Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Repeat after me....

Welcome to "Sidesaddle Addicts Not-So-Anonymous", please repeat after me, "My name is _________ and I have a problem..... A sidesaddle problem...."

Welcome to our support group. Here we understand the "problem" and are here to help.

If you aren't sure if you belong here or not, please answer the following questions and if you answer yes to most of them, I'm sorry to say but you too are afflicted with this habit forming problem.

1. You think of sidesaddles or sidesaddle riding daily, if not more often.

2. You own more than one sidesaddle.

3. Your additional sidesaddles may not even be rideable or fit you/your horse but they were "neat" and you couldn't resist.

4. You love going to used tack shops and will dig for "treasures" that only you know their purpose.

5. You search Ebay, Kijiji, Craigslist, tack for sale websites etc etc regularly for new sidesaddle listings.

6. Somehow you can justify "just one more".

7. You have more sidesaddle accessories (habits, boots, gloves, veils, whips, canes, sandwich case, stirrups etc etc) than Barbie could ever dream of.

8. You have purchased a sewing machine in the hopes that you can teach yourself to sew in order to create new fancy outfits.

9. Many of your sidesaddle friends are people that you have never met in person but have had great influence over your sidesaddle career.

10. You eye up friend's horses and think "Hmmm... I bet he'd look nice sidesaddle".

11. You have gotten most of your friends to try riding sidesaddle.

12. You have gotten your boyfriend of husband to try riding sidesaddle (gold star for this one!)

13. You are magnetically attracted to everything & anything sidesaddle and will be able to somehow justify it's purchase.

14. You check the mail daily to see if said items have arrived yet.

15. You purchase items that are not really useful, don't fit you/your horse but are sidesaddle related to it's "ok" because it adds to your collection.

This list is just the tip of the iceberg (list in the comments if you like!) but if you can identify with your fellow sidesaddlaholics, Welcome! We can get through this together.......

Orrr perhaps we'll just help each other justify the need to own more sidesaddles, accessories, outfits and enjoy a place to chatter endlessly about sidesaddle riding and help each other out!


  1. Can I still be a member even if I don't want to be cured, and I refuse to admit I have a problem? I mean isn't admitting you have a problem the first step?

  2. I don't want to be cured either! I have just succombed to no 8. Surely it's not that hard to learn to sew and whip up fabulous historic habits... is it? :)

  3. My name is Leila and I have a problem..... A sidesaddle problem....

    I can say yes to everything on the list except no. 12 as my saddle wouldn't fit my husband BUT my little boy had a go in it after he heard that some soldiers after WWI used to ride side saddle if they got injured during the war!!

  4. Maybe we'll add that as another requirement: You refuse to see it as a problem and don't want to be cured! Neither do I!! There could be far worse addictions and just think ladies, you are helping to preserve a part of our womanly history! (There goes that darn self-justification again..... ;) )

    Anita, sewing is not nearly as hard as I thought it would be. If you can find a good book that describes things well & has lots of photos, it's a big help.

    Leila, I think getting your little guy to ride sidesaddle definitely counts!

  5. I really want to buy "Riding out in style" that is sold on http://users.tinyworld.co.uk/sidesaddlelady/

    I would love a completely lush and lavish historic costume, I'll keep mending my boys pants and work my way up to one :)

  6. The outfits are half the fun with riding aside! One leads to another.....and another! hehe It's a fun addiction!

  7. My main blog is called Riding Aside.... nuff said!