Side saddle is making a comeback, thanks to a small but dedicated group of riders determined to uphold the traditions of this elegant way of riding.
But beneath the demure skirt of the riding habit lies not only a complicated tangle of legs, straps and pads that help the rider stay on, but a saddle that evolved over the centuries to give women the security and independence that allowed them to ride on equal terms with men.
Understanding a little about how the side saddle and riding habit evolved demonstrates how objects are adapted to their environment and suggests that perhaps we should look for the joy in rediscovering more supposedly outdated equipment.
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