I think a native American would be my choice. But the mental image of me riding without a saddle and in a loin cloth is not a pretty one, I will not sleep well tonight as this has burned a scar on my frontal lobe.
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Native American. I'm reading a book right now called "Horse, Follow Closely" written about native Americans and training/relationships with their horses. I LOVE it.
I read that too, it is excellent.
I would have to pick native American because I think the females could ride astride. It took a long time for it to be acceptable for white women to ride any way but side saddle. I'd have a hard time with that.