The western classes require the horse and rider to work together and to resemble how cowboys used to ride on a trail. The horse and rider must continually rely on one another to move with grace and fluidity.
The traditional style of forward seat English riding. Hunter Pleasure and Hunt Seat Equitation are two classic examples of flat work in this discipline.
The goal of the Saddle Seat riding style is to show off the horse's extravagant gaits, particularly the trot. In the United States, there sometimes is confusion between saddle seat and hunt seat disciplines among individuals who are neither familiar with different styles of English saddle nor the substantial differences in rider position and attire between the disciplines.