Sierra Nevada - Spain

Poqueira Ride

5 star rating   28 April 2024

Julie who has been on 5 In The Saddle rides. It was wonderful - a very special place | The whole experience was wonderful. The horses are so well cared for and very well behaved. There was a fair amount of trot and canter, more than I had been expecting as we were riding so high up, so that was a plus. There was of course a lot of up and down, and a fair amount of leading, but that was never a problem as soon as my lungs adjusted to the altitude! The horses are all used to the ascents and descents which a lesser horse would refuse to do. I loved how relaxed the riding was, with no bossing or fuss about riding in a certain order and it was fine when appropriate to ride two abreast. The horses weren't bothered by much and are fit and happy. I am not a frequent rider and was impressed with the help and support I was always given by Dallas and her brother. It says a huge amount about this establishment that while we were there, two ladies who had spent time working with Dallas in the past, had returned and were instantly welcomed and became part of the place again. I had so much respect for every aspect of this wonderful set up. In spite of some challenging weather on the last day which actually turned into an adventure. The whole trip was enhanced by the great good fortune I had in riding with a group of the most wonderful ladies. They and Dallas, her brother, and the horses, made everything into such a fun and memorable experience.

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?

We were so happy to have a bath in our room as it was pretty cold at this time of year and it also helped with our tired muscles! The food was excellent especially the restaurant, the first night. Dallas is an extremely generous host.

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?

The only slight doubt I had was the meeting place. It said Terminal 3 the steel structure. I didn't see any signs about any terminals and wasn't sure if i was at the right steel structure! A photo might help! In the end I wandered around looking for people in riding boots, which I found!

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

It was all good.

Do you have any other feedback for us?

I know you do stress this and point out that it could be very cold. And it was at times!! So it's a great idea for anyone doing this ride to take a lot of warm layers and waterproofs. I ended up borrowing gear from other kind people. Then you can shed layers if necessary. It was fab to have saddle bags each side as well as at the back of the saddle for clothes. This was much appreciated.