We've been working a little. He knows absolutely nothing. But his reaction to anything new is very promising: he just looks it over, ears up (including cows), and doesn't react much. Pretty well decided to geld; I don't think I want to bother with the stallion thing, even though he seems very nicely mannered. And he is not stallion material, imo, so I want him removed from the gene pool for the sake of the miniature horse world. I am calling him Buckly. I called his name and he knew it; I did not think he knew his name.
The folks who had him are rodeo. They bought 10 miniatures at an auction. No idea what they paid for the lot, but obviously not much. All were papered horses. I could tell the folks did not respect miniatures; did not even see them as "real" horses. When I was commenting about conformation issues, she said she didn't know anything about miniatures. I said, "they are just like big horses". This was a new and strange idea to her. I think it was all about color to them. Most of the auction lot were appys and blue eyed pintos. Most were B size, too large for my equipment.
Next to him, Dapper Dan looks like a hairy hippo.