Sidesaddle riding is a form of equestrianism that uses a type of saddle which allows a rider (usually female) to sit aside rather than astride an equine. The whip is placed directly behind the cinch on the right side, since it replaces our leg. For some years now, this discipline has been resumed in Spain and throughout the world. More and more women join the world of horse riding and sidesaddle riding is a beautiful and elegant way to go riding at funfairs and pilgrimages. Although it may seem insecure, sidesaddle riders tend to feel very safe, even more than sitting astride.
The rider’s saddle consists of two or three heads (fixed and leaping head) where the two legs are placed, which tend to face the right side and in the case of a third head, this is placed outside of the right side of the saddle, bending towards the right thigh to provide a better support. When it comes to making a sidesaddle safety is fundamental. Over the years, the saddle has been perfected so that the rider is as safe as possible.
For the attire, the most remarkable riding habit worn by women riding sidesaddle is the skirt. It must be longer on the right side so that it completely covers the boot of that foot. The sidesaddle skirt can be attached to the right foot by a piece of elastic to hold it in place when riding. When dismounted it is wrapped behind the legs and attached to a button on the left hip to avoid dragging the skirt.
In Spain, the horsewoman must wear a short suit, with a guayabera (jacket-like shirt), a jacket or a waistcoat.
At Artequus Equestrian Centre in Malaga we teach sidesaddle classes so you can learn to ride or perfect your technique. We have specialized instructors and noble horses so you can start from scratch. Do not hesitate to contact us.