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Camel saddles are deep in the middle and high on each
end. They sit up high on the hump of the camel. While they are
great for sitting in, and for hanging cargo sacks from, they do
make the rider sit up very high. It's a strange experience, sitting
up high on a camel. It's nothing like riding a horse, where the
horses head comes up in front of you. With the camel, the hump
drops down in front of you, and then the neck and head stretch
out in font of you, rather far away. If you fall, there is not
much to hang onto.
Another problem with riding a camel, is finding a camel
saddle that fits. If you get one that is too small, it can pinch
you front and back. Not something you want to happen on a long
camel caravan! Can you imagine days and days of being squeezed,
bounced and banged in all the wrong places?
The camel has the amazing ability to crouch down,
and fold it's legs under itself. From here you have to figure
out how to best get on
Some people struggle to get their food over the camel's
hump, and make a fool of themselves. The best way to mount a camel
is to jump onto it from behind, like leap-frogging over friend!
The hardest part is hanging on when the
camel decides to get up! First the back legs go up and then the
front! If you don't hang on you're in for big trouble!
OK, now that we are up, let's take picture and get
going. Oops, I forgot. Camera's weren't invented yet. We are
supposed to be back in Nabataean times.