Reviews
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Monte Velho - Portugal
Experience Level

Monte Velho

5 star rating   27 March 2017

The trail rides were a little slow and tame, but the quality of the dressage was excellent.


Punjab Rides - India
Experience Level

Hola Mohalla Including Shimla

5 star rating   27 March 2017

I rode the same horse ( Suki) that I had two years ago and it was good to be reunited with her. Would love to have brought her home, she's a star.


Explore Winter - Sweden
Experience Level

Explore Winter and Ice Hotel

5 star rating   27 March 2017

Lovely horses - very polite and well mannered with lots of energy and personality. It was good to have rides out in the forest and lessons also; Kerstin is a great teacher. There was a good variety of pace on the rides out.


Monte Velho - Portugal
Experience Level

Monte Velho

5 star rating   27 March 2017

The riding and teaching were of a very high standard, and it was great to be able to sit and watch other lessons taking place. The horses, all Lusitanos, were varied, from young horses full of potential, to older, very experienced ex Grand Prix horses. They were all presented beautifully and prepared to work for whatever level of rider they had on.

I also had a lovely trail ride around the estate, seeing broodmares and foals roaming round the remarkable cork trees.

In retrospect, I wish that I had been braver to voice my particular interest in riding flying changes. I had one very good lesson focussing on changes, but would have liked a couple more, and the staff were always so very willing to help.


El Bronco - Hungary
Experience Level

Ranch Stay

5 star rating   24 March 2017

The horses were amazing - very responsive and safe. Riding never gets too fast so the horses aren't used to racing each other or zooming off in open space, but we still had lots of lovely long canters.


Ant's Lodges - South Africa
Experience Level

Ant's Nest

5 star rating   24 March 2017

I rode 4 different horses over the week; 2 Friesians, 1 thoroughbred and 1 bush pony, all good and different. It is amazing how close you can get to the game on horseback.


Ant's Lodges - South Africa
Experience Level

Ant's Nest

5 star rating   24 March 2017

Well behaved, willing horses made the rides a pure joy.


Atlantis and Green Island Trail - Azores and Portugal
Experience Level

Green Island Trail

5 star rating   23 March 2017

The horses were very well trained, and well matched to abilities. It was also fun to have a lesson on the first day!!


Wait A Little - South Africa
Experience Level

Big Five Safari

5 star rating   22 March 2017

The horses really enjoyed the rides which we loved too, riding through the bush and good canters not knowing what to expect next, wonderful.


Catalan Coastal Trails - Spain
Experience Level

Mediterranean Trail

2 star rating   22 March 2017

Horses were fit and fast, we had some incredible fast gallops and nice long trots/canters. Many of the horses liked to be ridden nose to tail, which meant you were using the horse in front for brakes - not ideal, especially if the one in front kicks (I have the bruise to prove it!). Some horses were more relaxed and others suited different styles of riding. The guide/owner (Rudi) did nothing other than ask 'Do you have your own horse?' when trying to match us to our steed. I ended up with a sensitive, young horse who wanted to gallop to the hills on the beach. Worse was that Rudi suggested I stay near the front of the pack (making it harder to stop), whereas actually the horse was much calmer in the middle. Although the horse had lovely paces, a lot of the time I felt that at any moment I'd overtake the guide and be bolted away. Luckily a friend (heavier, taller, able to ride Spanish style) swapped mid week. My second horse was very gentlemanly, strong, but responsive.


Monte Velho - Portugal
Experience Level

Monte Velho

5 star rating   20 March 2017

My Riding experience in Monte Velho was super, the horses were amazing although all were individuals and fabulously trained to different levels, every one of them was able to teach me a lot. The other reason why my riding experience was so super were the trainers. They all are amazing and able to structure the lessons in a way that it suits the horse and the rider so that both can take the most out of it. The trainers are all super riders, are really knowledgable, are great horsie people and are amazing at teaching and sharing their knowledge and experiences with riders. I took home so much from the lessons and I feel I improved a lot. I wish I could have a lesson there every day :). I definately will be back 🙂


Catalan Coastal Trails - Spain
Experience Level

Mediterranean Trail

4 star rating   15 March 2017

I rode two horses during the week. The first one, Tizon, was a PRE with a lovely Spanish trot and rolling canter. The second, Flamenco, was also nice but required a long rein and seemed to prefer being ridden the Spanish way, with one hand only on the reins. Both were incredibly fit and could canter for long stretches without getting tired or slowing down.


Estancia Los Potreros - Argentina
Experience Level

Estancia Los Potreros

5 star rating   13 March 2017

The riding was superb. I rode two horses each day. The horses seemed to be beautifully matched to the ability of each rider in the group. They were forward going and responsive. I felt safe at all times but without any reduction in adrenalin on the rides.


Estancia Huechahue - Argentina
Experience Level

Estancia Huechahue

5 star rating   13 March 2017

It's very rocky in places, but the horses are so sure footed I was amazed some of the places we went to. In other parts it's much more open and lots of opportunities for long, fast canters.

(ITS NOTE: We are so pleased you enjoyed your stay at Estancia Huechahue).


Monte Velho - Portugal
Experience Level

Monte Velho

5 star rating   13 March 2017

The lessons were really great; the quality of the instruction was fantastic. The instructors genuinely wanted you to improve; they were strict, but kind and encouraging, I really enjoyed it! The trail rides were great as well, though the pace was dependent on the abilities of your companions! The countryside was beautiful and the trail horses were great fun to ride.

I went with my mum and she had stated she wanted safe and steady horses. I do feel she was over-horsed on several occasions. It was unfortunate. I think if quiet enough rides are not available it would be better to advise less confident riders of this, as not only does it affect their enjoyment but also that of others on the holiday.


Rainforest Adventure - Costa Rica
Experience Level

Cerro Lodge RA (1st and last night San Jose)

5 star rating   12 March 2017

Terrain, planning, guides, etc. were fantastic, but we thought that the horses were skinny. First day I had a horse that was too small and too skinny. The I happily was able to swap for an okay horse on day 2 but generally the horse material was not what we expected. Most of them were very thin. But apart from the horse material, the conditions were super. Very varied terrain to ride in and lots of exciting experiences. Guides, kitchen staff, cowboys, etc. did a fantastic job.


Wait A Little - South Africa
Experience Level

Big Five Safari

5 star rating   3 March 2017

Exceptionally long canters - as warned in the brochure.
The practice is not to dismount while riding in a game reserve, so on one occasion I was in the saddle for 6.5 hours.


Monte Velho - Portugal
Experience Level

Monte Velho

5 star rating   28 February 2017

The overall riding experience at Monte Velho was fantastic. The trainers (Coralie, Cendrine, and João) were able to provide each student with positive and detail-oriented lessons tailored to the student's abilities and goals. I appreciated that each trainer focused on correct dressage fundamentals (calm, forward, and straight) throughout the week, but also allowing for upper level movements (piaffe, passage, pirouettes, and tempi changes) to be incorporated into the lessons. The quality and training of the Lusitanos was excellent, and there was ample opportunity to watch other lessons and training sessions. Overall, the entire riding experience exceeded my expectations!


Ant's Lodges - South Africa
Experience Level

Ant's Hill

5 star rating   23 February 2017

The horses are absolutely gorgeous, I was matched with my perfect horse on day 1, speedy but sensible with a bit of character, after each ride you are asked if you are happy with your horse or would like a change, I said I was happy to ride shenzie or anything like him, and through the week I rode 5 different horses all in the same perfect mix. I loved them all!!!


Wild Coast - South Africa
Experience Level

Wild Coast Adventure Trail

5 star rating   23 February 2017

Horses were fantastic- the whole group were well matched. Horses were all forward going and fit& healthy. Tack was in excellent condition and saddles comfortable.


Monte Velho - Portugal
Experience Level

Monte Velho

5 star rating   23 February 2017

The quality of horses and level of training is outstanding. Riding met expectations. Instruction was excellent. I observed the instructors identify the needs and adapt to suit the level of each participant.


Explore Winter - Sweden
Experience Level

Explore Winter and Ice Hotel

5 star rating   22 February 2017

This wasn't strictly a riding holiday as only 2-3 hours a day riding. Dog sledding, Snowmobiles, reindeer sledging, ice hotel and northern lights kept us very busy! In the week I was there riding trails were limited as it was unusually warm and the snow iced over, making some paths unusable but this wasn't really a problem as lots of interest whilst riding spotting moose during day and aurora whilst riding in the dark!


Volcanoes and Vistas Ride - Ecuador
Experience Level

Volcanoes and Vistas Ride

5 star rating   20 February 2017

Met expectations. Horses were fit and forward going and the tack was in good condition. The itinerary for the riding had to be changed because torrential rain the day before we started made the going dangerous, but despite that we had good riding in a variety of environments.

Unfortunately, I was unwell for part of the trip which did affect my enjoyment of the riding.


Ant's Lodges - South Africa
Experience Level

Ant's Hill

5 star rating   20 February 2017

The rides were lovely.


Monte Velho - Portugal
Experience Level

Monte Velho

5 star rating   20 February 2017

The trainers are highly quailified and driven by making you progress in your riding ability. Very well trained horses.

(ITS NOTE: We are so glad you enjoyed the horses and instruction at Monte Velho).


Atlantis and Green Island Trail - Azores and Portugal
Experience Level

Green Island Trail

5 star rating   16 February 2017

The horses of the Quinta de Terca, as well as the staff, and the owners, all work in unison and as an ensemble. There are many horses, all sizes and personalities and the Quinta strives to make their guests happy. Most of the time they are successful, as was the case for my adult daughter and myself. We rode different horses, and were able to retain a few favourites in the week.
Their assessment lesson is both practical for the rider as well as the farm. The pace for this ride is fast. There is varierty however in the paces, and the trails are well planned. The tack is clean and in workable condition - which is what it has to be for the job. I had enjoyable rides every day from the long days to the short, in the rain and mud and through the fog and sun.


Horses, Dunes & Nomads - Morocco
Experience Level

Horses, Dunes & Nomads

5 star rating   6 February 2017

The stallions were well-chosen and beautifully schooled - easier to manage than I'd expected, although a few were still quite strong in the canters. The canters and gallops were long and fast but there weren't many each day - maybe two to four on our ride - to save the horses.

The guides, Abdel and Ibrahim, were great. Abdel speaks good English (better French) but just occasionally instructions got slightly 'lost in translation'. We groomed and tacked up the horses and would have been happy to help more - with feeding, etc. - but it wasn't really clear whether this was welcome.


Alcainca - Portugal
Experience Level

Riding Holiday

4 star rating   4 February 2017

It is important that the riders who goes to Alcainca ride on a high level - not for beginners.


Los Alamos - Spain
Experience Level

Short Break

4 star rating   2 February 2017

The riding was amazing. Gorgeous horse, lovely going, lovely Rachel and Roberto looking after us.
The national park was so much fun with varied terrain and the beach was out of this world.


Winter Ride - Romania
Experience Level

Winter Ride

5 star rating   1 February 2017

The riding at Equus Silvania is simply amazing!!
The 34 horses are all extremely fit, healthy & very much loved.
The riding routes are varied & the countryside absolutely stunning, there is next to no road work.
The work is shared equally between the horses in winter allowing them plenty of rest… cantering through thick snow can be hard work!! This also gives riders the opportunity to ride a variety of different horses.. I rode 8 over the 5 days riding.
All of the horses appear very happy in their work… they love to go out on the trails. They are forward-going (some more than others!) All of the riders in my group were very happy with their chosen steeds.


Estancia Los Potreros - Argentina
Experience Level

Estancia Los Potreros

5 star rating   25 January 2017

Wonderful selection of well mannered horses.


Equus Silvania - Romania
Experience Level

Equus Silvania

5 star rating   25 January 2017

I took my gell pad in case of saddle discomfort, but saddles were of good condition and comfortable.

Horses were very responsive, fast but very safe and well trained.

Fantastic scenery and varied.


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