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  • Dressage Sidesaddle

    OK, I would never be brave enough to do this, but on Saturday, I was helping at a dressage schooling show and one of the COTH members was there showing her lovely mare sidesaddle at first level. I had a great opportunity to take some pictures of them and I hope she doesn't mind that I share the ones I took with you.




  • #2
    I can't ever imagine doing this either (though when I was a teen my friends and I would swing our right legs over and ride "sidesaddle" in our jump saddles when our instructor wasn't watching!)

    Here is one of my favorite local pairs, Margaret Bailey and Morgan mare Kennebec Ladyhawke, doing a 3rd level freestyle as a demo, sidesaddle!
    You have to have experiences to gain experience.

    1998 Morgan mare Mythic Feronia "More Valley Girl Than Girl Scout!"


    • #3
      I'm an old sidesaddler--rode with Betty Skelton back in the late 80's, and must say this is a wonderfully turned out and very elegant pair!



      • #4
        Lovely photos! MC you're looking quite elegant. Not that you didn't look good to begin with... you're looking very polished and your hard work is paying off.
        Life is what happens while you are busy making other plans


        • #5

          Makes me want to go pick up my sidesaddle now that my mare isn't quite so green.
          Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it. Goethe


          • #6
            Oh, I LOVE that turnout! What a beautiful outfit!


            • #7
              IF you manage to find a RIDEABLE sidesaddle, and get it FITTED to your mount....

              ... it's wonderful!

              What has blown me away when I've done this, is how HAPPY the horses have been! They are responsive! Sticky movements have freed up!

              frankly, an incredible learning opportunity. It shows just how much WE can screw up our horses!


              • #8
                Wow, absolutely lovely!!


                • #9
                  That is awesome! Kudos to her!
                  "A canter is a cure for every evil." -Benjamin Disraeli


                  • #10
                    Gorgeous. I am extremely jealous as I would very much like to do that!


                    • #11
                      Loved riding side-saddle!! wish i still had mine (would have dry rotted by now!). Anyone really interested in a balanced seat should learn ( esp, rt lead canter). Quite a different but educational tool. Sure can't scrunch over in one!!!


                      • #12
                        Beautiful pair!

                        My friend shows her pony mare sidesaddle at Intro. Level. It really threw off the judge - and had to get a TD involved - because she wasn't posting. The TD told the judge it was OK.


                        • #13
                          that is so cool!
                          Today I will be happier than a bird with a french fry.


                          • #14
                            You should do a search on Anne Moss. She got both her Bronze and Silver Medals riding side saddle. I'm sure there are some lovely pictures of her out there on the Internet.


                            • #15
                              Although it does look elegant, I don't think of it as real riding.

                              It's more of fancy dress thing. Isn't it?


                              • #16
                                Originally posted by oldbag View Post
                                Although it does look elegant, I don't think of it as real riding.

                                It's more of fancy dress thing. Isn't it?
                                I'm not sure what you mean by this.

                                You think it's not real riding? Or it's not "real dressage"?

                                These ladies go to regular dressage shows and show against "real" riders, scored by the same judge as everyone else... and do quite well, as a matter of fact. What isn't "real" about it?


                                • #17
                                  They certainly don't compete here in England in affiliated dressage comps. Only in ladies hunter classes - but most women choose to ride astride, because it's better.

                                  Surely they only compete at the lower levels over the pond?


                                  • #18
                                    looks like"real riding" to me.

                                    So Old Bag, do you also think none of the women who rode to the hounds in the olden days were doing 'real ridin"?


                                    • #19
                                      Originally posted by oldbag View Post
                                      Although it does look elegant, I don't think of it as real riding.

                                      It's more of fancy dress thing. Isn't it?
                                      Oh my! You haven't "ridden" until you've ridden side saddle. Sold my last side saddle because it was too wide for the new guy - hoping to find one more suitable so that I can do at least one dressage show side saddle before I die (it's on my bucket list)!

                                      "I am still under the impression that there is nothing alive quite so beautiful as a thoroughbred horse." -- John Galsworthy


                                      • #20
                                        Child the Middle-est came back from a weekend in Va doing the same thing

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