@Cedar & Salty
Thanks for your reply! I'm happy you were okay and are on a better path with your horse, it sounds like you guys are going to make a great team
And actually, I've tended to have opposite experiences with lesson horses haha. They're usually the "buttheads" with bad manners that I've encountered because little kids can't always correct the bad behavior. The last horse I leased was about 3 years ago was a lesson horse (I haven't taken lessons in some years due to money, so I usually lease until I can purchase in the next year or two). And the barn actually stopped using him for lessons months before I met him, and he just sat out in the pasture gaining weight. They stopped using him because he would just take any kid to the corner and just stand there, and nothing could get him to move.
My first ride on him to try him out was quite funny. He would trot, but randomly decide to stop when he felt like it. At the canter, he would attempt to canter me sideways all the way to the gate. He didn't like that I actually put up a fight against it, whereas the smaller kids couldn't. At one point, he tried to buck me at the canter because he didn't want to go, he was so lazy. And the amount of times he attempted to get grass, or go the opposite direction was just funny at some point. And, for some reason, I fell in love with him. He was such a butt head and full of attitude, and from that day I started leasing him. Fast forward a year and half, and we were doing little 2 foot jump courses and he finally gave up being a butt. And come to find, he actually lit up with jumping and enjoyed it.
Once I moved, they now use him for lessons again and he's still being an angel so far. So, hopefully, he won't return to his old sour self like before. The new trainer though tries to school him more now, so that helps.
From my experience, the horses with one owner tend to have less of the bad habits (as long as the owner rides decently). It's funny how opposite some things are sometimes for riders. I will say though, the higher level lesson horses do usually seem to be dreams because they don't put kids or beginners on them usually.