I would have taken her on........ 35 years ago... when I was just like her...... but, just to wash me and my horse up a bit, I would have jumped off the 6ft cliff into our pond for a second before the photo
These people remind me of a very old woman (in her 80s) in our hunt (NZ) when I hunted <30 years ago. She rode everywhere side-saddle on her (then current) black Irish Draft stallion (she was Irish and only liked riding black drafts - reckoned she couldnt ride a mare as they didnt get on). She was super-nuts - I am sure the horse was struggling to keep up with her at times jumping wire fences (yes, and not necessarily over a spar either ) and massive hedges and ditches. You knew you were going to be in for one heck of a run when Mrs Chitty was at the front!
It looks like she's astride without stirrups in a sidesaddle. Why ? Or is it an optical delusion ?
Yes, Martha is sitting astride her sidesaddle. We had just finished 2 hours of the craziest hunting any of us had ever experienced, had been snowed on, rained on, were freezing, had been getting whacked in the face over every ditch with branches, had been drinking at every opportunity to try to warm up, plus she had a broken finger which was hurting, and needed to stretch her legs out and damn well have a cigarette.
I haven't read through the entire thread but has anyone else noticed the horses are all braided?? Can't imagine hunting on that territory without a mane to grab. This is probably why the American Revolution started- we hardly braid for hunts.