Seat riding is an English style of riding (as are Hunt Seat and
Dressage), but it is a uniquely American style of riding used
primarily on American Saddlebred horses, Morgan horses, and Arabians.
ultimate goal in Saddle Seat riding is a truly thrilling performance.
A saddle seat horse should be thrilling to watch; extremely elegant,
classy, and stylish. Many casual spectators watching a truly good
Saddle Seat performance may think the horse is about to burst
with excitement, but the well-trained Saddle Seat horse is actually
very responsive and comfortable to ride, like a finely tuned sports
Seat riding is about animation. It is about a high head carriage
with an arched neck, and lots of "action" or high-stepping.
The canter should be very collected and slow, with the appearance
of a rocking horse.
American Saddlebred horses are trained to do five gaits- the walk,
trot, and canter, plus the slow gait and the rack (which is an
extremely smooth four-beat gait performed "at speed").