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    06-09-2013, 02:06 PM
  #1
Foal
Clarification...

I am learning to ride in Latvia with an instructor who doesn't speak much english.

Could someone clarify the differences or if these are the same thing?

Full seat

2 point

Light seat

Half seat

My RI does not use the technical terms so I am left guessing. When she says stand up I assume she means 2 point - like in a posting trot. And sit down is a full seat....but as for the others...I am a little confused to say the least....

Thanks,

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    06-09-2013, 02:35 PM
  #2
Yearling
A full seat is where your bum is all the way in the saddle and you're sitting deep. A half seat is where your bum is ever so lightly out of the saddle with your pelvic area still maintaining light contact, you're kind of two pointing and sitting at the same time if that makes sense. A light seat in my opinion is the exact same thing as a half seat. Two point is where your bum and pelvic area are completely out of the saddle.

It's worth noting that there is a lot of opinions regarding half seat. I have one book that says it's different from two point and then another book that says it's the exact same thing. In my opinion there is a definite difference between two point and half seat... maybe it's some regional thing, I don't know. :)
     
    06-09-2013, 03:28 PM
  #3
Foal
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Originally Posted by jinxremoving    
A full seat is where your bum is all the way in the saddle and you're sitting deep. A half seat is where your bum is ever so lightly out of the saddle with your pelvic area still maintaining light contact, you're kind of two pointing and sitting at the same time if that makes sense. A light seat in my opinion is the exact same thing as a half seat. Two point is where your bum and pelvic area are completely out of the saddle.

It's worth noting that there is a lot of opinions regarding half seat. I have one book that says it's different from two point and then another book that says it's the exact same thing. In my opinion there is a definite difference between two point and half seat... maybe it's some regional thing, I don't know. :)
So a:

Full seat = walk, canter
Half seat/Light seat = faster canter and gallop?
Two point = Posting trot and jumping?
     
    06-09-2013, 04:12 PM
  #4
Yearling
It really depends on what you're doing and everyone is going to ride differently.

I mean you could technically full seat and two point every gait if you wanted too. When I sit the trot, I am doing a full seat and I have done a lot of two point at every gait, even the walk, to help build up strength. When I'm doing jumpers I prefer to do a full seat at the canter as opposed to a half seat, but if I were doing hunters then I would prefer a half seat over a full seat. Of course, if you're doing dressage than you would never do a half seat. As for two point, I really only do it over jumps and even then I'm someone who sits deep until the very last second because the horses I ride need that finer control.

So to answer your question... it depends. :)
     

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