Friday, 24 June 2011

The Side Saddle For Sale & Wanted List

Due to the number of emails and requests from people looking for side saddles, side saddle stuff, etc and people wanting to sell their side saddle stuff, I've decided to make a list for ease of rehoming said items like the Side Saddle Association For Sale/Wanted list.

Email me your items at or requests for items at crinolinegirl @ (take the space away from before and after the @ symbol) and I will put them in a special blog post which will get archived. I've created a little category in the Labels section down on the bottom left side of the page called "Side Saddles and Tack For Sale/Wanted" where these special blog posts will get archived for ease of shopping.

Any transactions are between YOU and the Vendor/Buyer so keep your wits and common sense about you when engaging in a transaction!

I'm doing this as a way to help bring side saddle to more people in what sometimes seems like a closed community.

Like the scans? They are from my 1892 copy of How Women Should Ride by C. De Hurst showing what sort of flat side saddle was recommended during the era as opposed to the "catalog" saddle with slipper stirrup which were available in abundance from every mail order company into the early 20th century.

The stirrup shown in the first scan, is a Scott side saddle stirrup which was patented in 1885. This is it in the closed position...

Here is the Scott in the open position.

The Cope is another similar style safety stirrup that was invented in 1885 as well but differs slightly from the Scott. Instead of the inner stirrup arch tipping forward and splitting in two at the top like the Scott, the inner stirrup on a Cope tilts forwards allowing the bottom foot plate disengage to free the foot.

Closed Cope...

Open Cope...


  1. Hi, I really love your blog as I am fascinated by old saddles although know little about side saddles. Can you explain the design of the stirrup iron in the first picture, is it hinged?

  2. I can do better and add photos! :) I just updated this blog post to show the two different kinds of hinged side saddle safety stirrups.

  3. That's really interesting thanks. I wonder why you didn't see that style of safety stirrup in use astride, was it perhaps that the men felt they didn't need a safety stirrup and it was seen very much as a ladies thing?

  4. The Scott & the Cope safety stirrups were meant to release in a different type of fall than seen on an astride saddle.

    On a side saddle, you are most likely to fall off the side away from your legs (usually the off side). Your stirrup leather comes over the top of the saddle and releases with your weight pulls down.

    Contrast that with a rider going off an astride saddle - generally over the shoulder of the horse. You will NEVER go over the shoulder of your horse in a side saddle!
    Linda F

  5. Hi I have a lovely old three pommel side saddle that I wish to sell but do not know where to list it, any ideas I am in New Zealand.
    I love your page it has so much info, its great. Gaby

  6. If you email me some photos, a description, how much you want for it, I can post it here for you :) My email is crinolinegirl @ (take out the space before and after the @ symbol).