Sidesaddle Riders

The original way for ladies to ride, SIDESADDLE!! For those who ride, enjoy watching or want to learn more about sidesaddle.

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Attention Alberta Sidesaddle Riders! We now have a club: The Alberta Sidesaddle Association (affectionately called the "Twisted Sisters")

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Tips for the beginner 1 Reply

Seek professional help.  Even if it's via e-mail, contact someone from one of the sidesaddle organizations for some assistance, that's what they're there for.  The awesome thing I've found about…Continue

Started by Shimmer E. Last reply by Robin Fleener Feb 8, 2012.

western side saddle 1 Reply

Hello all side saddle riders,I am looking for a show western side saddle, light color with silver. It must fit an arabian back and be at least 21" long for my seat. The width should be 14" across the…Continue

Started by Deb Farnsworth. Last reply by Shimmer E Jan 12, 2011.

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Comment by Paula Slater on January 21, 2015 at 10:12pm

Hello, I do not ride side saddle, but I would love to interview someone who does. I have a new Canadian podcast- Straight From the Horse's Mouth Radio Show is an interview podcast that features the most unique and interesting people in the horse world. I talk with artists, authors, inventors, entrepreneurs, therapists, horse communicators, anyone with an innovative and creative approach to horses.

The podcast is on iTunes  Click link- SFHM iTunes 


If you, or anyone you know, would be a good fit as a guest on Straight From the Horse’s Mouth Radio Show, please an email to with “Interview” in the subject line -   or

Thank you,

Paula Slater

SFHM Radio Show

Comment by Kate Green on May 22, 2012 at 12:46am

Even outlaws such as Belle Star rode sidesaddle. I plan to come up with a frontier costume based on Belle Star for when I purchase my first side saddle.

Comment by Kate Green on May 22, 2012 at 12:45am

"The way to avoid housework is to live outside." ~ Sandra Blacksmith, 1900

Comment by Karen Trevor on December 19, 2011 at 3:13pm

An English style saddle in Mahoghany leather with cream suede seat and padded safe..mmmm! Betty-Lynn has ordered a made to measure tree for me which I think she said she would get in January. She has been so lovely to deal with and I am so excited about it, almost wishing my time away! lol! I did look into the steeles but someone told me that they put you in a strange position, I don't know if that is true! As I had only heard good things about Betty-Lynn's saddles, I went with her! They also look close contact which I prefer to being sitting up high on the heavily flocked English saddles!

Comment by Shimmer E on December 19, 2011 at 11:46am

I had bought my saddle to fit a Belgian x TB mare.  THere was no hope in hell of a "normal english" saddle fitting her.  Betty-Lynn has her trees custom made within Alberta to fit "modern" horse and has had a lot of experience on arabs especially (her husband bred and trained quite a number of them, which Betty-Lynn also rode and showed).  You can find other saddles to fit an arab, I know the Steeles are pretty common on the circuit as well as Circle Y's when you can find them.  Are you getting an english or a western saddle?  I'm planning on going over to visit her in early January so I hope to get a sneek peek at your work of art!

Comment by Karen Trevor on December 18, 2011 at 12:18pm

I have just ordered one of Betty-Lynn's beautiful side saddles for my hard to fit Arabian! I am so looking forward to having it as I have so much trouble fitting her to an English side saddle. Has anyone else here had similar trouble? and was a western treed saddle the answer?

Comment by Shimmer E on December 14, 2011 at 12:50pm

Couldn't agree more!  I actually own one of Betty-Lynn's creations.  My saddle is "The Patriot" and you can see her on the site.  Betty-Lynn's just a lovely lady with so much experience.  She's actually the poster girl for this group, although the picture is just a few years old... ;)  I adore my saddle, it's beautiful and comfortable to ride in! 

Comment by Kate Green on December 5, 2011 at 7:15pm

You are quite welcome.  I noticed it the other day on someone elses comment and thought you needed it. I just visited that site and was very pleased with what I found.  There are two or three very good saddle makes in the western hemisphere and they are worth checking out.  Do your research before you commit.  Good luck.

Comment by Bernadette Boland on December 5, 2011 at 6:45pm

Thanks so much Kate!

Comment by Kate Green on December 5, 2011 at 6:42pm

Hey, Bernadette, here is a link I found on this group that should help you.


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