MGTS, I'm glad to hear that things worked out well for you!!
Atlas is doing alright but I still haven't gotten on him. I've bridled him a few times and although it's difficult (he started out headshy and still doesn't like having his ears handled), it CAN be done. The first time he acted like a baby who'd never had a bit in his mouth but he forgot about it after a while. I ground drove him the other day and I really strongly suspect that's the first work he's had done with a bit. Again, not a big deal because I have started colts, but certainly not to be expected after coming home from "training" in my mind *shrugs*
He also spooked and pulled away from me the other day while I was handling his feet after saddling and began a series of HUGE bucks which has definitely got me un-nerved. She said he didn't buck the entire time he was with her which may be true, but he sure bucked this day :s If I wasn't nervous of this horse then, I am now. That's the biggest problem - he scares me a bit.
I'm going to continue working him and see how things go. I'm not totally bonded to him so am not completely opposed to selling him but I'd like to try to get most of my money back out of him which will be impossible if I can't ride him haha. Ah well, we'll see how it goes :) What I'd love to do is send him to work for my dad packing in the mountains for 3 months but I'm 3000km from home now, ugh! I think that'd be the best thing in the world for him.