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Saddle Seat

Saddle Seat is a style of English riding that is ridden within certain gaited breeds or those with high-stepping action, such as Saddlebreds, Morgans, Arabians, National Show Horses, Tennessee Walkers, Spotted Saddle Horses, Paso Finos, Missouri Fox Trotters, Rocky Mountain, etc. The goal is to show off the horse’s gaits, and the attire is quite stylish. Saddle seat differs greatly from other English disciplines like hunt seat and dressage. The rider’s job is to sit upright with shoulders back while posting behind the horse’s center of balance while helping the horse look effortless and graceful. Horse Illustrated offers articles about the discipline, the breeds that are involved with the discipline, and stories from riders.

Demystifying the Double Bridle

Riders transitioning to the double bridle for dressage or saddle seat classes can find it intimidating at first to handle…

2 years ago

Kendra Wise Crowned 2021 USEF Saddle Seat Adult Amateur Medal Final Champion

Kendra Wise, of Tipp City, Ohio, has been crowned the 2021 USEF Saddle Seat Adult Amateur Medal Final champion at…

3 years ago

An Illustrated Look at A Royal Affair

A visit to The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair in Toronto should be on every equestrian’s bucket list. The event, which…

4 years ago

American Saddlebred Horse Association’s Devin Sell Wins 2019 USEF Youth Sportsman’s Award

U.S. Equestrian announced Devin Sell of Georgetown, Ky, as the winner of the 2019 USEF Youth Sportsman’s Award in recognition…

5 years ago

Michael Arquilla Rides to USEF Saddle Seat Medal Final Win

The top saddle seat equitation riders in the U.S. faced a rigorous challenge on Saturday, November 16, as they competed…

5 years ago

Morgan Breed’s Grand National & World Championship Morgan Horse Show Wraps Up in Oklahoma City

The American Morgan Horse Association (AMHA) welcomed nearly 1,000 Morgan horses to the 2019 Grand National and World Championship Morgan…

5 years ago

At the 2019 Saddle Seat Invitational Test Event, U.S. Saddle Seat Young Riders Stars Team Wins Gold

The 2019 U.S. Saddle Seat Young Riders Stars Team secured the gold medal and gained valuable experience in international competition…

5 years ago

The American Saddlebred

Photo courtesy American Saddlebred Horse Association You may think of the American Saddlebred as a high-stepping show-ring mount—a pretty face…

8 years ago

Helmets in Saddle Seat and Western Classes

Q: My experience showing horses has been with hunter/jumpers and eventing, all of which require helmet use. Recently I’ve branched…

9 years ago

Saddle Seat Divisions Decoded

The nuances of different saddle seat divisions may seem baffling to an outsider. But if you aspire to compete in…

9 years ago