Hm. I don't know about the trust issues, all I can say is to keep working with him. But about the rodeo. This really caught my eye. Rodeos are not abusive. I ride broncs, I barrel race, I calf rope, heck, i even rode a bull or two. All the horses are healthy, vet checked and their feet are trimmed regularly. Most horses do enjoy bucking. Even big time rodeo horses (like in the Calgary stampede) only get bucked 10 - 15 times a year. Sure, once in a while one dies. That doesn't mean its been abused. We lost a horse from bucking in the pasture. She tripped mid buck and landed on her neck. It snapped and killed her. This is exactly what happens in rodeos. They trip and break something, but this is one in maybe, 1000 horses. I have been in the rodeo business for 25+ years, and I have only saw maybe 6 horses die. Not to be rude, but this is a bit . . rough on rodeos.