Thank you all for your input.
I am aware that he's green broke, not that I am trying to shrugg off the heads up.
After rereading my post/interview cliff notes, I may have made him sound like more of a basket case/ greener than he truely is. The seller is stricktly a pleasure rider (as so am I). She was confident in riding him - but reassured me that he wasn't ready, nor intended for shows or anything of the like - not a kids horse or "husbands" horse. I belive that like myself, she enjoys horseback riding at it's simplest. I'm by no means knoking her, but wasn't sure what I meant when I asked what preques or leg commands were. (BTW, the only reason I do know what those are is thanx to the Horse forum---thanx everybody!
) She wasn't sure of the name of his bit (and neither would I, if I hadn't been bit shopping very recently and a proud member of this forum - ty again) - her daughter did though (BTW, it was her daughters horse kinda/sorta I gathered - and she was trusted with him...for what it's worth). When I asked if he'd been clipped, she said "no" in a sort of way that implied "should I be clipping him??"
And,FWIW, he was in with a handful of other horses, and they all looked very well cared for and loved - it's not like she didn't know what she was doing or incapable of caring for a horse, I just don't think the owner saw it necessary for some of the things I was asking.
As far as breaking a horse...Well, define break. Thunder (another horse of mine)had never had a saddle on her and was handled minimally. Right now, is she broke - as far as someone who might do dressage or jumping or barrel racing would consider - probly not. Can you jump on her and ride her without being concerned for yours/her's safety - absolutly. Can I get her to turn on her front or hind legs - no. Can I turn around and go back the way I came - sure. So did I ever break a horse - I would guess (and correct me if my terms are wrong) I have "cowboy broke" or completed a "advanced green broke" horse - but I have never produced a dead broke horse.
All in all, I was looking for a project. This is the horse I passed up. Dun Mare Trail Horse Quarter Horse for Sale in Wisconsin rapids, Wisconsin | Buy This Horse at Equine.com
Sounded like a very nice horse, but a bit too finished off for me. I really enjoy the bonding that takes place during the training process.