Know Your Dif­fer­ent Seats

Practical Horseman - - Editor's Note -

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.

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