That would be a week ago Sunday and lots of partial disengagement. I'm trying to set the baseline early, so Royal makes a habit of being relaxed while under saddle, and we can start working on other things. It's no use trying to do anything with a tense Royal, because it's a fight the whole time and nothing gets accomplished. So, it's relaxation or bust.
He's starting to get it. The previous time I did PD with him, it took 30 minutes for him to do the Big Sigh and relax. This time, only 20 minutes, although I had to do a few short repeats when he tried to do the fast tense walk again. Patience, patience.