Riding Side Saddle – The Victorian Way
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Riding Side Saddle – The Victorian Way

September 5, 2019

Good morning, my name is Miss Willoughby.
I’ve had the most charming visit here at Audley End House. Whenever I stay with my aunt in Littlebury
I always take the opportunity to take a ride out and visit the house. I’ve always been grateful for my aunt encouraging
me to learn to ride side saddle and as Augusta, Lord Braybrooke’s daughter, rides too I
have every confidence in his grooms. Is everything well? Yes Miss, all well. Excellent. A side saddle is very different
to a man’s saddle. These pommels known as the leaping head and
the fixed head afford me security in the saddle. When riding these are gripped by both legs
meaning that we can join the men in the hunting field taking any fences or hedges that catch
our fancy. After a quick check of the girths and straps
it’s time to mount up. A Lady can’t mount without help, my aunt’s
advice is to always make sure your help knows what he is doing. Some gentlemen are so keen to show off their
strength they’ll throw you and you’ll soon find yourself on the ground on the other
side of your steed. Caution is also needed when mounting up in
our skirts. Our habits are specially designed, mine with more material here for my knee. The grooms needs to have a good grip of your
foot, a strong spring from you and he helps guide you into your seat. Even now whenever Augusta comes home to visit
her parents we try to ride out as often as we can. Secure in our saddle we take in her father’s
extensive estate, which is where we’re off to now. ‘tck ‘tck walk on.

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  1. She is not kidding about ending up on the other side. First time I tried sidesaddle I ended up face first in the dirt on the other side. I don't know who was more appalled, me or the poor horse.

  2. I've ridden side saddle a few times. It's actually quite easy once you know what to do. Though the first I tried I nearly fell off the other side onto my butt. ?

  3. I’m onto you Mrs. Crocombe

    Also when I ride horses I much prefer to ride bareback than on a forward saddle or side-saddle.

  4. The actresses name is Kathy Hipperson in case anyone wants to know. Also that woman can ride side saddle, with stays on, and a golden eagle on her arm in Tudor Dress. Be impressed people, be VERY impressed. It’s not that easy to ride side saddle, and the saddles themselves are more expensive then standard saddles.

  5. They definitely didn’t think Mrs. Crocombe would get as popular as she did. Jokes on them we’re absolutely turnt on Mrs. Crocombe and WE WANT HER BACK!!!!

  6. As a long-time equestrian, I've got to say you have to be pretty damn talented and brave to canter and jump side-saddle! Amazing! And the horses look SO well cared for (:

  7. So deceived by inaccurate portrays in movies and teleshows. Now I know there is a different kind of saddle for ladies.

  8. I was thinking a lady's horse would have been more elegant, as opposed to draught types.
    Those horses are gorgeous, by the way.

  9. I would have thought a hat with a veil would have protected one's complexion better from the harsh wind and strong sun. Wasn't a veil for riding in style at that time?

  10. Maybe I am wrong but it really doesn't look comfortable. I also can't imagine it is good for the spine to experience all the impact while sitting at such an odd angle.

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