Reviews
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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


Kingdom of the Lusitano - Portugal

Kingdom of the Lusitano

5 star rating   15 May 2022

Amanda who has been on 4 In The Saddle rides. Lusitano Kingdom - an excellent week's riding in beautiful surroundings | This was our second ride with Miguel and it certainly met our expectations.


Chianti Castles and Wine Tasting - Italy

Chianti Castles and Wine Tasting

5 star rating   15 May 2022

Britta (this is their first In The Saddle holiday) Appropriate and varied pace. Good collection on the team. Very varied terrain. Possibility to borrow extra equipment (lambskin for the saddle, so "seat wounds" could be avoided 🙂


Velani Country Hotel - Crete

Sun and Riding

5 star rating   15 May 2022

Louise who has been on 15 In The Saddle rides. Superb | The riding was brilliant with enough faster paced riding. The horses were well cared for and in good shape surprisingly for the terrain. The guides were fantastic. The accommodation exceeded expectations. The hosts were immensely warm and welcoming, the food just kept coming.


Velani Country Hotel - Crete

Sun and Riding

5 star rating   15 May 2022

Amanda (this is their first In The Saddle holiday) Wonderful location and riding experience | The stables are right next to the hotel so could wonder down after breakfast/lunch.

The horses are well looked after and well behaved. As a relative newcomer to riding, I was matched with Mangas for the whole week, who was a perfect match for me. I went on the shorter two hour trails, which provided plenty of opportunities to trot and canter. The trail leaders were excellent - always happy to help out and put you at ease. Plenty of time with the horses before and after the rides as tack and untack the horses (in addition to the two hour ride itself).

My rides were at the same time each day so it enabled us to explore the local area (in the morning) using a hire car. My friend was not going to ride but she managed to arrange a couple of lessons directly, which she really enjoyed.


Ant's Lodges - South Africa

Ant's Nest

5 star rating   13 May 2022

Hilary who has been on 5 In The Saddle rides. A lifetime high | Lovely sandy tracks to canter along on well schooled forward going horses.
Beautiful scenery with lots of game, we were led by knowledgeable guides who made the riding interesting and fun whatever the pace.


Catalan Coastal Trails - Spain

Mediterranean Trail

5 star rating   13 May 2022

Tracy (this is their first In The Saddle holiday) Mediterranean Trail | The trip was perfect, all that I hoped for and more. The horses were well cared for and fun to ride. Our group leader, Niki, was incredible! I thoroughly enjoyed her company throughout the day and she went out of her way to make everyone confident and comfortable along the trip. It was a well balanced trip of riding, and viewing the countryside, towns and beaches.


Monte Velho - Portugal

Monte Velho

5 star rating   12 May 2022

Sarah who has been on 5 In The Saddle rides. Monte Velho - third time back & still as great as the first | The horses are all very well schooled at Monte Velho, with superb manners. The instructors are clear & precise with their teaching & also spend time with you until you get things right.
Lovely to see some riders experiencing flying changes, piaffe & passage for the first time, their big smiles said it all.


Perol Chico - Peru

The Sacred Valley Ride

5 star rating   11 May 2022

Alexis who has been on 9 In The Saddle rides. The Sacred Valley Ride - Excellent ride in beautiful countryside | Well-paced, balanced trip overall with time built in to allow everyone to acclimate to the high altitude and get in some sightseeing. Though there's very limited cantering, I wouldn't call this a slow ride! The horses were very forward and excited to be back to work after extended covid lockdowns - it was amazing how much ground we could cover in a day doing the paso llano. It was wonderful to see Eddy's love for his horses.


Velani Country Hotel - Crete

Sun and Riding

5 star rating   10 May 2022

Nancy (this is their first In The Saddle holiday) Beauty trails in Cretan countryside. Happy horses! | Excellent


Lassithi Trek - Crete

Lassithi Trek

5 star rating   8 May 2022

who has been on In The Saddle rides. Lassithi Trek - a mountainous adventure | Yes it did meet expectations - if anything, more forward going than I had expected. Olwen advised me before I went that the terrain is very rugged and rough and that horses in the UK would not cope with it but that the horses there are used to it. And indeed they were - they have been properly acclimatised, so I knew what to expect but it might be an idea to reflect that more in your brochure so that people are not taken by surprise because the other riders (none from In the Saddle) were taken aback to start with.
Vladimir, the guide was excellent and duty of care to rider and horse was always paramount.


Ant's Lodges - South Africa

Ant's Nest

5 star rating   8 May 2022

Paul who has been on 15 In The Saddle rides. What a fantastic holiday for all | All horses were very well looked after, very well behaved, good variety for beginners and experienced, we rode with people the at the level, so no body was held back, lots of long canters, with animals all around us very close too!
We rode for 2.5 hrs in the morning and 1.5 hours in the afternoon, enjoyed every single ride we did


Los Alamos - Spain

Villa Based Ride Seville Feria Week

5 star rating   8 May 2022

Elise who has been on 4 In The Saddle rides. Fabulous and varied rides on well mannered and forward going horses. | The horses at Los Alamos are very much loved. The riding is at varied paces and exhilarating at times. If you like a more forward going or steadier horse there will be a suitable horse for you. I have always felt safe and Rachel and her team at the stables are excellent hosts and look after horse and rider very well.


Tombstone Monument Ranch - Arizona

Tombstone Monument Ranch

5 star rating   8 May 2022

Paul who has been on 2 In The Saddle rides. What a fantastic holiday! | The ranch was extremely well run and the staff were all extremely helpful.
The horses were all very well trained and are super easy to ride, real confidence giving horses for beginners.
The variety of trail rides was excellent and the wranglers management and supervision of the rides was superb.


Atlantis and Green Island Trail - Azores

Green Island Trail

5 star rating   7 May 2022

Madeleine who has been on 5 In The Saddle rides. A splendid week | Actually I was pleasantly surprised at how many good canters/gallops we managed to fit in given the terrain. Our brilliant guide, Bruno, went to great efforts to pair us up with horses that we might like and wanted us to have a good time.


African Explorer - Botswana and South Africa

African Explorer

5 star rating   6 May 2022

Jodie (this is their first In The Saddle holiday) African expoler | Excellent


Horizon Horseback - South Africa

Horizon

5 star rating   5 May 2022

Barbara who has been on 6 In The Saddle rides. Horizon - Friendly, exciting, fun week with nature | This holiday surpassed my expectations as I had been on a few safaris before with elephant & cats so I thought this safari may be a little “tame". However I was entirely wrong, the horses were fabulous, characterful but mannerly, very well cared for & super professional! The rides were fun, very much gauged to the rider's ability. The team couldn’t do enough for the guests, so kind, fun & thoughtful.


Horizon Horseback - South Africa

Horizon

5 star rating   2 May 2022

Alison who has been on 12 In The Saddle rides. Another wonderful holiday | Excellent


Los Alamos - Spain

Villa Based Ride

5 star rating   1 May 2022

Caroline who has been on 4 In The Saddle rides. The perfect holiday | Perfect balance of good riding and relaxation


Catalan Coastal Trails - Spain

Dali Beach & Coast Trail

5 star rating   1 May 2022

Ray who has been on 11 In The Saddle rides. Homage to Catalonia | Exceeded expectations
Just the right amount of challenge to keep the adrenaline levels up
Very impressively schooled, fit and willing horses
Got well used to the tacking up routine after a couple of days
Very professional and safe guide Corinna and super guy trail assistant Om.


Tuli Safari - Botswana

Tuli Safari

5 star rating   1 May 2022

Hilde who has been on 12 In The Saddle rides. The most amazing riding holiday ever! | The riding itself met all expectations. The horses were super calm and stabile when we met/looked at animals. It was a lovly terrain to ride in, and there were so many animals 🙂
We also had som long, nice canters. Som alongside hords of impalas and zebas - absolutley fantastic!


White Stallion Ranch - Arizona

White Stallion Ranch

5 star rating   1 May 2022

Donna who has been on 2 In The Saddle rides. Escape to the sunny relaxing ranch | Having visited twice before it definitely met my expectations and even had my requested horse


Los Alamos - Spain

Villa Based Ride

5 star rating   1 May 2022

Juliette who has been on 17 In The Saddle rides. As fun as it always is | Excellent


Tuli Safari - Botswana

Tuli Safari

5 star rating   1 May 2022

Elisabeth who has been on 18 In The Saddle rides. Adventure | The horse was forwardgoing as I asked for and with a nice temper. Good match 🙂


Tuli Safari - Botswana

Tuli Safari

5 star rating   1 May 2022

Merete who has been on 7 In The Saddle rides. Fabulous horses, people and nature | Great horses that behaved fantastic, great tracks and guides!! I absolute need to do this again sometime!


Los Alamos - Spain

Villa Based Ride

5 star rating   1 May 2022

Alison who has been on 18 In The Saddle rides. So good to be back! | Excellent


Castellare di Tonda - Italy

Medieval Tuscany

5 star rating   30 April 2022

Nici who has been on 2 In The Saddle rides. Loved it | Wonderful location, loved the variety of forests and the open vineyards.
The riding experience was great, the horses are well trained, sure footed and extremely well looked after.

The riding is relaxed, yet it never gets boring as the scenery is stunning and the trials are varied.

What makes this places extra specials are the trainers and guides. The level of care and hospitality is on another level. I felt the the whole team had a genuine interest to make the experience excellent. It starts with being carefully matched with the right horse (I was on the same horse all week, very happy as I liked her so much) to the carefully curated trail routes that offered variety, scenery, and daily change. Then the elaborate 'picnics' which turned out to be 3 course lunches, to just everyone being genuinely lovely.

I was excellent overall, I hope to go back there soon.
[Becky from In The Saddle replies: Thank you very much for your feedback and we are so pleased that you enjoyed your time at Castellare di Tonda.]


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