I think it's quite hard to tell you yes or no on a forum :) If you are able to just drive by and check out the horse, I would probably consider doing that. From my experience, you shouldn't mix an inexperienced rider with and inexperienced horse, or of course a horse that is extremely sensitive. Depending on how this horse was ridden though, he may have a decent amount of "GO" but could still be accepting of aids. (Which I think is what she is saying).
At my ranch in California (before moving to Canada), my ranch owner had mainly TWH, and as soon as you let them work, they loved it and were happy - but they also knew when to stop. We'd go out and do cattle work with them and it was so interesting to ride a horse that really just enjoyed working all day on its own. Even the inexperienced 'male' friends I took to ride enjoyed riding them... I always found that men are not as timid and scared as women when they start out.
My husband had never ridden before getting on one of my ranch owners TWH but is a complete horse lover now! Of course we didn't put him on the stud, but a horse that was relatively forgiving when it came to leg contact - but I guess the best way of really knowing, is by just driving out there. If it doesn't work out - at least you'll know! The guys that came riding out with me all learned pretty quickly and ended up not wanting a super calm horse! Maybe you could also try to lease a horse until he gets more experienced. That way he could start with a calm horse, and once he progresses, you could purchase a horse more fitting for what your ultimate intentions are.
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