|My first time!|
It probably helps that I've become vaguely accustomed to sitting sideways in canter through vaulting.
The first thing to say is that if you want to give it a go then find an instructor and go for it! I'm very lucky that I had the opportunity to ride a familiar horse but there are quite a lot of instructors around who can help you out. I certainly wouldn't want to try a side saddle on a horse who was new to it without professional help: even just tacking up with a side saddle is a bit different, and obviously the riding technique is different. An additional problem for starting out entirely on your own is that the saddles are expensive and must fit the horse comfortably. The Side Saddle Association has a good website which should help you to find someone to teach you with their own equipment.
|Being poked by Philippa!|
|At least the zip is quite soft and flat.|
|My left foot probably isn't in quite the right position but you get the idea!|
|Or you can just carry your hand quite high, like this - not so comfy though.|
|Apparently this really was straight and in the middle. Rolo just has a big bum and was standing wonky...|
|You could also just train your servants to throw you on board, of course.|
here to go to YouTube.
EDIT - We won!