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    07-16-2013, 05:45 PM
Why the left?

I read somewhere why we do everything from the left side of the horse, saddle, bridle, get on and off, but I can't remember why the left side. Anyone know?
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    07-16-2013, 05:46 PM
I think it has something to do with the military and they way they mount, but I could be wrong.
    07-16-2013, 05:48 PM
I'd always heard that it was because knights had their swords on the right side, and they'd hit the horse if they mounted from the right.
Or was it the left side......i can't remember.
It may just be a myth though.
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    07-16-2013, 05:50 PM
I also heard the knights and sword thing. I heard it was because the sword was hung on the left side of the human so they could grab it with their right hand. Which means when mounting you did not have to toss this long, heavy sword over the horse.
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    07-16-2013, 05:50 PM
It's because when horses were originally used in ancient warfare, it was too difficult for someone holding a shield/wearing a sword to mount from the right. So the left side became the 'proper' side to mount a horse.
    07-16-2013, 05:52 PM
I think the swords were on the left side to be grabbed with the right hand when needed. Mounting from the left didn't require swinging the sword over the horse.

(boy, you guys sure type faster than me)
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    07-16-2013, 05:57 PM
Also the use of a left hand for writing or sword play was considered a "sign of the devil". Dexter is latin for right and Sinister is latin for left. Which is why the twin on the left side or the left handed twin in a pair of identical twins was considered the evil twin because it was sinister and thus working with the devil
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    07-16-2013, 06:10 PM
Wow how interesting have never stopped to wonder why we do horse stuff from the left
    07-16-2013, 06:13 PM
Yes, your sword is on your left hip, so you mount from the left.
The same reason why the loop of your reins should always be to the right.
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    07-16-2013, 07:28 PM
Originally Posted by ~*~anebel~*~    
Yes, your sword is on your left hip, so you mount from the left.
The same reason why the loop of your reins should always be to the right.

The loop of the reins has always just felt more comfortable on the right.

Majority rules I see, swords and not wanting to stab the horse is a winner. Thanks for the info. My student asked me the other day and I went blank. I should know these things.

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