This category of riding gets its name from English traditions, though the type of English riding that has become known as Hunt Seat has a long history throughout Europe, as well.

At its most basic, the English rider sits in a small, fairly light saddle designed for close contact. The rider’s legs hang down on either side of the horse, with a foot in each stirrup. Using both hands, the rider takes up light contact with the horse’s mouth via the reins, which are linked in a continuous loop.

Learn more about Hunt Seat.

Learn about Saddle Seat.