I was browsing one of my favorite internet "haunts" (CivilWarTalk.com). In a particular thread, one person linked to this 1838 equestrian manual. I decided to read it out of curiosity as I have always wondered how on earth women stayed on horseback side-saddle. In addition, I wondered how the horse terminology might have shifted in the last 180 years.
I read it and quite enjoyed it. In addition to the ever so classy writing style, there are charming line drawings throughout. While not giving so much information to be a treatise, it covers ins and outs of riding and deportment on horseback. I found myself mentally acting out the seat and the hold of the rein in order to fully understand what was under discussion.
By the time I finished reading the manual, I decided that side-saddle is probably not as terrifying as I previously thought. I also came away convinced that persons of a previous century really took more care and notice of how one looks while engaged in an activity and not just how well one executes said activity.
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