My BO rescued him about 6 months ago from a bad situation where he was really underweight in someone's backyard with another horse. He hadn't been handled for a year before he was rescued. My BO isn't a horse trainer and rarely rides, so he hired me to start working with him to get him ready for a new home. My BO had a lot of trouble catching him, so he basically just got caught to get his feet trimmed and have the vet work on him, and he lived out in a big pasture with 5 other horses. When I came along. It took me 45 minutes to catch him the first day, 15 the second, and under 5 minutes the 3rd day. He's now to the point where he sees me coming and nickers and walks up to me and let's me halter him.
In the round pen, he was a nervous mess, and now he's responding well to verbal cues to trot or canter and he's turning in for turns and walks right up to me when I ask, yields the hindquarters, and follows me around like a puppy.
He was flinchy and nervous with saddling and now he's to the point where I can saddle him without him jumping, but he still will tense his muscles and isn't relaxed until I work with him for a couple minutes, flopping the saddle pad up over and over.
He has reared, bolted and shied away when bridling. I went for a nice grass skiing trip one day holding onto his halter when he bolted away from bridling, I'll attach a video of how he's doing with it now. I can ask him to lower his head and he'll bridle up no problem.
Under saddle, he's getting really nice, he has beautiful movement and I really like riding him. He is flexing laterally really well (the concept was nonexistent before) but not standing still until we have been doing it for a while.
He's 12ish, we're pretty sure he's a mustang but no freeze brand. He has incredible endurance and can go for ever before he even break a sweat, let alone start breathing heavily.
I have no idea how he trailers or what he used to do.
He's free if I want him. I wasn't looking for another horse. What do you guys think of him? Should I take him?
Long Video in the Arena, trot and canter :