Wow...thank you for all the information! I've looked up the Brabant Association, and I see the name Eros van't Berrekenshof
in a lot of the horses. I took it to be a good thing.
This boy is a lot on the wild side yet - doesn't seem like he was exposed to much, or taken away from his herd ever. He gets very antsy when I take him away from Smokey (my appy stud) and Gracie (an arab mare) and is bound and determined to get back to them. So we're working on breaking that habit. He is also afraid of every single new noise. So it's another small obstacle to get over. When he's in the pasture, he is VERY curious about everything. He wants nothing more than to be scratched on his giant rear end and to give big slobbery kisses.
I think I have truly found an amazing gem for an outrageously low price, and I look forward to getting him fully sacked out and out of his "gotta be with the herd" mentality. I would love to use him for pulling out elk from the hills once he's old enough to do so!
It's amazing - my appy broke into his pasture about a week after bringing him home (I have a couple smaller pastures to keep my stallions seperate...I don't need boy fights!) I was completely panicked when I saw him in my big pasture, thinking that he and Smokey got into it. I watched in terror as Smokey walked up to the big guy, and then almost died when I watched them start to groom each other. I went to feed them and before I could get the hay in different piles for them, the 2 stallions started to eat together, right next to each other, nearly nose-to-nose. I am astonished by this, but they continue to be good friends, grooming each other and refusing to leave each other's side.
I have plans to geld Smokey to avoid any issues later on, but i'm still shocked. Smokey is about 3 now, and the big guy is 17 months. It's insane, but I have been truly blessed with calm stallions. I have 3 of them now (and 2 will be gelded soon). The 2 I can ride are calm, level, and very willing to go wherever I point them.
I hope that after some serious training, this boy will be as calm as the rest of his family lines, and that I can find a non-relative mare to breed him to, to pass on his beautiful genetics.
And without further ado, my new boy has finally been renamed: Troubadour.