Well, back at home with the new pony. Can't get pics to upload so that's for later. He's a quarter pony/Shetland cross, looks like Shetland in the front with the lovely mane and face, but a quarter horse caboose. Dark bay with the lighter muzzle, and sturdy old-fashioned Shetland legs with feathers. No white except for a little star, and of course his "kids" named him Star 16 years ago so Star he is. His ground manners are good, and his little rider showed him off well today. His only vice is that he requires treats to be caught. Interestingly enough, he will come for one treat and stand while you halter him. So, really, it's not like the old ponies of my youth where you had to trick them. I spent some time in our arena with him, asking him to whoa and allow me to walk up without treats. If he took off, I kept his feet moving until he would stop and stand. Took about 10 times around the arena and then he stopped and turned to me and waited for me to approach. Now he's coming up to me and generally following me like a puppy most of the time, hoping for a random cookie and scratch. Eventually I expect we won't need cookies at all, as it wasn't required after the first few minutes today. He let my husband and our friend walk right up to him, no problems at all.
Tomorrow the vet comes so we'll do the vet check and get him caught up on his teeth and shots and advice on diet so he doesn't get too heavy. Now all we need is a child to ride him!