Today I rode Douwe with my bellydance veil instead of the wings. I was able to use a set of sidereins today, that helped Douwe stay together and balanced while I rode without my hands. I love working with the veil, incorporating movements that I do while I am dancing on the ground onto the horse. It is difficult to do outside because a little breeze will throw the veil in my face. I think Douwe really likes the fabric, he lets me throw it over his head back and forth. It also makes a flapping noise while we are cantering that would make other horses crazy! But that is why the Friesian is an ideal performance horse!