Hunt Seat Equitation

Tests an amateur or youth’s ability to ride – not the performance of the horse. As in horsemanship, contestants work a predetermined pattern consisting of maneuvers such as changing gaits; travel in a figure-8 pattern; backing up as well as posting on correct diagonal and counter-cantering. Top riders return to be judged as they travel the perimeter of the arena performing gait changes at the judge’s discretion. Emphasis is placed on ability to sit correctly, hold the correct riding posture and control the horse on a precise pattern.

June 02, 2021 | News and Publications , Western Dressage
There’s a lot of horse training involved in getting a good simple lead change.
May 25, 2021 | News and Publications , Training
Learning to ride without stirrups is a huge confidence and balance builder for riders. Try these no-stirrup exercises to build better lower leg control.
April 09, 2021 | News and Publications , Training
Improve your body position at the counter-canter and troubleshoot your horse’s balance, collection and flexibility.
January 25, 2021 | News and Publications , Horsemanship
Look the part of the confident equestrian with advice from AQHA Professional Horsewoman Gretchen Mathes.
January 25, 2021 | News and Publications , Hunter Under Saddle
Troubleshoot common problems, learn how to use your aids correctly and try these exercises to improve downward transitions.

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AQHA Pro Horsemen's Competitive Edge: Hunt Seat Equitation