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post #31 of 35 Old 03-04-2009, 11:01 PM
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I still dont know. Ive seen some pretty darn good 6 yr olds, who havent been lucky enough to have a top instructor teach them from the start.
IMO, she is flopping like a rag doll.
Also, the horse is wearing a surcingale to stop her slipping forward. So not what I would call bareback in the traditional sense.

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Wow, such potential! She does a very good job, and although the horse is clearly a reliable old schoolmaster who's been doing it for years, he doesn't exactly make it easy for her! She does well to keep it together while he tries to lean down and pull her forward! I don't know how many times I've seen kids (and adults!) pulled out of the saddle by much smaller horses and ponies doing the same trick!

I can't believe how harsh some of the comments are... She's not trying to get on the Olympic team!

To give the people who don't know much about dressage something to compare it to, here's a video of Reiner Klimke performing one tempis in his victory lap after winning the gold medal back in 1984.

Do you think he's "flopping around" as well? I'm wondering if people are maybe used to watching people ride horses that don't have such big movement, so the rider can sit much stiller? Or possibly not used to seeing riders applying the aids for the movement?

I too have seen some really awful riding of one tempis, where the rider seems to signal by leaning waaay forward over the horse's neck and practically sticking a spur in the horse's flank... trust me, this little girl is doing a super job!!

Also, to clarify, she hasn't been instructed by Reiner Klimke, as he very sadly passed away in 1999 before she was born. Wow, I can't believe that was 10 years ago!!
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post #33 of 35 Old 03-05-2009, 08:48 PM
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Well I'm very impressed! As far as this flopping around (?) keep in mind the power of this horse's movements and the feather weight of this rider. Her butt looked velcroed and I feel she was cueing this horse and doing quite well (better than I could, sadly) at it.

Sadly, being his granddaughter, she will always be highly picked apart and criticized (just too bad it is starting at age 6).

If she doesn't burn out, I fully believe she will be a force to recon with in the future.
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Wow, that definitely is amazing! And yes, she most definitely did a flying change. I can't believe that was bareback as well... incredible!

I agree though, she'd be better on a smaller horse, it would help her stop flopping. But honestly... maybe this is where amazing Olympic riders come from ... little 6yr olds learning to ride as soon as they walk ...

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The big thing that impresses me is that at age 6 she knows how to ask for flying changes. Never mind tempi's. Anyone ragging on her for being late on some need to realize how hard asking for those are. Even the most advanced rider will be late sometimes. No one is perfect, not sure why we want this 6 yr/o to be. Most kids her age are still grasping how to identify a correct lead.

If you have never ridden an upper-level dressage horse then it is hard to understand why she might have been 'flopping' around. You really need a good seat in order to sit on these horses. They have huge powerful movements that require a solid seat. And they are not push button. You need to know the cues and how to ask for them.

I think she looks great. The horse might be a tad big for her, but she can obviously keep him under control. She's going to be a great rider.

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