Today we introduced side reins "for real." Sure, I'd been working him in hand at the walk and trot with loose side reins, and Sunday I lunged him on a small circle at the walk for about a full minute. But today I worked with my trainer and he actually did what you might call work. It was all good; despite having been left in for the day due to high winds, he was very agreeable. In the picture to the left he is actually stepping UNDER his body. Squint your eyes real hard and he almost looks dressagey. Most of the time he looks like he wants to be a hunter. But he's only three! His attitude for the most part is very agreeable and I love his soft eye.
Ummm. Well. Except--
He tends to be pokey in the canter, and at times he almost four beats. You have to keep after him, and occasionally he feels put upon. At the end of the first video, he has a little tantrum. No big deal, but as a viewer of endless Riley footage, you might appreciate a break from the monotony. Each video is about a minute.
Hang onto your hats, here comes the clockwise direction!