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15 July 2004 @ 09:08 pm
I may have a chance to try riding sidesaddle!!!!

Thing is, I know no one who does it. I'll be figuring this out on my own. I've already started searching online. If all goes well, I'd only be riding aside in the morning procession. No jousting, no jumping, none of that.

Anyone ever done this?
I feel: excitedexcited
Ariannanerilka on July 15th, 2004 06:20 pm (UTC)
A long time ago
It was...strange, to say the least. Once I got used to it, though, it wasn't that bad. Never did feel comfortable at more than a gentle canter though, and a trot was pure hell. Some of the more experienced ladies swore you could get up to a full gallop and be perfectly secure, but I never got that far myself. Have fun - don't wear slippery skirts!
Jaredcrimsontom on July 15th, 2004 08:09 pm (UTC)
Hey Kel -
The woman that sits next to me at work shows sidesaddle. I'm sure she'd love to talk to you. She's VERY cool!
Kelladyjoust on July 15th, 2004 08:14 pm (UTC)
Thank you kindly, Jared! I'll let you know if/when I get the saddle. Any advice would be greatly appreciated!
Jaredcrimsontom on July 16th, 2004 09:07 am (UTC)
Cool. She said she'd be Very glad to help. Should I give her your email?
Also She belongs to a society in CT. www.sidesaddleinfo.com
simply_juniper on July 15th, 2004 08:30 pm (UTC)
Just had to remark on how funny it is that sidesaddle is now the unknown when way back when (most) women only rode that way! :)
Bird on a Wing: Sweet Intoxication by Silpicaragana_leaves on July 16th, 2004 12:11 pm (UTC)
You will, of course, be the picture of elegance. And if anyone gives you a hard time, you'll have TWO available kicking feet! *grins mischeviously*
Jaredcrimsontom on July 16th, 2004 01:09 pm (UTC)
Unless, of course they're taunting from the right side of the horse...lol Then again, there's nothing stopping the sword arm.
Kelladyjoust on July 16th, 2004 01:27 pm (UTC)
I'm trying very hard to wrap my head around the concept of me being 'elegant... but thank you for your faith in that, dear!

And yes, Jared... chances are there will be a long crop in the sword arm. Mwah-hah-hah!!!!!
Adrienne C.adrienne429 on July 16th, 2004 02:10 pm (UTC)
oh? sidesaddle?
This could be very elegant. Just be sure to hang on, OK?
Ilena Ayalanetsearcher on July 16th, 2004 05:46 pm (UTC)
I am SOOOO jealous!
There was an old sidesaddle in the pony barn when I used to work at the Bronx Zoo and I always wanted to try it!

Here are some links I found:

Sidesaddle Heaven
"Sales; repairs; saddle fitting; full-service clinics; instructor preperation; sodesaddle weddings; consulting."
Sue Tobin Gregg
365 Brickyard Road
Woodstock, CT 06281
Tel: (860)974-3953
Email: sidesaddleheaven@aol.com
Website: sidesaddleheaven.com

article on the history of the sidesaddle:

World Sidesaddle Federation:

Holler if you need anything, I'm good at finding stuff.