallest of details. In your lessons you start off being warmed up by Gonzalez and he helps you get the horses relaxed and moving forward, then onto Pedro for the canter work and some of the more challenging moves. The instructors have the perfect balance challenging you, whilst also making it fun to learn.

When you are not riding the Riders Lounge is perfect to watch others learn and you can relax in comfort with a glass of something cold. The pool is a wonderful place to unwind, with sun lounges and sofas for relaxing


Cape Winelands riding - South Africa
Experience Level

Cape Winelands Riding

5 star rating   22 March 2018

I absolutely loved the riding here. The horses were extremely fit and there are a wide range of horses to suit all abilities. I said I liked fast horses, so I enjoyed riding the endurance trained horses. There were loads of opportunities for fast riding and a lot of galloping up hills. It is not often you get to gallop on horseback holidays. There were also stunning views from the saddle and we rode in South African trail/endurance saddles, which I found extremely comfortable.


Ant's Lodges - South Africa
Experience Level

Ant's Nest

5 star rating   20 March 2018

The riding was tailored to suit. I rode 10 different horses in the time that I was there and enjoyed them all in different ways and learnt something from all of them. This was my choice. If you want to ride mostly the same horse then this is possible within reason.


Ant's Lodges - South Africa
Experience Level

Ant's Hill

2 star rating   19 March 2018

As you already know I had an accident. I do not blame my horse at all. In my opinion the guide should not walked, leading the horses into a deep dam without a warning. And usually we let the horses drink, and that’s it. I have already wrote that the horses are lovely and I like the rides as well.


Footsteps of Lawrence - Jordan
Experience Level

Ride and Visit to Dead Sea

5 star rating   19 March 2018

The horses were great, perfectly matched to riders and really well looked after.

The Jordan Track team reads all of the riders requests in advance and select a horse to match your wishes (please be honest).
Horses are forward going and there are variety of horses to fit rider's preferences.

The scenery is amazing and changes from day to day. Large part of the ride is at walk but we did a number of fast canters/gallops a day depending on the terrain.

The Jordan Track team is great and they really look after their guests and keen to share with you the love of their beautiful country.


Atlantis and Green Island Trail - Azores
Experience Level

Green Island Trail

5 star rating   19 March 2018

I was very lucky to be by myself for the first 5 days, so my introductory lesson with Christina was very intensive, and I had the pick of so many horses! I rode four different horses. I had fallen from my own horse less than a week before the ride started and this always knocks your confidence a bit, so I started with the very easy horses and worked up. The last two I rode were particularly wonderful - Aurora and Joia. The riding was just what I like - some lovely long canters, combined with wonderful scenery.


Ant's Lodges - South Africa
Experience Level

Ant's Nest

5 star rating   18 March 2018

The staff at Ant's Nest go out of there way to make sure you are happy with your horse.
The horse they choose for me and my daughter on our first ride turned out to be our favourites.
Prefect, we wanted to take them home with us.


Footsteps of Lawrence - Jordan
Experience Level

Ride (8 nights)

5 star rating   18 March 2018

At times, riding was fast and fun. At other times, we snaked along taking in the beautiful vistas. Both were equally enjoyable.


Ant's Lodges - South Africa
Experience Level

Ant's Hill

5 star rating   17 March 2018

Excellent


Horizon - South Africa
Experience Level

Horizon

5 star rating   16 March 2018

The range and standard of the horses at Horizon would be hard to beat. They have a wonderful near natural life when not being ridden being turned out to roam free as a herd when not being ridden.
They enjoy the best of care and each horse is matched to the rider and their perceived capability with adjustments being made to the choice of horse as riding capability dictates.
With currently 88 horses you will never run out of choice!


Horizon - South Africa
Experience Level

Horizon

5 star rating   16 March 2018

The riding was well balanced, generally a good match of riders and wishes, always respecting the horses. The horses were very well behaved, easy going but responsive. The guides were very nice, explaining bush life, and looking after us well.


Horizon - South Africa
Experience Level

Horizon

5 star rating   16 March 2018

Very good, comfortable saddles for long rides


Horizon - South Africa
Experience Level

Horizon

5 star rating   16 March 2018

The horses are really amazing and super well trained. I would have liked if they provided feedback on if we could get a horse that needed slightly more "riding" or if they had found that i could not handle such a horse. I had no compliants about the horse as they where all extremely well trained and beutiful rides. i had asked twice if i could get a little more of a "ride" but maybe they thought i could not handle this so would have been good to just feed that back to me.

The flexibility of the staff at the lodge was very profession and everything was possible.
One comment was that the feedback to us was not always provided or misleading.


Macatoo - Botswana
Experience Level

Riding Safari

5 star rating   15 March 2018

Fantastically trained horses, for every taste and ability. Impressive!


Los Alamos - Spain
Experience Level

Short Break

5 star rating   11 March 2018

Excellent


Monte Velho - Portugal
Experience Level

Monte Velho

5 star rating   11 March 2018

I have been here before so knew what to expect but the standard of teaching and horses was (again) outstanding.


Alentejo Trails - Portugal
Experience Level

Bottlenose Trail

5 star rating   11 March 2018

The horses and riding exceeded my expectations. They were all so responsive and clearly extremely happy and well cared for. We had challenging weather .... torrential rain, gales, thunder and even a hail storm ... the horses were calm and willing no matter what .... even if at times the riders were feeling less so! The terrain was more varied than I expected and we had much longer canters than I had hoped for. It says it all about this trip that even though we had pretty dreadful weather most days I still loved every moment. The highlight for me was riding through swollen rivers, water rushing over my feet ... I have the rain to thank for that!


Monte Velho - Portugal
Experience Level

Monte Velho

4 star rating   8 March 2018

Good or Very Good


Ol Donyo Lodge - Kenya
Experience Level

Ol Donyo Lodge

5 star rating   7 March 2018

Tack and riding attire has been improved since last year.


Los Alamos - Spain
Experience Level

Villa Based Ride

5 star rating   4 March 2018

Brilliant horses, perfectly matched to suit each riders ability and wishes. Can never decide which is more fun a race on the fire break gallop or galloping along the beach or just meandering through the forest, live them all.


Learn to Ride in a Week - Azores
Experience Level

Learn to Ride in a Week

5 star rating   2 March 2018

Excellent


Monte Velho - Portugal
Experience Level

Monte Velho

5 star rating   2 March 2018

The horses were all well schooled and were matched with the ability of each rider. The instructors were patient, flexible, encouraging and clearly experienced.


Monte Velho - Portugal
Experience Level

Monte Velho

5 star rating   2 March 2018

Teaching was good. Tack sometimes a bit questionable but understand it’s very difficult to saddle every horse in a perfect saddle and also perhaps UK opinions of curb chain tightness differs from Europe. The riding was very good but unfortunately the weather let us down which meant most days were spent in the smaller schools rather than the large one which could be a bit tricky with 2 people.


Estancia Huechahue - Argentina
Experience Level

Estancia Huechahue

4 star rating   1 March 2018

Good or Very Good


Estancias Ride - Chile
Experience Level

Estancias Ride

5 star rating   28 February 2018

Wanted to go to Patagonia for 40 years, so finally made it! Everything about the ride, location, accommodation and most importantly the horses were beyond my expectations, and I have been on many horse riding adventures. Vicky the local agent was super efficient, patient and accommodating. My trip was combined with an 8 day cruise following Darwin’s voyage on the Beagle into Terra de Fuego, and a few days in Santiago......all of which were totally worth doing. Highly recommended.
(ITS NOTE: We are so pleased that you enjoyed your adventure in Chile. It was an absolute pleasure to arrange your riding holiday, cruise and time in Santiago).


Estancias Ride - Chile
Experience Level

Estancias Ride

5 star rating   28 February 2018

Phil and I both rode 6 horses out of 5 estancias. All the horses were great. If they appeared tired, gauchos had already anticipated this and changed horses for the next days ride.
All of our transfers worked beautifully - thank you!
(ITS NOTE: We are so pleased that you enjoyed your trip to Chile).


South Kaipara - New Zealand
Experience Level

Riding Holiday

4 star rating   28 February 2018

The riding was a little sedate for my taste overall but there were miles of beautiful beach so there were opportunities for some lovely controlled canters.


Monte Velho - Portugal
Experience Level

Monte Velho

4 star rating   27 February 2018

It was a shame that combinations were not taught by the same instructor for the duration it made continuity difficult. It also seemed that once you were given a horse that you got on OK with you stayed with that horse. Perhaps some thought to the variety of experience (obviosuly where appropriate and understanding that in some cases this is not appropriate) of horses allocated but keepign with the same instructor would have provided a more beneficial training experience as many come not for a holiday but to improve and train.


White Stallion Ranch - Arizona
Experience Level

White Stallion Ranch

5 star rating   27 February 2018

The riding was really good and there were lots of options to what rides you did every day. My only gripe was some of the fast rides were very short (less then 45 mins)


Horses, Dunes & Nomads - Morocco
Experience Level

Horses, Dunes & Nomads

5 star rating   25 February 2018

Excellent


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