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post #11 of 28 Old 06-01-2013, 04:00 AM
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.... Youtube time :d

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post #12 of 28 Old 06-01-2013, 04:02 AM
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I cant mount a 14h horse bareback, bwhahah!
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... And all youtube offers me is riding sidesaddle >.>
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Sadly I think our best example of native riding would be the Disney movie Spirit... lol.... no shooting that I can remember though....
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I know there's some side riding in Tombstone (the movie), but its not done by natives and there was a saddle and bridle used

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post #16 of 28 Old 06-01-2013, 10:48 AM
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I'd ask did they actually do any of it? I'm in the midst of academia doing a Ph.D. and doing that kind of stuff you tend to notice how many of the taken for granted assumptions we have about so many things, many of them “absolute truth”, are actually figments of popular culture's imagination.
For example, how many of us assume that medieval knights were slow, cumbersome and weighed down by all that armour, to the extent they needed to be hoisted onto their horses by a winch like contraption? And its all rubbish, that myth comes from an old film adaptation of Henry V (directed by Lawrence Olivier, I think). The point is, precisely, that the way we think people did things in the past, like how native Americans rode a horse, are probably much more conditioned by images we saw on moves that are not shaped by historical fact but by what people will find appealing to watch.
Id go ask some native Americans that still ride around on horses what they think; you might get a more historically accurate answer.
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post #17 of 28 Old 06-01-2013, 11:33 PM
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Id go ask some native Americans that still ride around on horses what they think; you might get a more historically accurate answer.
I have actually, part of my family, lol.. And they say the same. Then the discussion came to that their history can become distorted as well. I figure just like any other culture there are good riders and bad riders. Maybe some could hang on like that, but maybe others couldnt. Might find someone who knows more, bc non of my family on that side rides horses. Maybe find a native that rides?

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As Saddlebag says they were very fit.
Horses would have been around 15 hands as they were basically feral horses escaped from the Spanish.

When playing around practising for gymkhana games we were often bareback and I know I (not very athletic at all) could lean right over the pony's side and pick up something from the ground and return to upright!
I would hook the heel of my foot into the pony's spine and have my left arm around his neck or holding the mane. Best done at a fast canter as the momentum helps you back on.

I absolutely refute the rumour that I ever shot anyone from this position!

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Thanks everyone for your input. I've still not found detailed information that totally describes it. I have read several historical reference, but since the riders are disappearing on the OFF side from the observer, the observers can't describe how it is done!
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post #20 of 28 Old 07-03-2013, 12:41 AM
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Foxhunter... I want video! That sounds amazing!!!!

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