Friday, 24 September 2010

Jumping Aside

While rummaging through folders on my computer, I found some photos take in May during the two days Hattie and I attempted jumping side saddle before deciding to do it that weekend at the South Kilworth Show.

These two photos were taken on the first day of our training,

It was weird jumping side saddle as you don't fold forward as you do when you jump astride but slightly to the off-side as it helps to keep your left shoulder back. You also can't get as forward jumping side saddle as you can astride due to the pommels. This is why during the 1920's and 30's, dual position leaping heads become popular on side saddles as the forward seat became the norm for jumping instead of the backwards seat seen during the Victorian and Edwardian eras.

With the dual position leaping horns, you could screw the horn into the higher hole for jumping to allow you to get more forward or put it on the lower hole for riding on the flat.

My 1920's off-side side saddle had a dual position setting but this later got filled in to keep it as a jumping saddle by a previous owner.

Here is Hattie and me the next day...

Getting a little braver and jumping a little higher!

1 comment:

  1. I'm so glad to see your posts again! I love reading about other people's sidesaddle adventures. I figured I'd comment about all your posts on one. Congrats on your fantastic show & your new off-site is really neat! Can't wait to see pics of your custom saddle too.
    I still haven't quite figured out jumping sidesaddle, I seem to get snapped back and end up with a terribly sore back. :( But it is fun!