Naxos Horse Riding Club

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Naxos Horse Riding Club
4.5
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Ride through the 'jungle roads' onto the beach.All abilities are catered for from beginners to advanced riders. Two hour tours take place twice a day in the morning and again in the evening.
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Bérangère C
19 contributions
Apr. 2022 • Couples
Regarding the experience at Naxos Horseriding Club, I personally think that it's important for you to heard about what we've paid for.

Great welcome, nice chat with the owner Linda who made us fill the release form regarding insurance and so on. Sounds pretty clear that we are totally responsable in case of accident, no problem with that.

We explained that my husband and I already made horseriding in the US and, as a not regular rider, he feels comfortable to make some gallop on the beach (as he already done during our others experiences).

So, Linda told to the girl who where our guide that, if she feels my husband confident enough, she can propose him some gallop.

The tour started, great chat with our guides even if the ride is a bit boring. My husband, who where also confortable enough to take pictures, said to one of our guide that he's ready to accelerete, trotting if possible, but no return. Whatever, we expect a lot from the apex of the ride: horseriding on the beach !!

Here we are, and here starts the deception. They splited us in 2 groups... so, I had the chance to gallop on the beach. Even if the horse of my guide is very nervous. As I know a bit about horses, I can see that she managed but can't stop thinking that it can be impressive for anybody. The horse kicked a lot... I took some distance, more than asked, to feel safe.

Meanwhile, my husband is walking along the beach. The guide didn't asked him if he was ready even to try to gallop... he told her, after a while, that it's very frustrating for him. She just answered that after one or two more rides, he'll be ready. What the hell, he already galloped without any problem before!

We returned to the club silently. There, my husband talked to Linda about how frustrating he is. She just said that, as a beginner, she can't allow him to gallop. Sorry? Before the ride, that's not what she said to the guide in front of us. She explained that, regarding insurance issues, she can't take the risk to make gallop a beginner. So, why we signed a release form? Why she didn't told us frankly that beginners are not allowed to gallop?? No doubt because we wouldn't have paid 120€ for a boring walk in the bambous...

We stoped there the chat in front of so much bad faith and lived. Spoiled evening.

If you read some review on Google, it seems that, as it's the only horseriding club in Naxos, she's just here for money.
Written 1 May 2022
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Firstly let me point out that we are a non profit making organisation so I am definitely not in it for the money. I do it because of my love of horses. You were told at the beginning of the ride that if the guides felt your husband was not competent he would not be allowed to gallop. He had only ridden twice before you told us. I explained that we were strict about it for safety reasons and you agreed. You were not able to keep a distance behind the lead horse but as you showed some experience you were allowed to gallop. Your husband could not control his horse properly in walk so my guides were quite right to not allow him to gallop. This is for your safety, the guides safety and the safety of the horses. When you came back I asked you if you had enjoyed your ride and you said that you had. As for insurance, yes you sign a waiver. However you are still insured during your ride. I am sorry if your husband was not happy but we always have and always will put safety first. Edit Delete
Written 1 May 2022
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Flo-Malaga
16 contributions
Apr. 2022 • Couples
Before the experience we are discussing with the owner and I'm explaining my wife is highly experienced and on my side I had 2 experiences including with some experience gallop in Nevada. She tells in front of us one of the leads that if on the beach I don't feel comfortable to not do some gallop. That's fair. But once in the beach and after I ask to accelerate they decide to divide the group in two, giving my wife the possibility to gallop and only to walk on my side. Despite my will to accelerate, nothing. We are walking slowly on the beach and then we go back to the stable and that's it. End of the "experience". When I ask why did she refuse to even trot knowing that I already made some gallop she says it's because of insurances. In that case why not saying this at the beginning ? Sure I would not have booked this but it would have been honest at least. And why are we asked 3 times to pay knowing that we already paid ? Why if it's a question of experience and insurance didn't they give me any briefing ? If it's a question of insurance why do we sign a release form ? Money should not be the only objective ! A Naxos vehicule renter told us the same day he was ashamed when some people in the tourist business were able to destroy a part of the tourist trip, knowing that people work all the year for these couple of days. Shame on this horse business club.
Written 29 April 2022
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I am sorry you didn't enjoy your experience with us. I spoke with both of you and explained that if the lead rider felt you were not competent she would not let you gallop. You agreed. You were definitely not competent. It would have been totally irresponsible to allow you to gallop when you actually couldn't control your horse properly in a walk. We do everything we can to ensure your safety, the safety of our guides and the safety of our horses. Unfortunately we have a very different idea of highly experienced. Your wife was asked several times to keep a distance from the horse in front but was unable to do so. We spend all winter working with our horses for people to enjoy in the summer. It's 365 days for us. We are a non profit making organisation and every cent is put back into feeding the horses. So I am sorry but it's shame on you.
Written 30 April 2022
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Lexie H
Chicago, IL13 contributions
Sep. 2021
I come back as often as I can. First came for a ride in 2014 and loved it so much that I literally waited years to come back. Linda is probably the single most knowledgable horse person I have ever met. All her horses are well trained and the yard looks so peaceful.

They offer riding for all levels, which is really a great option. Although coming from the US, I noticed that we tend to have a lot of categorizations (advanced beginner, intermediate, advanced intermediate). But I discovered that these categories aren't really used in the UK or Europe so I wasn't initially sure what to say I was. Back home I am in the intermediate/advanced class but I had never cantered/galloped on a beach or any wide open space before coming to Naxos. I decided to say I was intermediate and after having done it, it is amazing but I don't recommend trying it if you don't feel entirely comfortable on a horse. Just my two cents.

Otherwise, everything else was super chill. The staff there were very nice and accommodating. They provide helmets and the one time my friend forgot closed toed shoes, they even had an extra pair of boots to lend her. There are also SO many cats around the yard and if you like cats as much as I do, then you'll be very happy. The vibe is very laid back, I caught some incredible sunsets while there, and every time I go back I always have the loveliest chats with Linda and the girls that work there. It's definitely the first activity I do whenever I can make it back it Naxos. Do yourself a favour and check this place out!
Written 2 March 2022
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Thank you for your lovely comments. We love having you.
Written 30 April 2022
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Daisy F
3 contributions
Aug. 2021 • Friends
Both of us are beginner riders but felt very safe on our tour with Linda. The horses were sweet natured and riding on the beach was an experience we will never forget! Great way to see the island - Linda was so knowledgeable and great fun. Would definitely come again!!!
Written 5 September 2021
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Thanks for the great review. We enjoyed your company too
Written 10 October 2021
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Floriane De Metz
6 contributions
Oct. 2020 • Couples
We spent a really good time ! It was so nice ! All of them was really friendly and make us very comfortable ! Linda, Maddie and Betty, thank you very much for this experience ! Hope to see you next time we ´re coming!
From Nicolas and Floriane
Written 6 October 2020
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Thank you both for your super review. We enjoyed your company too. See you again!
Written 19 October 2020
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SaraL85
London, UK31 contributions
Sep. 2020 • Couples
Linda, team and horses were great. We had such a beautiful hack to the beach where we got to canter! Exhilarating experience!

As intermediate riders, we have found previous hacking / horse riding experiences to be quite boring. This ride was much more interesting and exciting, we loved it!

Thanks Linda and team! Also, for recommending Sarris Taverna in town - food (and wine!) was the best!!
Written 25 September 2020
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Thank you for your great review. We are happy that you had such a good time and also enjoyed our recommendation for a really good taverna.
Written 27 September 2020
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LizzieAlex
Amersham, UK40 contributions
Aug. 2020 • Family
I can’t understand why this doesn’t feature more highly in things to do with children in Naxos! It was lovely. Just a simple 30 minute pony ride, the children (age 8 and 3) were delighted by it!
Written 1 September 2020
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Madlen_91
Zurich, Switzerland11 contributions
Aug. 2020 • Couples
Overall I have enjoyed the amazing sunset views. However, I would not book this experience for the second time.

Pros:
- Very nice personal
- Amazing views

Cons:
- Some of the horses look very thin (see the attached pictures) and have problems with legs injuries (e. g. Emmy was evidently showing the indications of lameness and it was to pity for me to go for a canter on her on a beach - as a rider with over 20 years experience I've decided to stay with the beginners group...)
- Some of the horses are misbehaving (kicking, biting) - I've witnessed 2 strong kicks given to another horse's belly and once I was almost kicked directly in my ankle...
- Very young girls leading the group couldn't take care of its safety properly (order of the horses, keeping the distances between the horses, not avoiding sudden stops which caused some extra bites and kicks...)
Written 25 August 2020
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Normally I thank people for their review. However on this occasion I don't thank you. For someone who has over 20 years experience your comments are unjustified. Firstly our horses are not thin. Some are ex race horses who are now older and due to the pandemic were not excercised as normal during the winter and are not as muscled as they would usually be. The angle of your photo would make the fattest horse look out of proportion. Secondly, all horses and ponies are groomed properly before each ride and are washed down afterwards. Thirdly, if Emmy was lame, why did you ride her? I would expect a person of your experience to query this with the owner. As it happens she is not lame, just a little stiff sometimes, as older horses can be. Exercise helps this. This was explained to you. Fourthly, if you were nearly kicked you were not keeping your distance. Again as an experienced rider you should be able to do this. Unfortunately, sometimes tourists do not listen to the instructions given by the guides (who are all in their mid 20's by the way). Your boyfriend was one of these and by stopping and going out of order and alongside other horses and ponies caused the problem of kicking. Finally, at no point did you mention any of your comments to myself where explanations could be made.
Written 31 August 2020
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Sharon M
Wiltshire, UK15 contributions
Aug. 2020 • Family
We had a brilliant time riding Linda's horses at sunset in Naxos. As a family of 4 we were all given appropriate horses for our age/weight and as beginners. The guides at the stables checked helmets were secure, masks were worn at start and end and gave advice on how to ride and use the reins. We went with 3 other riders and the 2 guides with the experienced riders given the chance to gallop on the beach while we went at a good steady pace. The children had a brilliant time and said this is the highlight of their holiday! We would totally recommend this for a memorable trip whilst visiting Naxos, it was a lovely peaceful time
Written 19 August 2020
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Thank you for your lovely review. We enjoyed your company and hope to see you again soon
Written 31 August 2020
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Samantha Mathews
4 contributions
May 2019
i want to book a horseback riding tour for my significant other and i for his 30th bday when we are visiting Naxos Tuesday May 5th 2020. I have emailed twice without a response and i was wondering how do I book riding? Thank you!
Written 16 February 2020
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I am very sorry but I think your email may have gone to my spam folder. However you can email again and I will look out for it. Or you can give us a call on 0030 6948 809142 about a week before.
Written 27 February 2020
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