TGIF! Thank you all for the replies, I've had quite the week so it has taken me a bit to get back here. Franklin is doing very well, and now has two buddies - our old Morgan mare named Gypsy, and my 9 month old Curly filly Takala. They have yet to properly warm up to each other, but are past fear and aggression phases of their friendship, so hopefully things get better. Gypsy, our old mare, colicked really bad on Tuesday.
We almost thought we were going to lose her, but almost miraculously she was walking, eating, and drinking in the morning after 24 hours of intense pain. Lots of time, and help from our vet, she is doing better. We joke that Franklin must be a gastroenterologist and doctored her in the night.
But having that tying me up I didn't get very many pictures of Franklin, so I'll share the ones that I have.
So far I have tried working with his hooves, and trimming the fronts, which while they were not terrible, they needed it. I've tried using treats to reinforce good behavior. Sometimes it clicked with him, but he was a bit snippy taking them from me. I've seen treat/clicker training used with much success, but how do I do this without him becoming nippy? I never use treats with my horses for this reason. Also, I would like to teach him to lunge, which I imagine he has never done. How can I effectively teach him to walk/trot/canter? I have a round pen, and I've taught numerous horses to lunge and be light in the halter, but I can tell he doesn't think the same way, and isn't going to simply obey to a carrot stick waving behind him consistently enough to figure it out.
Also, he drives in an open bridle. The bit he came with was a few inches too big, and a tom thumb, so I definitely plan on getting him something different. If I am going to be driving him more, does it pay to use a closed bridle? It is just what I am used to driving horses in, but I don't know if this will adversely effect him. I'm looking to get him a half-cheek snaffle, and am weighing the difference between a jointed mouth piece and a solid one. Opinions? Also, I'm looking for a reputable online dealer of miniature tack. I want a biothane/synthetic harness, relatively cost-effective. I have all leather harnesses, so I'd like something lighter, easier to clean, and most of all, a bit cheaper. Thank you anyone for any hints.