Visions of Auntie Mame : -) and Q's for Anita
Posted by Carolyn B on April 25, 1998 at 08:45:59:
In response to Sidesaddling, written by Anita the guest on April 24, 1998 at 23:31:56
it was thought that women needed an added advantage to keep up with the men in the hunting field (besides the issue of sexuality which is a whole 'nother subject).
I suspect that I know to what you refer but this would probably stray beyond the PG rating of the board to discuss :0
]I would bet money that, assuming the saddle stays on the horse, I could stay with a bucking horse longer than a man on a western saddle
This reminds me of the scene in "Auntie Mame" (Rosalind Russell version) where she survives her ride on a homicidal horse because she gets wedged in her sidesaddle : )
] Normally, if you are in correct form, you should not fall backwards. In fact, it is hard to be unseated at all. If necessary, you can use a crop or whip as an aid.
So do you not use your "seat" (balance/weight, whatever) much to give commands? For example, I learned to canter by using the right leg to put a horse on the left lead (I think I'm getting this right, it's been 5 years). Would you use a tap of the crop to signal instead of the leg or would you shift your seat a smidge??
In most cases, the lady only rode a well trained "ladies mount" that would have been trained for sidesaddle. It would not be proper for a lady to have been out in the field and be fighting with her horse to heed her commands.
I seem to remember that ladies were also supposed to show how they controlled their horses through gentleness rather than strength. (Hands so soft they could steer with cotton threads instead of reins, etc.) Of course the movie cliche is to have the heroine ride the spirited mount who runs off with her!
My big question, of course, regards mounting while in the long habit. Do you require assistance or can you manage on your own?? (without ruining your ladylike deportment ; )
Glad to have someone here who can shed light on these questions!
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