OK, we brought him home on Saturday. A friend was kind enough to loan us his F350 and 3-horse trailer for the trip. He loaded easily enough after we set a bucket of grain in the front of the trailer. He got impatient when we made a quick stop for lunch, and was pretty happy to get out of the trailer when we got home nearly two hours after we loaded him. We stayed off him the rest of Saturday, just to get him comfortable with his new surroundings. He's virtually oblivious to any commotion that's happened so far. I think he misses his old pasture buddies, though, because he called out repeatedly that first evening.
He's quite affectionate. If a group of people are standing near him, he'll make the rounds nosing everybody to see who will scratch his ears next. Out in the pasture, he doesn't come when called yet, but if you walk out to him, he'll walk toward you when you get close. With a few tugs on his halter, he'll usually follow you back to the barn without needing to hold him.
My daughter decided to name him Cochise, so Frostbite is out.
He doesn't like treats. We've tried apples, carrots, and some horse cookies that my daughter made from oats, apples, carrots, bananas, and molasses. The only goodies he likes are grain and the freshly-spouted grass that I'm trying to grow on an embankment in his pasture. I had to run a new electric fence yesterday to keep him out of the young grass until it matures a little.
He isn't wild about bathing. My daughter spent 30 minutes washing him, then turned him loose in the corral, where this sopping wet horse promptly lay down and rolled on his back in the dirt. So, she got to spend another 30 minutes washing all the mud off him. He really got impatient after being tied up & bathed for an hour (total). The second time, we left him tied up while I blow-dried him with a box fan, which he seemed to enjoy. We then led him out to the pasture & locked the corral behind him to keep him out of the dirt, just in case.
He doesn't like the torrential rain we're getting today. That surprises me, because he lived the last few months in an open pasture with no man-made cover. The only trees in our pasture are still too small to offer any cover, and I haven't finished building the stalls in the barn yet. My wife says he's huddled up next to the barn, which offers no production due to the wind direction.
Good looking horse! You have a keeper there. He might be able to jump too; he is built well. Your DD and he make a nice pair.
No, I don't think he's our jumper, for several reasons. First, he's got flat feet that need some extended attention from a farrier.
Second, numerous people have told me that we don't want to train the horse & rider at the same time. An inexperienced (jumping) rider needs a horse with jumping experience.
Third, my daughter saddled Cochise up yesterday and rode him around the pasture. He took a lot of coaxing to make him move at any speed she wanted (walk/trot/canter). She couldn't get him to canter for more than a few seconds at a time. My daughter's newbie friend could hardly get him to walk at all. I'm sure he'll loosen up with more daily riding, since he's only been ridden slowly once a week, at best, for the last few months, and just walked down trails at a kids Bible camp all summer. He still doesn't strike me as having a jumper mentality, though. That's OK, because it's not why we bought him.