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Riding these horses was so fun! We actually did this tour on the day we arrived. So if there's a day you only want to do a quick 4-hour tour, this is the one to do. Upon being driven to the stables, we were given over-garments that fit over even the coats we were wearing, shoes, and helmets to wear. Which was great because otherwise your regular clothes and shoes would get really dirty! The horses are very gentle and easy to ride. Halfway through, the horses get a break to eat and you're given information about the area, about the horses, etc. Then we were given an option to go with the fast group or slow group. We went with the fast group, just because we wanted to experience a little more thrill. These horses are so gentle and obedient that we had no hesitation. This was our second time riding horses, so we are definitely beginners. Riding the horses at a faster pace was so fun! It's in short spurts, so the horses walk for several minutes, then you take them faster, then walk, faster....several times. Since this was our first time riding horses at a faster pace, the short spurts were perfect for us. These horses naturally just fall into a line and kind of go with the flow, so that made it very relaxing as a beginner rider. Two guides went with us and then they split to lead the fast or slow group, so if there was a problem with a horse or someone had questions, there was someone to help them out immediately. Such sweet animals! We loved it.
If you have the chance to ride with Ishestar Stables, run, don't walk, to do so. Actually, they have a van to pick you up, so you don't even have to run.
Everything about the experience is first rate. Examples:
1. The stables: extremely well-run and organized. When you arrive, you're shown a helpful instruction and safety video, given access to any kind of clothing you'd like to borrow to make your ride more comfortable, and then divided into groups based on your riding experience and preferences.
2. The horses: taken care of as well as you'd treat your kids. Ishestar ensures that their 180 horses are rotated, given plenty of vacation time and not overworked. They treat their horses like valued members of their family, and it shows in the attitudes of the horses themselvesmellow, well-behaved and eager to give you the ride of a lifetime.
I was paired with Dreki means Dragon in Icelandic, but despite the ominous-sounding name, he was a dream mount: smooth as silk to ride, responsive to my commands, and charmingly sneaky he started at the back of our four-rider group, but every few minutes would work his way up in line, so by the end of our tour, he was right behind the guide/lead horse.
3. The guides: knowledgable, amiable and professionaland totally dedicated to a safe ride for you and your horse. I was lucky enough to be paired with Snorfridur aka Snaja. She was infinitely patient with all of my questions and geared the ride perfectly to our ability I was in the advanced/fast group with plenty of cantering and tolting, plus a nice photo op with the horses when we stopped to let them rest and graze for a few minutes.
4. The ride: through the largest lava field in Iceland, complete with a volcano safely dormant! in the background. There was plenty of greenery around as well, but the lava field was especially memorable, looking like the moon. Evidently, NASA must've agreed, since they trained our astronauts here for the lunar-landing missions.
I've ridden all over the world on vacations, but had always wanted to experience a ride on an Icelandic horse yes, they're horses, not ponies!. Now I've had my wish grantedby the best stables I could have imagined. No matter your level of ridingfrom never been on a horse, to riding regularlydo yourself a favor and pick Ishestar when you visit Iceland.
It is a must, even if you are not a person who loves horses. Guide was nice and knowledgeable. Went in the advanced group and got to trot, tolt and gallop!
It was a great day trip for anybody that like the scenery. I took the slower trail tour. Wasn't too expensive either
Probably the best horseback experience so far. The ladies that lead us were experienced and friendly.
I loved that the stables and staff made all levels feel welcome. I have no experience with horseback riding and I felt completely comfortable. It was an easy ride, with lots of help from the staff, and the landscape was absolutely beautiful. Recommended!
Loved this ride
The bus was on time picking us up and after watching a short video we got our gear and met our horses. Mine was the sweetest girl who loved scratching herself on me. After a brief intro they separated us into groups(beginners and more experienced) I chose more experienced and got to do a few quick trots. Then we heard the history of the horses and lave fields while our horses took a quick break. Would highly recommend this place
If you’re looking to ride horses in Iceland, this is a great place to do it. The staff was friendly and informative, and the ride was very pleasant. My horse and I had a great time!!! At one point, they split you into two groups based on how fast you want to go. I was nervous about going in the faster group but it was pretty manageable. We didn’t go super fast, and we would only go on short sprouts at s time. It was a great way to spend the morning!
A lovely ride through beautiful Icelandic landscapes, including passing by the largest lava field in Iceland. Upon arriving at Ishetar, we read the safety rules and watched a video, put on rubber boots and ponchos, and headed out to pick up our horses. A service was provided to lock up valuables, as we could not take bags on The guides seemed to know the horses very well and matched them with riders. It was hard to understand the horses' Icelandic names though! The ride was nice and the guides were great. They provided corrections to help control the horses and also took some great photos for us. The european saddle was a challenge, as there is nowhere to really hold on. Upon returning to the stable, my horse decided he wanted to lay down. My initial concern was that he was passing out, but somehow, I was able to get off the horse and away. The guides immediately mobilized to make sure that the horse did not roll on me and that I was safe. They were very concerned that I was ok and immediately completed an incident report. Apparently these horses like to lay down.. When this happened, I was a bit shook up and forgot to retrieve my valuables from their safe keeping. I am not sure why they don't remind riders to pick up their valuables prior to getting back on the bus. However, after a call to Ishetar, they were kind enough to have the shuttle bus driver come drop off my valuables to me. All in all, it was a positive experience and their care and concern for their customers, the horses, and the environment and expertise in handling these horses was evident.
amazing once in a lifetime experience, the girls working there were really friendly and the route we took was stunning, the horses are easy to ride, I was in a group with people who hadn't ridden before so we stayed at a slow pace but with the views you won't mind! side note, If the tour guides are wrapped up and offer you the warm clothes to wear, wear them as if they say they are cold, its going to be VERY cold!
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