I haven't gotten any newer pics of Aires lately, but these are the newest I have. They're from about two weeks ago when he had his first ride in the arena. The trainer at the barn is the one riding him (as I was still laid up with my stupid ankle injury).
Anyway, she said he has the smoothest trot she has ever ridden (she didn't have to post at all...it looked like she was riding a gaited horse, he was so smooth). As far as how he's doing in his training, he direct reins like a pro and works off leg pressure really well. Now we just have to work on me (my confidence is pretty well shot after that stinking mare bucked me).
So, without further ado, here's my boy!
His favorite part of the arena...the trail bridge! lol
Posting to his trot just to get him used to the motion of someone posting:
This flew over about 150 feet above us and Aires could have cared less:
Yes, that is a BIG ol' grin on the trainer's face...she lurvs my boy!
Aaaaaaaaaand she got him to canter! She said all she had to do was kiss and he immediately took off (yay for tons of ground work and lunging!). They only cantered for a little bit.
Doing his best impression of a dressage horse.
I know it's kinda fuzzy, but my uber nice camera kinda hates me. lol