Actually, you'd be AMAZED how secure it is, and the wonderful independence of seat and hands it gives you! The seat is almost totally isometric once you have the hang of it. Just don't EVER let your right shoulder come forward . . . !
Loved the pictures! Especially the ones of the mud splattered clothes and smiling faces. There was a quite young girl there too, riding side saddle.
The closest I've gotten to hunting was once when I boarded at a barn where they hunted. I joined them for the hound training rides, but I just don't have the guts anymore for the speed of a full-blown hunt (they did invite me and I could have rented the clothes and horse). Sigh, if I had been asked twenty years ago...
I'm not sure I'd try jumping in a sidesaddle. But after decades of denying my southern heritage, last fall I bid on, lost, then won a sidesaddle on ebay. It's in great shape everywhere except on the underside where the leather has degraded, so it needs recovering on the underside and probably reflocking. Which means I'll need to send it to France for repairs. But it's very heavy, like the silver parade western saddle that a radio personality asked to put on my 2nd pinto horse many years ago. This sidesaddle was sitting in an attic in the UK. And sold off in an estate sale.
Now to get a girth for it, and a stirrup, and a habit. And oh yes, to see if either of my 2 horses will spook and dump me for not being balanced.
I saw a picture of a cother from Florida jumping sidesaddle on her pinto in VA years ago in coth mag. And thought how cool. But I never wanted to ride sidesaddle before. Maybe I will now. Or else I'll have a sidesaddle just sitting there. Got the pinto, check. Got the sidesaddle, check.
Love love the photos from the hunt! Not sure if I'd be brave enough to jump all of that sidesaddle!
Cloudyandcaille I think you'd be really surprised at how well balanced you actually are in a sidesaddle and most horses take to sidesaddle without a problem at all. Depending on where you are (In the US?) there are saddlers closer than France that can help you get your sidesaddle into riding shape again! It's probably really heavy because it's reinforced with iron for hunting & jumping!
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