Saddle Seat

Saddle Seat is a style of horseback riding within the category of English riding that is designed to show off the high trotting action of certain horse breeds. The style developed into its modern form in the United States, and is also seen in Canada and South Africa. To a much lesser extent, it is ridden with American action horse breeds in Europe and Australia.

The goal of the Saddle Seat riding style is to show off the horse's extravagant gaits, particularly the trot. All saddle seat riding is done on the flat (this means jumping is not involved). In the United States, there sometimes is confusion between saddle seat and hunt seat disciplines among individuals who are neither familiar with different styles of English saddle nor the substantial differences in rider position and attire between the disciplines.

Note: As with other events governed by the United States Equestrian Federation, the discipline name is two words, not one, "Saddle Seat".

Read more about Saddle SeatHistory, Equitation, Type of Horse Required, Show Classes, Tack, Shoeing and Action, Clothing, Show Grooming of The Saddle Seat Horse, See Also

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... The English riding classes fall into two primary styles, hunt seat and saddle seat ... show hunters, Eventing (also called horse trials), and English pleasure or Hunter Under Saddle, also known as a "flat" class, where the event is judged on ... "Saddle seat" or "Saddle type" classes are all on the flat and are mostly variations on English Pleasure, though the high action "Park" style classes differ because they emphasize brilliant trotting action ...
Sidesaddle Today - Competition - English Classes
... The Saddle seat variation of English sidesaddle, seen almost exclusively in the United States in certain breed shows, allows riders to emulate the "Park" riders who rode flashy ... The shirt and vest will be of the style used in astride saddle seat classes, in that the vest will match either the coat or the coat lining, the shirt is a standard menswear dress shirt, and a "Four-in-hand" tie is worn ... When show rules permit, some saddle seat style riders adopt a period costume, often based on an antique riding habit from the Victorian era ...
Saddle Seat Equitation
... see also Saddle seat Saddle seat is a uniquely American form of riding that grew out of a style of riding used on Southern plantations, with some European influences from "Park ... There is now an international competition, the Saddle Seat World Cup that includes the United States, Canada, Europe and Africa ... Other national saddle seat equitation competitions include the NHS Good Hands Finals and the USEF (US Equestrian Federation) Finals held at the American ...
Helen Crabtree
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