Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Alberta, Canada
• Horses: 0
In hunters, you want to stay a little bit forward in your saddle. For Hunter Under Saddle, you want to keep about a 20-30 degree tilt forwards in your seat, the idea being that you can pop into your two-point or forward seat at any second to take a jump. This stems from the field hunters, who were very often in a hand gallop or jumping, so you want to be in your forward seat for most of it.
Honestly, I don't know why they do it for competition, but it's there... it's less effective than having a deep seat, but it's not completely against your basics of riding. You still keep your heel and hip in line, and your shoulders back, you just tilt your upper body forwards a bit.
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