I had started out working Charlie in Kate's "faux-ssoa" rig but, similar to the other times I've used it with him, he just doesn't seem to get the concept. We struggled with it for 5 or 10 minutes but Charlie kept tucking his nose to his chest instead of reaching down and was convinced that he was locked in that position, even when I readjusted his head/neck. We got some ok stuff and then I got bored so I took it off. We'll keep trying but that was enough for one day.
Charlie was already in his bareback pad (I don't have a circingle so I use the bareback pad instead) and I was having one of my brave moments so I grabbed his bridle and hopped on. I kept his rope halter and lead on underneath the bridle, just in case, and only planned to go around the property at first, but he was so good we kept going: down the road, up through The neighbors' yard where Buffy, Emmett and Poppy live, through the woods and around my parents' development. Charlie was alert and blowing at a few things but he was sooo brave and never once was an idiot. We even trotted and cantered a tiny bit!
Walking back home I couldn't have been happier. And what made it even better was that when we turned in the driveway Charlie hesitated, wanting to stay out and do more. I cant wait to go out on a paperchase with Charlie. I love this horse! :D