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        02-09-2008, 01:44 AM

    While in the local tack shop the other day, there was an authentic sidesaddle. I have ALWAYS wanted to try it so I was fawning over the saddle. If only I had had five hundred dollars, you know, to spare...Hah! The lady said the saddle was on consignment, and its owner might work something out for me, but I don't have anyone to ride. I'd sure love to though.

    Has anyone ever tried real sidesaddle? What's it like?
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        02-09-2008, 10:17 AM
    I got a chance to try it once and I loved it! I felt very secure and it was a great experience. I don't think it's for everybody though.. my friend didn't like it at all.
    I much prefer a normal saddle but it was fun none the less. (:
        02-09-2008, 10:23 AM
    ..Just realised that that wasn't very helpful. >.<

    I think you need quite good balance, or else you might feel a bit insecure. Though I think it's pretty hard to fall off because if you feel youself going you can stick your knee up under the lower stick-outy bit (it probably has a name. ) You have to carry your hands very high because your leg is in the way but you get used to it. It's really fun though, you feel all ladylike. :P

    I think you should try it before buy it, you might not like it. It'll be a strange experience for your horse too (unless they've been in one before) so be sure and be careful with how you introduce it.

    Well.. good luck. (: ..and sorry for the double post.
        02-09-2008, 10:23 AM
    There is a group here (ladies) that is always at our local horse expo that all ride side saddle. They all dress up in old fashioned dress and look really pretty. I have never tried it but their little club looks like fun but expensive
        02-09-2008, 12:07 PM
    I think it would be really fun to try. When I was a child I used to pretent to ride side saddle in the westren saddle...just hooked my leg over the
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        02-09-2008, 12:50 PM
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    LOL I tried it once along time ago and it was soo much fun but I could only do it at a walk and trot lol but it was still fun!! :) :)
        02-09-2008, 03:53 PM
    Originally Posted by FehrGroundRanch
    I think it would be really fun to try. When I was a child I used to pretent to ride side saddle in the westren saddle...just hooked my leg over the
    :) I did that too. I have always thought that sidesaddle would be fun! :)
        02-09-2008, 07:28 PM
    Yeah I haven't ridden a well broke horse in months (always training greenies) but when I get around to it again I'm going to try it out and see if I still have the balance that I used to!
        02-09-2008, 11:36 PM
    Oh man I doubt I would ever seriously consider buying it. I haven't been on a horse in months(all we have are kiddos and I am not skilled enough to ride them after an eight year reprieve) and don't have anyone that isn't 25 that I can ride.

    But man, it looked to cool. And it was in real good shape. That rough leather for the seat(for traction I'm sure) and it was just so pretty. It was there on consignment, and if I had a horse, I would have called the lady to see if I could try it.

    Maybe one day....Hehehe.
        02-10-2008, 11:45 AM
    My university riding club holds the occasional sidesaddle lesson - I missed them all for various reasons last year but am DEFINITELY going to go this year.

    Apparantly, if you've never done it before, it is harder to teach the HORSE to get used to it that you - we can only use 2/3 horse at my riding school because the others just wouldn't know what to do. It can be very confusing for them.
    I think if you've been riding a while and have good balance on a horse that know what its doing it's not too hard to pick up though - my friends who tried it last year were cantering by the end of the first lesson!

    Btw, the lower 'head' on the saddle is called the 'leaping head', because you're supposed to use it for support when you jump.

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