Instructing a male rider
So, my husband is learning to ride on my semi-retired gelding. He's ridden a few times since we've been together, but he recently decided he wants to get more into riding and ride with me every time I ride. Since we're a little tight on cash at the moment (after buying him his own saddle), I have been giving him some beginner lessons. Things have been going really well. He's improved a lot within the past few rides, but I need a little help...
My husband is having trouble balancing in two point. I think the root of the problem lies in the fact that his anatomy is different than mine and our centers of gravity are in different places. I don't know what to tell him to help him out. As a woman, my center of gravity is in my hips. As long as my hips remain above my heels, I can lean forward and backwards, ride in two point, post, etc. and not lose my balance. My poor husband is not so lucky. He is top heavy. If he gets his shoulders out of hip/heel alignment, he can't balance himself.
He is a beginner, so he doesn't quite have a feel for everything yet, and his lower body strength is lacking. In time, these things should improve, but does anyone have any tips on how to instruct a male rider to find his balance and center of gravity? Does anyone have any other tips on instructing a male rider as related to their structural differences?
Don't worry, in the spring we will both pick up lessons from a professional again, but for now, we're trying to get as far as we can on our own. I have been riding and taking lessons for about 14 years, and I have given a few informal lessons before, but only to other girls.