Reviews
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Alentejo Trails - Portugal

Dolphin Trail

5 star rating   13 October 2019

The rides were perfect for me after I got used to the horse which was kind and very safe and sure footed.


Los Alamos - Spain

Villa Based Ride

5 star rating   13 October 2019

Excellent


Balkan Rides - Bulgaria

Caves, Waterfalls and Castles of Bulgaria

5 star rating   12 October 2019

It was faster paced than most of the other trails I’ve done, I am glad I did this one. I loved the horse I was matched with & he was so responsive to the slightest touch. Felt completely safe on him. Thoroughly enjoyed myself.

Just be aware you need to be experienced to do this ride.
Excursions were great change as well.


Extremadura - Spain

Monfragüe National Park

2 star rating   12 October 2019

I rode a lovely forward going mare with a sweet temperament. The ride relied on the horses drinking from water we found, during the long days on the trail. Due to the unusual heatwave (four days of 32 to 34 deg C) and drought there was not much water, less grazing at night so they had more hard feed. They had just about started their winter coats. On one day, when we hadn't ridden past water, my horse went downhill, needing a drink. She needed a pain killer injection, rehydration and rest that afternoon. There was not a back up plan with spare water to deal with that. She was fine the next day but I had been worried about her.
Personally, I would have preferred some alteration to the itinerary so we were not out for so long in such heat.


Balkan Rides - Bulgaria

Caves, Waterfalls and Castles of Bulgaria

5 star rating   12 October 2019

I was barely up to the rigors of this ride. It was strenuous with long long canters through the beautiful countryside. But, my daughter and friend were more fit and thus able to enjoy the longer faster pace.
My horse was perfect for me. The family who put on the ride were all genuinely concerned about my safely, comfort and joy. I also loved the tours and the camaraderie among the riders. It was an adventure I will always treasure.


Balkan Rides - Bulgaria

Caves, Waterfalls and Castles of Bulgaria

5 star rating   12 October 2019

It was outstanding; The combination of fast pace on well trained horses riding freely over stunning countryside was truly a treat.


Rocking Z - Montana

Ranch Stay

5 star rating   12 October 2019

Loved being able to ride and work with all the different horses.


Macatoo - Botswana

Riding Safari

5 star rating   12 October 2019

Excellent


Transylvania Trail - Romania

Transylvania Trail

5 star rating   12 October 2019

The riding exceeded my expectations. The horses were all super fit, forward going and appeared so well looked after.


Transylvania Trail - Romania

Transylvania Trail

5 star rating   12 October 2019

The horses were really well cared for, schooled in a menage between trails, so remained fresh and responsive. Very forward going which was a joy. Would have liked more jumping of 'natural obstacles'.


Rocking Z - Montana

Ranch Stay

5 star rating   12 October 2019

Our horses were incredibly well-schooled. We rode in mountains, through rivers, and over vast open countryside. It was a wonderful and amazing experience.
During our stay we were lucky enough to wake up to a landscape completely covered with snow. As with a "magic trick", the landscape had turned into a Christmas card scene. Although there was a lot of snow it was no obstacle to our riding. One day, we rode with Ben, the cowboy of the ranch, to drive a herd of cattle over to another mountain, while the snow fell quietly. The snow, the scenery, and the riding and the experience of driving cattles were overwhelming and unforgettable.


Balkan Rides - Bulgaria

Caves, Waterfalls and Castles of Bulgaria

5 star rating   12 October 2019

This mainly run business was very well organised and thought of in its itinerary. Everyone was very friendly and welcoming and nothing was too much trouble. My horse was fit and responsive. The rides pushed me and I felt over the week I became a more confident and comfortable rider. There was loads of riding and it was fast paced, there was nothing boring about any of it. The day excursions were interesting and a nice mix in with the rides.

I felt challenged on this ride which is exactly what I wanted. A good mix of ascents/descents and open plains.


Balkan Rides - Bulgaria

Caves, Waterfalls and Castles of Bulgaria

5 star rating   12 October 2019

Excellent


Macatoo - Botswana

Riding Safari

5 star rating   12 October 2019

The riding was excellent and the horses were superb! Can’t fault Katie and Mod on their ability to match people to the right horses.


Transylvania Trail - Romania

Transylvania Trail

5 star rating   12 October 2019

Very strong, well-groomed, sweet and obedient horses. Riding was at times quite fast and for a long time, so you had to be a capable rider who does not mind high pace.


Rocking Z - Montana

Ranch Stay

5 star rating   12 October 2019

The family Wirtht (Maria and Anna), his daughters, took on every ride into account that I can not ride for long. Each ride was approx. 1 hour, sometimes 11/2 hour, which suited me perfectly. There was always one of the daughters, Anna or Maria who followed me back on the ride when the body began to "squeak". Incredibly considerate. Besides, they had also found a super sweet and loving horse (Nonni) for me. A cute little Paint horse, which I miss very much. The terrain we rode in was taken out of a western movie. Anna or Maria always had a story to tell about the places where we rode. At each ride we always had the company of Maria’s Border collies. Great to see how they work together..


Transylvania Trail - Romania

Transylvania Trail

5 star rating   12 October 2019

The riding was fast, adventurous and testing and I really enjoyed it.
[Becky from In The Saddle replied: We are so pleased to hear you enjoyed the riding!]


Okavango Mobile Safari - Botswana

Okavango Mobile Safari

5 star rating   11 October 2019

Amazingly fit horses. Well fed and cared for so you could relax and fully enjoy the experience with your chosen mount.
Seeing all the wonderful wildlife quietly `doing their thing` was extraordinary.
The lead rider instilled so much confidence with his calm, caring approach.


Ant's Lodges - South Africa

Ant's Hill

5 star rating   11 October 2019

It is a pleasure to ride on horses which are so clearly well cared for and with guides who really know their job and care about the customers. They were very safety conscious, but also looking to give you the best possible experience. Some of the riding was hard physical work, but well worth it. We came back tired but having had some perfect riding.


Veláni Country Hotel - Crete

Sun and Riding

5 star rating   10 October 2019

I was a complete beginner and so had one to one lessons with Fleur at Velani. She was great, very patient and encouraging and I made good progress in the week. Unfortunately I fell off the horse on my last day when out on a trek and so arrived home somewhat battered and bruised. In hindsight I suspect the horse I was riding on the trek was not good enough with other horses for me, as a beginner, to be able to control. Despite this, I really enjoyed the holiday and would like to continue riding back home, when I have recovered.


Chateaux of the Loire - France

1. Chambord to Cheverny

5 star rating   9 October 2019

Good horses, and our guide had really found horses that fit our preferences and wiches.


Veláni Country Hotel - Crete

Sun and Riding

4 star rating   7 October 2019

We were only riding 2 days, so it is hard to comment properly. The first days riding was short and sadly only walking, so I did feel a little short changed. especially as my friend was ill the following day and this was the only ride she got. (ITS comment: your introductory ride is generally at a slower pace)

The staff were lovely, when we arrived they asked about what we liked to ride, however this did seem to be a little dismissed as we were put on exactly the type of ponies we both said we preferred not to ride! I.e. small ponies with no withers. we did ask why, and were told this was because we showed better riding ability, However we found the ponies to be lovely easy rides, not challenging at all.

The second ride was brilliant, it was a shame my companion was unwell.


Nile Explorer - Uganda

Nile Explorer

5 star rating   6 October 2019

Great riding - through plantations and small villages! The horses are very well trained for the safaris. They are fit, motivated and with an excellent behaving, even when they are still young.


Nile Explorer - Uganda

Nile Explorer

5 star rating   6 October 2019

The horses were spectacular. Some of the best horses I have ridden (very responsive) and extremely well cared for. Everything was perfectly organized.


Round Up - Iceland

October Horse Round Up

5 star rating   6 October 2019

We rode up to three horses a day. The herd was sandwiched between front and back riders. The horses were relaxed because they formed part of a herd but would also listen to individual commands.


South Rhodes Trail - Rhodes

South Rhodes Trail

5 star rating   6 October 2019

The horses were so well cared for and loved, it was lovely to see.


Nile Explorer - Uganda

Nile Explorer

5 star rating   6 October 2019

I have had some excellent experiences with ITS, but this was the best yet! The horses were so well cared for, and as requested mine was certainly forward going but controllable. I have never felt so safe whilst cantering and galloping along sandy tracks, certain that nothing was going to spook my horse, not even the numerous small children who would suddenly appear, particularly when passing schools. Riding through the many villages was fascinating, and the people were so friendly that I almost got repetitive strain injury from so much waving!


Alentejo Trails - Portugal

Dolphin Trail

5 star rating   6 October 2019

Excellent


Alentejo Trails - Portugal

Dolphin Trail

5 star rating   6 October 2019

My horse was not what I’m used to riding and needed kicking on quite a lot but he was very well behaved and responsive so I just switched off at the back of the group most of the time rather than giving him a hard time.


Alentejo Trails - Portugal

Dolphin Trail

5 star rating   6 October 2019

All round excellent week, only thing would have been nice would if we could have had canters through open places, not just tracks.


Alentejo Trails - Portugal

Dolphin Trail

5 star rating   6 October 2019

Excellent


Alentejo Trails - Portugal

Dolphin Trail

5 star rating   6 October 2019

The trail provided different scenery every day. The horses were mainly forward going but extremely disciplined and a pleasure to ride. Highlights were the half day dolphin watching and the beach ride although due to the tide we couldn’t have a good gallop. This day was clearly a highlight for the horses as well as they were expecting a gallop too.
Miguel and Dennis looked after us brilliantly albeit with military precision.
Long days in the saddle so there was no slacking but the lunch time stops provided great food and ambience.


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