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Balkan Rides - Bulgaria

Caves, Waterfalls and Castles of Bulgaria

5 star rating   30 June 2018

Frankie who has been on 6 In The Saddle rides. Bulgaria - Caves castles and waterfalls | Horses were brilliant and seemed very well cared for. Tack was in good nick and I found my saddle comfortable. Poor weather meant we couldn't do as much cantering as we might have wanted and we had to shorten/miss some days of riding, but this couldn't be helped.


Atlantis and Green Island Trail - Azores

Green Island Trail

5 star rating   30 June 2018

Katy_0 who has been on 2 In The Saddle rides. Green Island-Quinta da Terca | The horses were forward going but I felt safe at all times. The pace was good, there were enough gallops and canters yet some nice walks to enjoy the views.


Equus Silvania - Romania

Equus Silvania

4 star rating   30 June 2018

Phil who has been on 3 In The Saddle rides. Equus Silvania | Excellent Horses, very well looked after, as was the tack.


Atlantis and Green Island Trail - Azores

Green Island Trail

5 star rating   30 June 2018

AJ (this is their first In The Saddle holiday) Beautiful people, beautiful island | I didn't ride but all the others, without exception spent the entire holiday raving about the ponies, the riding, everything..


Balkan Rides - Bulgaria

Caves, Waterfalls and Castles of Bulgaria

4 star rating   30 June 2018

Pauline who has been on 4 In The Saddle rides. Bulgaria Caves and Waterfalls | The horses were willing and well mannered. Some of the guests complained about the tack but I found my trail saddle comfortable and my horse rode well in his hackamore.


Highland Trails - Iceland

Snæfellsnes

5 star rating   30 June 2018

Vivien who has been on 30 In The Saddle rides. Iceland - Snaefellsnes | The Icelandic horses were so well behaved, looked so cute and had the best hair ever! Tolting was great fun and an amazing experience following a herd of about 100 horses. Doing a fast tolt across the tidal flats and along the beach was something else - brilliant fun.


Wild Coast - South Africa

Wild Coast Adventure Trail

5 star rating   30 June 2018

Amanda who has been on 5 In The Saddle rides. Amazing | The beach riding was exceptional. Good variety of terrain.


Equus Silvania - Romania

Equus Silvania

5 star rating   30 June 2018

Helena (this is their first In The Saddle holiday) Romania | This holiday far exceeded my expectations and I’m thrilled to give it a gold star?.


Atlantis and Green Island Trail - Azores

Green Island Trail

5 star rating   30 June 2018

Zed who has been on 2 In The Saddle rides. Superb! | I was so thrilled with my holiday experience - can't fault a single thing. It exceeded my expectations!
The horse were beautifully and kindly cared for, and without exception were happy, willing, and forward going. Christina was very intuitive in matching us to our horses. The one she chose for me on our first ride turned out to be my favourite - and I was able to ride him twice more in the week. The other two horses I rode were almost equal favourites!
The guides were friendly, helpful and safety standards were exemplary - regularly checking our girths etc. We had plenty of trots and canters and fast safe gallops. The riding terrain was very often along stony tracks, rather than open fields, but I was expecting this, and the horses were sure footed and well used to it. It was alarmingly dusty whilst cantering at times - and I would recommend wearing sunglasses so you can keep your eyes open!
The balance of riding time and excursion/rest time during the week suited me perfectly.
I plan to go back for sure!


Andorra Trail - Spain

Andorra Trail

5 star rating   30 June 2018

Merlinus who has been on 10 In The Saddle rides. A super adventure | The horses are magnificent : very strong, superbly trained and reliable. The riding is at all speeds and demanding as much is up mountains so you need to stand in the stirrups whilst avoiding low branches and trees. There will be long days in the saddle and it needs to be stressed that you will do quite a lot of walking too, mostly downhill, but on slippery & rocky surfaces. You MUST have walking boots & be fit. One lady did slipped & tore her ACL ligament. End of her holiday.
Rudi, the leader, knows every horse personally, the route, area, wildlife, accommodations & reads the weather accurately. He is quite strict & authoritarian but you need to listen to him as he has been riding this route for ten years & knows it all. Trust him ! On this trail (hopefully), you bond with him & your co-riders : you become family for the duration of the trail.
There are many, many wonderful highlights- the riding, the views, wildlife, flowers, camping, peace, wild swimming and much laughter BUT be flexible as things change. I took a Sawyer water filter so I did not need to worry about water from any source as some needed water from streams. In Andorra we suffered a huge thunderstorm which soaked all the tents (and us) and produced 6” hail so we spent the night in a basic mountain hut following the dramatic wild raging river crossing on tree trunks. Rudi was wonderful : helped us all as capable adults without fussing unduly.


Castellare di Tonda - Italy

Medieval Tuscany

5 star rating   30 June 2018

Tracey (this is their first In The Saddle holiday) Fabulous Holiday | The week starts with a short session in the indoor school to learn the basic principles of western riding.
The trail riding that follows is mostly on tracks and open fields with a tiny bit of roadwork. Some of the terrain is very steep and can be slippery after rain but the horses take it in their stride, just give them their heads and let them find their own way up and down the steep sections. Our guide Marco looked after my German riding companion and me very well and made sure that we were feeling happy with everything. The horses I rode, Caramella and Boy, were both lovely. As there were only two experienced riders for the week there were plenty of canters where the ground was suitable, but the pace was mostly relaxed.
The day rides were particularly enjoyable with a full picnic including wine and the scenery was stunning.


Alcainca - Portugal

Riding Holiday

5 star rating   29 June 2018

Trevor (this is their first In The Saddle holiday) Excellent


Okavango Mobile Safari - Botswana

Okavango Mobile Safari

5 star rating   29 June 2018

Riding with wildlife (this is their first In The Saddle holiday) Okavango Delta | The riding was good however there was a couple of days where we had to take spare horses with us and the mares were a problem. This was due to the fact that they were bossy and would kick and try to cut us out.


El Bronco - Hungary

Ranch Stay

2 star rating   28 June 2018

Motherdaughter (this is their first In The Saddle holiday) The riding was rather 'samey' and very controlled ie we kept to the same formation and tracks as the leader each time. This may have been because the others were less experienced but made it quite dull.


Mlilwane Explorer - Eswatini

World Horse Welfare Mlilwane Explorer

5 star rating   28 June 2018

Nicky who has been on 7 In The Saddle rides. ESWATINI (FORMERLY SWAZILAND) - MLILWANE EXPLORER | Horses were excellent, forward going but sensible and extremely well cared for. It was so nice to see the love of the whole team for the horses. The riding was varied, walking across tricky terrain but lots of opportunities for a good canter. Riding amongst the wildlife is amazing and our guides were knowledgeable and entertaining.


Mlilwane Explorer - Eswatini

World Horse Welfare Mlilwane Explorer

4 star rating   28 June 2018

Jane who has been on 7 In The Saddle rides. Swaziland - Mlilwane | The horses were wonderful. Well schooled and fantastically well cared for. The campsites were excellently managed and the food and service couldn’t have been improved. The wildlife viewing exceeded my expectations. The only downside was the very long bus journey to and from Swaziland.


Mlilwane Explorer - Eswatini

World Horse Welfare Mlilwane Explorer

5 star rating   28 June 2018

Di S who has been on 33 In The Saddle rides. eSwatini Mliwane Explorer | My first horse was too strong for me so I was given the wonderful Vicki (Victoria Cross) who was much bigger than my usual rides, but who was so smooth and responsive. I really loved her. Unfortunately she struck into herself on a long descent so I was given Nkune who was very different but equally enjoyable to ride. He looked after me when I was unable to ride fast and my only regret was that I did not have a chance to enjoy his lovely canter for longer.
The trails were great with plenty of cantering on the sensible bits - will never forget when the very pregnant zebra joined our group! The river crossing was interesting and showed the trust that the horses had in the staff.


Mlilwane Explorer - Eswatini

World Horse Welfare Mlilwane Explorer

5 star rating   28 June 2018

Sam who has been on 2 In The Saddle rides. Mlilwane Explorer | The horses were incredibly well looked after. The whole team had a wonderful manner with them and it was clear their welfare was the highest priority. All were easily fit enough for this trail and were well matched to each rider. Every horse had its own fantastic temperament (some rather cheekier than others!) and the care they were given throughout was impeccable.


Mlilwane Explorer - Eswatini

World Horse Welfare Mlilwane Explorer

5 star rating   28 June 2018

Eleanor who has been on 3 In The Saddle rides. Fab fab fab | Fantastic well trained horses- all matched to us individually- in great condition- fit- happy healthy animals.
Went as a sponsored ride for WORLD HORSE WELFARE- so there was quite a few of us-


Castle Leslie Estate - Ireland

Riding Programme

5 star rating   28 June 2018

SmileyA who has been on 2 In The Saddle rides. Fabulous | Excellent fun and challenging riding


Mlilwane Explorer - Eswatini

World Horse Welfare Mlilwane Explorer

5 star rating   28 June 2018

Jeannine who has been on 4 In The Saddle rides. Mlilwane Explorer | The horses were absolutely fantastic and I felt a great deal of care went into matching riders to the ideal horse.


Mlilwane Explorer - Eswatini

World Horse Welfare Mlilwane Explorer

5 star rating   28 June 2018

Gillian who has been on 9 In The Saddle rides. Mlilwane Explorer | Very good, well looked after.


Highland Trails - Iceland

Snæfellsnes Beach and Mountain Ride

5 star rating   27 June 2018

SLM (this is their first In The Saddle holiday) Altogether an amazing experience - the scenery, the weather in all its forms and last but not least the horses! | The first saddle I used had 2 hard lumps in it making sitting to the trot and tolt rather uncomfortable... I was fine after swapping!

In spite of the dodgy saddle the holiday exceeded my expectations as the horses were all so sweet natured and tough.


Ant's Lodges - South Africa

Ant's Nest

5 star rating   27 June 2018

Judith who has been on 36 In The Saddle rides. The personal touch | At the Nest I rode with a lady of a similar standard; at the Hill I was the only experienced rider during my stay so rode just with my super guides Michelle and Tim. A number of horses could not be used as they had recently had their injections against African Horse Sickness, but I was able to try several horses to get the best ‘fit’. The morning rides are approx. 3 hours long, and the afternoon rides approx. one and a half hours (culminating in a Sundowner). It is also possible to do guided Bush Walks and Game Drives (daytime and nighttime). An afternoon Bush Walk I did with the rhinos was a highlight.

The game was very relaxed with the horses, particularly with my small group at the Hill. The horses are turned out on the Reserve at night, so they and the game are used to each other.


Castle Leslie Estate - Ireland

Riding Programme

5 star rating   25 June 2018

Very Happy Rider who has been on 5 In The Saddle rides. Castle Leslie, Ireland | Well cared for horses and very clean and well managed yard. Great riding.


Monte Velho - Portugal

Monte Velho

5 star rating   25 June 2018

Ashantel who has been on 2 In The Saddle rides. A beautiful, tranquil and most special holiday. | The riding instructors were able to assess my ability and match with horses I enjoyed riding very much. Horses are truly exceptional.


Los Alamos - Spain

Villa Based Ride

5 star rating   24 June 2018

Anita who has been on 4 In The Saddle rides. Brilliant holiday | As always, the horses were outstanding.


Los Alamos - Spain

Villa Based Ride

5 star rating   24 June 2018

Astrid who has been on 33 In The Saddle rides. Los Alamos | Riding is on sandy ground and very comfortable to ride on. They have really good horses, you can choose from really forward-going to the quieter horses. Rachel is really good to match rider and horse! They take really good care of both horses and their tack. Also very funny to see picture taken by Vinnie, in-action pictures!


Wolves and Wild Horses - Portugal

Wolves and Wild Horses

5 star rating   24 June 2018

AJ who has been on 8 In The Saddle rides. Portugal - Wolves and Wild Horses | A really special place - the horses clearly have a wonderful life in this beautiful place under such great management and as a result are happy, well-mannered and forward-going - a delight to ride.


El Bronco - Hungary

Ranch Stay

5 star rating   24 June 2018

Peter who has been on 8 In The Saddle rides. Hungary - El Bronco | Amazing horses with a good mind. Terrain is not so varied, but that is how it is when riding from a center base. Good instructors, but they teach a little differently, which I had to get used to.


Los Alamos - Spain

Villa Based Ride

5 star rating   24 June 2018

Betty who has been on 2 In The Saddle rides. Fantastic riding experience | As the least experienced rider in my group I felt very well supported, encouraged and safe


Los Alamos - Spain

Villa Based Ride

5 star rating   24 June 2018

SB who has been on 5 In The Saddle rides. Los Alamos | Excellent


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