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Mastering The Three Seats

There are three seats a rider should master to become effective and versatile – the full seat, the half seat, and the deep seat. In the hunter/jumper world the most common and most useful is the full seat, which is a balanced seat with a closed hip and a tall shoulder, but the half seat, also referred to as the 'hunt' seat, is also a much-needed tool. A strong base of support, an active core, a tall shoulder, and a slightly closed hip angle are all necessary aspects of your position that must be developed in order to strengthen any seat. In the equitation or hunter rings, the full seat is going to be the most common and effective, and a consistent seat will be rewarded by both the judges and the efforts of your horse. In the jumper ring, however, the ability to be adaptable with your seat will…

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