He is a pretty thing! And I know the feeling of being a complete beginner despite lessons. Except I had been taking lessons since I was 7, and I was 20 when I bought my horse. I was a decently confident rider but, wow, did I ever learn how much of a different game it is to own a horse and ride/train it then to ride in lessons (even young ones). My instructor was my saving grace as well.
So glad you guys worked it out, and that you have a great partnership and friendship now :)