Someone sent me a link to this abomination for sale on Ebay, I thought it was Tacky Tack of the Day worthy so Jessica, this one is for you....
I had to do a double take when I saw this, I couldn't believe what I was seeing. This is probably the worst Asian made side saddle I have ever seen. A poster child of what NOT to buy when buying a side saddle. How the heck would you even ride in this???!!
To be fair, the seller probably doesn't know much about side saddles and probably only bought this to "have a go" but if you managed to jam your right leg into the extreme curl of the fixed head, you would be fighting riding uphill while trying to balance on a narrow seated astride tree! Your left leg would be at an impossible angle as the leaping head is so far over to the middle side of the seat that your left leg would have to hang nearly straight down due to being blocked by the horn...and what the hell is going on with the "forward cut" flap???!!!!
Sigh, it looks like the manufacturers copied this monstrosity from an ancient relic side saddle with it's cutback-less head and it's vestigial off-side horn.
Don't get me started on the fact the seller advertises that they had "their saddler out to see if we could get it to fit and he told me it's a fairly rare combination saddle. The leg loop unscrews and you can ride as astride."
He got the astride part right!!