If it weren't for these special saddles, none of us would be riding aside. English, Western, Old Name, Plantation...what does all that mean? What do you call the parts, and what is inside?
How to measure and fit a side saddle to the horse and rider.
The basics of side saddle equitation. More about equitation can be found in the ISSO showing guidelines.
From the exacting details of formal hunt attire to the changing fashions of the Western show arena and the casual attire of schooling, at some point every side-saddle rider wonders “what am I supposed to wear?” These pages provide an overview of what is appropriate for many disciplines.
Rules for Showing
Numerous organizations have rules governing the shows they sponsor. Some groups simply defer to a larger body, such as the USEF or ISSO's own showing guidelines. These links and excerpts cover many of these rule sets.
Over the centuries, side-saddle has been written about extensively. ISSO has compiled electronic versions of many of these texts. This section will lead you to books from 1793 through the early 20th century, most dealing exclusively with side-saddle riding. There are many other texts that deal only in part with riding aside. You may find many of these via Google Books, Project Gutenberg, The Internet Archive, and other internet sources, in addition to book dealers. Much of the advice in these texts holds true today, while some is quite dated. Together, they paint a picture of the path we rode from antiquity to today.
We are always looking to add to these articles and texts. If you have a suggestion - either a question or something you'd like to write about - please let us know!