I'm looking into different colleges I want to go to, and I have my interest stuck on Utah State University. A few years ago, they introduced a BS Degree with an emphasis on Equine Science and Management. To add to that, they have an English and Western equestrian competing club. I am interested in the English Equestrian Club. The very vague, brief description says they ride Hunt Seat Equitation, flat and over fences.
I have never had any formal lessons because of where I live, but I taught myself to ride on my horse. We worked on introductory level Dressage, and I was starting to teach him to jump. Jumping, I never placed myself in danger, always jumped 6" or less. I figured anything more than that, and that's when position gets really important and we would be better of with an instructor.
In case you want to see how far I actually got being self trained, here is a video. Since the video, I have improved my hand position and posting. Funny reason his reins are so loose actually; a western rider told me my reins were too tight when they were actually perfect for English riding. I got paranoid that I was going to hurt my horse's mouth, so I rode like that until someone pointed out that it looked ridiculous haha. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fbDNRGDFTAA
So basically, I only have experience in low levels of dressage and 'jumping'. I'm interested in the Hunt Seat club, but I know nothing about it. I do not have a horse right now, so when I look for one, I can look for one trained in hunt seat, if I were to get into that (USU allows horses to be boarded on campus). Could someone explain the sport to me?
How are you judged?
Is there a set pattern you have to ride, like in dressage?
What is the highest level you can reach in flat work?
What about over fences?
What breeds are the most common for it?
Anything else I should know?