So, I found this ad on equine.com and fell in love. I'm looking for a horse to running barrels with. There's a video and a bunch of pics on the ad:
CUTE 10 year old Gelding for sale $800 OBO | Buy this Horse at Equine.com
I thought okay, issues with the bit, head tossing, no biggie. I've dealt with worse and had amazing results. But here's the twist now - turns out he supposedly has a huge scar on his tongue and was given to the current owners with a wire twisted big and a wire noseband and was told he absolutly needed these things. I guess the current owners didn't know any better so they rode him around in this ridiculously harsh bit until one day he (the horse) got so fed up with having his mouth yanked on he reared up. Now, according to them he has only reared the one time. They restarted him in a bitless bridle and he's been an amazing horse again ever since. Hasn't offered to rear since that last time, never bucks, great temperment, listens well.
In your opinion, is he worth using the gas to go to look at? Do you think with soft hands, patience and more retraining he'll never rear again or do you think now that he's done it the one time he may be prone to do it again? Rearing is one issue I never worked with on a horse - bucking, kicking, biting, spooking, no problems for me there but I'm not experienced with rearing so I'm wondering what you all think. Thanks!
EDIT: Here's a video I found of him barrel racing with their 11 year old daughter -