(Closed) Sidesaddle for rent?

posted 6 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

It’s a lot easier to help if we have some idea where you live.If you post a request in your local board someone is likely to be able to help you out.

Otherwise I would email  http://www.americansidesaddleassociation.org/

 and ask for help.

Post # 4
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Wannabee

Yes, in order to locate you a possible sidesaddle we need location, as it is not only rather expensive to ship sidesaddles, but most of us here in the US are reluctant to send them “away.”  The contaact for the AmericanSidesaddle Assn. is [email protected], and we would be more than happy to help you out if we possibly can. 

If your dress is too slippery for riding astride, though, be aware that the sidesaddle won’t eliminate the problem.  It certainly *can* work, especially since you would only need to walk–although if the skirt is not rather full it may be hard to manage it over the horns of the sidesaddle.

<g> Mine was a sidesaddle wedding, too–we were married at the Blessing of the Hounds, and then I (in my cream linen habit) went off on the hunt itself

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

I wanted to do something similar, but I thought it over and decided not to because it would be stressful for my horse to be ridden a different way, in a different place with so many people around, I would be wearing a big dress, he’s only 4 (although very calm and accepting) and then i’d have to worry about learning to ride sidesaddle and finding someone I trust who isn’t attending to look after him ect.

My suggestion would be to go to a local show and ask around, search any forums local to you, put wanted adverts up at local feed stores and even ask people at tack stores, or look on ebay for a cheap one that you could sell after the wedding. There’s a lot of preperation that you’ll need to do beforehand to make sure your horse is ok with everything, so i’d get a mock up dress and practice riding sidesaddle with that at home. I imagine your center of gravity will change while riding sidesaddle too, so it’ll be an adjustment, but it’s a really cool idea! I thought about breaking my horse to cart, but still didn’t want to have the worry of where I would keep him during the ceremony and finding someone to look after him. I do have a mare who’d take it in her stride, but she’s retired so I wouldn’t be able to do that either. Good luck, I hope you can find one =)

Post # 6
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Wannabee

Yikes–be *very* careful about buying ” a cheap one off eBay.”  There are many new ones sold there that are not properly designed, just an ordinary astride tree with a couple of horns stuck on–they will make you slide off to the left, will not provide you with correct grip, and may be uncomfortable or even painful to your horse.  And while such a sidesaddle might allow you to hang on long enough to ride the short distance to your wedding, you should not try to sell it along to some unsuspecting soul afterwards.  That’s how sidesaddle gets a bad name for discomfort, insecurity, and horse problems. 

All of ASA’s regional organizations listed at http://www.americansidesaddleassociation.org/memberorganizations.htm have e-mail lists which you can join for free, as a “social” member, long enough to get the help you want.  You can see if there’s anyone near you who can provide hands-on help; we often help people decide if an eBay or Craig’s-List sidesaddle is safe; and we provide long-distance advice and cheer on anyone with plans like yours!  (If, by any chance, you are in the UK, leasing a sidesaddle is fairly common there.  Contact the Side Saddle Association http://www.sidesaddleassociation.co.uk/, e-mail [email protected] for contacts.)

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

I should verify that when I say a ‘cheap one’ from ebay, i’m talking about a middle of the line, used saddle, not a new one that is poor quality. As far as pinching goes, I assumed you could get sidesaddles adjusted the same as normal saddles to fit the horse. My favourite saddle was one I.bought for 120 online and it fits my horse very well.

Post # 10
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

Might be worthwhile to check out used tack consignment shops. The two I can think of right offhand are the Maryland Saddlery consignment shops in Crofton and Butler, Maryland. A quick call and they could tell you if they have any sidesaddles in stock. I think they even let you take them home to ensure it fits your horse before purchase.

Worth a shot !

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