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!!