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Styles of Riding the Horse

  by Janette Oglesby


Introduction » Forward Seat » Balanced Seat » Saddle Seat » Stock Seat » The Side Saddle » Summary » More Info 

The riding styles are frequently divided into: English, Dressage, and Stock or Western. But perhaps a more useful division would be a forward seat, balanced seat, saddle seat, and a stock seat. The saddle seat and stock seat can also be a balanced seat but you often see the rider sitting behind their own center of balance. The style of riding is greatly influenced by the saddle, as it positions the rider on the horse and effects the type aids that can be used. There are many versions of each type depending on what discipline, sport or job the horse and rider intend to perform. We'll discuss some of the types below.
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