Posted by Anita the guest - til I think up a better name :) on April 24, 1998 at 02:22:31:
I am actually a sidesaddle riding instructor and stumbled across this site through a search. I must say I'm quite impressed! I haven't had a chance to read through all of the posts but the ones on reproduction fabrics and equestrian questions (of course!) will be my first stops.
My mother is a saddlemaker who specializes in sidesaddles and is a lover of history, so the importance of accuracy and correctness in detail were always stressed. Due to the nature of my passion, I am always looking for documentation on sidesaddle riding - attire, saddles, accessories, etc. Unfortunately, in the equestrian world it has become little more than a costume class, because the standards were lost for a time and people just started doing what they wanted ("bloomers" - my pet peeve, evening gowns on horseback, and riding in western attire on an English saddle - I'm sure it must sound petty, but it would be like someone placing one of JA's characters on the Titanic and saying it was in one of her books...). While in my opinion, education and common sense are the keys, having a document from the late 1800's to put in front of them is usually far more impressive and therefore more effective. I have not seen much in print before 1880's, though. My search has not been exhaustive, by any means. I am only 26 years old but rode aside for pleasure from the time I was 14 til 20.
Anyway, if anyone knows of any resources or has any questions, please feel free to contact me. I will drop by and catch up on all of these wonderful discussions.
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