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    Default Have you guys seen this? 1891 Book Riding for Ladies By W. A. Kerr



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    From the chapter headed The Lady's Horse
    The average weight of English ladies is said to be nine stone
    I wonder if that's still true. I doubt it's so in the US.

    ETA: No, the average British lady has gained nearly two stone - she weighs 152 lb nowadays according to Wikipedia. We in the US average about 165 lb.

    Anyway, cool link! Thanks for posting that.



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    Gosh I wish they showed/explained things that were commonplace at the time but have faded back into history. Nice find, thanks!
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    he he:

    Much of late has been said and written against and in favour of cross-saddle riding for girls and women. A lady at my elbow has just given her emphatic opinion that it is neither graceful nor modest, and she predicts that the system will never come into vogue or meet the approval of the finer sense of women.
    (for those of you not sure - yes, cross-saddle is what is commonly referred to today as riding astride.)



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    When I was a young, horse-crazy kid, I used to help out an old lady (in her 90s) with her horse. Her name was Ethel Allaire, and she was one of the first women to compete astride in public. She was the first woman to jump a triple-bar in public.


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    There are a lot of gems in there. I would love to have a copy of this on my shelf.

    "Though ladies are not supposed to girth their own horses, occasion may arise, in the Colonies especially, when they may be called upon to perform that office."

    That must be why I have to tighten my own girth, being in the Colonies and all.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Hippolyta View Post
    There are a lot of gems in there. I would love to have a copy of this on my shelf.
    It is downloadable in many different formats here:
    http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/39610



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    What a gem of a find. Really enjoyed it. Thanks for sharing it.



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    Quote Originally Posted by draftdriver View Post
    It is downloadable in many different formats here:
    http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/39610
    But I want the cool old cover & stuff!



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