Originally Posted by Eolith
I don't think you're completely off base, walkinthewalk. The Kiger Mustangs are somewhat known for their super smooth gaits and incredible "rear-wheel drive"...
I think most horses that are able to develop properly with heaps of unrestricted movement - that is, they're fit & well balanced - are like that. Interested to know how old he is?
While of course regular hoofcare is generally necessary for domestic horses, because they don't tend to do enough work on abrasive terrain to effectively 'self trim', so he probably needs a trim ASAP, I wouldn't try to force the issue yet, considering his level of training & I'd be careful to choose a farrier that was good & patient with training too. So by all means, if you reckon he's up to it & the farrier you have booked will help him develop a good attitude about it, go for it next week, but I'd explain the situation fully to the farrier & ask them to take the time it takes and give his training precedence over just getting the job done. You may have to pay a little more, for the farrier's time, but it'll make the task easier in future for all concerned.
Oh & borkus, have to comment on that gorgeous pony(well, I presume that's what's under all that hair!) in your avatar!