My husband and I took a trip to Marmaris last week and we decided to book a trail ride at Dortnal Ranch. This was my husband's first proper ride, so I'm glad he had such a great experience. In fact he wants to continue riding as a hobby because he had so much fun.
The ranch itself is gorgeous, nestled between wild green hills next to a small village. On arrival we were introduced to some of the horses and served coffee by Felis, a charming woman who runs the ranch with her husband Salih. When Salih arrived he spoke to my husband and I about our riding experience and chose horses for us accordingly. We were given two beautiful Arabian horses to ride: Ata and Rubina. My husband was quickly trained by Salih how to control his horse in a shaded arena and then we were off into the mountains for our trail ride. Salih very kindly took pictures as we were riding and we did a mixture of walk and trot; my husband was comfortable with rising trot by the end of our hour ride.
I have been to many stables in my life and met many horses. I have to say that the facilities and horses at Dortnal were among the best and healthiest I've ever seen. The horses have spirit and character, they're not just soulless drones following nose to tail. Felis and Salih obviously care a great deal about their animals.
Contact them by phone or by e-mail. Felis will come and pick you up from your hotel for a reasonable price.