Bad riders? Or are those good FOR WHAT THEY ARE DOING?
If their goal was jumping, I assume we all agree that they need some improvement. But as your goals change, so does your riding.
Here is evil bsms, from a couple of years ago:
Dang! Why is my heel so far back? Well, that is the way it works in that saddle, unless I want to fight gravity. Toe sticks out like I want to use it like a wing, though...
But I will sometimes put it forward. If I think my horse is likely to make a stop on its own initiative, or if I want to keep my horse facing forward and I use my legs like fences along the side, or if I want a relaxed jog instead of a fast trot.
Western riding covers a lot of ground, so to speak. There are a LOT of ways to do it. Balance is always balance IN MOTION, so the anticipated motion drives the position, and the position may need to change every 10 seconds. So what?
"...there are only two criteria of your position;
a) are you in fluid balance and rhythm with your horse or not?
b) does your seat enable you to control your horse efficiently?"
- V.S. Littauer