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01 December 2006

The Parts of a Sidesaddle

For those of you who want see a leaping head, here is an image, with all the parts of a sidesaddle labeled. The leaping head (lower pommel) hooks over the riders left thigh. Imagine juming a horse over a four foot hedge and staying in the sidesaddle by squeezing the upper pommel and the leaping head between your thighs. Hang on!


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh thanks, Kathrynn, I know nothng of horses and saddles and I have to do my research since I'm writing a historical romance. This is helpful.


8:38 AM  
Blogger Kathrynn Dennis said...

Glad it was helpful! In the next day or so, I'll post a little about fashion, riding habits, and the perils of long skirts while riding aside!


6:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you, Kathrynn, for this a very informative post. I've logged countless hours in the saddle (western) and I can't imagine riding aside at a lope/canter. Whose idea was this? Surely not a woman's.

Riding Questions: The head where the right thigh was placed, was it somewhat sug fitting? Do you actually sit balanced across your hips (like astride) or more cocked and on your left cheek?

Nina P.

5:12 PM  

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