Photos are from early spring 2012 or late winter 2011, can't remember for sure without going to look lol.
First of all, sorry no pictures or video. It was almost dark when I went to ride and they wouldn't have turned out anyway. It was a comfortable eighty degrees with a nice breeze so we were all feeling really good. :) I rode him out in the open on the thirty acres of lease land for the second time and I didn't try to steer at all this time. In fact I had the reins by the buckle and just let them rest on his withers the whole time. We worked on walking forward with energy in a long and low frame. He was a rock star!! I love this horse!
He was so energetic, enthusiastic and eager to please. :D He got confused at one point and kept backing up (because we worked on backing in hand with the cordeo recently), but other than that he got it all right. I alternated between clicking after only a step or two and waiting to click after six or seven steps. The early clicks were for the really prompt, energetic walk transitions and the long clicks were for walking forward energetically with his head down in a long and low frame. He figured it out so fast!
After I was done riding (only ten minutes since he was so great!) he was trying everything he could think of to earn a treat. He tried lowering his head, backing, smiling, etc. It was so cute. Adding the clicker to our training makes such a difference in his attitude. He's always laid back and willing to work with me (although he's definitely a lazy boy), but the clicker adds a spring to his step and an eagerness to learn. I love it. :) Obviously I'll wean him off the clicker on this basic stuff, but I think we'll always be working on new behaviors with it so he has something fun and exciting to keep him from getting bored. :D
After I left and closed the gate behind me he spun around, bolted out into the pasture bucking like a bronco the whole way . . . thank god he waited until I had dismounted and left the pasture!!!!!!!! I don't ever want to be on his back when he shows off those acrobatic skills lol. He was feeling so full of himself.