Monte Velho - Portugal

Monte Velho

5 star rating   14 May 2019

Susan who has been on 2 In The Saddle rides. When I go to Monte Velho I am not interested in the trail rides, I am going only for the opportunity and experience of riding experienced dressage horses. So my aim is really to improve my riding but also to get the feeling and experience of what the lateral work, flying changes, piaffe, passage, extensions and collections should feel like on a horse that had the capability to do them, so that I can then have a better understanding of what I am trying to teach my horse.

Unfortunately, there is no discussion with my instructor as to what, if anything, you want to get out of the holiday and from each lesson.

You are allocated a horse for each lessons and I don't know the rationale, if any, behind the allocation. You then do as the instructor determines, there is no consultation/discussion as to the plan for the lesson. I don't mean that it has to be anything lengthy but just for example "this lesson we are going to work on medium trot or flying changes".

I do enjoy and learn from the holiday, but I know with a little bit more structure I could get so much more from it and all my expectations would be met.

Likewise, we are interested in the breeding programme, what stallions they are putting to which mares, how the offspring are being produced, the schedule for bringing young horses on etc is fascinating and very interesting but there is nobody there to provide information or discuss this with.

These aren't meant to be negative criticisms as we do love the place and we appreciate that you can't please everybody, but if these elements could be addressed it would significantly enhance our Monte Velho experience.

The Riding

How would you rate the overall standard of the horses, tack and stables?
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The Accommodation

How would you rate your room(s) for comfort and facilities?
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How would you rate the standard of the food?
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Do you have any comments about the accommodation and food?

The location is fabulous, you sit in the jacuzzi looking out over the wild flower meadows and the horses, to the lake and you think that you are in heaven. The rooms are very beautiful and spacious again with wonderful views and that all pervading sense of peace and tranquility.

Before Your Holiday

Did you have all of the information you needed to:

Plan and prepare for your holiday?
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Feel comfortable about your transfers and what to expect?
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How could we improve the quality of pre-holiday information that we send?

Info meets the needs/requirements. Nothing else is necessary.

How could we improve the way we handled your booking and payment?

Everything was easy and very straightforward.