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    02-16-2014, 03:27 PM
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Foal
Side saddles are good for spooky horses...

No, I'm not making an outlandish claim (well, maybe).

But my Country Pleasure/Side Saddle horse magically turned into a Top Ten Reining horse when I asked him for the canter in our new skirt. However, I did not move a centimeter in that saddle.

Of course I have video


Sorry for the quality, but at least it isn't sideways anymore (well, hopefully it will buffer properly and not be sideways anymore...). And yeah, the skirt wasn't gathered properly- that might have been part of the problem. And sorry for the questionable equitation, we're working on it.
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    02-16-2014, 03:44 PM
  #2
Yearling
Haha, nice rollback... Love your blue skirt against that white horse :)
     
    02-16-2014, 03:56 PM
  #3
Yearling
Lol this got a smile out of me. Silly horses.
     
    02-16-2014, 04:55 PM
  #4
Green Broke
Emily is right; the blue looks fab on the white.

Cute horsie ;D
     
    02-16-2014, 10:46 PM
  #5
Yearling
Is there any chance to post some better quality photos of your get up? I'd love to study you, your outfit, your saddle, and your horse a bit more, plus I want to see how you keep your skirt tucked in so nicely! :) I'd love to get a sidesaddle for my quarter horse some day and usually like to look at any pictures I can get. How full is your skirt? The hem has to be quite wide to have enough on either side, right? Anyway hope you don't mind the questions.
     
    02-16-2014, 11:04 PM
  #6
Weanling
The skirt should be short(er) and only on the near side. (It is not a true skirt but an apron.)
     
    02-18-2014, 12:35 PM
  #7
Foal
Aww, thanks guys :)

Emily, I don't have any pictures, but in two weeks we'll be doing a demonstration for the North Texas Irish festival (so hopefully high quality pictures/videos). I do however have pictures/video of my side saddle, me in my black skirt on my instagram (click). Though the side saddle videos are a ways down there, further towards the bottom, and they aren't much better quality.

Also, the skirt in this video is not at all tucked in nicely- This is what happens when my trainer is not in the barn xD She knew I was going to ride him in the skirt (she handed it to me), but I was a dork and forgot to gather it underneath me properly. It basically wraps around my waist, so I can tuck it underneath my seat. It's been about 6 months since I've ridden him in one (and only done it three times before) so I... didn't do it right. As Equitate mentioned, it's not a 'real' skirt, but an apron. I'm assuming that real skirts don't wrap around, but you're right, it is very wide. It can wrap around my waist twice, and even then there's a little bit of a loose fit.

The issue my trainer was worried about with Rush was if he would spook- the black apron has heavy weights on the hem, which helped to keep it from moving around too much, and he didn't even blink when I introduced it to him (And I know he's never been ridden side saddle before- the trainer who had him before mine didn't do side saddle). I certainly don't mind answering questions (though do keep in mind I'm not an expert), but I would suggest trying to find a weighted apron if you want to teach your horse :)
     
    02-18-2014, 01:34 PM
  #8
Yearling
Thanks for the info, I'd love to try riding sidesaddle but I refuse to buy something that is made incorrectly, yet the ones that are made right are a bit out of my budget at the moment.
     
    02-18-2014, 05:16 PM
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Aww, thanks guys :)

Emily, I don't have any pictures, but in two weeks we'll be doing a demonstration for the North Texas Irish festival (so hopefully high quality pictures/videos). I do however have pictures/video of my side saddle, me in my black skirt on my instagram (click). Though the side saddle videos are a ways down there, further towards the bottom, and they aren't much better quality.
Oooh, I hope it's a day I'm there! I'll be the one with Irish stew in a bread bowl & a beer. Oh, wait, that's everyone...
     
    02-18-2014, 05:42 PM
  #10
Trained
Still a fun video--thanks for sharing!
When you learn to ride side saddle you ride in your astride pants. You need a mounting block bc the horn(s) get in your way. You "grip" with your right leg to the outside on the NEAR side and that's where the fork or horn helps you to hang on.
You absolutely have to have a very calm horse!!! When you mount it takes a few minutes to readjust your skirt, so that it isn't bunched, you are not sitting on it, and so that it flows.
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