Extremadura - Spain

Monfragüe National Park

5 star rating   27 April 2019

Ann who has been on 6 In The Saddle rides. So Spanish, so smoothly run, such fun. | I am nervous about cantering despite lots of experience. We spent the first morning entirely in walk which gave horses and riders an opportunity to settle down with each other and build a trusting relationship. Canter was introduced carefully and I was able to enjoy every moment thanks to skilled leadership by Emilio and to my wonderful horse. On most days we had long steady canters, there was very little trotting and the majority of the riding was in walk. The terrain was perfect for riding - large areas of beautiful rolling pasture in a deeply rural region. Twenty minutes on a quiet but fast road was enough to demonstrate that these horses are absolutely traffic proof.

The Riding

How well were you matched with the right horse for your ability?
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How would you rate the variety of riding, pace or terrain?
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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?

Everywhere was fine, clean warm and comfortable. The hotel at the beginning and end of the week was a real treat.
I love to embrace local culture when travelling and the lunches were fantastic and usually followed by a siesta. It might be worth considering staying in the Spanish daily rhythm by making the evening meal light. We were offered a three course meal at 9pm every night and I'd have preferred a light supper.

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?

Again I packed for the average temperature and not the range of temperatures! It was colder than I anticipated. It might be an idea to point out that this can happen!

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

Sending emails from the same address would make it easier to refer back to them. They seem to come from a variety of addresses.