Well, mom took off for a week to attend a family reunion back east. I sprang into action and invited dad out for a ride behind moms back (she was inside the house packing) and he was all for it. Swung by yesterday to pick him up. Soon as he climbed on his horse he put on a huge smile. 3 hours riding later and that smile was still on his face. Matter of fact, another 3 hours later when we left his house that smile still hadn't been wiped off his face. He's regained confidence in himself and his horse that they can still be a team together. Now I'm hoping he wont keep letting mom run interference to his riding!
Have to say that was actually one of my best riding days of my life.