It seems that when people first start to ride, especially adults, they have an issue with mounting. Having learned to ride side-saddle and having been a "proper lady" she is probably used to having someone either place her on the horse, or using a step to mount. You could have a little fun with the learning to mount thing... Alot of people will try to place their right foot in the stirrup to mount (mounting, especially at that time, would have always been done from the left side). Also, people seem to have a hard time figuring out how to pull themselves onto the horse, they want to grab the saddle, which could cause an english saddle to slip, so she'd need to grab the mane. You could even have the gentleman teaching her place his hand on her rump to help hoist her up. That would probably really shock her.
Just a little gaited horse info:
The Tennessee Walking Horse performs three distinct gaits:
The flat foot walk (brisk, long-reaching walk that can cover from four to eight miles an hour. This is a four cornered gait with each of the horse's feet hitting the ground separately at regular intervals.)
The running walk (This extra-smooth, gliding gait is basically the same as the flat walk with a noticeable difference in the rate of speed between the two gaits. Proper form should never be sacrificed for excessive speed in a good running walk. The breed can travel 10 to 20 miles per hour at this gait.)
The canter (forward movement performed in a diagonal manner to the right or to the left)
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