Today at my riding lesson, I was asked if I would be interested in trying to ride aside on the farms most advanced lesson horse. This is a lesson horse with all of the pop and circumstance of a true American Saddlebred show horse, but with a calm enough demeanor to carry several different riders. He is HUGE. Not one centimeter under 17 hands! I rode him today astride. I have come to realize that I now feel more secure riding aside than astride... well at least on a horse that I feel sure will not rear up on me!
Oh yes - and one more thing.. if Jose, the barn name for the lesson horse, takes to the sidesaddle... I will get to show him in an Open English Pleasure class at a saddlebred show!
Pinch me.. someone just pinch me!