Well I went out and look at him. I'll be honest, he already had two strikes against him before I even saw him: 1 - he's not a mare (I kind of wanted something I could breed in the future if I ever wanted to, and 2 - He's a chestnut (my least favorite color of horse). However, I absolutely fell in love with him! He was a total sweetheart and totally clicked.
He was a little head shy and couldn't get the bridle on - they worked with him for about a half hour and made some good progress, but it just wasn't his day. They said he's usually a TINY head shy as of lately, but NEVER that bad and invited me to come back tomorrow. I'll go out and ride him again with the bridle before I buy him, of course, but they had no problem hanging on to him until they could demonstrate that they could get the bridle on. Honestly, I'm not that worried about it because of the specific things he did and I could easily work through them if I had to and it gave me an opportunity to see how they work with their horses, with which I was very impressed and happy with. Anyway, I asked if he could be ridden in a halter, and they did not hesitate at all! In fact, in his halter, he responded BEAUTIFULLY and even gave me some very good stops (and remember, I'm a western rider, so I have a very high expectation for what a good stop is).
The only riding issue I had was that I just could NOT get my seat with him! Again, not a deal breaker (though I'm slightly more nervous about that than the head shy thing), but for the life of me I just cannot figure out why I couldn't get my seat on him and bounced around like a brand new riding student! Hmmm.... Again, I'll have to ride him again, and I'll try another saddle to see if that helps any. Any suggestions there?
Anyway, that's how the experience went. I did take a bunch of pictures of his feet and legs. I'll post a few now and more later (and possibly a video of him lunging). Let me know what you think. Thanks!