Emerald H., Aug. 10, 2023
There were so many (favourite memories). Probably just getting to know my horse and doing a perfect collected canter through the Portuguese countryside. Loved the first place we stayed (with the ex-professional carriage-driving lady). Plus the dressage lesson was incredible. Horses and tack are 11/10. I rode Galante - beautifully schooled and a perfect match. Then at the end had a dressage lesson from Pedro (highly recommend) on Olé who if I had the funds I would buy actually. Really special. Comfiest saddles ever and great for the seat.
Laurie R., April 4, 2023
Wonderful holiday! Best horses, varied trails, learned a lot about Lusitanos and Portuguese culture. Best memory? Riding in a carousel formation around the Feira da Golega where the Lusitano Horse Fair takes place each year. It was very exhilarating riding together as a group on the wonderful Lusitano horses. Our guide made sure we all got a video of that.
Becca G., Nov. 29, 2022
This was our second ride with Lusitano Trails, and it did not disappoint! Everything was perfect. Holly requested our favorite horses from our first visit; we couldn't have been happier! The ride was slightly different with a slightly different group from before, but it was a blast!
Anne C., Oct. 19, 2022
Just perfect in every way; hosts , accommodation, food, horses. Joleen was the perfect guide. Always cheerful and went out of her way to make the holiday perfect. Nothing was too much trouble for her.
Amanda S., Sept. 28, 2022
Exceptional from start to end. The horses are simple to die for and the food and accommodations are fantastic. Lovely memories of cantering through stubble fields and sunflower fields. Jolene was so smiley, so happy, and couldn't do enough for everyone.
Amanda M., Sept. 14, 2022
Lovely well schooled horses and fantastic scenery. Jolene was excellent: made it fun but I also felt very safe with her. The horses and their tack were fabulous
Madeline S., July 25, 2022
It was incredible! The horses were excellent - well trained, athletic and very sweet. The countryside was beautiful, I enjoyed riding on the beach, and the guide Jolene was friendly and knowledgable. Favourite memory? Riding on the beach on the last day.
Laura H., March 10, 2022
Wonderfully kind and caring personnel all around. Amazing horses, trails and views. Food and drink were incredible. WOW is all I can say!!
Ciara P., March 10, 2022
The trip was wonderfully planned and executed, and absolutely exceeded my expectations. The horses were soft, responsive, well-trained and gentle. The trails were varied and gave a real picture of the Portugal countryside. The guides were patient and good-humored, and well versed in taking care of our safety. We came for the riding, but the quality of the food and accommodations were a delightful surprise!
Barbara F., Nov. 8, 2021
One of the best for good riding – walk, trot and canter in beautiful and varied scenery.
Natalie J., Oct. 6, 2021
Fabulous. The horses were so well looked after and clearly happy, forward going, responsive and enjoying what they did. The same can be said of all the humans involved. A lovely fun week.
Johanna F., Oct. 5, 2021
Horses were wonderful, schooled, willing and well-behaving. Kristin and Pedro and their staff also wonderful. I enjoyed every minute and especially the last day’s dressage lesson with Pedro – highly recommend that!
Karen M., June 17, 2021
Fantastic and Magical. As my first "ride" holiday I have no comparison, though I have had day rides before in France, Costa Rica, and Spain. This was far better than I had experienced previously. Picnicking in the cork and eucalyptus forests beside horses. The flowers, birds, and fruit trees, Excellent company of fellow guests and hosts.
Amy B., June 7, 2021
The holiday was really good, didn't really want it to end. My favorite memory was the long canters around the fields and going around the lagoon. The saddles were very comfy and kept very clean. The bridles were fine and clean. (My horse..) was ok but very difficult to get cantering but apart from that, it was forward going when I managed to. The guide was lovely and very friendly.
Pat, Feb. 13, 2020
Excellent horses and guides, good company. Best memory - the beach ride and lunch by the river Tejo!
Sue, Nov. 6, 2019
Collected canter in formation with my daughter across the beach - a great family experience!
Geir, Oct. 18, 2019
One Word:- FANTASTIC
Mireille, Sept. 25, 2019
I had a great time! Great people, beautiful landscapes, amazing horses - the perfect escape fro everyday life in a city.
Diane, Sept. 25, 2019
Fantastic horses, wonderful accommodation and food - A dream holiday! I would recommend this holiday 100% to anybody - it was awesome.
Louise A., May 15, 2019
In a word, wonderful! Horses, trail, accommodation, food, information, people. All great and it was over too soon. Favourite memory - cantering in formation on the beach. Very happy with lovely choices of accommodation and restaurants. I especially like Quinta da Vale Formosa. Sacha was lovely - calm and patient at all times and she explained things clearly. What a lovely person. Antonio is also worth a mention. He is so caring and courteous. And Kristin is great! I love them all
Amanda S., Nov. 2, 2017
Fabulous from start to finish. Great food, varied accommodation, great riding and attention to detail beyond expectations. Thoroughly recommended. All (accommodation) very different and all very nice. Drinks were free-flowing and more food than we could ever finish. All horses were outstanding. Tack and equipment top notch. The personality of the Lusitano horse is such that most of the steeds would suit all levels of rider and confidence. The best guides to date - nothing was too much trouble. At every stop our saddlebags were topped up with water bottles, we had beer and ice lollies served en-route and the pace was adjusted to our liking (ground and heat permitting). Catharina, in particular, is an asset to the trail rides and clearly loves people, her job and the horses. (Favourite memory?) Riding through the 9ft cornfield. Madeleine's house and meal, the equitation school in Golegã. Last day's working equitation lesson.
Lori T., June 29, 2016
The holiday was fantastic! By far, this is the best, most organised riding holiday we've been on. There was plenty of riding out on the trails and spending time with our horses, but it never felt like too much or too little. The trails were fantastic and each stop made the trip feel very unique. The horses were exquisitely cared for and very loved. My friends and I had a GREAT time!
Adele I., May 18, 2016
Every day was a new adventure. First and foremost, Kristin and her staff and horses are fabulous - what wonderful hosts each of them were.
Nansi S., May 18, 2016
It simply doesn't get better than this!! These horses were simply amazing - all beautifully trained and pure heaven to ride. Add to that a countryside and destinations that were beautiful and interesting, food that was great, and the folks at the ride who are very friendly and fun!
Jan J., Dec. 8, 2015
Terrific. Wonderful and thoughtful hosts, varied rides, plenty of excellent food and wine, delightful horses (willing & easy to handle). Great accommodation (at the base in particular).
Chris D., Dec. 8, 2015
Very good - better than that! (I loved) my horse Ricardo (Richard I called him) and Conrad the dog! Wonderful - nothing overlooked. She (Kristin) was great, could not do more for us and good fun to be with!
Roger T., Dec. 8, 2015
Kristin has put a lot of thought into this trail, providing diversity, interest, great accommodation and wonderful food in equal measure. Probably the best riding holiday I have ever had.
Sheila L., Dec. 8, 2015
Very organised and beautiful thought through itinerary to provide variety throughout the holiday, with interesting insight into the area and culture if the region. My horse - Quartzo! Grumpy with other horses but lovely with me. Our "home" accommodation was especially excellent. Kristin bent over backwards to ensure our comfort.
Lili C., May 11, 2015
I arrived back from my amazing tour in Portugal. Imagine, I had the opportunity to ride Casique, that fantastic and lovely creature :) I enjoyed every minute of the tour. All the members of the group were very friendly, we had so much fun together and even were lucky with the weather. Kristin was beyond peradventure the best rider and tour guide I have ever ridden with. Also the horses were the most well trained and softest horses I have ever ridden on a riding tour. Kristin and Pedro were very nice and made every effort possible to make us satisfied. I won't ever forget the dishes we had together. Furthermore I have to admit that this tour had the highest standards regarding the accomodations and supply - I have never experienced such attention and delicate service. While everything went fluently, in the same time everything was at ease.
Judy & Ben G., May 6, 2015
A super ride! Great horses, great trails, fine tack, a very congenial and capable host, lots of good/long long canters, the food was good and accommodations comfortable. The horses were likely the best trained horses we have ever ridden on vacation and that is after 50+ riding vacations so that really is a great compliment. They were such a pleasure to ride. Kristin has obviously spent a lot of time on the careful planning of this ride and we really appreciated that.