You are so lucky that you get to ride saddle seat aside and astride. I've always thought how much fun it looks. They don't have saddle seat riding over here.
You two look lovely.We haven't got saddle seat riding here but I have ridden in a saddle seat saddle. I didn't care for it much, made me feel like I was too far back.
You guys look good to me!
Hey Sydney...Unless someone put your Saddle Seat saddle on wrong you don't sit back as far as you do with a sidesaddle. Give it another try. There's nothing like it on a bouncy Saddle Horse! :)
Looks good to me too --- I've never ridden a gaited horse let alone side saddle.
He is one fancy pony! you two look great!
Hi, thanks for stopping by my blog last week (this week?? can't remember!) I'm learning a lot from reading your posts. Hope things improve for you & Oliver soon!
It's great that you can ride aside and astride on Oliver. Looking good!
I stumbled across escaramuza charra looking for sidesaddles. They are Mexican sidesaddle competitions. I don't speak Spanish but I thought you might like to see it if you haven't already. Unfortunately I couldn't copy a link that had video but it's on youtube. Turn on your sound it's better with the music. I also wanted to tell you not to let a bad show bother you. I know you said you worry about representing your magazine, but when you have a bad ride and do not come out of the arena red faced mad, cursing, and yanking on your horse's mouth, you are representing yourself and your magazine well. You are showing what a good horsewoman you are. Also remember you never look as bad as you feel.
Look what I found! Bridle rosettes with a sidesaddle lady and what appears to be a Saddlebred! http://cgi.ebay.com/A-SET-OF-ROSETTES-IN-3D-OF-A-WOMAN-SIDE-SADDLE-WHITE-DR_W0QQitemZ250561696018QQcmdZViewItemQQptZLH_DefaultDomain_0?hash=item3a56a41112
Well - a sidesaddle and a saddleseat saddle sit in the same place on a horses back..both being longer than other basic English saddles..but with saddleseat you push yourself to the back of the saddle when you ride. With a sidesaddle, you sit further back because your right leg is in front of you..escentially with your behind (center point of gravity) in the same place.. but it does not feel as far back because you are pulling yourself forward with the saddle heads. So - with a cut back saddle, there is a lot more 'open' space between your butt and the horses withers. Did that make sense???
Nice picture. Thanx for visiting my blog a while back. I don't ride saddleseat, but I have had shows like you just did. Nothing seems to fall into place. Glad you were able to feel good about the astride class though! One good round can make all the difference.
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