Winter Ride - Romania

Winter Ride

4 star rating   8 February 2020

Anne-Marie who has been on 27 In The Saddle rides. An interesting experience | Having been to Romania before and really enjoyed the trail ride I was very much looking forward to seeing it at a different time of year and riding the horses again. Unfortunately, conditions weren't quite as hoped initially and there was much rain and mud in the first couple of days, and the horses on the first day were very fresh and lively and 3 riders were unshipped. Things improved later in the week when the snow arrived, and the whole landscape looked entirely beautiful, and the Wednesday afternoon ride was gorgeous. The Thursday morning ride didn't entirely go to plan as there was much ice meaning the horses couldn't go faster until later in the ride, by which time a couple of them had got quite worked up. By Friday the snow had finally properly come, and the Friday morning ride was long with many canters through the powdery snow which were wonderful. I also particularly enjoyed the Monday and Friday afternoon rides where the group was consisting of only 2 or 3 riders and the horses appeared a little more relaxed and we were able to go flat out on a couple of canters without any concerns that things may go awry.We did also have an encounter with a family of wild boar running in front of us which was wonderful to see. I did get slightly over-horsed on one morning, but was able to swap and after that was allocated horses within my capabilities which were a pleasure to ride, I was especially fond of Kiruna, Ayda and Widra.

The Riding

How well were you matched with the right horse for your ability?
4 star rating
How would you rate the variety of riding, pace or terrain?
4 star rating
How would you rate the overall standard of the horses, tack and stables?
5 star rating

The Accommodation

How would you rate your room(s) for comfort and facilities?
5 star rating
How would you rate the standard of the food?
5 star rating

Do you have any comments about the accommodation and food?

The accommodation was lovely, I had a room on the second floor (if you're particularly devoted to Wi-Fi access then it's very poor up there, but was fine in the lounge). I did find it incredibly hot at times, but then I rarely have the heating on at home. The food was wonderful, and Mimi the cook produced some fantastic dishes.

Before Your Holiday

Did you have all of the information you needed to:

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

How could we improve the quality of pre-holiday information that we send?

The culture day seems to run to a very pre-arranged schedule now with a visit to Bram Castle and then a visit to Brasov, and not be down to group opinion so this information needs updating (didn't really bother me too much where I went)

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

Fine by me

Do you have any other feedback for us?

I think if I were to go again it would be in the summer as you can't guarantee the snow!