Side Saddle Blog

Welcome to the side saddle blog. Here you will find interesting, unique, vintage and new side saddle images and information. We invite you to explore the lovely art of riding aside!

Win a Sidesaddle!

Win a sidesaddle!!  Proceeds benefit the American Sidesaddle Association.

Brand new brown Elan, TB Wide, 22″. Suede seat and pommels. Winner can also trade for a wider size. Sorry, no narrower available. Tickets are $5 each or 5 for $20. Paypal treasurer@americansidesaddleassociation.org or email Maggie at maggieszoo@Hotmail.com for tickets you can print and mail. Drawing will be held at the American Sidesaddle Association annual banquet in June.

Georgia Sidesaddle Clinic

Georgia Ladies Aside Sidesaddle Clinic
June 6, 2015
Sonora Creek Farm, Canton, GA

What You’ll Learn: where/how/why to ride aside, attire, types of sidesaddles, sidesaddle history, locating a sidesaddle, position and more. Saddles will be provided and fit to you and your horse. Rain or shine – large covered indoor arena. Lunch will be available to purchase. All riders must wear a helmet and boots. Please no dogs. ASA members and all youth auditors/riders will receive a discount.

Stalls will be available for $25 a day.

Reserve your spot by mailing the application/check in by May 23.  Email us for more info and your forms!

Georgia Side Saddle Clinic June 6, 2015

We invite you to our side saddle clinic on June 6, 2015 at the lovely Sonora Creek Farm in Canton, GA. Flyers and registration forms are now available!  Use our contact us page to get yours !

American Sidesaddle Association instructor certification testing will be available at this clinic.

ASA members/youth riders and auditors ride at a reduced fee.

Sandy and her horse , Pachino at a Georgia Ladies Aside sidesaddle clinic waiting their turn to ride. Ride Aside!

Sidesaddle Clinic in Georgia

Did you hear the news?

Georgia Ladies Aside are having a sidesaddle clinic on June 6, 2015. Want to learn to ride like a lady?  Have you always wanted to give sidesaddle riding a try?  Come as a rider sidesaddles will be provided to fit to you and your horse. Or come as an auditor. We will explore reasons to ride aside, who rides aside, showing aside,  saddles, history, attire, and so much more. Our clinics are always informative, fun and well attended with riders coming from Georgia and other states. No worries about the weather we will have a covered arena.

American Sidesaddle Association instructor certification testing will be available at this clinic.

More information coming soon!  To find out more use the contact us page on our website.

And tell everyone you know!

Saddle of Queens

So with all the world a twitter over the Royal Wedding on Friday I thought it would be fun to post about queens. Here we have Queen Elizabeth riding sidesaddle.  The gentlemen in the second  photo are Prince Phillip and Prince Charles.

Did you know the sidesaddle is frequently called “the saddle of queens?”  The sidesaddle was designed and perfected over hundreds of years to keep royalty safe while riding whether rallying the troops or foxhunting. 

Here we have another queen.  This queen is made out of suede and laces to the upright pommel or fixed head of the sidesaddle. A queen can be fancy as this one or it can be as simple as wrapping a small towel, polo wrap or vet wrap to attain the correct thickness.

Why would a sidesaddle need a queen?  Did you know that all English made (As in made in England.) side saddles were custom made to fit the horse and the rider?  Some of the saddles still have a paper label on the tree stating the date the saddle was made and who the saddle was made for. 

 Unlike Queen Elizabeth who juggles many tasks, this queen is designed to do just a couple of different but important things.  It can be used to pad the fixed head to make it more comfortable for the rider. As sidesaddles were custom made for a certain lady the fixed head on the sidesaddle varies just slightly in their placement from saddle to saddle.  Why is this important to know?

 A woman with a larger thigh had the fixed head placed well to the left of the saddle. A woman with a smaller thigh had a fixed head well to the right of the saddle.  Putting the smaller lady on a larger lady’s saddle will place her femur more to the left of the saddle causing her to sit crooked.  Padding the fixed head helps place the rider’s right knee and thigh further to the right of the saddle to correctly position the rider so that she sits square in the saddle.  Seeing a side saddle rider from behind she should sitting very square, looking like the proverbial one-legged rider, not looking like a curled up shrimp. 

When riding in a side saddle remember you are riding in the “saddle of queens!’

Roping Side Saddle

So maybe you have heard the saying “anything you can do astride you can do aside?” I have always heard anything except rope a cow.  Well, here is a 1911 Visalia roping western side saddle!  So this saddle proves the aside vs. astride saying! The cowgirl image is from 1912.  Maybe she had a similar saddle. I would love to see a cowgirl rope a cow with this saddle!

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