Rider's comments

Here is a small selection of comments we've received from guests who've stayed with us at HorseridingSpain. Just click on a button read more and it will show the full riders comment.

"... I feel compelled to write and thank you for the truly wonderful riding holiday I had. As I am sure you can understand, taking a 'busman's' holiday whilst working for an equine charity ( manager of ILPH Norfolk centre / World Horse Welfare ) put extra pressure on me to find a good riding holiday where the welfare of the horses was of paramount importance. Your centre excelled on both counts !

You both have a love and passion for horses in general, and Andalucians in particular, which is infectious. To see so many extremely fit, sound, strong and well shod horses was a breath of fresh air. I know how hard it is to get horses looking and feeling like this so you must take a huge amount of credit for presenting your guests with horses of this calibre.


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The riding frequently took my breath away. I would just think I had seen the best view in Spain and we would turn a corner and see another equally as stunning. The Andalucian Horse Show had me in tears in 30 seconds ! Beautiful. Your hospitality and attention to detail was exemplary and you made us all feel very welcome and special. It was a privilege to ride such happy, contented and responsive horses. You really do deliver all your web site says, and more. Your riding holiday exceeded all my wildest dreams and I will be one of your many returners. Please keep up the good work !"

and her most recent comment after returning to us for the 7th time :

"Even though I have just completed my 7th riding holiday with yourselves (which is testimony to your horses and hospitality in itself!), I just want to thank you both so much for making my various friends so very welcome.

Over the past 6 years I have brought along five different friends and recommended at least another four to visit you. Each and every one has been wowed by your horses, the riding and your hospitality. As you know, several have already returned without me! I always feel totally confident that any one I recommend to visit you will have an amazing time and this has always been the case.

I don't know how you manage to keep your horses so happy, responsive, sound and well in what is a tough line of work for horses at the best of times. Testimony to your great depth of knowledge, love and understanding of horses I feel...........

As always, I am fitter and riding better as a result of my holiday with you last week. It is so nice to be reminded how light and surefooted a horse can be......

Take care and keep up the good work !

Michele and friends."

Rider's comments - 2018


via Facebook "From the reviews I’d read on here I had high expectations of all elements of my stay; I am very happy to say that these were exceeded many times over! Miranda and Giles are excellent hosts, amazing horsemen and the quality of care they give their horses is second to done. The horses are beautifully schooled, forward going and so sure footed it makes for exhilarating rides in fantastic, diverse countryside. I can’t wait to go back!"

via e-mail "I just wanted to say a huge thank you to you both for this week! I just wanted to say how much I enjoyed myself! You were very welcoming and kind, and I loved the knowledge you shared about your horses and the breed in general! It was a privilege to ride your horses, they are just wonderful! The trip exceeded all expectations, and they were high! I think it’s the two of you that are your ‘unique selling point’ and I can’t recommend you highly enough! Thanks for everything!"

via Tripadvisor "I have just returned from a second wonderful stay with Giles & Miranda. There was plenty of winter sun which meant gorgeous, clear mornings of riding and eating lunch outside before retreating next to the cosiness of the log fire in the cooler evenings. The landscape was lush & green given the lower temperatures compared with my previous visit & the horses were fresh too. I was fortunate to be able to ride the fabulous Sirocco again, as well as Tormenta who is a fantastic mare who gives her all, is incredibly comfortable & loves a splash in the rivers! I had such a warm welcome back from Giles & Miranda - I immediately felt back at ease & had a big smile on my face the whole week - their hospitality really is second to none & you can simply relax without a care in the world. The food was plentiful & delicious, the accommodation once again clean & comfortable. Can’t wait to return back again soon!"

via Google "Everyone gets 5* treatment here in Coin! Giles & Miranda work tirelessly to ensure your stay is the best possible. Their horses are all very well cared for & the riding is super-relaxed & enjoyable. I also picked up some useful tips on classical riding which I hope will benefit my own horse's way of going. Over the years I've had several riding holidays both in UK & abroad & this is the best by a country mile. But don't just take my word for it: over 25% of guests are returners. My husband doesn't ride but he enjoyed his week in Coin with Giles & Miranda just as much as I did."

via Facebook "Big hug to Miranda and Giles for a lovely week in Coin. A wonderful experience to see the andalucian countryside from the horseback. Especially from the back of your gorgeous Embrujada! She will always have a special place in my heart....💕 Thanks to you for giving me some great memories from Spain💖"

Rider's comments - 2017


via Facebook "This place is a little slice of heaven. Cannot recommend it highly enough"

via Facebook "Thank you thank you thank you. Fab three days, Giles and Miranda not phased by anything ! Beds very comfy and food was fab. Horses are amazing, forward going but safe.Pilates were amazing. All in all, a fab stay."

via Facebook "Thank you both so much for our lovely short break this week super, forward going horses, great food and accommodation, along with excellent company and good weather....what more could we ask?"

Via Facebook in Norwegian: "Har hatt en super rideferie på tur alene hos Miranda og Giles! Du føler deg virkelig velkommen i hyggelige omgivelser med gode senger og deilig mat. De har fine og velridde hester, og når alt ikke går helt som planlagt, står de på for at opplevelsen skal bli enda bedre enn forventet. Turene går i variert og vakkert jordbrukslandskap i området rundt Coín. Jeg kommer tilbake!"

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in English: "Have had a super riding holiday as a single rider with Miranda and Giles! You are really made to feel welcome in cozy surroundings with good beds and delicious food. They have fine and well trained horses, and when things don't go quite go as planned, they end up giving you an experience that surpasses anything you expected. The trips are in varied and beautiful agricultural countryside in the area around coín. I'm coming back!"

Via Tripadvisor and Facebook: "Horse lovers paradise" "I have recently returned from my first visit and what an incredible trip it was. From the moment I was met at Malaga airport every element of the trip was so well planned & I did not have to worry about a thing. Travelling on my own I was slightly apprehensive before arrival but my wonderful fellow riding group and Giles & Miranda's fantastic hospitality straight away put me at ease. The accommodation is spotless & comfortable, the food is delicious & where do I begin about the riding?! The horses are all extremely well looked after - they are all forward...

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continued: ...going but sensibly so & with hearts of gold. They really do give you their best & it's clear they thrive on their work. I absolutely fell in love with Sirocco but know that I would've enjoyed them all. Giles & Miranda have a special knack of matching horse & rider superbly. The scenery is picture perfect & with every route we discovered some more of Andalucia's magic. I have returned home feeling incredibly relaxed (it really is a slice of paradise where you can just enjoy being you) and planning my return! Two of my fellow riders had visited 13 times between them which I believe says it all. I would also thoroughly recommend a massage with Reme to help erase any niggles - mine was bliss. I cannot recommend the trip any more highly & cannot wait to return!"

In Chinese: 十分幸会这次九月份与公司请了个小假来到了Miranda和Giles的农马场。个人至今骑马已有两年半,平时在北京接受英式障碍马术训练,计划来西班牙南部骑马也已经有了一段时间,从北京飞到巴塞罗那,之后坐飞机差不多一个半小时再飞到马拉加,落地后农场已经安排好了免费贴心的接机服务,十分方便并且特别省心。:) 两位主人把农场维持的漂亮舒适,整洁利落。农场的历史比较悠久,最初是建在1834的磨坊,传统特别的风格至今也被保留得完好如初,所以住在里面真能体会并享受到南部生活的那种美和惬意。与北京每天匆忙的工作生活相比,这里的生活真的是舒适啊! 接下来就是要聊一下这里的马匹。含有知名富贵的安达鲁西亚血统的马儿,体型优美,性格温顺,并且被主人训练照顾得体贴到位,这一点从马儿的眼神里可以看出来,在这里它们过着很幸福,平衡的生活。其实这也是我最后选择了Miranda和Giles的农马场的原因之一。我有幸与美丽的Savannah安排到了一起, 她是一匹特别温顺的马儿,金色的鬃毛,柔和的眼神,淑女的步伐,让我一见钟情~。 每天的行程都是二位主人提前安排好的,多种路线,覆盖不同的风景和地势,上山下水,路过的景色基本上都是在旅游杂志里才能看到的,真是很难得的体验。每天回到农场后大家围在桌子旁一边聊天,一边享受主人亲自准备的新鲜午餐,之后下午的时间可以懒洋洋地躺在泳池旁晒太阳,读小说,就这样度过了美好愉快的一周。日子过得好,时间也就感觉过得也特别快。一眨眼七天就这样过去了,计划明年春天一定要再回到这里骑马度假!

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in English: "In September I was fortunate enough to enjoy a small holiday at Miranda and Giles’ farm. I have been riding for two and a half years, mostly in Beijing ( British Show jumping & Equestrian training) and I had been making plans for some time to come to southern Spain and ride a Spanish horse. I flew from Beijing to Barcelona and then onto Malaga. The farm had arranged a free car pick-up service, very convenient and I didn’t have to worry about anything :)The owners (Giles & Miranda) keep the farm very well and it is a nice and comfortable place. The history of the farm is relatively long, originally built in 1834 as a mill, the traditional special style has also been kept so well. So live the real experience and enjoy the beauty and comfort of the south. In Beijing life is every day in a hurry compared to the life here, which is really comfortable ah! The next step is to talk about the horses here. The well-known legend of the Andalusian horse, beautiful with a gentle personality, trained to take care of the owner, which can be seen from the eyes of the horse - they live a very happy and balanced life here. In fact, this is one of the reasons why I finally chose Miranda and Giles’ farm. I was fortunate to be partnered with the beautiful Savannah, she was a particularly kind horse, with golden mane, soft eyes, lady-like paces, love at first sight for me 😊. Every day a new trip was arranged by the owners, a variety of routes, covering different scenery and terrain, from the mountains into the water, passing through scenery straight out of the travel magazines – what an experience. Every day after returning to the farm, we chatted around the table, enjoying a fresh lunch prepared by the owner, and then during the afternoons we would be lounging in the sun, reading a novel, spending a good week. Great days and time went too fast. In a blink of an eye seven days passed, I must go back here next spring for another riding holiday!"

Via Tripadvisor: INSPIRING TRIP "Giles and Miranda work tirelessly to ensure their visitors comfort and enjoyment. They treat guests as friends, and display huge generosity in all ways. The greeting from Giles as we arrived was warm and friendly, a bottle of wine in our apartment was waiting for us, and much appreciated!. The accommodation was super clean, comfortable and with [essential] efficient air.con. The riding experience was efficiently organised. GIles and Miranda have hit upon the perfect combination of ensuring each rider is safe, but by no means mollycoddled. The horses are sensitive individuals, definitely not 'bog standard' riding school nags!........"

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continued: "....Although I have ridden regularly since a small child, the riding was still quite challenging, as we rode for 4 hours over varied terrain, starting at 6am under the stars, this is not for beginners! The scenery was stunning and to see the sunrise from horseback was very special. When we slithered off our mounts back at the ranch, the pretty pool area was a fabulous way to cool off and relax until lunch. This brings us to the food…absolutely gorgeous. Fresh and tasty, prepared for us by either Miranda or the bubbly, very friendly Kathy. We were treated to a night out at the Spanish riding show. [This has really inspired me to take dressage lessons as the eldest member of the Sanchez family [Grandad] at 80 yrs old, was a beautiful rider.] I am in awe of what this couple have achieved, and grateful to be allowed to be part of it. Definitely be back!"

via Facebook "This is the first time that I have been on a riding holiday and I could not have come to a more professional, welcoming and beautiful place! From the moment we arrived, we were so warmly welcomed by everyone. The horses were amazing and my friends an I were very carefully 'matched' with our steeds! The rides were incredible, early starts were important to avoid the intense heat but how special to be riding as the sun comes up! We were so well looked after and I would not hesitate to come back. Thank you so much Miranda and Giles and also a huge thank you to my wonderful friends Sarah Jones & Debbie Cunningham for organising this trip and what better way to begin celebrating my 60th birthday!! Thank you everyone! Kim xxxx"

Via Facebook in Norwegian: "Da har jeg akkurat avsluttet en fantastisk uke hos Miranda og Giles i Coin .Alt blir gjort for at gjester og hester har det bra. Hyggelige rom, avslappende bassengområdet og deilig mat. Jeg har vært på mange rideturer og her er det bare å konkludere med at alle hestene er av høy kvalitet og blir satt i første rekke:-)De plukker også ut den hesten som passer til deg. Rideturene er varierende og man føler seg veldig trygg selv om hestene går godt frem. Det at vi bare er seks på gruppa er også et pluss. Giles og Miranda saler og steller hestene for deg, dette for å sikre at alt blir gjort slik det skal. Jeg red Tio Pepe og savner han allerede :-("

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in English: "I just finished a wonderful week with Miranda and Giles in Coin. Everything is done so that both guests and horses are comfortable. Nice rooms, relaxing pool area and delicious food. I have been on many horseriding holidays and I can only conclude that all the horses are of a high quality and are put in first place :-). A suitable horse is picked for you. The rides are varied and you feel very safe even though the horses are forward going. The fact that we are only six in the group is also a plus. Giles and Miranda saddle and prepare the horses for you, to make sure everything is done as it should. I rode Tio Pepe and I already miss him :-("

via Facebook "Thanks Giles and Miranda for the lovely rides & and time that we spent with you in June. We have just returned from our big trip which was absolutely fabulous. We both had a great time doing lots of different things along the way. Looking back now though,for me the time that I spent with you in the beginning of our holiday has turned out to be the most enjoyable and special part of our trip and will be the part that leaves me with the the best memories.It was lots of fun but very relaxing at the same time. We loved it. Thank you for your hospitality."

via Facebook "I have just got back from my second riding holiday with Miranda and Giles, and I have to say they surpassed themselves again. Once again I had the most beautiful, fit, sure footed horse called Lucy who was a real star. The rides were all different in the most wonderful country side from pine forest to mountain areas to riding along and in the rivers. They were all exciting with long canter and gallops to keep us all on our toes and entertained. Giles and Miranda are the most hospitable hosts, both on the rides and back at their stunning ranch. The accommodation is first rate and the food wonderful - all freshly made and served on the patio area above the pool. The other guests were a delight. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this holiday to horse lovers and riders - I've already booked for next year. Thanks to both Miranda and Giles for a magical week."

via Facebook "What another wonderful holiday here, our third. As a non-rider, I enjoy the holiday as much as my niece who rides. She tells me the horses are a delight, the rides excellent and just the right length, and the company superb, particularly Giles! And I can say that the accommodation is great as is Miranda's food, and all the groups we've encountered have mixed well. Every time we debate going somewhere else we end up saying "But why?"!"

in French (Rachel is French): "Si vous cherchez un havre de paix, au soleil, et au cœur de l’Andalousie, allez passer une semaine à Coin en compagnie de Giles et Miranda et de leurs chevaux andalous. Vous ne serez pas déçus ! Giles vous guide dans de longues chevauchées inoubliables à travers des paysages dignes des plus grands peintres, sur ses magnifiques chevaux au pied sûr tandis que Miranda vous prépare de délicieux plats aux saveurs locales, le tout bien arrosé de sangria et de vins locaux ! Giles et Miranda font vraiment tout pour que votre séjour soit mémorable et il le sera ! Pour les partenaires non cavaliers, il y a maintes occasions de relaxation, la piscine, une visite des bars de Coin et pour les plus actifs les balades dans les collines. Puis, il ne faut pas oublier l’impressionnant spectacle équestre de Cartujano du jeudi après-midi. Merci, Giles et Miranda, Tormenta et tous les chevaux ! Nous reviendrons !"

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in English: "If you are looking for a haven of peace, in the sun and in the heart of Andalusia, then spend a week in Coin with Giles and Miranda and their Andalusian horses. You will not be disappointed ! Giles guides you through long, unforgettable rides through landscapes worthy of the greatest painters, on his magnificent and surefooted horses whilst Miranda prepares you delicious dishes with local flavors, all sprinkled with sangria and local wines! Giles and Miranda really do everything to make your stay memorable and it will be! For the non-riding partners, there are many opportunities for relaxation, the swimming pool, a visit to the bars of Coin and for the most active ones - a hike in the hills. Also do not forget the impressive equestrian show of El Cartujano on Thursday afternoon. Thank you, Giles and Miranda, Tormenta and all the horses! We will be back !"

via Facebook "Had an amazing week here with a friend, truly a trip of a lifetime. Miranda and Giles are lovely and welcoming. The horses are extremely well looked after, sure footed and Miranda and Giles ensure you are paired with the right horse for you! The views were spectacular and Giles was an excellent guide. The accommodation was beautiful and clean and the food was amazing, you will never go hungry and they were happy to cater for different requirements. I will be back!"

via Facebook - in Dutch: "Net een weekje terug van een heerlijke week vakantie in Spanje - 5 dagen heerlijk gereden op een fantastisch paard en daarbij flink in de watten gelegd. Aan het begin van de week inventariseren Giles en Miranda hoeveel ervaring je hebt en wat voor soort paard je zoekt. Op basis van deze informatie kiezen zij 1 van de 12 paarden die daarbij zou moeten passen. Bij mij was dit in een keer een perfecte match. Alle paarden zijn lang in training voordat ze meegaan met de ritten en zijn dan ook zeer betrouwbaar en gewend aan alle soorten verkeer en (Spaanse) omstandigheden. Ook het eten (ontbijt, warme lunch en uitgebreid diner) was iedere keer heerlijk en met alle soorten (eet)wensen wordt rekening gehouden. Miranda en Giles zijn zeer gastvrij en niets is teveel. Na de overstromingen van deze winter is het terras (waar wordt gegeten en waar heerlijk kan worden gezeten) helemaal opgeknapt. Ook het iets lager gelegen zwembad ziet er weer zo goed als nieuw uit en kan heerlijk worden gerelaxt! Qua accommodatie hebben wij geslapen in El Molino. Dit appartement ligt aan de paardenstallen. Het is een mooi nieuw appartement met 2 aparte slaapkamers, (zeer) grote woonkamer en keuken. Tot slot (en in het geheel niet onbelangrijk) worden de paarden heel erg goed verzorgd. Ze kunnen elke dag heerlijk buiten lopen en hebben grote en goed gevulde stallen. Al met al dus zeker een aanrader!"

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via Facebook - in English: "Just a week back from a wonderful week's vacation in Spain - spent 5 days riding a fantastic horse and being pampered generally. At the beginning of the week, Giles and Miranda assess how much experience you have and what kind of horse you are looking for.Based on this information, they choose 1 of the 12 horses that should fit. With me this was a perfect match in one go. All horses are long in training before they go with the rides and are therefore very reliable and used to all types of traffic and (Spanish) circumstances. Also the food (breakfast, hot lunch and extensive dinner) was delicious every time and with all kinds of dietary requirements taken into account. Miranda and Giles are very hospitable and nothing is too much to ask. After the floods of this winter, the terrace (where you will enjoy your meals and where it is delightful to sit) was completely refurbished. It is also great to relax by the pool We slept in El Molino for accommodation. This apartment is located above the horse stable. It's a beautiful new apartment with 2 separate bedrooms, (very) large living room and kitchen. Finally (and not at all unimportant) the horses are very well looked after. They can walk outside every day and have great, spacious and generously bedded stables. So a definite recommendation overall! "

via Facebook "I just wanted to say how much I enjoyed my recent stay at your beautiful ranch. The location is stunning, the horses are well looked after, well trained and very responsive. Accommodation and food was great. Miranda and Giles are very attentive and generous hosts. Have started saving already to visit again soon ! Thank you xx"
Dear Giles and Miranda, Thank you again for a really wonderful week. Our fifth holiday with you and more special memories to treasure until the next time. Thank you also to Sirocco, Bandolero and Tio who were a joy to ride - all your horses are so well-schooled and responsive and they are the reason that we come back year after year. The lovely food and fantastic company is a bonus! Tony, Sue and Rachel"

via Facebook "This is my second holiday at Miranda and Giles' beautiful ranch.. for a rider a more fun, more relaxing and enjoyable holiday is hard to imagine; great horses, great rides, amazing landscape, great food, lovely traditional accomodation, a short walk to a lovely town and it's tapas bars, plus the warmest welcome. Perfect!"

via Facebook - in German "Es war einer meiner schönsten Urlaube, entspannt, super freundlich und liebenswürdig, Miranda und Giles sind sehr wertvolle Persönlichkeiten, sie arbeiten mit den Gästen und den Pferden im Einklang, das Essen ist wunderbar, die Landschaft atemberaubend, wir wollen sofort wieder zurück🏇🌺"

via Facebook - in English "It was one of my most beautiful vacations, relaxed, super friendly and amiable, Miranda and Giles are very valuable personalities, they are working with both the guests and the horses with consideration, the food is wonderful, the scenery breathtaking, we want to get back right away 🏇🌺"
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