A friend of a friend has just written that Washington, Lafayette and Jefferson all rode side saddle to ease the pain of their war injuries. Before I proceed to dismantle this person with extreme prejudice, I wanted to double check.
I can't find any record that Washington was wounded during the Revolutionary war, and I'm very skeptical that Jefferson, who never fought, was wounded. (Perhaps he fell during his flight from Williamsburg?)
Is anyone aware of any record of any of the founding fathers riding sidesaddle for any reason?
Update with a couple of notes:
The FOAF didn't specify a time period. From the context of the comments it sounded like she was referring to the post-revolutionary period. I'd be happy with evidence showing Washington (or the others) in a side saddle at any point in their lives, but I'd be happiest with the Revolutionary war period.
I'm aware that I have asked SE to prove a negative, and that I should eat some crow because I've criticized others for this in the past. Is there any evidence that Washington was either wounded, or suffered from some other ailment (e.g. arthritis, back / hip problems) that might have required him to ride sidesaddle? I'm aware that Washington was renown as a rider during the revolutionary war; are there contemporary accounts of his riding towards the end of his life?
I should eat more crow because I haven't documented my preliminary research. Some of it is in personal interviews with the historian of the International Side Saddle Organization. I've also searched for any evidence that Washington was wounded during the Revolutionary war - I found no indication of any serious wounds during his career. I see that Lafayette fought with a leg wound during the battle of Brandywine, but I haven't found any evidence that he rode sidesaddle. (Jefferson has no military career other than cowardly flight, so I'm going to exclude the possibility of war injuries for Jefferson).
Riding sidesaddle doesn't necessarily imply an injury to the bum. Sidesaddle can be a more comfortable seat as a result of back injuries. I'm not an authority on the subject but I understand it can also be more comfortable for people who suffer from scoliosis, and for certain leg injuries.