Yesterday Superman came in trade for a mare I sold. He is 8 years old and spoiled. He had a reputation of being difficult to ride and handle with a lot of buck and rear to him. He had been to two trainers who labeled him dangerous. His owner's son had tried to mount him a few weeks ago and now has a plate in his arm for his efforts after Superman threw him while he tried to mount.
After I delivered my mare to her and loaded Superman, I took him right up to a trainer friend of mine for evaluation. She looked him over, found several knots along his spine so she messaged them out then pulled his wolf teeth.
She saddled him and worked him in the arena at the end of a 9' lead line for ~20 min. She bridled and flexed him, then slowly mounted. He stayed soft and just stood there. She moved him off into a walk in both directions then moved him to a trot - perfect. He never offered to buck or do anything wrong so she left it on a good note, unsaddled him and put him in his stall.
He is a long way form being safe but he has the potential. Just goes to show you how the right trainer makes the difference. No one checked him over before Angela (Carolina Sport Horses ** Just what you have been looking for. . .). The poor guy was in pain but now he is on his way to being a productive horse.