Reviews
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South Kaipara - New Zealand

Riding Holiday

5 star rating   10 November 2019

Kirsi who has been on 2 In The Saddle rides. The most hospitable stay in family farm and riding in really beautiful area including nice canters in a long, long beach | Rod, Bev and their daughter Georgie took really good care of us. Your rarely meet such a hospitality what we met in their farm. I feel like we got three really good friends from the other side of globe.

Bev's breakfasts and dinners were brilliant and we also got good picnick lunch every day.

We rode in really different kind of beautiful areas everyday with Rod and Georgie and they gave us a lot of information of the area. Horses were safe and still forward going.

[Becky from In The Saddle replied: We are so pleased to hear that you enjoyed your holiday in New Zealand :-)]


South Kaipara - New Zealand

Riding Holiday

5 star rating   10 November 2019

Tarja who has been on 2 In The Saddle rides. Our holiday was more than I could have expected. Hospitality we met was exceptional, breathtaking scenery, well-behaved horses - and the beach!! What more can you wish for on holiday? | Rod and Georgie were very good guides. Every day was different and allowed us to see a variety of terrain.


Horizon Lodge - South Africa

Horizon

2 star rating   8 November 2019

Karolyn who has been on 15 In The Saddle rides. Relaxing in the sun | All the horses seemed relaxed but willing and, even on faster rides, did not feel the need to bunch up close.
At this time of year, those at the back of the ride get to eat quite a bit of dust, and 8 riders can be uncomfortable.


Pushkar Fair - India

Pushkar Fair Forts & Palaces full ride

5 star rating   8 November 2019

Hilary who has been on 5 In The Saddle rides. A real gem | It more than met my expectations. I did not realise that marwari horses are fantastic endurance horses and the soft tracks are ideal for long canter and gallops. It made up for the serious disappointment of Romania which, though riding endurance horses, is comparatively slow.


Ant's Lodges - South Africa

Ant's Nest

5 star rating   8 November 2019

Rosemary who has been on 37 In The Saddle rides. A relaxing and fun week of riding and wildlife viewing | Horses are lovely. I rode four, all very acceptable but one of which particularly took my fancy. A lovely little Arab called Xia Xia , keen, with a bit of 'personality'. The other three were absolutely fine too but it's always good to have a favourite.
We were especially pleased to have some faster paced riding with some long canters with Moses, among others. Obviously we spent a lot of time just walking and watching the wildlife and it's a pleasure to be able to get so close.
[Becky from In The Saddle replied: Thank you so much for your lovely feedback and I'm so pleased you enjoyed your return visit to Ant's Nest]


Ant's Lodges - South Africa

Ant's Nest

5 star rating   8 November 2019

Bridie who has been on 12 In The Saddle rides. Game viewing extravaganza. | The terrain was not as varied as I have experienced in other parts of the world. However I was very happy with the riding and the dedication of the guides. The horses were amongst the most happy and contented that I have met anywhere. They are not only very well cared for but also enjoy a great deal of freedom to behave naturally. They are valued as individuals and appear to have a wonderful work/life balance.


Assam Tea Gardens - India

Heritage Ride (not inc Kaziranga)

5 star rating   4 November 2019

Wendy who has been on 3 In The Saddle rides. All the guides & staff were wonderful and we met some really interesting people, horses & riding brilliant as usual !


Assam Tea Gardens - India

Heritage Ride (not inc Kaziranga)

5 star rating   4 November 2019

Gail who has been on 3 In The Saddle rides. Incredible Riding Holiday in Assam | The riding was superb and we were so well looked after by our guide Ziten.


Horizon Lodge - South Africa

Horizon

5 star rating   3 November 2019

Grace who has been on 4 In The Saddle rides. Trip of a lifetime | Please add any further comments on the riding e.g. did it meet your expectations: I’m fairly new to riding and my friend is very experienced. We were both matched with the perfect horse which equally allowed me to keep up with the pack and my friend to have a enjoyable challenging ride (precisely what we both wanted!) horses are happy and clearly well loved and not treated like a commodity.


Pyrenean Adventures - Spain

Bandit Trail

5 star rating   3 November 2019

Lowri (this is their first In The Saddle holiday) Great Trail Riding Experience | I have just come back from a week's riding on the Bandit trail. I went with my 14 year old son and we are both experienced riders. The riding terrain was varied and the views breathtaking. The horses were fit and responsive and extremely well cared for. The ride was paced well to look after the horses on challenging terrain over the six days of riding. The tack was also in excellent condition and the guide was an extremely experienced horseman who obviously loved his horses.
My only comment would be that we were probably advised to take the wrong ride as we both would have liked to ride at a faster pace and would have been better suited to one of the other rides that the company offers. That aside, the quality of the horses and the scenery made for an excellent weeks riding.


Los Alamos - Spain

Short Break

5 star rating   3 November 2019

Sarah (this is their first In The Saddle holiday) An exhilariating horseriding holdiay in a beautiful setting. | I started riding after having my youngest son. Having not ridden before it was a bumpy ride, but the dream was always to gallop across a beach. Seven years on and at the age of 52, have achieved just that. With long canters through the woods, and galloping in the fire tracks and on the beach, I couldn't have wished for more.
Hercules was forwards, but secure, and I felt completely safe in every pace.


Los Alamos - Spain

Villa Based Ride

5 star rating   3 November 2019

Debra who has been on 2 In The Saddle rides. Brilliant | I have been before so knew what to expect and it was brilliant. Will probably visit again at some point in the future but fancy a riding holiday to Iceland next.


Los Alamos - Spain

Villa Based Ride

5 star rating   3 November 2019

Dee who has been on 3 In The Saddle rides. Absolutely fantastic. | What a team. Thank you so much Rachel, Jose and Roberto. Everything was perfect.


Transhumance - Spain

Transhumance South Ride

5 star rating   3 November 2019

Bridget who has been on 14 In The Saddle rides. Transhumance - A very interesting long ride. Excellent horses. Emilio and Mamen could not be more friendly and helpful. | This was an amazing long ride across all terrain. A fair number of steep climbs and downhills.


Atlantis and Green Island Trail - Azores

Atlantis Ride

5 star rating   2 November 2019

Holly who has been on 3 In The Saddle rides. Wonderful! | I took some extra dressage lessons from the trainer, Nelson, and had a blast riding and learning on their beautiful and well trained Lusitanos.


Kambaku Safari Lodge - Namibia

Kambaku Safari Lodge

5 star rating   2 November 2019

Julie (this is their first In The Saddle holiday) Amazing holiday of a lifetime, absolutely loved the holiday. | Definitely met all my expectations and more. Looking forward to booking again, South Africa this time. As a single lady I would feel quite comfortable to go on my own.
All the staff at Kambaku safari lodge were amazing. The horses are well looked after and loved.
Definitely re-booking for next year.


Macatoo - Botswana

Riding Safari

5 star rating   2 November 2019

Ann who has been on 3 In The Saddle rides. an amazing bucket list trip | The horses were superb; brave, forward going and fit, responsive, well cared for and comfortable. The riding allowed you to observe the habitats and wildlife with minimal disruption and intrusion, which makes these safaris unique. Some of the game were oblivious to our presence, others inquisitive, some appeared to enjoy our company (the zebra) and we really appreciated the opportunity to 'take time, watch, listen and learn' under the expert and ever watchful eye our guide Bernie. If you didn't gel with your horse, or wanted one a tad slower or faster, Mod sorted you out with another trusty steed for the next ride, there were plenty to chose from. Whilst there was no opportunity for splashy canters, the dry terrain created opportunities for fast canters across the open plains, which were exhilarating.


Horizon Lodge - South Africa

Horizon

5 star rating   31 October 2019

Clare (this is their first In The Saddle holiday) Amazing! Amazing! Amazing! | Varied rides in small groups. Lots of long canters and suitable for ability.


Veláni Country Hotel - Crete

Sun and Riding

5 star rating   30 October 2019

Alison who has been on 10 In The Saddle rides. Very relaxing | The terrain was harder than I expected but the horses were obviously used to it.

Ideally it would have been nice to ride at the beach. (Claire from In The Saddle comments the hotel is too far from the sea to offer beach rides on the centre based option but on the Lassithi trek there is the opportunity to swim with your horse at the beach but it is too stony for riding on)


Veláni Country Hotel - Crete

Sun and Riding

5 star rating   30 October 2019

Anna who has been on 3 In The Saddle rides. Beautiful scenery, delicious food and excellent riding | There was a wide variety of rides, with stunning scenery and good opportunities for canters.


Los Alamos - Spain

Villa Based Ride

5 star rating   27 October 2019

Catherine who has been on 2 In The Saddle rides. Fantastic! | Lovely horses - well trained & cared for. Varied rides each day with plenty of opportunities for a canter / gallop. Great to be able to ride on the beach. Looked after really well by Rachel, Jose and Roberto.


Los Alamos - Spain

Villa Based Ride

5 star rating   27 October 2019

Christine (this is their first In The Saddle holiday) The joys of riding in SW Andalusia | I had been quite anxious before arriving at Los Alamos as I haven’t a great deal of trekking experience. I needn’t have worried. Rachel, who owns these wonderful Spanish horses, is a very experienced judge of the right matches between horse & rider which means that everyone gets to ride the horse most suited to them. The countryside is beautiful & the beach riding very enjoyable. The most magical ride was riding through the woods in the dark & emerging on to the beach at sunrise. The light was amazing.
The guides were fantastic, very careful but without any fussing. Plenty of fast paces to suit everyone but also allowing us time to wander quietly through the woods to soak up their silence. It also taught me a lot about trusting your horse to do the best thing as they know the terrain so well. It was a marvellous experience all round & greatly exceeded my expectations.


Desert Trails - Morocco

Desert Cavalcade

4 star rating   27 October 2019

Kim who has been on 4 In The Saddle rides. Beautiful Horses and Landscapes! | The pace was quite slow and the terrain quite good. The riding was generally a hand-walking warmup, then a quick gallop after mounting up, 2 hours of walking, then a quick gallop before hand-walking to the lunch spot. The same pattern for the afternoon. The horses were fantastic with great movement and comfortable tack, very responsive and safe.


Costa Brava Rides - Spain

Coast Trail

4 star rating   27 October 2019

David who has been on 6 In The Saddle rides. a good autumn ride - good horses, scenery and food | Willing, manageable horses, well suited. My horse became lame on day 4 and was replaced for the following days. A demanding guide, yet good humoured. A very willing support driver/cook.


Alentejo Trails - Portugal

Dolphin Trail

5 star rating   27 October 2019

Ashley (this is their first In The Saddle holiday) Wonderful Holiday in Portugal | Excellent


Tuli Safari - Botswana

Tuli Safari

5 star rating   27 October 2019

Katinka (this is their first In The Saddle holiday) Fantastic! | Really good guides, variety of riding places.


South Rhodes Trail - Rhodes

South Rhodes Trail

4 star rating   27 October 2019

Linda who has been on 13 In The Saddle rides. Wonderful | Horses were amazing they know what they have to do and they do it so well, the horses are so well looked after they are loved and cared for, the tack was really good and well looked after.


Pyrenean Adventures - Spain

Bandit Trail

5 star rating   27 October 2019

Leslie who has been on 2 In The Saddle rides. Beautiful scenery around every corner | Wonderful experienced guide & great horses.


Macatoo - Botswana

Riding Safari

5 star rating   26 October 2019

Ruth who has been on 2 In The Saddle rides. Exceeding My Expectations | Excellent


Transylvania Trail - Romania

Transylvania Trail

5 star rating   26 October 2019

Charlotte who has been on 6 In The Saddle rides. Beautiful Autumn Ride | It was the end of season, but the horses were all still very keen. Great walks, trots, gallops. Varied terrain - never dull. The autumn colors were amazing.


Wait A Little - South Africa

Big Five Safari

5 star rating   26 October 2019

Nicola who has been on 3 In The Saddle rides. Wait A Little - It was just like being in a movie....unbelievable | Excellent


Wait A Little - South Africa

Big Five Safari

5 star rating   26 October 2019

Kate (this is their first In The Saddle holiday) Best holiday of my life! | Completely surpassed my expectations.
Horses were wonderful, very well schooled and very well looked after.
Riding & Guides was fantastic - beyond anything I expected.


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