My only concern is your statement that "he can get pushy, just like any horse." Sounds like he needs a serious lesson in manners. No horse should be even a little bit pushy. Push equals rude and rude behaviors are not tolerated. Period. I do not tolerate pushy rude behaviors from my 4yo and he knows it.
Sorry, just seen people get hurt because they said exactly what you did and let their horse get away with being pushy, then it escalated.
Anyway, other than that, he sounds amazing. Like Sky said, don't even pay attention to the dissers. Plenty of people said "You have a draft cross?" to me when I got Aires like it was some horrible thing. Now I just laugh at them because my horse is calmer and better behaved than their QHs. Posted via Mobile Device