Thanks all for your comments! I got pictures today. I found that really, his manners aren't too bad. He is rusty, but I think most of his misbehaving was just because they let him. He backs, lowers his head, and halts pretty well. When I led him at first he kept trying to stop, but that little problem was solved in just a couple minutes. He's so calm! Things that would have had my TWH running to the next county, when I first got her, he doesn't even react to. I'm pretty happy!
I lunged him just a teeny bit today too. Definitely one-sided, but not terrible. He gives in pretty easily.
After the groundwork I took him in the barn to groom him and he was investigative and a little worried, so I just walked him around a few times in each direction. He sniffed EVERYTHING. I just let him so he would get over it all more quickly. He spooked once at a blowing tarp in the corner, but otherwise he did great! After about ten minutes in the barn it was like he'd been in there his whole life. He didn't care. He knocks down every bucket he can find, though! He must think he's about to starve to death. Blow away in the wind!
I crosstied him to groom and he was pretty decent. Moves around a little too much but overall was waaaaay better than my TWH was when I first got her. I noticed that he has a little foggy spot on his left eye. Would that be a cataract? I also noticed that for a while a little bit of blood was slowly dripping out of the inside of his nostril. It wasn't by the time I left, but I'm still wondering about that...?
I got him used to the razor today. He's not completely okay with it, and I didn't buzz him, but he's better!
Here are some pictures!
Me lunging him a little bit. DSCF7003.jpg
Me telling him to put his head down. He did pretty well with this! DSCF7021.jpg
Here he is with my sister after his grooming session. What do you all think about his conformation? DSCF7077.jpg
And here he is with me. DSCF7078.jpg
I'll have some hoof pics in my next post.