Wolves and Wild Horses - Portugal

Wolves and Wild Horses

5 star rating   29 September 2019

Trisha who has been on 14 In The Saddle rides. Fantastic riding holiday for those interested getting away from it all and riding in nature and wildlife | Pedro, Is really concerned about all his animals in his care. The horses are well cared for, used to their work and very fit. The speed of riding is very much governed by the terrain most is walking admiring the wonderful wild mountain scenery. Pedro is very relaxed and so calm and patient with his horses and makes the guests feel really well cared for. He is very knowledgeable and happy to inform one all about his horses and the animals which reside in the National Park. It's a great holiday to combine riding with sightseeing and visiting places of interest within a wild national Park. Pedro adjusted the days riding and programme dependent on the weather in the region.

The Riding

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4 star rating

The Accommodation

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Please add any further comments on the accommodation or food which you believe would be helpful.: Anabela has tastefully decorated the country house with furnishing appropriate for the region. She is very creative and made many of the wooden furnishings in the house. Anabela also cooked authentic Portuguese food, for the evening including delicious soups, fish and chicken dishes. Vegetarians are also catered for.

The house is warm with updated bathrooms beautifully decorated. It was a lovely addition to have optional meditation and yoga stretching after riding. Mats etc.. provided.

Before Your Holiday

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Pre flight and holiday information excellent and described will the holiday.

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Any other comments?: I was most impressed with Pedro with the attention to detail in making sure we are all fine with our horses and accommodation. He found out what kind of horse our group would like and fitted each rider well to their mount. He also adjusted the ride speed to the guests, we were more into leisurely riding with time to take in the surrounding scenery it was a more relaxed ride, as opposed to some guests who may prefer faster riding which he can also accommodate.

Unfortunately his stables are rather untidy (would not pass BHS standard!) Some of the boxes appear not to be regularly mucked out. However the horses are well cared for, fed and watered and he treats all his animals like a loving family member. You might want to mention that guests should be aware there are 12 dogs (+6 puppies at the moment) all dogs are very friendly but some guests might not be so keen on having so many dogs wandering around.