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Tombstone Monument Ranch - Arizona

Tombstone Monument Ranch

5 star rating   23 March 2024

Joanne (this is their first In The Saddle holiday) Excellent | Excellent


Skeleton Damara Ride - Namibia

Skeleton Damara Ride

5 star rating   23 March 2024

Cat who has been on 5 In The Saddle rides. The most amazing adventure | The riding was hands down the best of my life: fantastic horses, varied terrain and a lot of long canters on the best going in the world.


Tombstone Monument Ranch - Arizona

Tombstone Monument Ranch

4 star rating   23 March 2024

Tina (this is their first In The Saddle holiday) Perfect holiday for your none riding partner to join you | They have set rides going out at 9am, 11am and 3pm. The 9am and 3pm are classed as slow rides and that means walk only. They have none riders too. The 11am is down as a fast ride and includes trot and loping.
The rides are predominantly 1 hour long and all are nose to tail kind of rides. We got told to stay in a line. They did do a 2 hour ride on 1 of the days, which is a walk only ride. Apart from the ride into Tombstone , which is a half day ride, all the rides go over the land immediately surrounding the ranch which can get a little monotonous as you can't really get far doing a 1 hour circular route and the rides kind of cross the same same terrain as previous rides .Having been on working ranch holidays previously, I personally found the riding a little tame and the terrain not very challenging. Even as riders you are not allowed to mount or dismount without one of the wranglers holding your horse. This was my first 'dude' ranch and I feel its ideal to go with your partner or children to have a little ride etc or if your happy to ride single file and tootle around . As we were all inclusive we could sign up to every ride if we wanted. Initially we had our name down for every ride each day but crossed our names off the lists for some of them as it became a little 'same old'. My horse was lovely . Most of them are rescues which is nice to hear. All of the horses on our rides were well behaved and the wranglers are quite chatty.


Ant's Lodges - South Africa

Ant's Nest

5 star rating   18 March 2024

Catherine who has been on 4 In The Saddle rides. Another fabulous holiday at Ant’s Nest. | Excellent


Quinta do Rol - Portugal

Quinta do Rol

5 star rating   17 March 2024

Amelie who has been on 2 In The Saddle rides. Fantastic dressage training on Lusitano horses | The trip was absolutely incredible. It was everything I’ve always hoped for in riding and haven’t been able to find before. Riding Lusitano horses has been a revelation for me. They are everything I’ve always dreamt for in a horse, forward and ultra-responsive while being quiet and safe, super smart, perfect size for me and a lovely temperament. Perfect schoolmasters! All the horses I rode were amazing and they all taught me something different. All three trainers were really great too, again teaching me different things and constantly pushing me to improve. I got to ride piaffe, passage, Spanish walk, flying changes and one-tempis for the first time, which was incredible and a lot more than I ever expected I’d be able to do!


Explore Winter - Sweden

Explore Winter

5 star rating   16 March 2024

Pat who has been on 11 In The Saddle rides. A fun-filled week in the Arctic Snow | We both enjoyed riding a number of different horses, in the indoor arena, on the oval track and along the forest trails, riding some mornings, afternoons and one night ride. All the horses we rode (9 in total between us) were responsive and easy to look after - to catch, groom and tack up.
We both enjoyed tolting. It's a shame that we can't tolt on horses at home.

[Abbie from ITS replies: Thanks so much for your feedback. We're really pleased that you enjoyed your return visit to Sweden.]


Wait A Little - South Africa

Ride and Dine Safari

5 star rating   16 March 2024

Rochelle (this is their first In The Saddle holiday) Wild animals, fun and food | Got so close to the animals would have liked to be able to have more open canters


Chubeka Trails - Eswatini

Mlilwane & KaMsholo

5 star rating   15 March 2024

Helle who has been on 4 In The Saddle rides. Moderately priced and well managed riding safari in eSwatini | I had been to Mlilwane riding once before (2001) so I knew the place. The ride and the horses absolutely met my expectations. Mlilwane and KaMsholo are both very small reserves so one will not get the same wilderness experience as many of the other safari riding, however the price is very affordable so top 'value for money'. The horses are well cared for, the guides are good and Ann is just fantastic.
The trail I appreciated the most was the ride to the river where we had picnic lunch, the one that was most boring was the so called 'community ride'.IF including a community ride I suggest instead to visit a local small scale farmer instead of a large - very artificial - event place. I also really enjoyed the 'canter-track' we rode the second afternoon when Ann came with us. I will suggest including that particular path more than once (other tracks were we were riding more than once were not as nice...)
(Olwen from In The Saddle writes - we are so glad that you enjoyed the horses and riding at Mlilwane and KaMsholo. And we will make sure your comments are noted by the ride operator for future guests).


Cape Gourmet Wine Trail - South Africa

Cape Gourmet Wine Trail

5 star rating   11 March 2024

Donna who has been on 40 In The Saddle rides. Cape Winelands Gourmet Trail - wow! | Well, didn't see that coming! We had the impression (wrongly) that we would be pottering along from vineyard to vineyard and the horses would be a bit like 'dobbins'! In fact, the horses were fabulous, very well cared for, lovely and lively, which meant we were able to go at a variety of paces with lots of canters and gallops before and after wine tasting! Excellent ride and our guide for the trip was brilliant making the trip really enjoyable and fun.

[Abbie from ITS replies - Fantastic to hear that you had such a wonderful time on the Cape Gourmet Wine Trail. We're so pleased that you enjoyed this trip so much].


Quinta do Rol - Portugal

Quinta do Rol

4 star rating   9 March 2024

Ashley who has been on 2 In The Saddle rides. Memorable | Beautiful horses and great trainers and grooms
I was lucky enough to ride experienced advanced horses and also some not used in the school much yet due to the stage of their education so great variety.
We were not asked about if we wanted to do anything other than lessons. When we did ask for a hack it was soon accommodated and one of us wanted an inhand lesson which they quickly organised too
We couldn’t use the gym as used as storage and we were told couldn’t use the pool either.


Monte Velho - Portugal

Monte Velho

5 star rating   9 March 2024

Lynda who has been on 3 In The Saddle rides. A little bit of horse heaven | The riding was fantastic. Anne Sylvie and Loerke are exceptional instructors ,both very knowledgeable, encouraging ,kind and know when to push you and when to back off and let you work it out.
The horses were very well trained and very well looked after.
The owner displays such a rapport with all of the horses not just the top dressage horses.The bonus of this place is that you get to watch some of the top dressage horses in Portugal being trained it's wonderful


Footsteps of Lawrence - Jordan

Bedouin Trails and Dead Sea

5 star rating   4 March 2024

Hanne who has been on 2 In The Saddle rides. It was a fantastic ride in beautiful surroundings with a fantastic guide.


Explore Winter - Sweden

Explore Winter and Ice Hotel

5 star rating   2 March 2024

Debs who has been on 6 In The Saddle rides. ABSOLUTELY MARVELOUS !! | Don't be fooled by their size, these Icelandic ponies would put a 17hh warmblood to shame.
Our ponies were strong enough to carry us, forward going, very light to the aids, sensible and well adapted to their surroundings and snowy terrain.

They were polite in the stables to groom and tack up. Responding to gentle aids to ask them to move over, pick up a foot etc. They came to call and led in willingly from their paddocks.

Because they had the natural freedom to interact and play in their paddocks, they all just seemed to rub along together. Amiable, well-adjusted and happy ponies !


Wild Coast - South Africa

Wild Coast Adventure Trail

5 star rating   2 March 2024

Donna who has been on 40 In The Saddle rides. Oh how we love you Wild Coast! | This was our 4th trip to the Wild Coast. We keep going back as the ride is fabulous. Lots of long canters, the Wavecrest gallop, and fabulous, well cared for horses. The guides are great and really make the riding special.

[Abbie from ITS replies: Thank you for your lovely feedback. We're so pleased that you enjoy your trips to the Wild Coast so much!]


Estancia Los Potreros - Argentina

Estancia Los Potreros

4 star rating   1 March 2024

Katrine who has been on 9 In The Saddle rides. Los Potreros | Fantastic surroundings, which however become a bit monotonous after a few days. However there were various experiences that helped with that, including helping to drive cattle, capturing some of the horses and a polo day. Also a good thing is that you ride criollo/polo horses in the morning and paso horses in the afternoon.

Some horses had girth wounds but the guides were very aware of this and moved the girth if it was on it. However, they had no ointment or similar to treat with.


Monte Velho - Portugal

Monte Velho

5 star rating   29 February 2024

Jennifer who has been on 6 In The Saddle rides. Thoroughly enjoyed the experience! | Top marks for excellent riding instruction with their highly trained and well cared for horses in a stunning location and modern facilities. I was particularly impressed with the trail rides not just for the sheer beauty of the landscape and incredible horses but also because you get to choose the pace so you can really test yourself as a rider and have a lot of fun!


Ant's Lodges - South Africa

Ant's Hill

5 star rating   29 February 2024

Liz who has been on 20 In The Saddle rides. Fantastic! | Great range of horses, I rode 5 during the holiday. They offer horses to suit every level from complete beginner right up to livelier horses for charging about on. You can bring along non-riding friends and they can have a go too! A novice rider was being taught to canter while she was staying there, which she was loving. The riding varies slightly according to which lodge you pick (we stayed at both). As a nervous rider I felt super-safe, and the horses aren't at all fazed by the wildlife. They're very sure-footed on the steeper tracks.


Ol Donyo Lodge - Kenya

Ol Donyo Lodge

5 star rating   28 February 2024

Debbie who has been on 16 In The Saddle rides. Cantering in Vast African Spaces | Although I was a repeat rider at Ol Donyo, stable managers change and Laura was new to me. Despite her youth I was impressed with her knowledge of each and every horse and after chatting with me she found my dream horse - Narok. As a "senior" rider, sporting two brand new hips, I wanted security but not boredom and Narok, at 20, delivered. Laura got it just right and I forgot I was so ancient!


Horses, Dunes & Nomads - Morocco

Horses, Dunes & Nomads

4 star rating   25 February 2024

Birgit who has been on 3 In The Saddle rides. Unforgettable | Good


Monte Velho - Portugal

Monte Velho

5 star rating   24 February 2024

Jacquie who has been on 9 In The Saddle rides. Excellent dressage training | All the instructors are very passionate and professional. The horse welfare is expectational.


Macatoo - Botswana

Riding Safari

5 star rating   23 February 2024

Beverley who has been on 4 In The Saddle rides. Once in a lifetime amazing experience! | All of the horses were fabulous.


Tierra del Fuego - Argentina

Mitre Peninsula

5 star rating   23 February 2024

Katrine who has been on 9 In The Saddle rides. Tierra del Fuego | My horse was a little older (it was his last ride) and he therefore lacked a bit of muscle, which meant that the saddle and girth did not fit so well. He therefore got a girth wound on the first day (and had scars from others) and had to have some extra equipment on both the front and back which meant that the girth could not move. It was nice that they put it on him, but a bit of a shame that he had to get a wound already on the first day. Otherwise, he was a lovely responsive horse, very surefooted and good in all gaits!


Los Alamos - Spain

Short Break

5 star rating   22 February 2024

David who has been on 11 In The Saddle rides. Excellent


Monte Velho - Portugal

Monte Velho

5 star rating   21 February 2024

Rebecca who has been on 2 In The Saddle rides. Educational and enjoyable in top-class accommodation | I went to Monte Velho with no experience of dressage, although I would have said I was a strong intermediate horse rider for trails and cross country. This was very far outside my comfort zone but the instructors were very patient with me. Fellow guests were also very encouraging, despite all being substantially more experiences. The horses are beautiful.


Estancia Los Potreros - Argentina

Estancia Los Potreros

5 star rating   18 February 2024

Jane who has been on 17 In The Saddle rides. Best adventure ever in Argentina | I could not be happier with the riding I experienced at Los Potreros. During my stay I rode 14 different horses, all wonderfully comfortable and well mannered, and the pasos were to die for! Soooo smooth and comfortable. If I had stayed longer there were more horses for me to try - I fell in love with all the horses I rode.

The saddles were extremely comfortable for long rides and the care that was taken by the gauchos and guides was second to none. Their passion for their horses and providing guests with nothing but the best experience was so evident.

I rode in the mornings from 10 am until around 2 pm and again in the evenings from 5.30 pm until 7.30 ish. Sometimes we were able to help with work on the farm such as moving cattle or horses for specific reasons and I really enjoyed this. I was also glad that it was a working farm and not events specially put on for the benefit of the guests. Having grown up on a farm it was wonderful to be herding cattle. Made me feel that I was 10 years old again.

Los Potreros more than met my expectations and I would love to go back.


Tuli Safari - Botswana

Tuli Safari

5 star rating   17 February 2024

Lynn (this is their first In The Saddle holiday) The horses were well looked after. Our guides checked all the horses every day to see if they were well.


Explore Winter - Sweden

Explore Winter and Ice Hotel

5 star rating   17 February 2024

Teresa (this is their first In The Saddle holiday) Sweden - Explore Winter | I loved the night rides in the snow covered forest. The riding was slower than some trips, but that was because of the snow and the terrain. We did have one fast canter in the snow through the forest that was great fun, and we also did a bit of tolting. We also had a lesson in the arena that was a nice addition to the trail riding. The horses are well cared for and loved.
[Becky from In The Saddle replies: We are so pleased that you had a fun time riding in the snow!]


Explore Winter - Sweden

Explore Winter and Ice Hotel

5 star rating   17 February 2024

Julie who has been on 9 In The Saddle rides. Icy cold outside but a warm glow inside | Less riding than on most ITS holidays but we knew that before we went. Riding the little Icelandic ponies above the arctic circle surrounded by beautiful snow covered scenery was a real treat. Learning how to tolt from the experts was really good.


Wild Coast - South Africa

Wild Coast Adventure Trail

5 star rating   17 February 2024

Adrian who has been on 23 In The Saddle rides. Fantastic fast coastal/ beach trail ride | Excellent quality horses


Wild Coast - South Africa

Wild Coast Adventure Trail

5 star rating   17 February 2024

Sarah who has been on 17 In The Saddle rides. Amazing horses, scenery, organisation. Great guides. It had it all. | My horse was perfect for me, forward going but sensible, probably one of the best horses I have been paired with on a trip. The riding was fast with lots of canters on the beach and inland.
I normally don’t return to rides as there are so many new ones to do, but I think I’ll be back.


Explore Winter - Sweden

Explore Winter and Ice Hotel

5 star rating   17 February 2024

Janet who has been on 15 In The Saddle rides. Truly Magical | It was as described


Ant's Lodges - South Africa

Ant's Nest

5 star rating   12 February 2024

Bob who has been on 11 In The Saddle rides. Never fails to amaze! | I was initially in a mixed abilities group but was taken off for some lovely canters.


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