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“Horses, Pines and Hives”
Review of Dortnal Ranch - CLOSED

Dortnal Ranch
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Reviewed 5 October 2012

Visiting Turkey for the first time and based in Armalutan, Dortnal Ranch stood out as the place to go and ride.

Feli gave us all the necessary information about getting to the ranch and arranged for us to be met off the "Dolly Bus" (dolmus) which is a great way to get to the ranch and see the local scene.

Feli is a very busy person (a former doctor who helps anyone in need) and couldn't get to meet us off the bus but a taxi had been arranged to take us to the ranch instead.

Dortnal Ranch seems to be a very well organised and run establishment. Horse welfare is at the top of the agenda and both Salih and Feli are committed to hippotherapy, a service they provide for the local community.

The ranch is in a wonderful setting - pine clad hillsides all around.

We rode late afternoon/early evening as even in late September the temperatures were still well into the thirties.
We ambled gently through the pine forests and clearings as the sun declined - the horses were hot enough without pushing them to a faster gait. Our route was limited on the day by the sudden appearance of a large number of bee hives along the forest trails (pine honey is a big thing in the area!) and Salih wouldn't risk the horses spooking at the unfamiliar objects (he'd be out the next morning getting the horses used to them).

The horses seem to be very good - but in my short experience they are not the "deadened" trekking horses found in many tourist locations and benefit from being ridden rather than being a passenger.

Anne rode Ata who was something of a gentleman. I rode (naughty) Nanu who was a little effervescent and would have loved to have had a nip at Ata! Thanks to Nikki who looks after the horses and briefed us about their characters and antics so we knew what to expect.

It was a memorable ride in the company of Salih who was friendly and informative and when we got back to the ranch, Nikki had arranged for a friend to take us all back to Marmaris by car instead of catching the dolmus - five adults and a dog in a small car! That's what Dortnal Ranch and Salih and Feli are all about - personal and friendly.

Footnote to self - take gloves next time, synthetic reins can be hard on the fingers!

2  Thank Steve K
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Reviewed 2 October 2012

We went to Dortnal ranch last week, and had the most amazing ride. I only wish we had more time, so we could have booked up for more hacks. The horses are in good condition, and you can see they are loved and well cared for. The hack was fun, but also well instructed, and we were put on horses suited to our riding experience. I am a very experienced rider but my boyfriend had only been a couple of times, he managed to lead the ride and have 4 canters, and came off the horse grinning from ear to ear. I would highly recommend this ranch!! I hope to be able to go back one day, and ride that beautiful horse again. An hour definitely wasn't long enough!!!
Emma and Lee :-)

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Reviewed 30 September 2012

I like riding and always do it worldwide. But I am a timorous rider and a quiet and reliable horse is very important for me. At Dörtnal Ranch - your safety, great educated horses and very professional trainers are guaranteed! I really enjoyed riding through forest and villages and bathing with horses in the see. Very interesting adventure, beautiful surroundings and friendly original ambience! I really recommend Dörntal Ranch to everybody, undependent on riding experience. Salih, thank you very much one more time :-)

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Reviewed 20 August 2012

My daughter and I both ride (although my daugher is a much more experienced rider than I am). We booked a 2 hour trek whilst on holiday and can honestly say that it was the best hack that we've ever been on. The owners were great at ensuring we had the right temprament of horse according to our ability and confidence level and then the ride itself was tailored to our different levels. Felice and Salih were really professional and helpful I would definitely recommend this experience to anyone wanting to experience riding in the Marmaris area.

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Reviewed 25 July 2012

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.

1  Thank Louise R
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