Thursday, March 28, 2013

From a Discussion Yesterday...

..on the Sidesaddle group in Facebook.  The ladies were discussing the pictures just below showing the same rider on different horses where the sidesaddle is positioned in very different places.While the picture on the left does look really far back at first glance, I challenge you to look again.  

As I said earlier, these are 2 different horses.  Instead of looking at how much distance there is from the horses head to the rider, look now at the distance from the horses tail to the rider and you will see just low long the horse on the left is and that the rider is in acceptable riding positions in both pictures.

 This picture is a top side photo of a sidesaddle.  You can see the cut back under the flap in this photo.
My horse background comes from the breed of American Saddlebred horses and riding astride in cutback saddles, as shown below.

In this photo you can see just how much our cutback saddles match the typical sidesaddles, both sitting further back on the horses back.  Now a sidesaddle sits further back to accommodate the riders leg coming over to the side.

The cutback saddle was created to also not interfere   It accommodates the Park type horse who is bred with a higher neck and head carriage and more front end action.  You do not want to impede this with a saddle that rubs the shoulder muscles so obvious in this magnificent picture - nor do you want the riders weight atop of them!

Now that you have read the above information... look at the antique photo once again.


Angelina said...

You can also see her knee in relation to the shoulders and withers is about the same in both pictures. Her riding coat on the left being brushed back probably makes her look farther back as well as that horse being really long.

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