My first impression is that this is a very tight, strong and effective rider. She has an exemplary leg. Her heel is down, her stirrup is in perfect position, her leg is parallel to her horse’s side and in excellent contact.
This is a beautiful example of correct angles. Her ankle, knee and hip are perfectly angled, and her base is out of the saddle, yet close to it. Her back, too, is correct, neither swayed nor roached.
The only complaint I have about her basics is the unevenness of her hands. Her left hand is farther up on her horse’s neck than her right hand. We can see both clearly in this picture, when we should be able to see only one. Perhaps she is correcting for the horse, who drifts slightly to the left. Even so, her hand position detracts from an otherwise excellent picture.
This pair is turned out beautifully. I like the fit of her boots, the use of gloves and the overall polish of the appearance. Her horse uses himself well. He’s round and very good with his front end.
—Originally appeared in the April 1980 issue
This article appeared in the January 2014 issue of Practical Horseman.