How many times have you ridden a horse that's "trained" but has absolutely NO idea about bit pressure? I'm working with a horse right now that was supposed to be "push button". Yeah, she's push button if you only want to go and go fast.
I'm basically starting from scratch with her, showing her what a bit is and what I want her to do with it. I haven't ridden her faster than a walk yet because she's **** near impossible to steer at a trot and I don't want to know what she's like at a canter.
Thankfully she's a quick learner at least when it comes to turning. Has absolutely NO idea what I want when I'm telling her to "whoa" though. We had a little runaway incident yesterday that really brought that home to me. I haven't trusted her out of the paddock yet, so there wasn't far to go, but it was extremely difficult to stop her even with a one rein stop.
All in all she's a great little horse though and I think she'll be a good fit with my family. It's just a little annoying to be told a horse is trained and you find out that it isn't. Good thing I'm not stupid enough to just throw a kid or beginner on her huh?
On a side happy note, she seems to be entirely done with her mouth issue. No longer tossing her head, rearing, clamping her mouth shut or pulling it away. I actually got her to open her mouth yesterday with no problems. Working on the tail issue now..... Wish me luck!