We learned a little about Mrs. Slingerland from these two pictures of her ranch. This image is captioned "Mrs. W. A. Slingerland and her riding horse before 1902." It has some great detail. Her obituary indicates she was born in Stowe, Vermont in 1849 and came west with her husband in 1884. She died in Portland in 1942, at the age of 93.
And riding side saddle like a proper lady would have done! I've not actually seen how to get on a horse side saddle though. I can't imagine her lifting her leg high enough with a dress on. There must be a mounting block somewhere or a person to give her a leg up.
The tooling on the saddle and stirrup is nice and the saddle blanket too.The horse is a nice size for a lady to ride.
Kathie A. on 11th July 2019 @ 7:28am
Heck with the side saddle! I want to know who road that cool "go cart" next to the shed and if they lived to a very old age.
Roger Sheldrake on 11th July 2019 @ 7:46am
I don't know anything about side saddles, but that doesn't look like anything that I would like to sit sideways on.
Buzz on 11th July 2019 @ 8:58am
As I have gotten older, I find it much harder, and some days impossible to get my leg up high enough to get my foot in the stirrup, and then have enough strength to pull myself up into the saddle.
I give a thumbs up to ladies like Mrs. Slingerland.
A descendant of the Kreps family told me that when she was a little girl, she would ride with her mother and grandmother who used side saddles. They rode out to the hillsides to pick the little wild blackberries. Long dresses and all.
L.E. on 11th July 2019 @ 9:12am
agreed Roger....but at our age all I see is broken bones. a very classy looking lady.
Arlen Sheldrake on 11th July 2019 @ 9:53am