Started in the winter of 2011 he is very easy to ride. Can walk, trot, canter in an arena and in a field. Round pens like a dream! Ground drives. Smooth transitions. Has been over a few jumps. He is being ridden in a simple loose ring snaffle. I have had beginner riders on him and he moves like a dressage horse and would excel in that area. Norma- Jean Clayton has put a few rides on him for training in the summer of 2012.