Seatwork at NSAE:

Balance is the first and most consistent concern for all riders

Seatwork is a Classical Concern… and it’s everyone else’s concern too.

Riders who come to work with us may ride in any discipline, Western, English, Three Day, Barrel Racing, High School Dressage, working cattle on ranches, doing Reining in arenas: the discipline genuinely doesn’t matter. 

We’re a non-denominational barn.

But what does matter to all riders regardless of the saddle, hat or activity, is balance. And it matters profoundly for the horse, as well. 

At NSAE we start all new riders, and re-start all experienced riders, with serious, intense, focused seatwork. We work with YOUR body, not the one someone told you that you ought to have. Through very old traditional seat work exercises done on the longe line and built slowly faster as your ability grows, we help you find your best balance. You’ll work without stirrups or reins, your instructor will bring you through simple exercises that help your body find its alignment on the horse. 

Working on the seat can fit your schedule and your budget. Local riders can opt for weekly seatwork lessons, typically it takes from three to six months to develop a profoundly functional seat if the rider is working once a week. 

Riders who want to dedicate the time to make their balance happen faster can join us for an intensive, a one to three week stay, working twice or more per day and focusing first on the seat…then going where the study takes us. 

By developing a real sense of balance rather than an understanding of what is correct you’ll be balanced for the rest of your life. In this way, tomorrow, and next week, and next year as your life progresses and your body changes in shape and stiffness, you will continue to have tools to find your personal “True Balance”. Real balance isn’t just not falling off, real balance is always identified by ease, comfort, stability and calm.

When your systems are all in real alignment, that balance opens the door to much more interesting work with the horse.   

Horse and rider both are at ease when balance is easy.

Having a seat is not the same as “I hardly ever fall off.” It’s an entirely different way of being with gravity, force, and fluid motion. 


Mary Anne Campbell teaching

Links to Seatwork Lessons at NSAE

Weekly Lessons