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Velani Country Hotel - Crete

Sun and Riding

5 star rating   4 June 2022

Jenny who has been on 3 In The Saddle rides. The riding was great, we cantered wherever possible, the horses were well behaved and there were a good selection of types to cater for the different riders abilities.


Castellare di Tonda - Italy

Medieval Tuscany Short Break

5 star rating   1 June 2022

Sean (this is their first In The Saddle holiday) Fantastic riding holiday in amazing countryside | Yes it did. After initial trepidation in the indoor arena learning 'Western' with Franco, we were out on a trail. Our confidence grew together with our understanding of our horses. Very good package of rides around the area with welcome lunch stops.
Thankfully dry and no flies so perfect conditions for us and the horses.
Ailsa was an absolute star, she was very in tune with the group, keeping us safe and maximising our enjoyment. Going out at 6am to mark a twisty trip with paint says it all. She was ably assisted by Costansa and Diego and with Franco's oversight they were a great team.


Quinta do Rol - Portugal

Quinta do Rol

4 star rating   1 June 2022

Simone Loevdal (this is their first In The Saddle holiday) Quinta do Rol | Super passionate instruction and skilled horses. Super delicious riding facilities.


Castle Leslie Estate - Ireland

Riding Programme

5 star rating   31 May 2022

Claire (this is their first In The Saddle holiday) Wonderful equestrian experience at Castle Leslie | I just wanted to provide some feedback on my holiday to Castle Leslie, it's been wonderful and exceeded my expectations. The equestrian centre is high quality, very professional staff with beautiful horses and ponies. The quality of the lessons are very high and challenging with highly skilled instructors. The cross country jumping and hacks throughout the estate have been amazing with breath taking scenery
The accommodation in the lodge is top class, with friendly staff, beautiful and spacious rooms and delicious food. I would highly recommend this experience for any horse riding enthusiastic and I will definitely be returning again


Footsteps of Lawrence - Jordan

Bedouin Trails & Dead Sea

5 star rating   30 May 2022

Carole who has been on 3 In The Saddle rides. Memorable Experience | Truly memorable experience. Ten days in Jordan, five of them riding in the Wadi Rum. Met wonderful people, AMAZING horses, superb food, even in the middle of the desert. Happy Birthday sung to me in several languages under the Wadi Rum stars, truly memorable! Many thanks to all involved.


Chianti Castles and Wine Tasting - Italy

Chianti Castles and Wine Tasting

5 star rating   29 May 2022

Juliette (this is their first In The Saddle holiday) Wine and ride in Toscana - Everything was great, from the weather, food, host and her beautiful horses | Donatella takes great care for her horses and the security of her riders. She adapts the ride to the level of the group and is very happy and proud to show us through the beautiful countryside of her region. She speaks so many languages that she can adapt also to all group nationalities! Great ride, great place, beautiful region


Miyak Tribe Trail - North Macedonia

Miyak Tribe Trail

5 star rating   29 May 2022

Jackie who has been on 11 In The Saddle rides. Superb holiday in every aspect | The terrain was varied including woodland tracks, open mountain ascents and descents and open grassy valleys where we enjoyed some fast canters/gallops. Although it was the first trail of the season, the horses were all forward going and managed the terrain and long days (9 hours +) exceptionally well. They were all extremely well behaved.


Los Alamos - Spain

Villa Based Ride

5 star rating   29 May 2022

Patti (this is their first In The Saddle holiday) A lovely week! | The horses were beautiful but the riding was very 2 paced - it was either walk or gallop. (the guide kept saying we would have a slow canter, but such a thing did not exist!) We were all experienced riders and the galloping was great, but we had to walk a lot to allow the horses to cool down, so personally I would rather have had some nice slow canters and not quite so much walking. And for me personally, probably as I have ridden in coastal Australia a lot, the landscape got bit samey. There were people who were back for the 12th time though!!
Really nicely structured with only 4-5 hours riding (much of it walking) so if you hadn't ridden for a year like me, it was no problem and it was really nice having the afternoons round the pool.
[Becky from In The Saddle replies: Thank you very much for your feedback, we're glad you enjoyed your time at Los Alamos.]


Los Alamos - Spain

Villa Based Ride

5 star rating   29 May 2022

Vivien who has been on 35 In The Saddle rides. Fab as always | Great holiday at Los Alamos as always. I had the pleasure of riding Polly for a couple of days, a real bundle of joy and proper speed queen - appearances are deceptive! It was a really nice group too with lots of laughs.


Miyak Tribe Trail - North Macedonia

Miyak Tribe Trail

5 star rating   29 May 2022

Lorraine who has been on 2 In The Saddle rides. Miyak Tribe Trail | The riding exceeded expectations. Lots of fast walking as expected, but also plenty of nice canters and races in gallop! So exhilarating! The horses were always up for it, even on the toughest days!


Rocking Z - Montana

Ranch Stay

5 star rating   28 May 2022

Ruth Georgina who has been on 6 In The Saddle rides. Great time learning to be Cowgirls!! | We were matched up with our horses after a discussion on our ability, and requirements. We did need to switch later, but in the end we got our perfect match.
It was a shame that the rides were not better divided up into riding ability. Experience riders often went out with a group of novice riders.This did effect the pace of the rides sometimes. We would have liked more opportunities for faster "lopping"
Maybe in future requests of what was happening the following day could be discussed the evening before over our meal. There was always a delay with the rides going out, which could have been better organised. I think that the week we were there they were a little overstretched.
The horse were beautifully cared for as was the tack.


Rocking Z - Montana

Ranch Stay

5 star rating   28 May 2022

Charlotte (this is their first In The Saddle holiday) A great week in beautiful Montana made very easy by in the saddle | I think I downplay my riding ability a little bit which did mean it took a few days to find a horse I really loved (my fault). I wasn’t expecting such hard ground which meant quite sedentary paced rides & there were lots of beginners so I would consider experienced rides only for my next trip. The opportunities to have long canters (through a little more than one field) were limited, but the staff did everything they could to suit everyone’s wants and the rides with Maria were particularly fun / all the staff are lovely. Some periods of disorganisation and waiting around in the mornings - i think this is because there is not schedule which is both a pro and con for them from what I could see.


Balkan Rides - Bulgaria

Kingdom of Thracians

5 star rating   28 May 2022

Christopher who has been on 14 In The Saddle rides. One 100% Perfect | Excellent


Wolves and Wild Horses - Portugal

Wolves and Wild Horses

5 star rating   28 May 2022

Katy who has been on 8 In The Saddle rides. A relaxing, immersive journey into a remote and beautiful area of Portugal | The riding is relaxed and due to the nature of the terrain, there are limited opportunities for canter. It was possible to canter at least once on each day however, and sometimes twice. The scenery is stunning, particularly at the end of May, early June, when the countryside is covered with purple heather, yellow gorse and broom - a real treat to see!
There was quite a lot of free time on this holiday and the riding day starts late. For example, we were collected between 10 and 10.30 in the morning and driven to the stable, which is about 20 minutes by car. By the time you have collected your horse from the paddock, groomed and tacked up, it may be nearer to 12 by the time you set out. Be prepared for a relaxed approach with late lunches and late suppers - Portuguese style!


Macatoo - Botswana

Riding Safari

5 star rating   22 May 2022

Theresa (this is their first In The Saddle holiday) Enjoyed every minute | Was lovely to see so many horses and all so happy, living a very natural life with plenty of turn out (with careful protection) and no horses overworked. The Head Groom (Mud) was very knowledgeable about each horse and could discuss them as individuals around their characteristics and way of going. All of the Guide Leads (Chief) equally had a good knowledge of each horse - which is very helpful for the riders. It is clear to see they are very fond of the horses and care about their well being and happiness. Each of the grooms were very polite with big smiles when you came to get on and off the horses. The riding was exceptional - such beautiful country along side a Guide Lead who clearly has great tracking skills and knowledge to find and approach all the animals in the most careful and gentle way, giving the riders the very best experience of viewing whilst also feeling safe.


Los Alamos - Spain

Villa Based Ride

5 star rating   22 May 2022

Ellen Margrete who has been on 2 In The Saddle rides. Everything was great! Very nice hosts and we had lovely meals, so I will be back !


Los Alamos - Spain

Villa Based Ride

5 star rating   22 May 2022

Suzan who has been on 2 In The Saddle rides. Los Alamos - absolutely perfect | My time at Los Alamos surpassed expectations. We were all so well looked after and felt relaxed literally from being greeted at the airport. I expected to be quite let down by the food as I'm a vegetarian, however, nothing was too much trouble and I ate some of the nicest food I've ever had. A real home from home feeling at the house. Our hosts were absolutely amazing and nothing was too much trouble. I always felt safe and well looked after on the rides. The horses were so well schooled and knew what they were doing. The rides were well organised and very exciting. I can't wait to go again next year.


Los Alamos - Spain

Villa Based Ride

5 star rating   22 May 2022

Ase Myklebust who has been on 3 In The Saddle rides. Very good, lovely riding and very good organized. | Excellent


Okavango Mobile Safari - Botswana

Okavango Mobile Safari

2 star rating   22 May 2022

Jocelyn (this is their first In The Saddle holiday) Botswana mobile safari - disappointing due to stand-in guide | Everyone in group disappointed that guide allowed only a walking pace. Much of the terrain was too rough for anything else but there were always some places suitable for a faster pace and the excellent local back rider said it was not normal to just walk all the time. Stand-in guide John said that was his orders from David Foot but this seemed unlikely.
By day 4 everyone was bored.


Los Alamos - Spain

Villa Based Ride

5 star rating   22 May 2022

Sophie (this is their first In The Saddle holiday) Absolutely Perfect! | The riding was amazing, I felt so confident on my horse and you could tell all the horses are well cared for.
Jose and Roberto were so knowledgeable and friendly and I felt in such safe hands throughout the entire trip. They couldn't do enough.
Rachael matched us all up perfectly, she came out with us on the first day to ensure we were all happy and confident and met us numerous times throughout the week and back at the stables.
The riding was relaxing, exhilarating, fun, and exciting all at the same time.
The entire team couldn't have done any more for you, I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this holiday to anyone. I just wish I could have brought the horse home with me as he was so perfect!


Macatoo - Botswana

Riding Safari

5 star rating   22 May 2022

Lorraine who has been on 3 In The Saddle rides. Absolutely amazing ! | Once you had learned how to ride them on a long rein, grazing as and when they wanted, and heads were straight down when they stopped they were great. They were all very responsive and a pleasure to ride. Due to the length of time in the saddle it was also helpful to lengthen your stirrups a bit to help with knee and ankle strains.


Macatoo - Botswana

Riding Safari

5 star rating   22 May 2022

Caroline (this is their first In The Saddle holiday) A dream come by true | Our high expectations were exceeded.
Mod at Macatoo perfectly matched our experience and personalities with fit well behaved well looked after horses


Macatoo - Botswana

Riding Safari

5 star rating   22 May 2022

Samantha (this is their first In The Saddle holiday) Amazing! | All the horses are so well cared for. A huge range of horses. The riding was out of this world. It exceeded my expectations for sure!
[Becky from In The Saddle replies: We are so pleased that you enjoyed your holiday at Macatoo.]


Kingdom of the Lusitano - Portugal

Kingdom of the Lusitano

5 star rating   22 May 2022

Jane who has been on 11 In The Saddle rides. Kingdom of the Lusitano - Fabulous holiday | I had an amazing week riding in Portugal. The riding was brilliant with lots of long canters and some exhilarating gallops!
Miguel was an attentive host who entertained his clients whilst ensuring everyone was able to manage their horses. Our particular group was made up of quite a mix of nationalities but we all loved to ride and there was a lot of laughter and fun.
The authentic, charming accommodation was perfect and the food delicious.
The afternoon spent at the Alter Real stud will be one I will remember for ever. Being able to walk amongst the mares and foals was a very special experience.
I am not at all surprised these particular rides are usually booked up months in advance - go if you possibly can!


Extremadura - Spain

Monfragüe National Park

5 star rating   21 May 2022

Susan who has been on 3 In The Saddle rides. A really steady tour through some warm and interesting country | The riding was really slow and steady apart from the odd trot and canter but we had been advised of that in advance and given the high temperatures, was just right. Initially I thought my horse - Chile - was probably a bit quieter than I would have be suited to BUT was very sweet and had impeccable manners and I actually ended up being very appreciative of having a steady ride, who could be ridden in a very relaxed way. I very much enjoyed riding him and dealing with him. A real gent.


Relaxed Ride - Azores

Relaxed Ride

5 star rating   21 May 2022

Karen who has been on 6 In The Saddle rides. A peek of Paradise | As before, you can tell right from the first time you meet Christina and Claude that the animals at the Quinta take centre stage. All of the animals (Horses, Dogs, Cats, Chickens and Ducks) are exceptionally well cared.

The Stable Yard is immaculate and you could eat your dinner from the Tack room floor !

You are asked to go for riding assessment with one of the guides before you go out on a hack so that they can pair you up with the correct kind of horse for your abilities.

All of the horses are well mannered and the tack is clean.


Wait A Little - South Africa

Big Five Safari

5 star rating   21 May 2022

Karen (this is their first In The Saddle holiday) Amazing Experience!! | You are obviously limited to to level of all in your group. Would have been nice to have moved on a bit faster and maybe jumped a bit.
Best to be safe than sorry though.


Extremadura - Spain

Monfragüe National Park

5 star rating   21 May 2022

Carole who has been on 7 In The Saddle rides. Great week, even despite the Spanish heatwave !
Very well looked after by Mamen and Emilio. Great food all week with some lovely overnight stays.
Would recommend to anyone.


Ant's Lodges - South Africa

Ant's Nest

5 star rating   17 May 2022

Simone who has been on 2 In The Saddle rides. Out of this world holiday | For two years we waited do this holiday, and what was built up in my head still couldn't have matched what i saw and did. Have never smiled so much and enjoyed a holiday. It was my first equestrian holiday and couldn't have hoped for better organisation, Olwen really made it effortless and kept up communication throughout. The travel pack received in the post was a lovely touch. I will definitely be back in Ants Nest, and definitely will use In the Saddle for future holidays.


Ant's Lodges - South Africa

Ant's Nest

5 star rating   17 May 2022

Fanchea who has been on 2 In The Saddle rides. Holiday of a lifetime - exceeded all expectations! | Whatever Ant and his team are doing here, they've got it 100% right.

From our arrival, the staff were friendly, welcoming and helpful, from Ant himself through to the volunteers. We stayed in the Nest, and the rooms were immaculate. A special mention has to go to the chefs, as the food was 5*.

The riding was a perfect mix of paces managed by the guides (ours were Ali and Kiara - both super), allowing for time to ride up with the wildlife, take photos, ask questions, explore the landscape, and then have lovely canters through sandy tracks, ending up back at the stables at lunchtime, or different spots around the reserve for sundowners at the end of each day (spectacular views). The horses are really fit, healthy, and well cared for and living on the reserve means they are completely at ease with the animals they come across each day.

The highlight has to be when the team included us in a game capture of an roan antelope bull, as he needed medical attention; this brought me back to my childhood dreams of living in a Daktari episode (does anybody else remember this?). The care and attention the bull was given was wonderful, and it reinforced the importance of the critical conservation work that goes on here, and throughout other reserves.

Finally, a huge thank you to Olwen and the Inthesaddle team. Olwen made the whole process of booking painless (particularly as we had to postpone twice due to lockdowns), answered all queries we had, and already has my name down for next year!


Los Alamos - Spain

Villa Based Ride Jerez Feria Week

5 star rating   15 May 2022

Helen (this is their first In The Saddle holiday) Everything I dreamed of and more. | The riding blew all my expectations. The guides were informative and ensured our safety at all times. The horses were in top condition and obviously very well cared for.
Rachel constantly checked we were happy with the horse we’d been given and made sure they had adequate rest days.


Los Alamos - Spain

Villa Based Ride Jerez Feria Week

5 star rating   15 May 2022

Isabel (this is their first In The Saddle holiday) Los Alamos - Fabulous | The riding was spectacular through the forest and on the beach


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