Hearing this Dorothea covered her face, and Cardenio retreated into Don Quixote's room, and they hardly had time to do so before the whole party the host had described entered the inn, and the four that were on horseback, who were of highbred appearance and bearing, dismounted, and came forward to take down the woman who rode on the side-saddle
, and one of them taking her in his arms placed her in a chair that stood at the entrance of the room where Cardenio had hidden himself.
They rode upon mules and horses, and there was not a side-saddle
in the party; for this specialty was to remain unknown in England for nine hundred years yet.
The lieutenant-governor, although his visit was one of the anticipated glories of the day, had alighted from his horse, and assisted his lady from her side-saddle
, and crossed the Colonel's threshold, without other greeting than that of the principal domestic.
Our dinner had been indefinitely postponed; but it was growing so late, that my aunt had ordered it to be got ready, when she gave a sudden alarm of donkeys, and to my consternation and amazement, I beheld Miss Murdstone, on a side-saddle
, ride deliberately over the sacred piece of green, and stop in front of the house, looking about her.
The rest of the sentence (she acted her words in dumb-show, of course) was lost in a fit of the fidgets, when she behaved like a puppy chewing a string, a clumsy woman in a side-saddle
, a hen with her head cut off, or a cow stung by a hornet, exactly as the whims of the sea took her.
There are just limited old sidesaddles remaining in circulation as most side-saddles
were discarded in the early 20th century when it became socially acceptable for women to ride astride.
Malvern Saddle Company, which specialises in making side-saddles
, scooped the Best Traditional Business a ward.