Reviews
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Alcainca - Portugal
Experience Level

Riding Holiday

5 star rating   8 December 2016

It was a pleasure to learn dressage on highly trained Lusitanos from George Mallerone and Paulo. The farm is low-key, small scale and has a nice indoor arena as well as a large outdoor one. The 60 degree F temperature was perfect for riding (late November). The instructors are highly trained and experienced and are used to instructing top level riders. My daughter took 2 one and a half hour lessons a day, with her and one other rider and rode several different horses over the week, all of which were fabulously trained and lovely. I am a casual rider, without "ambition" per se, but took one lesson a day which actually inspired me to want to do more dressage with my own horse.
Alcainca was a fabulous experience overall and I would love to do it again some day.


Ant's Lodges - South Africa
Experience Level

Ant's Nest

5 star rating   7 December 2016

I suspect many of the the better horses were on rest due to vaccinations for African horse sickness. So the remaining horses were not quite forward going enough for me.


Los Alamos - Spain
Experience Level

Villa Based Ride

5 star rating   6 December 2016

The riding was very good and thoroughly enjoyed it all, was apprehensive as it was my first riding holiday.


Monte Velho - Portugal
Experience Level

Monte Velho

5 star rating   5 December 2016

The riding certainly met my expectations and the horses were delightful. The instructors took my disability (missing left arm) in their stride and didn't allow it to limit what we achieved: passage, piaffe, flying changes and canter pirouettes - a wonderful opportunity to experience these very special movements on four glorious stallions.

(ITS NOTE: We are so pleased you enjoyed your stay at Monte Velho. Sounds like you were doing some very impressive movements!).


Hacienda Zuleta - Ecuador
Experience Level

Hacienda Zuleta

5 star rating   2 December 2016

The riding was over beautiful terrain - quite hilly so not many places to have a good blast (if you want that!) we were often on cobbled surfaces, and they were quite happy to canter the horses on this which surprised us to start with but the horses were fine.

Our guide, Felipe, spoke excellent English and was really helpful - pointing out lots of interesting things, and making sure that I had a bank or log etc to help me get onto the horse as I have a bad knee! He was also took great care to match us to our horses, and would ask if we were happy or wanted to change. The horses were lovely - forward going but sensible for me, and a bit more lively for my children, which they loved! A great credit to the Hacienda.


Alentejo Trails - Portugal
Experience Level

Bottlenose Trail

5 star rating   2 December 2016

I have done this trail at least 4 times now and love every minute of it.


White Stallion Ranch - Arizona
Experience Level

White Stallion Ranch

5 star rating   29 November 2016

I asked for a well mannered horse that would go, but that I could ride anywhere in the group so I could ride with my less experienced husband on slow rides, got exactly that. A polite but fast quarter horse with the lightest mouth and a bit of character.
You pick and choose your rides for the next day, did slow rides, challenging mountain rides, social rides with a stop for breakfast or a beer, as well as fast short rides and an all day ride. Not to forget team penning, so much fun.
Didn't manage to fit in a lesson, there just wasn't time.


White Stallion Ranch - Arizona
Experience Level

White Stallion Ranch

5 star rating   29 November 2016

Arrived terrified having only sat on a horse a couple times before. By the following day I had a canter in the arena and after one more lesson I was able to take part in team penning (what a blast).
This was thanks to the fantastic Magnum, my trusty partner for the week and the brilliant wranglers who inspired confidence but had safety in mind always.
Enjoyed various flat and mountain rides, especially the beer ride in the beautiful desert.
Loved the pool, hot tub and other amenities when my wife went out on the longer rides.


Ant's Lodges - South Africa
Experience Level

Ant's Nest

5 star rating   28 November 2016

The horses were wonderful, incredibly sure footed on rough terrain and calm around all the other animals on the reserve, including Rhino and water buffalo! Very well matched between rider and horse. My favourites were a spirited young arab call XiaXia at the Nest and an ex polo pony called Noosa at the Hill. I was there with my sister who was not an experienced rider. They matched her well with calm but forward going horses. Her favourites were Hercules at the Nest and Kilimanjaro at the Hill. My Sister does not ride very often but was cantering on the first day and loved it.
Every day you were asked if you liked the horse you had, if you wanted the same or something different, it was completely catered to what you wanted.


Okapuka - Namibia
Experience Level

Ranch Stay

5 star rating   24 November 2016

Excellent riding on fantastic horses. Only problem was extreme heat 35-42'c daytime, not much cooler at night. Guides & host very friendly & helpful. We were made to feel part of the family. Is a difficult location to keep horses as no grass at this time of year.


Okapuka - Namibia
Experience Level

Ranch Stay

5 star rating   24 November 2016

Riding expections were surpassed,wonderful horses, excellent guides, time trails unexpected and exciting


Pushkar Fair - India
Experience Level

Pushkar Fair Forts & Palaces full ride

5 star rating   23 November 2016

I had waited 38 years to go on this Holiday & it exceeded my expectations.
Puskar Fair was the Highlight for me.


Ant's Lodges - South Africa
Experience Level

Ant's Hill

5 star rating   22 November 2016

The riding and the allocation of horses is very flexible - you are asked whether you'd like to keep the same horse for the next ride, and about the duration and speed of your ride. The horses are well used to the sometimes difficult terrain, and there are different horses for different abilities including beginners. The riding was exhilarating and great fun - we even got to ride bareback in a dam, and went on a moonlight ride.


Atlantis and Green Island Trail - Azores and Portugal
Experience Level

Green Island Trail

5 star rating   21 November 2016

We were well matched with our horses. The horses are really well cared for and clearly much loved. They all enjoy their work! We always felt safe on them. The riding was brilliant, with lots of fast riding as well as wonderful scenery.


Los Alamos - Spain
Experience Level

Villa Based Ride

5 star rating   17 November 2016

It was wonderful as usual. Of course we had wonderful weather! The welcome, the food, the horses, the riding and the staff were all wonderful. The trip to the Horse Show in Jerez was an unforgettable experience too - and the sherry tasting.


Alcainca - Portugal
Experience Level

Riding Holiday

4 star rating   16 November 2016

I did swap two lessons for instruction in Working Equitation. It was super fun to try! Perhaps Rid & Rejs might consider riding holiday / course in WE, or that offer you could have half of each, dressage and WE.
One instructors was annoying screaming too much. It does not make sense for me to pay for instruction for then to also be yelled at. I am not sensitive or difficult, and it was not aimed at me personally, it was everyone. It is probably just his"style";. He was sweet, friendly etc ..... just quite annoying as an instructor. I reckon he just was very passionate …… BUT, and should certainly be highlighted, I have learned a lot.
I had a little trouble at first with the English riding-technical terms. Can not remember if I received the English terms? Otherwise Ride & Rejs may want to consider them as part of the "pre-material". Just a suggestion. I was super happy for stay and would love to again. I will then probably prefer the other instructor 😉


Fairs & Festivals - India
Experience Level

Fairs & Festivals

5 star rating   15 November 2016

Lovely horses, well looked after and cared for. Light mouthed, forward going and great fun. Tack was Indian saddle, seat savers were a godsend!


Catalan Coastal Trails - Spain
Experience Level

Pirate Trail

5 star rating   15 November 2016

The horse and tack was generally very good, although I did find the saddle rather uncomfortable. Having found the saddle I used for 2 weeks on the Pyrenees trail to be very comfortable, I was a bit disappointed that the one for this trail was in such contrast.


Gaucho Trails - Uruguay
Experience Level

Painted Birds Trail

5 star rating   14 November 2016

Riding was excellent, some of the best horses we have ever ridden.

(ITS NOTE: This is great to hear - so glad you enjoyed Uruguay).


Transylvania Trail - Romania
Experience Level

Transylvania Trail

5 star rating   14 November 2016

A good pace - plenty of canters, inc one for 10 minutes


Atlantis and Green Island Trail - Azores and Portugal
Experience Level

Green Island Trail

5 star rating   11 November 2016

The riding was better than ever. We did some super canters.


Monte Velho - Portugal
Experience Level

Monte Velho

5 star rating   10 November 2016

The lessons and dressage horses were fantastic. The riding out with the general manager was good, but the ride out with Carlos was very slow and boring. The horses were excellent, very well trained and behaved.


The Coffee Trail - Brazil
Experience Level

The Coffee Trail

5 star rating   9 November 2016

No problem with the horses, they were really excellent. The tack was in very basic state (mediocre).


Tuli Trail - Botswana
Experience Level

Tuli Trail

5 star rating   9 November 2016

David, our guide, was brilliant at knowing what pace to ride at over varying terrains, he is extremely knowledgeable and we all felt very safe while watching wildlife with him. The horses are well mannered, well schooled and well behaved, while still being great fun to ride. The riding exceeded my expectations. The horses are very well cared for and treated kindly. I loved giving them the chance to roll as soon as they were untacked.


Provence Trails - France
Experience Level

Wine Tour

5 star rating   8 November 2016

As a man, a wider horse would have been my preference.


Sierra De Gredos - Spain
Experience Level

Castles of the Gredos Mountains

4 star rating   7 November 2016

We think the ride was a little too slow. The first day was only in walk. The guide's horse walking pace was really quick so we had to sit and Work our horses forward in walk all the time. The guide got angry if we ended with trotting up. Last day the guide had to change his horse (the first was lame). That horse walked so slowly that we should do half halts all the time (hi hi)!


Monte Velho - Portugal
Experience Level

Monte Velho

5 star rating   7 November 2016

Monte Velho is like nowhere else, stunning scenery, amazing people, horses to die for and excellent food. My friends and I had a wonderful time getting to know the beautiful horses, the instructors, staff, other guests and Diogo and his family. Everyone genuinely wanted us to have a fantastic experience and we did with a really personal touch. Monte Velho has an essence which I've not found before; it is a very special place. I've learnt more about my riding in 4 days than I've learnt in a year of riding and can't wait to put it into practice at home.


Footsteps of Lawrence - Jordan
Experience Level

Ride and Visit to Dead Sea

5 star rating   7 November 2016

I was initially a little worried about being able to handle a stallion (who seemed rather excitable at first) but once I learnt how much space he needed from the mares and other stallions to stay calm, I really enjoyed him. He was very responsive and was such a character. Everyone in the group was happy with their horses (although one person did change horses on the 2nd day).

The scenery was magnificent and the variety of paces was great - the description of the riding on the ITS website was very accurate. Came home very relaxed. The guide was safety conscious but relaxed about it. All the staff were great. The guide even ran round collecting wood and building a fire during the ride so we could dry off after it rained and we got wet and cold.


Tuli Trail - Botswana
Experience Level

Tuli Trail

4 star rating   3 November 2016

The variety of riding was really great. My one recommendation is to go in the holiday a bit earlier in the year as I think we had less canters as it was too hot.

The horses are all in great condition as is the tack. However, I found the McLellan saddles to be brutal! Unfortunately they didn't have any seat savers. If these saddles are better for the horses backs then I completely understand using them, but I would recommend offering seat savers to all riders. This seemed to a general issue with most riders. [In The Saddle: we are sorry that you found the McLellan saddle uncomfortable. There are seat savers if you request one or you could request to change to an English saddle.]

I was disappointed with the horse/rider matching. I really wanted to do a lot of the jumping options but was given a horse that was newish and green at jumping. He did have a lovely temperament though. With the company expanding, there does seem to be a range of horses so I would recommend calling up next time to ensure you get what you want. [In The Saddle: We are sorry to read your comments that the horse matching was not good for you. There are many horses at Limpopo and they normally do a great job of matching horse to rider. We understand that you rode three different horses and that one of them was a little green at jumping but it is always possible to change onto a different horse. The herd is being increased at Limpopo to allow more time off for the horses between safaris and for schooling.]


Atlantis and Green Island Trail - Azores and Portugal
Experience Level

Green Island Trail

5 star rating   2 November 2016

Riding more than met expectations plenty of variety. Friday ride to twin lakes fabulous.


Monte Velho - Portugal
Experience Level

Monte Velho

5 star rating   31 October 2016

From the greeting on our arrival, to the superlative instruction on forgiving, kind, well schooled schoolmasters/mistresses, to the trail, to the scenery at the stud farm & on the trail rides to the warmth & hospitality accommodation & food: all were superb & surpassed my wildest dreams! THANK YOU!! :)) ?


Sierra De Gredos - Spain
Experience Level

Four Valleys

4 star rating   31 October 2016

The terrain was as I expected so obviously when going over the mountains one could only walk. The last two days we were able to trot and canter, we had one or two fairly decent longish canters.


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