Jumping Clinic with Beezie Madden

Beezie critiques a rider's position.
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Overall: This is a natural, not posed, rider who has a nice connection to her horse—together they present a pleasant picture. She needs to stabilize her leg so she doesn’t have to keep trying to catch up with her horse’s jump.

Leg/Seat: The stirrup is almost what is called “home,” back on the ankle and the outside bar is angled behind the inside bar. I’d like the iron back on the ball of the foot and the outside bar should be slightly ahead of the inside. When you weight your stirrup with the iron in this position, it puts your leg in a better position. The result of her current stirrup position is that it looks like she’s pinching with her knee and there isn’t as much weight in the stirrup as there could be. When the horse leaves the ground, it looks like her leg and whole seat slide back. Her knees should be closer to the front of the saddle and her seat should be closer to the pommel. It looks like the horse has shot out from underneath her because her base of support isn’t as strong as it could be. When that happens, a rider closes her hip angle more to compensate and try to catch up with the horse’s motion. For this size jump, I call that ducking over the fence, which this rider is doing.

Release: It looks like it’s a bit of a hot horse because she is using a short release, which is well done. The horse is jumping into her hand, but she has not restricted him too much.

Upper body: I like the relaxed look in her back. She is using her eyes, looking between her horse’s ears to the next fence.

Horse: The horse’s expression is excellent. He has a little bit of a loose front end, but his forearm is up enough.

Turnout: It looks like everything fits well with the horse and rider. I can’t tell if the horse’s mane and tail have a roan coloring. Also I’m not a fan of the light blue helmet cover. It’s nice to see a photo over a natural-type fence on grass. 

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