There are only two emotions that belong in the saddle
one is the sense of humor the other one is patience - John Lyons
Namef Equitation

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Equitation refers to a rider's position while mounted, and encompasses a rider's ability to ride correctly and with effective aids. In horse show competition, the rider, rather than the horse is evaluated. Such classes go by different names, depending on region, including equitation classes, rider classes, or horsemanship classes. In Namibia we refer to equitation classes. Competitions are a combination of Dressage and Jumping. In the flatwork part of the competition, the horse's gaits are not judged, although the horse's frame is taken into consideration by the judge.

Judging criteria covers the rider's performance and control of the horse, use of riding aids, proper attire, correct form, and usually factor in rider poise and the cleanliness and polish of horse, rider and equipment. The performance of the horse is not judged per se, but a poorly-performing horse is considered to reflect the ability of the rider. During the competition the rider is evaluated. This includes evaluating leg position, seat, hands, balance, and rhythm. The rider is to be relaxed and not interfere with the horse's movement, but able to make full use of all riding aids.

A good equitation rider is always in balance with the horse, maintains a correct position in every gait, movement, or over a fence, and possesses a commanding, but relaxed, presence, able to direct the horse with nearly invisible aids. Rider and horse should be in harmony.
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