Atlantis and Green Island Trail - Azores

Green Island Trail

4 star rating   8 September 2019

Rida (this is their first In The Saddle holiday) Good people but need more guides. | The horses were a bit hard in the mouth. I exclusively ride western. I am used to horses that pay attention to the reins. I had to constantly fight to hold the horses in an effort to prevent them from sticking their nose into the horse in front. Perhaps that's how the English snaffle bit works. That wasn't fun.

The horses had to be ridden nose to tail in a particular order; apparently they don't get along. On my first day I was the 9th guest rider out of 9. I did not hear a single thing that the guide said. On my second day I was 8th out of nine. I was aimlessly following the rider ahead without hearing anything that the guide had to state. I did not learn anything about the islands.

I then skipped a few rides. On my 3rd full day ride I was 4th in line and head some of what the guide had to say. On the last day I was second last again. Did not hear a thing.

The Riding

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

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It was a nice place to stay. The hosts were kind and gracious. Claude is an interesting gentleman. I had a hard time understanding him and he was busy trying to teach table manners to the guests.

At the end of it all I came to appreciate Claude. I think that he is a very good man but I do not think he is cut out for customer service.

Before Your Holiday

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Plan and prepare for your holiday?
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Feel comfortable about your transfers and what to expect?
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