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Saddle Seat is an English style of riding representing grace, elegance and charisma. Many horses within this beautiful discipline will portray an effortless high stepping, walk, trot and canter, but particularly the trot will leave you with an imagination as if the horse is dancing on air, yet about to burst with excitement. However, the well-trained Saddle Seat horse is actually very responsive and comfortable to ride, like a finely tuned sports car.
Saddle Seat riding is about animation, a high head carriage with an arched neck, and lots of “action” or high-stepping. The canter should be very collected and slow, with the appearance of a rocking horse.
Many American Saddlebreds are also trained as five gaited horses that literally will perform five gaits. These are man-made gaits called the “slow gait” and “rack”. The five gaits are the walk, trot, slow gait, rack (which is an extremely smooth four-beat gait performed “at speed”) and canter.
Saddle Seat has developed into its modern form in the United States, and is also seen in Canada and South Africa.
Level Taught: Beginner to World Level.
At BHEC, we produce World Champion Saddle Seat riders year after year!
The object of Dressage is the harmonious development of the physique and ability of the horse. As a result, it makes the horse not only calm, supple, loose and flexible, but also confident, attentive and keen, thus achieving perfect understanding with the rider. The horse should give the impression of doing on his own accord that which is required of him.
Visit the United States Dressage Federation for more information.
Hunt Seat is terminology used in the United States and Canada to refer to a style of forward seat riding commonly found at American horse shows. Along with Dressage, it is one of the two classic forms of English riding. The Hunt seat is based on the tradition of fox hunting. Hunt seat competition in North America includes both flat and over fences for show hunters, which judge the horse’s movement and form, and equitation classes, which judge the rider’s ability both on the flat and over fences. Hunt seat is also the generic term used to describe any form of forward seat, including that seen in show jumping and eventing.
Any comprehensive work on our sport has to begin with the rider’s position. A study of our discipline is somewhat difficult because there is no one work that pulls together the evolution of the accepted style of riding in the U.S.A. today. Our roots go back to the beginning of riding history; today’s seat and style is a composite that best suits modern needs in the show ring. The definition of equitation is “that position which allows the rider to perform a function with the least amount of energy.”