We are actually buying these guys to give them more of a purpose than just "camp/trail horses". I guess I should have mentioned in the first post that we are starting a transition to having an all year round riding facility for summer campers that want to do more than just plod around the arena. Sure these guys will never see a show ring, but I see nothing wrong with trying to help the horse understand how to move a little better instead of evading the bit every time there is any sort of pressure, especially since the camp is trying to transition over to having a better riding program.
Thanks for the advice to those who gave it, I needed a little confidence boost since this is the first time a am really going to be on my own unless I am really in trouble! The one rein stop isn't something that has been taught in the past (when I was just a wrangler and had little to no say in what the kids/horses were taught) and I was planning on introducing it, so thanks for reminding me because it slipped my mind!
There are 10 weeks of camp and as I said earlier we are buying them and starting to transition over to a better equine program that has hopes to go year round. I don't expect a whole lot out of these guys, but I disagree that working with them is a waste of time. I have had great success with horses in the past when they were being ridden by newbie riders as long as they are willing to listen to what I have to say about their "buttons". We always try to match up our little riders to the horse that would not only fit them the best, but that would help the horse out the best. I don't need any of these horses to be dressage stars or jumping masters but I do believe that every horse should be allowed to feel more comfortable when ridden and have more purpose than "plodding along". These guys mean a lot to me and I am blessed to be a part of a wonderful group that is starting something wonderful that hasn't been offered in our area before!
I hope nothing I said came across as rude or defensive, I just feel like they aren't a waste of time and I just want to improve their life as well as the campers education.