Ok folks, there are a couple things that have captured me since I can remember. Like as farrrrrrr back as I can remember.
Costumes and horses.
Obviously I have stayed true to my itty bitty, young self and haven't changed a bit :)
Well, today is super exciting for me, because my very own side saddle has arrived! If there is a better marriage of history, horses and costume possibilities, I haven't found it.
Meet my saddle.
She's a Martin and Martin, and she's an oldie. For her age, she's in pretty good shape. As far as side saddles go, they are surprisingly hard to find. In this day of finding everything in a click, this took some hunting.
Aside from them being rather scarce in the first place, one is also limited by size, as the saddle has to fit both the horse and rider. I'm not sure of her age, but most side saddles available today date from late Victorian, to between the World Wars. Kept up and repaired, of course.
|There's always a dog or two hanging|
in the background of my photos :)
So, my challenge for 2014 will be to learn to ride aside. Tomorrow I will be taking it out to the barn for the first time. So excited!
I see a riding habit in my future...