Ranch la Camargue

Ranch la Camargue, Marseillan Plage: Address, Phone Number, Ranch la Camargue Reviews: 3.5/5

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Jun 2019 • Family
My wife and I took our 6 and 7 year old for a 30 minute pony ride. As they’re both quite small and have never ridden a horse we decided on ponies (and we would walk) rather than all going for the horse trek together. Staff spoke no English at all, fair enough in France and not something I would complain about. However, we were confused to be given the reins for the ponies and directed to walk ‘right then left’ completely alone for the duration. Within 10 minutes both ponies were directing themselves, refusing to move, kids were scared, wife was terrified and we were stuck down a country lane with the ponies getting more aggressive if we tried to get them to walk. Ponies were clearly not happy and even without speaking English the staff should have realised when I came back with one pony (without a child on it) saying ‘I need your help’ that they should not continue to leave us alone.
Finally got both back but not a pleasant experience. We ignored the bad reviews too, but seriously if you are not a confident person with ponies / horses plus don’t speak French don’t go
Written June 3, 2019
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Aug 2018 • Family
We visited Marseillan Plage with 4 other families in August. We all have young kids who were very excited about the prospect of going horse riding. We booked the 2 hour evening trek for 18 of us, including 13 kids. The majority of us were beginners (which we communicated to the lady we booked with). Given the size of our group, we assumed that there wouldn’t be many others on the trek. However, we arrived to find approx 30 other people, including kids, also waiting to join the trek. Because of the size of the group, it took around an hour for everyone to be allocated horses. During this time the horses, understandably, started to get restless and were moving around a lot. This frightened a number of our kids who decided not to go on the trek. The people running the trek also left two of our kids on horses in a different yard alone during this time. When we finally got going (an hour late) there were only 4 people allocated to look after the entire group. This was despite the fact that there were so many young children, not to mention adults, who were beginners. Three of the leaders each held onto the reins of the horses of at least 3 kids, with the lady bringing up the rear holding onto the reins of 4 horses. During the first half of the trek, one of the kid’s horses at the back of the group was pushed against some shrubs (due to the fact that they were trying to get 5 horses to go down a narrow path at the same time). The horse freaked out and threw one of our kids off. Thankfully he wasn’t hurt and amazingly, the other three kids managed to hold on when their horses started getting rattled. We could have very easily had four children thrown off their horses. The situation was only calmed by one of the mums in our group who is an experienced rider. As a result of this we called ahead to others in our group who did not go on the trek and got them to pick up a few of the kids half way through. The kids that wanted to stay continued on. However, because we had left so late, the last 20 minutes of our trek were in darkness. This included a part of the trek when the horses were required to walk through a marsh. During this time, the horses in the rear of the group again started freaking out and the person leading the kids let go of the reins to my daughter’s horse. My daughter is 5 years old. So my daughter was there, in the dark, in a marsh, scared, with no way of controlling her horse (not that she could have anyway given it was her first time on a horse). Again, the same Mum came to the rescue when she was able to grab the reins of my daughter’s horse. Thankfully the ride was over at that point as I personally couldn’t have taken anymore. The whole experience, from start to finish, was awful. The trek operators seemed more concerned about taking in as much money as possible than the safety of their customers. Many of the horses seemed to lack the temperament required for beginners, including the horses of the leaders holding the reins of multiple horses. Would not recommend to anyone.
Written August 24, 2018
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Newbridge, Ireland20 contributions
Jun 2018
All staff were really nice, friendly and helpful. I did horse riding about 10 years ago so wasn’t sure what trail to do. So the girl suggested the 2 hour one which was mostly strolling, a bit of a canter and one gallop. We got to walk around the nature reserve and the beach. I then went back two days later and did the 3 hour trail which is for more advanced riders. You will need leggings or better yet jeans, runners and lots of mosquito spray and suncream.
Written July 10, 2018
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Stockholm, Sweden9 contributions
Jun 2017
I went with my 7 year old daughter, she is very used to riding, but has never sat on a horse for two hours without me holding a rein. These horses are calm (almost too calm), and she felt safe. The horses are well kept, have free range during the nights. I recommend the place.
Written June 26, 2017
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Renée V
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Jul 2016 • Couples
Lovely ride through the 'bagnas' even though we had to wait a little before we got on our horses. The riding skills differed quite a bit (most of our group of ca 10 people had no riding experience at all) so it turned out to be a very relaxed ride, maybe a little too relaxed for me, but at least our guide made sure everyone had a good time and returned safely.
Written July 27, 2016
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alessandra g
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Jun 2016 • Family
The visit was ok, went for a birthday party and they were nice enough. Bugs everywhere and was bitten countless times so bring bug repellent!! The shock was passing by the nudist camping site and the nudist beach. We went around the camping site and that was fine but we saw certain things happening at the beach which was quite frankly rude but NOT the Ranch's fault. Just be warned when bringing small children that they'll have a bunch of shocking images of what people do on a nudist beach (which normally really doesn't happen in a nudist beach)
Written June 16, 2016
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Cumnock22 contributions
Jul 2015 • Family
The horses were all geldings (the owner appears to also have some very nice Andalusian (?) stallions. The horses were in good condition, all had fresh water and were sheltered from the sun. The rides did not appear to go out during the hotter parts of the day.
We had a meal at the restaurant which was basic, but we are vegetarians and they went out of their way to cater for us.
The owners are a bit frosty about children touching the horses and no one speaks English so communication was a bit difficult due to my limited french
Written September 12, 2015
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Cecilia S
Danderyd, Sweden344 contributions
Aug 2014 • Solo
Being an experienced rider that care about how the horses are kept really enjoy this place. I have taken both morning trips and evening trips and the key is to avoid the heat. As my French is not so good I've had to hope to get a small group with experienced riders and most of the time the trick is to go for the three hour ride to get that. They are good at dividing the groups so that the ones who like to canter get to do do.

The pony rides for kids are OK, we have tried those too, but this is something I usually do for myself. I've brought my daughter when she had 5 years riding school experience but kids need to be quite tough and brave to come along for the longer rides. Quite a few times kids and inexperienced riders in the group have fallen off, but I don't think they should have come along and the guide has handled it well.

The morning rides include cantering on the beach and the evening ones cantering in the wine fields. The couple who run this place are very good riders themselves and manage to provide a nice atmosphere and are very service minded and I love this place!
Written July 22, 2015
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