Reviews
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Ant's Lodges - South Africa
Experience Level

Ant's Nest

5 star rating   18 November 2017

Excellent


Horizon Lodge - South Africa
Experience Level

Horizon

5 star rating   18 November 2017

Excellent


Castle Leslie Estate - Ireland
Experience Level

Riding Programme

5 star rating   17 November 2017

i was matched with Charlie for my assessment lesson, after getting on v.well with him and expressing how much I liked him I was lucky enough to be allocated him for the remainder of the trip. He was forward but safe, loved to jump and also gave me a few things to work on in our lessons


Ant's Lodges - South Africa
Experience Level

Ant's Hill

5 star rating   16 November 2017

It more than met my expectations.


Ultimate Uruguay - Uruguay
Experience Level

Ultimate Uruguay

5 star rating   15 November 2017

Variety of horses and terrain. Paula and her team/partners were fantastic, they tried really hard to match us with the right horse given all our exacting requirements. She was very happy to provide alternatives and swap us round when preferences and (rider) issues required.
Maybe not quite as fast a ride as I had expected but I think that was mainly due to the weather (we were unlucky to have severe winds and some rain storms) which can't be predicted or controlled and was hardly Paula's fault.
The riding style was very different and it took me a while to 'get it' - so different from English riding (and I was told different to Western). But once I'd got it I enjoyed the riding and the saddles were comfortable - great sheepskins. I rode six different horses altogether - nice to try different ones.
So lovely to be able to ride 'in open order' and not single file, walking and cantering side by side along the beach and over the open pastures.


Ultimate Uruguay - Uruguay
Experience Level

Ultimate Uruguay

5 star rating   15 November 2017

Didn't really know what to expect before I went. With the benefit of hind sight I should have been better prepared for the different style of riding ie should have gone to the physio before I went rather than when I got home! I have ridden Western style previously but somehow this was different (or was it me???)
Couldn't fault how accommodating Paula was when I wasn't able to fully participate. In fact it was rather pleasant having a bit more time to enjoy some of the places we stayed.


Ultimate Uruguay - Uruguay
Experience Level

Ultimate Uruguay

5 star rating   15 November 2017

Riding South America style takes some adjustment as its quite different from English style but the horses were all well schooled and obedient and the saddles were really comfortable. It was great to eventually master the canter style and interesting to be able to try different horses.


Ultimate Uruguay - Uruguay
Experience Level

Ultimate Uruguay

5 star rating   15 November 2017

Fantastic riding once we had got used the Groucho style !


White Stallion Ranch - Arizona
Experience Level

White Stallion Ranch

5 star rating   15 November 2017

The riding was great fun, just like Bonanza and the High Chaparral!


Macatoo - Botswana
Experience Level

Riding Safari

5 star rating   15 November 2017

Botswana is wild. We were alone out in the wilderness. When you fly in you realize how far apart the camps are in the Okavanga Delta and you will never see another person beyond those in the camp.

On horseback we saw many elephants, wild dogs, hippos, giraffes, zebras, warthogs, antelopes... We almost saw a leopard but he ran away faster than we could turn and look when the guide shouted. They prefer not to take you to the big cats on horseback, but by jeep I had encounters with two prides and two solo mothers with babes. I also got a good look at an 8 month old male leopard up in a tree.

I stayed for an entire week at Macatoo and was glad I chose to do that, rather than go from camp to camp. I mostly rode - the 1.5 relaxed rides in the evening and 3.5-4 hour energetic rides in the morning. It was nice to occasionally rest in the jeep and it's also better for taking pictures.


Horizon Lodge - South Africa
Experience Level

Horizon

5 star rating   14 November 2017

I was really satisfied with the 4 horses I rode during my stay, and was nice to try different horses. The horses were all forward going and really responsive. The guides were always trying to fulfill your wishes, whether is was searching for a specific animal, jumping, playing polocrosse or going swimming with horses, and I was always out riding with people with similar riding ability so that it was possible to go fast.


Los Alamos - Spain
Experience Level

Villa Based Ride

5 star rating   12 November 2017

The canters were fun and made exhilarating by winding through the trees, and opening up to a gallop where the terrain allowed. The beach riding was exciting - what could be better than galloping along the Atlantic shoreline. There is a good choice of horses, and Rachel was very good at matching us up and at listening to requests for a different horse.


Wait A Little - South Africa
Experience Level

Big Five Safari

5 star rating   11 November 2017

Horses were polite, well schooled, but still had character


Quinta do Rol - Portugal
Experience Level

Quinta do Rol

5 star rating   9 November 2017

Exceptionally well cared for horses, very well schooled.


Ant's Lodges - South Africa
Experience Level

Ant's Nest

5 star rating   9 November 2017

Many horses for younger experienced riders, e.g. Helen. Most of the time I had a forward walking wonderful horse. Responsive in walk and went straight into canter. It kept up with the front rider. Other horses, two of them, were very slow to walk, unresponsive to leg, I was told that children ride them. Difficult sometimes to get into canter. I feel there should be more forward going, especially in walk,horses for the older intermediate rider. Very thankful I had Calan, think that was his name, for most of the week.


Ant's Lodges - South Africa
Experience Level

Ant's Nest

5 star rating   9 November 2017

I went to Ants Nest with a group of riding friends but am not able to ride due to a medical problem. My only very brief ride was to enjoy a wonderful swim in the dam on the most lovely horse.
Instead, I spent much of my time on very enjoyable bush hikes and foot safaris, accompanied by a selection of extremely knowledgeable and entertaining guides who went out of their way to create interesting excursions. Every day we went on a different route in a different area of the reserve, often meeting up with the riders at the end of their ride, or making our way to "sundowners" on foot.


Los Alamos - Spain
Experience Level

Villa Based Ride

5 star rating   5 November 2017

The riding was adjusted to the riders and the weather conditions such as choosing the right time for the beach ride, which is really appreciated, as I could get the most out of my holidays.


Relaxed Ride - Azores
Experience Level

Relaxed Ride

5 star rating   4 November 2017

Fabulous horses, hosts, scenery and guides.


Cape Winelands riding - South Africa
Experience Level

Cape Winelands Riding

5 star rating   4 November 2017

The horses were forward going, fit and in great condition, and very well looked after. My husband and I were given the opportunity to ride a variety of horses, but also ride our favourites more than once. The terrain was challenging for them at times, (very hilly) and the weather was hot, but our guide Ellen gave them plenty of opportunities to take a breather, and we could then enjoy the spectacular views. Our guides were very knowledgeable about the winelands, the wildlife, and the history of the area, so it was a pleasure to listen to them, and as there were only 3 guests for the week, we really got to know them and feel at home on the farm. In terms of pace, there were times when I think we would have enjoyed a faster pace, (there was quite a lot of walking) but I guess they didnt want us to rush past all the beautiful scenery. In the UK we would have probably not cantered on some of the hard ground, but I believe they are used to it and don't incur injuries, the horse's welfare was clearly of paramount importance. Our hosts couldn't do more for us, they were charming, and hopefully now, our friends


Wait A Little - South Africa
Experience Level

Big Five Safari

5 star rating   4 November 2017

The riding was excellent, I had 2 different horses and couldn't fault either of them. They were both very well behaved even with the wild animals so close to us. We walked most of the time whilst we were tracking various animals but had some really good canters and I don't think I saw anyone having any real difficulty with their horse. The horses were very sure footed when we walked up and down some quite steep banks along the dry river bed.


Atlantis and Green Island Trail - Azores
Experience Level

Green Island Trail

5 star rating   4 November 2017

The riding was perfect for my ability (intermediate) - I started with a refresher lesson which was invaluable.

I rode 6 horses throughout the week. All of which were responsive, gentle, extremely well mannered and trained. My confidence grew throughout each ride and I knew I would have a great ride on whichever horse was picked for me.


Wait A Little - South Africa
Experience Level

Big Five Safari

5 star rating   4 November 2017

Both of my horses were good quality, well schooled and good temperament.


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.


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.


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