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Namib Desert - Namibia
Experience Level

Namib Desert

5 star rating   23 August 2017

Excellent


Namib Desert - Namibia
Experience Level

Namib Desert

5 star rating   23 August 2017

The holiday exceeded our expectations, it was fantastic in every way. Namibia Horse Safaris were organised, friendly, supportive and informative. Andrew the Owner and Guide could not do enough for everyone. Abbie from In the Saddle joined us on the holiday and was wonderful; friendly, fun and supportive. The result was a group of 13 diverse people from different countries of different ages who all gelled well and had a really first class experience. The horses were stunning, the riding phenomenal with plenty of fast gallops, the horses were well cared for and every attention given to both rider and horse's comfort.


Namib Desert - Namibia
Experience Level

Namib Desert

5 star rating   23 August 2017

Excellent


Highland Adventures - Iceland
Experience Level

Highland Adventure Deluxe

5 star rating   20 August 2017

All the horses are fit and forward going. As you change horses twice a day you will have a dozen over the week . With a herd of 40 it was easy to change mounts if one has a less than easy gait and they were keen to ensure a good match. Comfortable dressage type saddles . The horses ability to tolt fast on very awkward stony or boggy ground is amazing. A team of eight riders in full flow following the fast running herd is a unique experience.


Los Alamos - Spain
Experience Level

Villa Based Ride

5 star rating   20 August 2017

Beautiful, well mannered and fit horses. I was possibly the least experienced rider but my horse was calm and responsive so I found the rides exciting rather than terrifying!


Monte Velho - Portugal
Experience Level

Monte Velho

5 star rating   20 August 2017

Excellent


Ratekjokk Trail - Sweden
Experience Level

Ratekjokk Trail

5 star rating   19 August 2017

There was perhaps a little less variety than I had imagined because of the nature of the terrain.


Kjolur - Iceland
Experience Level

Kjölur - North to South

5 star rating   19 August 2017

It was absolutely great. Icelandic horses are very different due to their paces. I didn't have any previous experience in tolt and it took me some time to understand how to get into it - we didn't really have any advice for this - but it makes the trip very comfortable. The horses were lovely and they had horses for all abilities. The landscapes are absolutely breathtaking, and travelling with the whole herd of horses is just amazing.


Castle Leslie Estate - Ireland
Experience Level

Riding Programme

5 star rating   18 August 2017

Excellent all round. Fabulous staff. The riding started well within our capabilities (3 of us ranging in experience from 50 years to non at all!) and ended with challenges, it was wonderful and we hope to repeat it. Altogether one of our best holidays.


Shine Valley - Yukon
Experience Level

Pack Trip

5 star rating   17 August 2017

Excellent


Shine Valley - Yukon
Experience Level

Pack Trip

5 star rating   17 August 2017

I never expected the trail to be so challenging or so much fun. The horses coped well with the varying terrain and I had every confidence in my horse Petit Tonnerre.


Shine Valley - Yukon
Experience Level

Pack Trip

5 star rating   17 August 2017

The horses coped really well with very difficult terrain for over 200km. The horses were well mannered, responsive and very sure footed. My horse was stressed by bees in the ground taking off more than once. Six to seven hours in the saddle is hard for both horse and rider this is endurance riding, my seat saver and padded underwear were invaluable! The horses were groomed and checked for rubs daily. However, they did lose weight during the ride. Some nights the horses are free to graze with hobbles and long ropes but not every night. Limited food was available for the horses when tied up for the night and no access to water until the following morning. The western saddle, pads and bridles are in good condition. The saddle bags are huge for all the extra clothing and waterproof layers. This holiday is an excellent way to experience the true Yukon but do not underestimate the long hours in the saddle it is very tiring.


Shine Valley - Yukon
Experience Level

Pack Trip

5 star rating   17 August 2017

Great place, nice people, the level of care for both horses and guests was super.


Shine Valley - Yukon
Experience Level

Pack Trip

5 star rating   17 August 2017

This was a fantastic adventure, I had a great horse named Reno who was only 4 years old but did a great job to take care of me during that trek.
Reno was very agile and careful as the terrain was very challenging almost every day.


Horizon - South Africa
Experience Level

Horizon

4 star rating   16 August 2017

Didn't expect to be on the African Explorer - was aiming for relatively low-key relaxing time at Horizon/Camp Davidson but was offered chance to join the African Explorer ride and went for it. As a result the riding was probably a lot more to my taste - long fast canters with the occasional gallop at Camp Davidson and some very long canters with some super animal encounters (on horseback and by jeep) in Botswana.
Goose, my horse at Camp Davidson, was perfect - I loved her. My first horse at Two Mashatus was gorgeous but he was a bit of a naughty boy on the first evening ride and the following morning so our guide considered it a bit too risky for possible close encounters with dangerous game so I was given Selous, an experienced safari horse, who was very forward going and a very enjoyable ride.
A word of warning though - if you go at this time of the year it's very dry and there is a lot of dust when you are cantering along. Take a scarf or buff to put over your nose/mouth. I'm still coughing and wheezing several days later!


Chateaux of the Loire - France
Experience Level

1. Chambord to Cheverny

5 star rating   16 August 2017

Excellent


Los Alamos - Spain
Experience Level

Villa Based Ride

5 star rating   13 August 2017

Excellent


Los Alamos - Spain
Experience Level

Villa Based Ride

5 star rating   13 August 2017

Excellent


Andorra Trail - Spain
Experience Level

Andorra Trail

5 star rating   12 August 2017

Wide range of terrain/challenges.


Bahia Beach Ride - Brazil
Experience Level

Bahia Beach Ride

5 star rating   12 August 2017

I had an exceptionally nice horse which was very forward going and matched my level very well. We had two kids and both decided to change their horses to match their confidence levels. This was done in a professional and helpful manner.


Quinta do Rol - Portugal
Experience Level

Quinta do Rol

5 star rating   12 August 2017

I felt like I stepped into an Olympic Equestrian centre. Pedro and Gonzales my two instructors where phenomenal, along with the highly trained horses. I just didn't want to leave!


El Bronco - Hungary
Experience Level

Ranch Stay

5 star rating   10 August 2017

Excellent


Wilderness Expedition - Iceland
Experience Level

Wilderness Expedition

5 star rating   10 August 2017

This is one of the most challenging but rewarding trips I have done and I have come back with a new appreciation of these amazing animals in their natural environment.
The Hestasport team managed the logistics with effortless efficiency as ever and our lovely group of riders and staff felt more like a family by the end.
One thing I would emphasise is that although safe, a few of the ascents and descents on this trip are very steep, so you do need to be properly fit and preferably not a vertigo sufferer. Also, although not essential, I found it was very helpful to have had prior experience of riding Icelandic horses.
Altogether I can't recommend this highly enough- it was wonderful.


Monte Velho - Portugal
Experience Level

Monte Velho

5 star rating   8 August 2017

Excellent


Macatoo - Botswana
Experience Level

Riding Safari

5 star rating   6 August 2017

Exhilarating riding, especially across the water. Fast in the mornings and slower in the evenings ideal for cameras Plenty of game including elephant, buffalo and giraffe in the camp itself. The changes in terrain need you to be fit and have a good sense of balance in canter .Two very different horses for the week both clearly enjoying their job.


Monte Velho - Portugal
Experience Level

Monte Velho

5 star rating   6 August 2017

Everybody was very attentive and checked carefully that everybody was happy with the horses they were riding. They also made sure that all riders were happy with the pace of the trail ride, they were also happy to split the group allowing those who wanted a canter to have one.
The dressage riding also allowed me to develop some skills and lateral moves as well as developing my seat on responsive and well trained horses.


Pyrenean Adventures - Spain
Experience Level

Bandit Trail

4 star rating   6 August 2017

Impressed with the sure-footedness of the horses, but almost half the group (horses) didn't seem to like each other so it made breaks and stops less enjoyable trying to keep them away from biting/kicking each other!


Ant's Lodges - South Africa
Experience Level

Ant's Nest

5 star rating   6 August 2017

Excellent


Tuli Trail - Botswana
Experience Level

Tuli Trail

5 star rating   6 August 2017

I think I was expecting it to be more challenging in terms of pace, but the challenges came from an unexpected direction! Close encounters with elephants where we had to be on high alert. Twice on the ride we were instructed to follow the second guide because an elephant was getting rather cross! It was hard to resist cantering away, but we had to walk quietly and carefully away from any possible danger. Scary at the time, but very memorable! Many steep river banks, too, ditch jumping at speed and plenty of logs to jump if desired. Great fun!


Transylvania Trail - Romania
Experience Level

Transylvania Trail

5 star rating   5 August 2017

I was pleased about our two guides Bree, a true horsey girl with wits & knowledge, & Greta who contributed conveniently the Romanian insight view to their experiences. The horses were well taken care of, never overdone & well chosen to the abilities of the individual riders in our group.
I would have liked to see except from glorious rolling landscape & forest some more cultural sights & meet more inhabitants with whom you can exchange, yet you cannot have it all!
(ITS NOTE: We are really pleased to hear you enjoyed riding with Bree and were pleased with the horses).


Provence Trails - France
Experience Level

Perched Villages

5 star rating   5 August 2017

Lovely mix of horses (and riders) in the group - all well matched by our guide Didier Mejard. Mixture of conventional tack and trail riding/western - everyone learned some new skills of knot tying or girth lacing !

We were all amazed at just how fit and tough the horses were - it was very hot throughout - over 40C on one day - 6hrs plus in the saddle over 25km or so with a mix of paces - my lovely mare Carmen hardly breaking into a sweat !!!

Got re-routed on one day because of the exceptional fire risk in the Grand Luberon - but Didier figured out a good alternative which meant trucking the horses back to Cap Rando one night and starting from there the next day - meant we got to ride down/in the Durance river - cool at last!


Transylvania Trail - Romania
Experience Level

Transylvania Trail

5 star rating   5 August 2017

Met all my expectations, physically challenging especially if you don't ride on a regular basis, wonderful people and very professional guides.


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