Saddleseat is a very different style of riding than hunt seat--it is intended to show off a horse's movement, and it's definitely flashy. It originated in the U.S. when people would go out riding and they wanted to show off their flashy horses. Hunt seat originated from, obviously, the hunt field. In saddleseat, the rider holds her hands high, does not lean forward, and you are generally a bit behind the horse's movements. I'm sure you noticed the cut back saddle and how it was positioned differently than another English saddle would be.
Try saddleseat out for those four lessons. I took several saddleseat lessons about a year and a half ago just to say I did it. And it was a lot of fun to try out a new style of riding. If you don't like it still, then go find another barn that does hunt seat.
Thank you for the history - that was very helpful! I found it very difficult to keep my hands up.
I dropped the reins and lost control of the horse when he tripped in the canter, which was something that has never happened to me before. Losing control and dropping the reins, not cantering or tripping (or both at the same time), I mean. The horse practically ripped the reins from my hands when he tripped. I'm not sure if that happened because my hands were so high and his head went so low.
Anyway, I did notice how far back the saddle was. When I compare it to the hunt seat, it seems like the hunt seat is on his neck! What a difference a few inches can make.
I'll definitely give all four lessons a try. I think, at this point, the only saddle I haven't tried is a dressage saddle. I've been in Western, hunt, racing, and saddle. Is that just about right?? The dressage, when I think about it, looks just like a saddle seat.
A good rider always accommodates to her horse, tack, and surroundings. If I "can't deal with" a saddle seat, then what kid of rider would I be??
Thank you so much for everything!!!