I got involved with a ranch a few months back that I quickly discovered wasn't the best place for a beginner. After 2 "sort-of" lessons, I was ponying 5 horses off the back of my truck (while someone else drove) for about 1/4 mile. This was one of my first days participating in the work to ride program. It pretty much turned into a work to work program. They also put me on a an appendix that was over 16 hands and hadn't been ridden in months or been turned out for who knows how long. He bucked me pretty good and they had me get back on so that the horse wouldn't think he was boss. These were my first weeks learning about horses. (I did not know any of this about the appendix until after we were done)
I get a call today that they have a rescue that I can pretty much have. They say she is a beginner/kid safe BLM mustang. I asked who rode her to determine that she was safe. It was a guy who rides TB stallions. The safe part was that she didn't rear or buck him off. Wow. The best part is that the reason they are willing to let her go is because she is terrified of being tied and pulls back and is nearly impossible to catch. They got her when she was skin and bones, but she is ready to ride now. She just wouldn't be good for the trail riding business.