The term “side saddle” can be traced back to antiquity (approx. 1382). The term riding aside rather than riding astride meant the rider kept both legs on one side. The technique was developed in European countries in the Middle Ages as a way for women in skirts to ride a horse in a modest fashion while wearing fine clothes. Today it is a specialty niche and an almost forgotten art. Susan, a sidesaddle rider and winner of several championships at the Gladstone NJ sidesaddle show, offers lessons on your horse if you are interested in trying it.