@ Kayty: yep- vetted out! He was previously owned by a wonderful vet tech- had regular trims, teeth floated when necessary, sheath cleaned 2x yearly- she really provided excellent care and clearly really really loved him! I was absolutely as skeptical as you were initially- nothing this nice is ever free, I was convinced there was a catch! She had had him since he was two, and felt like she couldn't give him the attention he deserved. He's been poked, prodded, pushed (with toys, blankets, flags, tarps, balloons, loud noises- didn't bat an eye)- he's just a good guy who wants to be with people. This biggest thing I was concerned with was how he would handle being turned out with a herd, cause he was living by himself (was a stud until the age of 6). He made a beautiful transition, and has flourished now that he gets to play with horsey buddies. Bonding with a real herd, if anything, has made it that much easier for him to bond with us. His ground manners needed a little tweaking, but he is a VERY quick learner and has learned how he needs to handle himself on the ground and what respect means- took about 5 minutes with a dressage whip and rope halter. Having only had him a month, we still treat him with some "colt gloves" per se, as we continue to get to know him. But his willing attitude, gentle nature, and sensibility, we are excited to see how far we can take him!