Not for us wimps ; -)
Posted by Carolyn B on May 03, 1998 at 17:38:11:
In response to Oh, C, it's not bad and besides... , written by Anita/Sidesaddle on May 01, 1998 at 16:00:34
Thanks for the wealth of info and imagery, Anita.
] ...riding sidesaddle makes you a better astride rider!
I did have one instructor who had us try sitting in a sidesaddle position (on a regular English saddle). I was fine at the walk, but when she had us trot!! Well.... I slid back and forth but I didn't fall off. : )
(I think my conformation - long waist, short legs - requires me to have as much grip on a horse's side as is humanly possible)
] People always freak out when you say "jumping under sidesaddle." Just a tidbit: All of us Americans were enlightened by Roger Philpot (who is a past chairman of the Sidesaddle Association in England) at a recent clinic. He said, with a delightful English accent, "When you are riding sidesaddle, you do not jump fences, you leap them. That is why it is called a leaping horn and not a jumping horn. I don't know why, that's just the way it is."
I came across this great color litho image c. 1850 of "famous circus queen" Adelina Krause Loisset in mid-air on her leaping horse (sitting sidesaddle of course). It's in Luigi Gianoli's tome Horses and Horsemanship through the Ages, so you may have seen it before. If not I could scan it in, but I haven't yet figured out the website that came with my e-mail account so I would have to just mail it to you.
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