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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.

Saddle seat equitation riders can  now ride with a new reason in mind: raising funds for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital or the rider’s selected charity."It’s a shared-commitment program that encourages riders to show an American Saddlebred, Arabian (including...
Many saddle seat riders believe their sport is misunderstood by those unfamiliar with the discipline. Here, Carole Stohlmann, a United States Equestrian Federation "R” saddle seat equitation, Arabian, National Show Horse and Saddlebred judge from Oklahoma City, clears up...
On-the-aids goes out the window when you ask for canter. Your horse trots faster and faster until he finally plunges into canter, which he maintains only for a few unbalanced moments before he falls back into that equally not-fun-at-all...
Riding the flat and running walk on a Walking Horse is like floating through air—it’s the ultimate ride,” says performance horse trainer Wendy Said, who has trained pleasure (flat shod) Tennessee Walking Horses, among other breeds, in Southern California...
You ride into the arena and look around you, taking in all the beautiful western pleasure horses groomed and saddled to perfection. Suddenly, you see yourself in the reflection of the arena windows. You are sitting on your beautiful...
They are among the flashiest horses in the flashiest classes — the American Saddlebred horses in the three- and five-gaited events. Like barely controlled dynamos, they charge around the ring with high knee action, willowy necks and proudly held...
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