English Equitation :mounting, correct seat, dismounting
A correct seat in the saddle is basic to all successful activities with horses. It not only indicates sophistication in horse riding, but affords balance to the rider and aids performance of the horse by correct weight distribution. The accomplished rider does everything possible to divert attention from rider and mount in performance classes, and reduces fatigue of the horse on trail and pleasure rides by sitting straight in the saddle. Methods of mounting, sitting the saddle and dismounting differ slightly but are still basically the same. A rider who has attained proficiency in English riding can easily master Western riding, and vice versa. Recommended procedures for English riding are illustrated in this publication. For Western riding, see MU publication G02876, Western Equitation: Mounting, Correct Seat, Dismounting.
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