Reviews
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Ant's Lodges - South Africa
Experience Level

Ant's Hill

5 star rating   4 November 2017

The staff and horses at Ant's are the best I have ever come across. They make you feel super comfortable and boost up your confidence which is fantastic.


Cape Winelands riding - South Africa
Experience Level

Cape Winelands Riding

5 star rating   4 November 2017

My expectation was of bimbling along sandy paths enjoying the scenery and just chilling as high-octane stuff does not mix well with as much as you can eat wine and cheese. The riding met that expectation - although there were lots of controlled canters. Some of the horses are ridden bitless and I liked that.


White Stallion Ranch - Arizona
Experience Level

White Stallion Ranch

4 star rating   2 November 2017

Good or Very Good


Okapuka - Namibia
Experience Level

Ranch Stay

5 star rating   2 November 2017

Excellent


Monte Velho - Portugal
Experience Level

Monte Velho

5 star rating   31 October 2017

Fantastic kind horses.


Pushkar Fair - India
Experience Level

Pushkar Fair Forts & Palaces - Ending Jaipur

5 star rating   30 October 2017

The horses were amazing with exceptional fitness & stamina. They were also very well looked after.


Transylvania Trail - Romania
Experience Level

Transylvania Trail

5 star rating   28 October 2017

The horses are a bit of a mixture of types but definitely as fit as any I've ever ridden and you really need to be riding fit too to fully enjoy this ride. My horse could have been a little more forward in walk and was slightly jumpy with traffic but we didn't see much of that so overall an enjoyable ride.

We were lucky to have a group who were all capable riders and were therefore able to make the most of the wonderful uninterrupted rolling countryside, perfect for lots of long fast canters (the longest lasting over 10 minutes!) and a few jumps over small logs in the forest.

Our guide, Greta, is one of the best I've had - taking extremely good care of both horses and riders, but with a very light touch so it never felt intrusive. Equus Silvania are lucky to have her. With the small army of young assistant guides and other staff, this is a very slick operation.


Atlantis and Green Island Trail - Azores
Experience Level

Green Island Trail

4 star rating   28 October 2017

Weather conditions were poor at times and that impacted on some of the riding. Happy, well behaved and well looked after horses and some nice canters (conditions permitting), lovely views (when the sun came out).


Castellare di Tonda - Italy
Experience Level

Medieval Tuscany

5 star rating   28 October 2017

It was a fantastic experience, the day tours were excellent especially due to Jessica our guide. She took us to very nice places including an original Tuscan pottery and a idyllic Tuscan villa, where we had a wonderful lunch with the most accommodating host. We thoroughly enjoyed every moment; thanks Jessica.


Wait A Little - South Africa
Experience Level

Big Five Safari

5 star rating   28 October 2017

I rode three different horses all stunning, with character and perfectly matched to my riding level. They were just brilliant and compensated for any weakness in my riding skills. The riding wasn’t difficult but you just know there could be a ‘situation’. The horses are magnificently turned out for each ride to virtually show standard and the tack room was so ordered I found it intimidating. Everything to do with the horses and riding was done with pride. Even the volunteers are stylishly turned out. I thought for years about doing a horse safari before taking the plunge on this one as they’re so expensive but some times the best things in life do cost lots of money!


Transylvania Trail - Romania
Experience Level

Transylvania Trail

5 star rating   28 October 2017

The horses are all in very good condition, forward going and beautiful.


Chianti Riding - Italy
Experience Level

Chianti Riding

5 star rating   25 October 2017

Excellent


Footsteps of Lawrence - Jordan
Experience Level

Ride and Visit to Dead Sea

5 star rating   23 October 2017

Excellent


Castle Leslie Estate - Ireland
Experience Level

Riding Programme

5 star rating   22 October 2017

Domino was a bit of a moody mare, but Eric was lovely!


White Stallion Ranch - Arizona
Experience Level

White Stallion Ranch

5 star rating   22 October 2017

I ride back at home and they were very quick to notice that which I thought was great! I had an ex wrangler horse who was very good. The only problem was when I had a barrel lesson on him and it didn't go so great. I did find out after that he hadn't really done it before. I then went to book another barrel lesson but you have to have 4 people and everyone I had met was leaving however Russell, the owner, sorted 3 of the volunteers to join me for a lesson and I was given another horse for this. I was very grateful they did this and thought it was amazing that the owners were aware of what happened.

Also, as I do ride I wasn't sure if I would get bored but there were plenty of different rides to go on and I ended up doing an all day ride alone and a fast ride which was great as the wranglers stepped up the pace etc. knowing that I was capable.

Overall, they were great catering for all abilities and people's confidence and I don't think I heard anyone say a bad word about the place. It was also very busy for a few days so sometimes we left a bit late but they managed well with this and were quick to change your ride if you were going to miss one.


El Bronco - Hungary
Experience Level

Ranch Stay

5 star rating   22 October 2017

My second visit to El Bronco. Horses well schooled and staff pleasant, professional and helpful. Accommodation great and Hungarian food plentiful and delicious. I'm now planning two visits for next year as I had such a wonderful time. I never holidayed on my own but now happy to do so as on both occasions have met lovely people. The ranch is an amazing place set within a beautiful National Park - amazing trails with time to de clutter your head space. I didn't want to leave but will return next year.


Los Alamos - Spain
Experience Level

Villa Based Ride

5 star rating   22 October 2017

Excellent


Equus Silvania - Romania
Experience Level

Equus Silvania

5 star rating   21 October 2017

The riding was excellent. The guides were very careful to listen to our likes and dislikes. I loved all of the three horses I rode. They were all forward going, fit and well schooled.


Wild Coast - South Africa
Experience Level

Wild Coast Adventure Trail

4 star rating   21 October 2017

Beyond expectations.


Provence Trails - France
Experience Level

Luberon and The Camargue

5 star rating   21 October 2017

Really enjoyed the riding; the horses were lovely and really looked after me. On some days it would have been nicer to have some more trots/canters but I understand the terrain didn't always allow this. The route we took was beautiful!


Atlantis and Green Island Trail - Azores
Experience Level

Green Island Trail

5 star rating   21 October 2017

Excellent


Macatoo - Botswana
Experience Level

Riding Safari

5 star rating   21 October 2017

We really enjoyed the experience. The staff did their best to match us with the right horses, and we all had several favorite horses. Definitely, the trip exceeded our expectations.


Fairs & Festivals - India
Experience Level

Fairs & Festivals

5 star rating   20 October 2017

Excellent


Fairs & Festivals - India
Experience Level

Fairs & Festivals

5 star rating   20 October 2017

Lovely forward going horses but it was a little unfortunate that we had to ride borrowed horses who did not settle well in the group, because the stables were overcommitted with a second group at the same time.The horses were a delight to ride but always wanting to be at the front made it unnecessarily tiring and detracted a little from the views and overall experience. The guide and chief groom, Prakash, was a wonderful horseman and a real pleasure to ride with.


Fairs & Festivals - India
Experience Level

Fairs & Festivals

5 star rating   20 October 2017

I was well matched with my horse who was a feisty lady! Phil however was initially given a horse which one other guest had been given. This horse spun around and bucked several times before leaving the yard so she refused to ride it. Phil was then presented with the same horse unbeknown to us all. He only realised it was the same horse when it spun around and bucked again! The horse was dragged out past the stallion in a corral and when let go by the grooms it started to rear and back into a thorn bush, Phil had no choice but slide off backwards and get out of the way! No one then rode this horse. Phil was then presented with another mare which he did ride but he was told it was quite difficult and had been a drug dealers horse so never to stand behind her as she had been taught to kick people but was fine with horses!! He rode her for a week and managed her well although she was quite difficult to manage as reaffirmed by Colonel Singh - apparently they are hoping to use her as a brood mare and hadn't intended her to be ridden by clients. All the horses were very excitable having not been ridden prior to this week as they had been resting. We felt that Bonnie may have over committed himself with the 'Help For Heroes' group also being out at the same time. It was suggested that they had struggled to pull together enough suitable horses for our group and it appeared that they had been pulled in from a variety of places (confirmed by Colonel Singh). Having said all that, we had great fun on very forward going horses!


Quinta do Rol - Portugal
Experience Level

Quinta do Rol

5 star rating   19 October 2017

Very nice and intensive lessons. Really fantastic and beautiful horses. It is important to have full control of the English terms for riding, because the teachers speak with Portuguese accent and misunderstandings can arise - even when it's only a letter in the pronunciation.
If you do not have the experience of riding Lusitanos, then you may feel that you can not ride it at all after the first lesson, but do not worry about it, you will leave as a better rider.
The horse is tacked and ready for the lesson (at the agreed time) and you do not have to tack, wash or brush your horse yourself. Just ride and enjoy it. Super nice indoor riding hall and covered outdoor arena (20x60) are soon done.

(ITS NOTE: We understand that the new outdoor arena will be completed in 2018).

The lessons takes place with a headset on. It usually worked very well.
Instructors: The warm up takes place with the instruction from a younger but very pleasant instructor in the first half hour after which Pedro takes over. So you ride two at a time in the arena.
Lessons is always done indoors (suppose that it will also be outdoors when the covered arena is completed)

Important! You get much more out of the lessons if you have the opportunity to be filmed. It's works enough with the mobile phone.

For next time - for there will be a next time - I will book two hours lessons a day.

(ITS NOTE: We are really pleased that you enjoyed your stay at Quinta do Rol. Thank you for your detailed comments.)


Ant's Lodges - South Africa
Experience Level

Ant's Hill

5 star rating   18 October 2017

The riding was really good. Groups were split by ability (no hardship to anyone as leaders were more than happy to do bespoke groups - that was the case for all activities like biking and running and bush walks!). Some fast long canters, some walking to spot game, swimming with the horses: I had intended to take some days off riding but in the end only took off only one afternoon by the pool. The horses were lovely and chunky and as forward as you wanted - I rode several and my favourites were Nairobi and Mozambique, as well as the friesians 🙂


Footsteps of Lawrence - Jordan
Experience Level

Ride and Visit to Dead Sea

5 star rating   16 October 2017

Horses are very well taken care of. Machmoud who takes care of the horses cleans the eyes and nose with a cloth. You can see those horses are being loved by their owners. You have to be a good rider although they have also "easier" horses for less experience/adventurous riders. All horses have a high level of cuddling. Saleem the owner is very social and tried his best to get to know everyone. I can only recommend this trail if you like 'back to basics' kind of travelling with extra ordinary nature landscape.


Ant's Lodges - South Africa
Experience Level

Ant's Hill

5 star rating   15 October 2017

Horses were extremely well looked after and lovely to ride.


Los Alamos - Spain
Experience Level

Villa Based Ride

5 star rating   15 October 2017

Excellent


Alentejo Trails - Portugal
Experience Level

Dolphin Trail

4 star rating   15 October 2017

Long days riding but overall good.


Los Alamos - Spain
Experience Level

Villa Based Ride

5 star rating   15 October 2017

Excellent


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