Okay we went and saw him today! He's wonderful. I spotted a couple confirmation flaws but as I'm not showing, he's gelded and will be a trail horse with light endurance, I think he's perfect for my needs. Oh and don't mind the marks on his coat. He was out with the boss mares for a while learning some manners. There's nothing deep there just superficial missing hair.
His personality was wonderful and engaging. He's not fearful but bold and curious. He did jump a couple of times with quick movements but recovered nicely with an "okay no big deal" attitude. He's definitely all up in your stuff wondering what you are doing, which I like. He will follow you around happily and had no problems with two people he didn't know fussing over him. Hubby handled him without issue and the two of them got along well.
He's fairly tall already measuring 14.3 hands and has long legs but they are solid with good bone. Hooves are nice sized and well trimmed and healthy. He's been very well cared for. Keep in mind this is a youngster and he'll just be two in April.
I got some "decent" shots of him. Unfortunately the fly's seemed merciless today and it was a bit humid so he had some ants in his pants fighting off those buggers.
And unfortunately my front shots are poo.
Long story short, we put a deposit down on him and the contract calls for a full refund of the deposit if the HYPP test comes back N/H and I decide I don't want to deal with that. If it comes back N/N ... it's a done deal and he'll be home shortly. He just had a physical two weeks ago by a vet and had his wolf teeth removed and I can get a report of that.
His registered name is Sharp Dress Man ... it will stay that way I'm not spending hundreds of dollars to change that. They do call him "Niles" and since that constantly reminds me of the TV show Frasier and has no special meaning on its own, Hubby has now named him "Zoot" in keeping with the ZZ Top theme we seem to have going on here ;) And I actually think that name fits him VERY well.