It was such a special experience and he is such a brave and beautifull boy!
More on topic, with Voelie who is now 3 years old I have been practicing leaning on her back and having a saddle on her (without a rider). She is quite lazy, in the morning she is lying down in the paddock and waits for me to put the bowl of food in front of her. She eats it while she is lying down! This gives me the chance to sit on he back and get her used to it while she is lying down. I have never done this before with other horses and it seems a bit 'unconventional' but it seems to work for us and she is quite happy to have me sitting on her back and it is easy enough for me to get on:) Next step will be sitting on her while she is standing!
Here are some pictures of Suri and her lovely son, JB Missouri's Talisker (Tally)