Know Your Different Seats
You have four different seat options in hunt seat equitation: full seat, half-seat, light seat and driving seat. For this exercise, you need to be very familiar with the first three:
Full seat – This is when your entire seat (seat bones and buttocks) are in the saddle, providing maximum connection to your horse’s back. It offers the most balance and control, which can be especially useful for rollback turns, lead changes, etc.
Light seat – In this position, which is between the full seat and half-seat, your seat bones make light contact with the saddle, but the rest of your backside is still clear of it. This is basically the same position you have during the sitting phase of the posting trot. While offering you some balance and support, it still allows your horse to move freely forward. Much of your course riding will be done in this position.
Half-seat, also known as jumping or twopoint position – Your weight is balanced on just the two points of contact between your legs and the horse. We use this seat to follow the horse’s motion—for example, over a jump— and to encourage him to utilize his body as freely as possible.