Monday, October 18, 2010

Easy or?

Well I finally brought my sidesaddle out of hiding on Saturday and decided to go for a ride. Our flat stuff was awesome (although, wow after a month of not doing it, I feel rusty all over again!) and I decided I'd try to attempt a few little jumps again. It's been forever since I tried to jump aside.
Well it went better for the most part. I put an old stirrup leather around my horse's neck so I'd have something to try and grab on to, to prevent the "snapping" back that I experienced last time. It worked like a charm! Half the time I wasn't able to actually GRAB the strap but I was aiming for it and it seemed to keep my body in the correct position. I also added a thicker "queen" aka big pink sponge onto the upright head which I think helped a lot too.

I was pretty darned pleased with how secure I felt and that I wasn't getting left behind! I think I've got this jumping aside business figured out!

But then yesterday I woke up and WOW was my back ever sore!!! I was supposed to go foxhunting again but I could hardly move. I really like jumping sidesaddle but I'm not sure if I want to do it all the time if my back is going to be this sore afterwards! I'm thinking practice makes perfect maybe? Maybe I just need to do it more often and I won't be as sore?


  1. I think the soreness in the back is because you can't get as forward in a side saddle as you can in an astride saddle. I can't for the life of me, jump higher jumps on Hattie as she just has such a big jump and can't get forward enough. LOL, I think I'm mostly going to stick with dressage with my side saddle and keep my close contact saddle for when I fancy jumping every now and the!

  2. It must have something to do with that. My mare can be a VERY round jumper too, so it's a lot of work to stay with her. I'd love to be able to do it but I'm sure not wanting to endure this much discomfort every time I do it!!