Saddleseat can be tiresome coming from a hunter position. You sit VERY straight up. Head up (think almost as if you are sticking your nose in the air like a snooty person lol), hands up over the elbows and the hands must be in a certain position. They tell you to grip with your thighs and to keep your feet/toes pointed in at all times and legs are to be "pulled underneath". Your knees and thighs must be "glued" to the saddle and your calves should barely even touch the horse. When you go for lessons it's all about equitation.
I took a few saddleseat lessons and while the horses were fun, I did not like the riding style or atmosphere of it all. It looks pretty but it was just not my style. I did for awhile think I wanted to get into showing but found out MOST (I did not say all) of the saddleseat people have MONEY to burn. I have to work hard for every penny. So my middle class upbringing kind of clashed with the fancy, "rich" world of Saddlebreds/saddleseat riding. Plus when I went for lessons, they had help to brush, saddle, and unsaddle your horse. And they would bring the horse into the arena for you. I insisted on doing that myself and always got weird looks. But what's the point in riding if you can't even saddle your own horse? But I encourage you to definitely have fun with it (it will teach you good balance).
Last edited by Blondehorselover; 02-22-2012 at 05:39 PM.