Why the left? - The Horse Forum
 18Likes
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 25 Old 07-16-2013, 04:45 PM Thread Starter
Foal
 
Join Date: May 2013
Location: Vacaville, CA
Posts: 137
• Horses: 2
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?
As You Wish is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 25 Old 07-16-2013, 04:46 PM
Weanling
 
Join Date: May 2013
Location: Virginia
Posts: 719
• Horses: 2
I think it has something to do with the military and they way they mount, but I could be wrong.

morganarab94 is offline  
post #3 of 25 Old 07-16-2013, 04:48 PM
Yearling
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: Washington
Posts: 1,487
• Horses: 0
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.
Posted via Mobile Device
KigerQueen likes this.
GamingGrrl is offline  
post #4 of 25 Old 07-16-2013, 04:50 PM
Started
 
Join Date: May 2012
Posts: 2,248
• Horses: 0
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.
ponypile, ponyboy and KigerQueen like this.
rookie is offline  
post #5 of 25 Old 07-16-2013, 04:50 PM
Showing
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Just south of sanity
Posts: 16,166
• Horses: 3
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.

You want the truth? You can't HANDLE the truth!
Speed Racer is offline  
post #6 of 25 Old 07-16-2013, 04:52 PM
Trained
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Palmyra, Wisconsin
Posts: 5,418
• Horses: 4
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)
smrobs and morganarab94 like this.
natisha is offline  
post #7 of 25 Old 07-16-2013, 04:57 PM
Started
 
Join Date: May 2012
Posts: 2,248
• Horses: 0
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
As You Wish likes this.
rookie is offline  
post #8 of 25 Old 07-16-2013, 05:10 PM
Foal
 
Join Date: Jul 2013
Location: Waiheke Island,Auckland.New Zealand.
Posts: 4
• Horses: 0
wow how interesting have never stopped to wonder why we do horse stuff from the left
kerrodclan is offline  
post #9 of 25 Old 07-16-2013, 05:13 PM
Trained
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: In the saddle.
Posts: 5,157
• Horses: 1
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.
As You Wish likes this.

They say money doesn't buy happiness -- well happiness doesn't buy horses!
~*~anebel~*~ is offline  
post #10 of 25 Old 07-16-2013, 06:28 PM Thread Starter
Foal
 
Join Date: May 2013
Location: Vacaville, CA
Posts: 137
• Horses: 2
Quote:
Originally Posted by ~*~anebel~*~ View Post
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.
As You Wish is offline  
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.



User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in









Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.



Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Left Hoof or Fetlock Point Toward Left Sam23 Horse Health 1 02-19-2012 02:09 PM
Left & Right Brained vs. Left & Right Sided CharliGirl Horse Talk 2 07-31-2010 01:35 PM
I keep getting left behind! twoheartsonejump Jumping 11 04-30-2010 01:42 PM
Left behind! Gillian Jumping 8 10-19-2009 10:33 PM
Left Behind!! Equuestriaan Horse Pictures 8 11-25-2008 06:10 PM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome