Now this an excellent photo to promote The Hollow Crown, the next Richard III.
A gaunt Cumberbatch sports Aragorn’s hair, only shorter and messier because unlike Aragorn the reluctant king, Richard is determined to prove a villain. He sits upright, which is historically correct, but he conceals his left arm and holds both reins in his right hand, in a Shakespearean touch. The reins rest tidily on the right hand side of the horse’s neck, because Cumberbatch is an accomplished rider, to our delight. Bridles are plain and well polished, with a curb bit, which is functional and certainly not gentle.
The horse has attentive eyes but it does not look very cheerful. It is probably in character too, like Cumberbatch.