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Putting the "Horse before the Car" here - so to speak....... not that I'm losing any sleep over the issue but is there any reason to why we usually put our left foot in the stirrup, throw our right leg over the saddle, and mount the horse on it's left side? Then we go to get behind the wheel of our vehicles, open the door and first step in with our right foot, and control the beast from the left, drivers, seat?  Is this a American tradition, just coincidence or is there a reason to the habit? 

Note; this all assumes we mount up facing the appropriate direction of travel!  


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Comment by Carbine on June 19, 2015 at 6:49pm

Since writing this blog I have recently read that the reason a card dealer always deals to the left is so that his right hand can more readily reach for his gun if the need arises.

Thanks for the info Bat. I've been on "the wrong side of the car or crossing the road" numerous times visiting several countries. It is a odd feeling to be sitting in a vehicle when one is accustomed to gripping the reins or wheel when there is nothing to grasp. Countless tourists have been injured or killed while in foreign countries while crossing streets because they first looked the wrong way. 

Comment by Carbine on May 9, 2015 at 8:00pm

At this point that Doc Adams Buggy looks mighty inviting Neil. No use risking a "ricochet" from a trampoline!

Comment by dirtrider on May 9, 2015 at 7:14pm

Shucks, Neil.  How didja figger it out?

Comment by dirtrider on May 9, 2015 at 3:22pm

Shucks, fellas,,,,,,,,,,,, Ah jes run up behind, put both hands on his rump and fly up into the saddle.

yup, thas mah story.

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