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Critique my dad!
He already knows most of the things he needs to work on, but it can't hurt to get more opinions. You can critique Painter if you want, but he is NOT looking his best so don't be harsh (and please don't mention the draws, we have our reasons). Sorry for the videos, my mom is far sighted and doesn't take the clearest videos. Thanks!
I think your dad is an absolutely lovely rider. He has nice quiet, steady hands. His upper body is nice and quiet, and his legs are super nice. He looks like he's totally in tune with the horse. The two of them look awesome!!
The only two suggestions I have are:
- Ask him to roll his shoulders back, he's hunching a little especially in the canter. Tell him that there's a star on his chest that he needs to show off, so he has to have his chin up and shoulders back. Then you just need a quick one-word reminder ("Star!") when he starts dropping. He rocks his upper body a little (twisting in time to the stride) at the canter. I believe focusing on the shoulders would help that a ton. Two birds with one stone... er... star??
- I would like to see him adopt either a two-point or a full seat at the canter, it looked a little like he was indecisive between the two. Either is fine, as long as he can adopt a full seat when needed. No sunlight between his butt and the saddle!
Again, these are minor adjustments and really are just to fine-tune the picture. I love love love his posture otherwise. Quiet, nice rider from what I could see.
As said above ^^
I am very impressed with your dad! (and again, I seriously want your horse!!) You should see my dad ride.. gah its terrible! He's one of those 'ride to stay on' types.. he cant stand any of my dressage 'nonsense'. lol.
Everyone beat me to it! Quiet hands, good leg position, nice upper body, looking forward not down - overall, a good balanced rider. You can see it in your horse as well.
Kudos to your dad. I have been trying to get my dad to ride for months. lol.
Thanks guys! I think he's very balanced too :-) He pretty much grew up in the saddle training TOP welsh ponies. Then when he outgrew them and stopped riding untill last summer when he started again. He takes lessons once or twice a week
JustDressageIt- yeah, his biggest problem for the flat is his shoulders. They are MUCH better then they used to be though!
Coolness for Dad! To add he looked a little too poppy in his post. Still, darn, wish my Dad could ride.
And whats up with the 17 rodents? :-) May be we can meet at a different site? I have rodents too.
Gotta say I'm impressed O.O
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