Used for equestrians who want to use only one saddle for riding on the flat.
- A thin and light-weight saddle enhances contact between the horse and rider and gives the rider more control.
- A deep and well padded seat keeps the rider in a secure, comfortable, and balanced posture.
- Saddle flaps are straight-cut and extremely long to accommodate the longer leg position.
The close contact saddle is the closest contact saddle to the horse. The saddle is used for show jumping.
- Padding is minimal throughout the saddle. If there are any knee rolls, they are very thin pencil rolls.
- A low pommel and cantle reduce uncomfortable jarring during the quick positional adjustments used when jumping.
- Stirrup bars are usually further forward and out of the seat.
It has earned an alternate designation as horse ballet. It guides a horse through a succession of complete and athletic movements.
- A thin and lightweight saddle enhances contact between the horse and rider and gives the rider more control.
- Sometimes includes small knee rolls, thigh rolls, and calf blocks positioned to keep the rider in a balanced riding position.
- The weight-bearing surface is a wider than the one on a jumping saddle.
Keep both the rider and horse as happy and healthy. Saddles of all kinds keep riders completely comfy while riding.
- Extended panels disperse sweat and increase the weight-bearing area.
- Lightweight to lessen the cumulative effect of pressure on the horse's back.
- Wider foot treads on the stirrups reduce a rider's fatigue.
Known as a forward seat, or hunt seat. Riders who habitually hurdle the lightweight fences or obstacles.
- A relatively low pommel and cantle allow for an unobstructed jumping position.
- The seat is completely flat, to allow for the quick and often mid-air positional changes necessary when jumping.
- The flap-to-leg fit is crucial, especially when negotiating the highest fences in the advanced jumping events.