In the Saddle: Regency Riding


Interesting article on riding sidesaddle and earlier styles of riding. I’ll let this take the place of the blog I had intended to do because the info is really good.


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foxhunting The horse was a vital part of everyday Regency life, but few of us today have such an intimate acquaintance with that lovely animal.  We all know how to describe someone getting in and out of a car, but what about getting on and off a horse?  What does it actually feel like to ride side saddle?  How can two people ride a single horse?

The English saddle has changed little in its appearance over the past two hundred years.  The major change came at the end of the 19th century when the modern “Forward Seat: was invented and the saddle flap began to be cut “forward” so that it lay over a horse’s shoulder (allowing a shorter stirrup).  Prior to this, riders sat very straight in the saddle, leaning back when jumping fences, as seen in hunting prints of the era.

The Side Saddle

sidesaddle1790-1810Prior to 1835, a side…

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4 thoughts on “In the Saddle: Regency Riding

  1. Hey, Kate! Great repost! Although I’d never exactly call rising sidesaddle comfortable, like the author did. But then again I’m free to ride whatever way I want to, even backwards if I want, unlike ladies of past years.

    Merry Christmas!

    • Hi Lani. Thanks for stopping by.

      I’ve never ridden sidesaddle with a saddle, though when I was a kid I used to ride bareback with my right leg hooked over the withers on my sweet Morgan mare–walk, trot, canter and even on the trails. At least I sense enough not to try to jump that way. Had a lot of fun with it.

      I have a a friend who loves to go sidesaddle–on a mutton-withered, very round QH. Has a really hard time keeping the saddle straight!

      Isn’t nice we don’t have to worry about those conventions any more? Though I believe the sidesaddle stricture was relatively brief.

      Merry Christmas!

  2. Hey, enjoy your holiday. I’ll FB and Tweet.

  3. marsharwest

    What happened to the FB and Tweet symbols? That is weird.

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