Today, I had a friend come out and ride him. We were outside and he was pretty good. A little scatterbrained, but that's typical Riv. I put out a cavaletti on the medium side (so like 12" high) and he was SO good. Going to the right, he trotted up to it and landed in a nice pleasant canter. Going to the left, the first time he launched it and landed bucking. After a minute to walk and settle, they did it a couple more times and each one was better. The last time was so so good. He clearly wanted to get excited approaching it, but he stayed calm, hopped over it, and settled right down afterward.
My friend liked him a lot. She felt the same way I do, that he's so pleasant and agreeable, even if he is a little dumb sometimes. He tries hard to be a good boy and do what he's supposed to.
And like I told her when she was walking him out... he did really well for his first time being ridden outside.