I picked up a little gray mare a few months back, as a 'project', the owner said she was spooky, possibly herd bound, and just reallly green. Well she's now being ridden by my very beginner 8 year old nephew. He's a natural and really confident, and the two of them clicked straight off! She's snorty sometimes, but she's not overly spooky at all, we've been hauling her all over and she's not taken a wrong step yet! She's great in the arena, great on the trail, just all around a good horse! The only two issues I've found, she IS herd bound and she's ear shy, both of which we are working on.
I'm hoping if he stays interested and his mom will let him, I'll give her to him in the Spring, if not I'm sure after being rode all over by an 8 year old I should do pretty well when I sell her!
Sometimes you just get lucky!