A featured entry in the "Deep Seat" series

The deep seat can be defined as sitting in the center of the saddle with both seat bones firmly connected to the saddle. The pelvis moves with the motion of the horse. The seat is tucked deep into the saddle, and the back is flat, with a slight curve, while the abdomen is upright (Illus. 5).

 

Illus. 5

 

On the other hand the light seat touches the saddle, but the seat bones are not connected, and there is more of an arch in the back (Illus. 6). The shoulders are also slightly forward. This seat is commonly used for jumping, hunt seat, and the hand gallop.

Illus. 6

Debbie Kay Sams

Debbie Kay Sams has written for Practical Horseman, Equine Journal, and Instructor magazines. For many years she has organized and led drill-team riding for all… See Bio

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