Story: Horses

The Exley sisters on horseback

The Exley sisters on horseback

The Exley sisters – Margaret, Alice, Elizabeth and Sarah – pose on horseback on their family farm in Taranaki, around 1900. All except Margaret (far left) are mounted side saddle, which was the ‘proper’ way for women to ride horses up until that time. After this date, the trend was for riding astride.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, M. Taylor Collection
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Photograph by William H. St Clair

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Emma Meyer, 'Horses - Women and riding', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 19 October 2021)

Story by Emma Meyer, published 24 Nov 2008