I prefer to keep my horses straight. If anything, bending them into the steps and not to the outside. But, straight is the most preferable.
This is a good "baby horse sidepass". For a finished horse, this would be a C- performance, but for just learning horse this is just fine.
I would be asking him to soften his face, soften soften soften. He is bracing against your hands, and that is bad. You're getting there, but it needs a lot of refinement.
Pssh.I didn't pick up the wrong lead
It's called a counter canter...
...A very advanced maneuver.