Well, this is a little old now, but Aires had his first ride two weeks ago tomorrow (can't believe it's been that long! Lol). He did AMAZING! The trainer at our stable was the first to ride him and she said he was a dream. The BO led him around with the trainer mounted for about five minutes so Aires could get the concept of turning, walking forward on command and stopping. Then the BO unclipped the lead rope and they were on their own. Aires was responding to direct reining (no plow reining for my boy!), a little neck reining, AND he was actually working off leg cues to stay to the outside "rail" of the round pen. She then got off him (he stood like a rock while she dismounted) and remounted a few seconds later. He stood like a rock again to be mounted and they took another few trips around the round pen, then walked out through the gate (stopped twice and he did great), and then walked all the way over to the hitching rails. The trainer dismounted again (no one holding him at all) and he stood like a rock again. Sooooo proud of my baby boy!! Also, found out the other day that he absolutely LOVES and responds REALLY well to a french link snaffle. Lightest touch and he responds beautifully and immediately.