Balkan Rides - Bulgaria

The Devetaki Plateau

5 star rating   14 September 2019

Jennifer who has been on 6 In The Saddle rides. The best countryside for riding! | The countryside is perfect for riding, huge open spaces, no gates or fences. The riding was varied, sometimes we rode along tracks, up and down steep paths to cross valleys, cantered across long flat fields and clattered through seemingly empty villages. There was a lot of cantering and the canters were much longer than we can do in the UK which made for a fantastic ride overall, I really enjoyed it. The itinerary was perfect with exactly the right number of hours in the saddle and cultural trips so that by the time we got to the fourth and longest days riding it didn't seem nearly as difficult as we were expecting. We did not gallop but once Maria was happy we had control of our horses we cantered as a group across the fields and the horses behaved impeccably. Some of the horses did have back sores but the care given to the horses at every stop reassured me that they were receiving the highest standard of care. Numnahs/saddlecloths and tack was in good condition and was changed promptly to ensure the horses comfort at all times. Lots of reviews say this is a ride where you need to be fit and experienced, I didnt find the ride too difficult, I rode once a week before i went for a couple of hours and was fine in Bulgaria, the horses are forward going but sensible. I rode with loose reins all week. The canters are long and sitting in the saddle, push your feet forward Western style, relax and remember to breathe! A ride for fit experienced riders but I wouldn't have said fast paced, definitely not 75% canter as one review has written.

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Accommodation varied from reasonably basic to palacial! We stayed at several very nice places, the first hotel was perhaps the weakest of them all, on the first night there our room smelled strongly of stale smoke but when we returned there at the end of the ride we stayed in a different room which was much nicer. All the rooms were large with plenty of space, most had lovely pools and gardens. The food was lovely, a real mixture! The best were Rumi's picnic lunches, she managed to turn out a different dish every day and there was always plenty to eat and plenty of salad. This is not a ride for vegans, there is a lot of cheese! Cheese with breakfast, lunch and dinner! As a vegetarian I had plenty of choices.

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Excellent. I don't like the brown/beige wallets, I always take my old blue one.

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The team behind this holiday were excellent. They cared for us, the horses and organised everything perfectly despite a difficult week for them. Everyone put in 100%, Thank you.