I was not there when the horse was checked out by a vet, but the only thing written on the vet receipt is "Exam" with the price. And, one of the reasons that we did not want to deal with this trainer any longer was that he wouldn't get on the horse. When I asked him if he would get on and show my son what he needed to do, he said that the horse would be completely different with him and he needed to know that my son meant business when riding. He was also very rough with the horse and neither myself nor my son wanted him back around the horse again.
We were just moving cows and one of the cows got through the gate to the pasture that the horses are in. My son's horse took off, full speed, to this cow and ran him right back through the gate and then started prancing around with his tail high, like he was so proud of himself. So, maybe he does just need a job.
We are also going to bring the horse this evening to be evaluated and for my son to get his first lesson.
My son is not completely ignorant when it comes to horses. Yes, he is new to ridding, but we have a pony that we have had for ten years and this horse has been his responsiblity for the past few years. The pony was a nightmare. She would come up to be petted, but if she saw a lead rope she would take off and it would be nearly impossible to catch her (you couldn't even get her in with a food bucket). My son has worked with her for the past year and now has her where you can do almost anything with her (and you can walk right up to halter her), including saddle her and lead her around. She is not to the point where we trust her enough to let kids ride her yet, but she is getting close.
So, this is why we decided to get him a horse that he could ride. At least I know that he has the patience to give the horse time if that is what the trainer says that he needs.